Thursday, June 28, 2012

With Thanks to Destination Salem

Salem. Still Making History

Posted: 25 Jun 2012 08:19 AM PDT
Many communities have their Fireworks and July 4th festivities on the weekend prior to the 4th. We in Salem stay true to the holiday, and hold off until the night of the Fourth. Join us at Derby Wharf, and Salem Common, next Wednesday as we celebrate America's independence in two very historic locations.

Wednesday, July 4, on Derby Wharf at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Pre-Concert Activities
Festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. with the opening of Kids' Space, an area filled with free face painting, games, crafts, contests and prizes galore. 
New this year, we will be featuring two pre-concert bands on Main Stage.  At 4:00 p.m. Julie Dougherty and Friends will entertain the crowd and at 5:30 p.m., Britannica will take center stage.
Fireworks over Tall Ship Friendship. Photo: Scott LanesOpening ceremonies begin at 7:15 p.m. with a military flyover followed by a two hour 'POPS' concert by the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, a forty-piece ensemble with vocal soloists performing opera to Broadway favorites.  At 9:15 p.m. a magnificent fireworks display launched from Derby Wharf.
Part of the allure of this celebration is its setting.  The first National Historic Site in the National Park System, Salem Maritime National Historic Site consists of nine acres of waterfront land and houses a dozen historic structures, including; the Custom House, where famed author Nathaniel Hawthorne worked; and, Derby Wharf, which was used by America's first millionaire Elias Hasket Derby, who made his fortune from this port of call.  Looking out at historic Salem harbor with hundreds of boats moored and the replica of a 1700's sailing vessel, the Friendship, serving as a backdrop, Independence Day is truly felt as you are surrounded by the history that helped us to become an independent nation.

Reading of the Declaration of Independence

July 4th - 9:00AM – Salem Common
Join Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll on Salem Common at 9:00 a.m. for the reading of the Declaration of Independence.  Neil Chayet, with his articulate and powerful voice, will recite the words of this historic document.  Chayet is best known for Looking at the Law™, a daily radio feature nationally syndicated by CBS and heard locally on WBZ News Radio 1030 AM.  The program also includes the crowd being led in the singing of the National Anthem by Salem High School's award-winning a cappella group Witch Pitch and musical selections by Robert Kendall.
The site of the first muster of America's National Guard, Salem Common has been a military training ground for 375 years.  This is a perfect place to commemorate the Declaration of Independence.
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