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Jett is sooo excited!



It’s Worcester’s 4th of July Celebration!!!!

Terrific band and glorious FIREWORKS!!

Free to all!!!

Kids love this big city party!

Friday, July 1

At Cristoforo Colombo Park (East Park)
– Shrewsbury Street

Get there early! Hundreds and hundreds of people attend!

Festivities begin at 3 p.m. with kids activities!

Food and drinks for sale!

Ceremonial flag raising – 7:40 p.m.

Performance by the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra! – 8 p.m.

Then comes … Showtime!!! Fireworks display – 9:30 p.m.


My little Lilac?

She’s on the fence about crowds and loud noises.


Tonight! City of Worcester Fourth of July Celebration! Best fireworks in Central Mass! Plus: patriotic tunes played by symphony orchestra!

Once again …



TONIGHT! Thursday, July 2

3 p.m. – 9:30+ p.m!

East Park! (Shrewsbury Street)


This is a huge, spectacular, classy, musical, fun, family-friendly, FREE Fourth of July city bash in one of Worcester’s most beautiful parks!

The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra will perform before and during the fireworks!

On the beautiful East Park stage … just perfect for a symphony orchestra or … summertime Shakespeare in the park (hint, hint, hint, City of Worcester!)!

3 p.m. – kids’ activities and games near the recently renovated, beautiful East Park kids playground (the park’s spray park will open a few days after the celebration!)

Hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and drinks!

7:40 p.m. – American flag-raising!

Then Music by the orchestra!  American classics! Patriotic tunes, some of which have been around since George Washington’s presidency!

Hear the songs American bands played during the American Revolution, Civil War… . When you’re a kid you love to march around to these tunes! When I was three years old, my mom got me a little drum and for my soldiers cap she opened up a paper bag and rolled up its edges so it fit snuggly around my head  … She did the same for my kid sisters who dutifully marched behind their  “general” in our big Green Island kitchen!


 In your 20s the music feels a bit dusty, a bore, unless you’re in your school’s marching band … . Then … adulthood…you’re in your prime and the music just whops you over the head! Spirit raising!  Jubilant!  Proud and defiant! You think: HOW DID THESE WILD and CRAZY AND BRILLIANT DISSIDENTS DO WHAT THEY DID?! AMERICA! What a concept! I mean, The balls of it! And then you think, longingly: How primal – pristine –  the natural America was back then: Wolves, mountain lions, bob cats, buffalos, grizzly bears galore! You yearn for a deer to cross your path as you run InCity Times, for the deer to stand frozen, staring at you, its bobbed  white tail up like a little flag…

Then … the Fireworks – 9:30 p.m!!!! … hundreds of people staring up into the cobalt sky, the symphony orchestra playing Francis Scott Key while red, white and blue and green and fuchsia dandelions, stars, rockets burst open in the Worcester heavens above the hushed Worcester crowd. … People going home singing …

A magical Worcester summer night.


Be there!

Don’t let the Fourth of July be a dangerous day for pets!


Patriotic Pup #2. Jett!!!!! July 1, 2015

The July 4 holiday can be thrilling for humans, but it’s actually a dangerous time for pets — and one of the busiest days of the year in animal emergency hospitals.

Exploding firecrackers can be just as hazardous for pets as for humans, but that’s not where the danger ends. The loud noise, and even the food and family gatherings, all pose hazards to dogs, cats, birds and other pets.

It’s common for emergency animal hospitals to see 25 percent or more patients than normal on Independence Day.

The noise of fireworks – including that string of firecrackers set off by your neighbor– sometimes causes panic in pets. Scared dogs have been known to charge into glass doors or bolt outside into traffic.

Outdoor grilling is a must for many people, but some human food that gets spilled to the ground or pilfered from an unwatched picnic table can make animals sick. Foods that can upset your pet’s digestive tract include onions, garlic, avocados, grapes, raisins and chocolate.

And staying out in the sun can cause heatstroke — not just for people, but also for fur-covered members of the family.

Fortunately, a little planning and care can help your pets stay safe and comfortable as you enjoy the festivities.

Here are a few tips:

During fireworks, make sure your dogs or cats are in safe, indoor places where they cannot escape or get hurt. Turn on music or television for comforting background noise. You also can play a game with them or give them a favorite toy.

If your pets are especially nervous about fireworks you may want to buy a specially designed, snug-fitting jacket which comforts dogs by applying pressure around their bodies.

After the family barbecue, don’t treat your dogs to leftover bones from steak, ribs, chicken or other human food. The bones often splinter and may become a choking hazard.

The safest policy is to avoid giving human food to pets because so much of it can be harmful to them. If you want your pets to celebrate along with you, buy them a few extra pet treats while stocking up on your own groceries.

Don’t let your pets stay outside in the heat for long periods of time, especially if they’re not used to it. If pets do get overheated, spray them down with water that is cool or room temperature – but never ice water, which causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin and makes things even worse.

Remember, regular visits to your family veterinarian are the best way to keep your pets healthy.  But if an accident does occur over the holidays, don’t hesitate to bring your pet to an emergency veterinarian right away.

Animals and Fourth of July fireworks

Dear Editor:

 For animals, Fourth of July fireworks aren’t festive — they’re frightening, and sometimes even fatal. Every year, terrified dogs and cats jump over fences and break through windows during fireworks displays. Many are killed by cars or never reunited with their guardians.

Birds often flee their nests in panic, sometimes orphaning their fledglings. The smoke plumes from fireworks can also damage their sensitive respiratory systems.

We can help protect animals this Independence Day by taking these steps:

·         Keep animals indoors in a quiet, safe room, and stay with them during the fireworks.

·         Close blinds and curtains, keep the lights on, and play classical music at a normal volume.

·         Place collars with current identification tags on all animals, and have them microchipped.

·         Never leave animals outdoors unattended or take them to fireworks displays. The explosions may cause even normally calm animals to panic and bolt, dig under a fence, or injure themselves by getting tangled in their chains.

·         Encourage your city to switch from fireworks to safe and dazzling alternatives, such as laser light shows.

To learn more, visit www.PETA.org.


Lindsay Pollard-Post

The PETA Foundation