Last Updated: April 30, 2017
PARADE - Downtown - 10:00 AM
BRIDGEWATER ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL
On July 4th, immediately following the parade, on the grounds of BSU, the small committee of volunteer(s) of THE BRIDGEWATER ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL put on a festival which includes: art, live music with a focus on original music, dance, great food, children's events such as face painting, train rides, circle drumming, sand art and entertainment such as puppet shows and more...
FOOD on the QUAD, also for sale at the festival, fried dough, popcorn, snow cones, ice cream, pizza, pasty confections, soda, bottled water, fresh squeezed fruit juices.
Annual favorites, FIRST PARISH UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH at 50 School Street (across the street) traditionally sells hand-squeezed fresh lemonade, food, and hosts a book sale during the Arts & Music Festival.
PARADE AND FIREWORKS INFO: The BRIDGEWATER 4TH OF JULY COMMITTEE puts on a fantastic hometown parade and one of the more spectacular fireworks displays in the state, drawing thousands of families to Bridgewater. FIREWORKS - Legion Field - (GPS Address) 200 Bedford Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324 - 9:30 PM. They have a website, click for the Parade and Fireworks Committee, to visit their site.
2017 PROGRAM OFFERINGS
♦ 10-3 - FUN FACES WITH A TWIST - Facepainting & More - Balloon Twists (Prices Vary)
Contest with cash prizes; day-long art display including paints, sketches, photography, pencils, charcoal, etc.
Artwork must be no larger than 36in x 36in, wired and ready to be hung. Pieces unable to be hung will be placed on (limited) table easels. Artist should remain with their work, you want to be present to speak to anyone interested in your work.
All artists are welcome to enter the contest, there is no fee to enter. Please register your submissions early so we can ensure we have identification placards for your work ready for the day of the show.
10:45-11:15 - ARTS FOR YOUTH - Music & Dance Performance
Writers and Poets and Spoken Word Artists can participate in events at the Authors tent this year. If you want to sell your books, comic books, chap books or other publications, please fill out the Registration Form (see link below). In the field describing your work/product indicate what you do. We will group all word artists together. If you are interested in doing a more formal presentation/talk/reading of your work, please indicate that when you register.
Crafters, Artisans, Artists all demonstrating, showing and selling their wares. Many accept Cash, Credit, Debit. Many one of a kind creations.
Whether you want to browse or shop, there will be something surely to catch your interest.
Attn: Artisans, Crafters & Vendors: (1) You can pay online for your registration and you don't have to mail your form in (if you want to do it that way, print the form and mail it in with your check). (2) The BSU Quad location has limited electrical access. (3) We will have Wi-Fi access available this year. See Nora for access to Wi-Fi on the Quad this year.
THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS!
BRIDGEWATER ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL is a non-profit (*but not a charity) organization that organizes the annual festival on July 4th. We coordinate with the 4th of July Committee (who puts on the parade, carnival and fireworks. None of these events are paid for by the Town of Bridgewater. We partner with Bridgewater State University Conference & Events Center (special thanks to Lindsey McQuade and her crew!). Local businesses support our afternoon of events. We do not receive donations from individuals or the fireworks/parade committee (they need every penny they raise for their events).
We also would like to thank our local safety and law enforcement departments that support and encourage our program each year. Thank you to the Bridgewater Police Department, the Bridgewater Fire Department and Bridgewater State University Campus Police.
We also would like to thank Bridgewater State University, for their annual donation of the grounds and services of their grounds crew, electricians, and more.
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