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Harvard’s own singer/songwriter Ashley Jordan (center) and her band perform in the pre-Fourth of July fireworks show at Fruitlands, July 2, while a pair of young girls practice gymnastics.
Liam Haubenschild (left) suggests a swap with his new buddy, Liam Gershum, while waiting for the fireworks to start.
Fireworks explode in front of the crowd at Fruitlands.
Undaunted by the hot temperatures and high humidity, a crowd enjoys the July 4 parade.
Patriotic Penelope Dolan looks cool and calm while waiting for the parade to start. (Photo by Richard Jenson)
Always a crowd pleaser, two mounted police ride down Mass. Ave. as part of the parade..
Anne Ferguson, owner of Dragonfly Wellness, marches behind her float.
The town beach staff takes time off to ride in the parade.
Tatum and Fifer Rehm block out the noise of the sirens as they watch the parade with big sister, Beau.
David Nergaard bought his 1922 Stanley Steamer in 1970 and has put on 63,552 miles since. (Photo by Richard Jenson).
Members of the Select Board, from left, Alice von Loesecke and Stu Sklar react after Lucy Wallace hands a lollipop to Police Chief Ed Denmark. Afterward Denmark quipped, “What do you think I am? A sucker?” (Photo by Tom Aciukewicz).
Dancers from the Harvard Academy of Dance perform in the parade. (Photo by Tom Aciukewicz).
Well, howdy, little partner! Three-and-a-half-year-old Edmund McKeever wets his whistle at the watering hole.
The Carlson Orchards float passes through the town center intersection. (Photo by Tom Aciukewicz)
Emcee Laughlin Hentz holds his hat over his heart as his twin sister Caroline Hentz sings the national anthem.
Dennis Lyddy (right) and Loren Johnson raise the flag. (Photo by Tom Aciukewicz)
Grace Hickey (left) and Phoebe von Conta set up to sing “America the Beautiful.”
Jane Besse raises her hand and covers her pie-filled mouth.
“Are you kidding me?” Lexi Norcross seems to ask when no one notices her hand raised in the pie-eating contest, as friends Hannah LoChiatto and Isabelle Lee react with laughter.
From left: Kalia Hollander, Hazel Smith, and Matilda Smith compete in the 5-and-under sack race.
Sabine Moran and Libby Bassage compete in the three-legged race.
Jeremy Crochiere (left) cheers daughter Zoe to victory after handing off the baton in the parent/child relay race.
Alex Myles and Owen Fitzsimmons race to fnish in the pie-eating contest. (Photo by Tom Aciukewicz)
Parade Grand Marshals Steve and Nancy Cronin pose for a photo. (Photo by Richard Jenson)
John Walsh of Hudson took first in the antique car event with his 1917 Pierce Arrow Runabout. (Photo by Richard Jenson)
An unidentified superhero watches the pie-eating contest. (Photo by Richard Jenson)
Fun runners dash off the starting line in the 1-mile race.
Graham Binnick (left) pours it on to edge out Harrision Bailey at the finish line of the fun run.
It runs in the family! Jenn Russo (left) is the first Harvard female and fourth female overall to cross the finish line in the 5-mile race. Ethan Russo approaches the finish line to take first place in the fun run.
The 5-miler begins as it ends, with Scott Leslie (#115) and Nick Rindenello (#84) in first and second.
Craig Kilmer and Della Jennings greet runners with popsicles after the race.