41st annual Amherst Fourth of July parade provides fun for all
AMHERST — Cars, trucks, floats and bands of all shapes and sizes paraded through Amherst Tuesday to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Hundreds of people from Amherst and surrounding areas gathered around the green in front of the town hall to watch the parade meander by for the 41st time since 1976.
Leading the parade were the kids of Amherst on their bikes. Each bike was decorated with American Flags and red white and blue ribbons. The three bikes with the most creative and original decorations were recognized, and everyone who participated received a ribbon for their effort and participation.
Man's best friend also joined in on the parade festivities with the "Puppies on Patrol." Dogs big and small proudly strolled down the street with festive bandanas and bows on their collars.
The loudest members of the parade followed closely behind, blaring their sirens and honking their horns. The Amherst Fire Department, with engines new and old, stopped briefly to demonstrate the old fashion pump fire hose that was used by the town's firefighters back in the day.
A parade isn't complete without a band or two, and this parade had just that. The New Hampshire Police Association's Pipes and Drums, The Hudson Post Band and the town of Amherst band all played patriotic tunes as they marched along the parade route.
Floats were also pulled along the parade route and awarded prizes ranging from most original to best overall. The float named as the most original was courtesy of the Amherst Lions Club who dedicated the float to a woman's right to vote. The NH Democrats float was named chairman's choice. It was adorned with historical photos and a model of the Statue of Liberty.
The winner for best overall float went to the NH Republicans for their larger than life Declaration of Independence.
Classic cars, mini cars, servicemen and women, and even a robot marched along the parade route waving and wishing those watching a happy Fourth of July.