NORWOOD — For 84 years, individuals and organizations have come from around the county and beyond to participate in the July 4 parade that has spanned Spring Street with a slam-bang finish of fireworks and revelry at the Fireman’s Field on Morgan Street.
But this year, organizer Michael S. Daggett wanted to add something new, a fly-over.
“I did submit a request to Fort Drum for a fly-over to start the parade,” Mr. Daggett said Tuesday afternoon. “Fort Drum called me today and the lady was really nice about it but said they aren’t going to be able to do it because it is going to be their day off.”
But he said he is continuing his quest.
“I’m trying to get information on this parachute group that used to parachute down in the area,” he said. “I can‘t remember where, but he would come down with the American flag in the center of their field. So I’m trying to find out information about it so that I can call them.”
He said he believes the group was a military installation out of Vermont but he hopes that anyone with leads or information would contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The celebration will kick off at 7 p.m. July 3 with the Norwood Brass Firemen performing a two-hour concert at the Village Green; there will be food and games for children.
The celebration continues from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Bernard Avenue, between Main Street and Park Street, for a block dance where food and cold drinks will be available throughout the evening.
On July 4 the parade, themed “Movies,” will take place, and anyone interested in participating can still do so.
“We are hoping for some awesome floats for the kids to like and the rest of the crowd,” Mr. Daggett said.
The deadline to enter a movie-themed float is June 27.
And Mr. Daggett and co-organizer Donald T. Jarvis, both volunteers with the Norwood Fire Department, are still encouraging bands to take part.
The parade will conclude at the firemen’s field at 34 Morgan St. for the Fireman’s Field Day. For a donation of $3 toward the fireworks fund, visitors can attend a demolition derby with a cash prize for the winner. The amount of prize money will depend on how many cars participate in the event, Mr. Daggett said.
There will also be cold beverages, hot food, cotton candy, snow cones, games for youngsters — including a blowup obstacle course and a wet and dry slide — and an appearance by Cubby the Clown. Field Day visitors are reminded that no coolers are allowed on the field and no animals other than service animals are allowed.
The annual fireworks show will begin at dusk.
“If we didn’t have the support from all members in the fire department who give up time with their families or change their plans, we wouldn’t be able to have these two events each year,” Mr. Daggett said. “All the members do a lot of work to help out each, leading up to the 3rd and 4th. Also, a big thank-you for the local businesses that donate towards the fireworks.”