2008-07-03 / Front Page

Fun starts tomorrow for Fourth of July weekend

By Donna K. Drago

Fourth of July. Just saying those words brings up fond childhood memories- the smell of burgers on a grill, fat, juicy watermelons, firefl ies flickering in the nearby trees. It doesn't get any better than summer holidays- especially in Jamestown.

The holiday is about making memories for the future and there's plenty to do here in town.

Veterans' flags at East Ferry At 7 a.m. tomorrow, members of the island's veterans groups will be raising more than 100 American flags at the Veterans Memorial Square at East Ferry. Weather permitting, the vets will put up the 15- foot poles and attach the former casket flags- each bearing the name of a deceased island veteran. The flags will be lowered at 3 p.m.

As always, the vets could use a little help with this endeavor. Just show up at either 7 a.m. to raise the flags, or 3 p.m. to lower them and all help will be very much appreci- ated.

The flags are provided by the veterans' families and any family who wishes to provide a casket flag may contact officers of the American Legion and VFW. The flags are stored at the Grange/Senior Center on West Street for use at veterans' ceremonies

North End parade

Probably the smallest parade in Rhode Island, the 19th annual North End parade, is bursting with lots of community pride and spirit. The neighborhood parade offers island residents and visitors a chance to get themselves right in the middle of things. Everyone who wants to can participate. The parade regularly includes the Jamestown Community Band, all manner of classic cars, kids on bikes and flag-waving patriots of all stripes. The parade organizes in front of 933 East Shore Rd. and travels north to the intersection of North Main Road, before making a round trip back to the point of origin. Get in line at 9:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. start.

Let the ka-booms begin!

On Saturday, July 5, the Rocket 'Hogs (short for quahogs) will blow up their first pyrotechnic display over the Mackerel Cove Town Beach. The 'Hogs learned a lot from their predecessors, the Rocket Dawgz, and are ready to take up this important community function.

Bring blankets. Bring chairs and be prepared to be amazed.

The booms begin at 9 p.m.

Because the fireworks display is completely funded by donations, the 'Hogs are still looking for a few bucks to blow up. So either send a check, or stuff a few bills in one of the jars in local shops. Remember: the more bucks, the more ka-boom.

Show your patriotic island spirit by promptly mailing checks to The Jamestown Fireworks Fund, c/o The Rocket 'Hogs, PO Box 1776, Jamestown, RI 02835.

Donations of all amounts will be most appreciated.

For more information about the Rocket 'Hogs, call Gregg Charest at 423-3117 or Kerry Sheehan at 423- 2568.

Sunday night concert

Celtic favorites Pendragon will kick off the Summer Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. at East Ferry Memorial Square.

Bring chairs and enjoy the sounds of this popular New England group. In case of rain, the concert will be in the Recreation Center across the street.

Booms across the bay

Naval Station Newport will be the place to be on Sunday, July 6, beginning at 5 p.m. when they present the annual "Celebrate America" concert and fireworks extravaganza on Dewey Field featuring Navy Band Northeast.

Soul Power, an East Coast touring R&B group, will be kicking off the music at 5 p.m. with Navy Band Northeast's concert band taking the stage to perform patriotic marches and light concert pieces at 7 p.m. The program will include a salute to veterans of all services.

The evening will culminate with a spectacular 25-minute fireworks display beginning at approximately 8:45 p.m. The concert is free and the public is invited as guests of the Commanding Officer. Concert audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Due to increased security measures, no coolers, backpacks, glass bottles, or pets will be allowed on the naval complex.

The general public may enter Naval Station Newport through Gate One, the main entrance near the Officers' Club, beginning at 4 p.m.

The fireworks can also be viewed from the East Ferry area.

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