Salisbury residents were joined by local and state leaders as they showed off their town pride during the community’s 375th anniversary celebration on Saturday.
Crowds gathered on the Village Green to participate in an afternoon of activities designed to honor the milestone birthday.
“It’s a very big day,” Selectman Freeman Condon said. “You can tell by the turnout and it’s very, very meaningful. If you think about it, the Pilgrims landed in 1620 and we have been here since 1638. So we don’t waste a lot of time.”
The daylong celebration began with speakers offering a brief history of Salisbury, followed by a performance by Bostonia Allarum Fife and Drum Corp. Nearby, the anniversary celebration’s co-chairwoman and president of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, Maria Miles watched her and fellow co-chairman Bruce Macdonald’s months of planning and preparations excite the crowd,
“It’s wonderful,” Miles said. “I love Salisbury the way (Boston) mayor (Thomas) Menino loves Boston and Salisbury is headed in the right direction. Our people are wonderful.”
State Rep. Michael Costello, D-Newburyport, who grew up next door in Amesbury, said the community has been a huge part of his life. As a teenager and young adult, he worked at Salisbury Beach.
“I was fortunate enough to grow up with a father who represented Salisbury for about 20 years in the House and the Senate,” he said. “So, I’ve been to every major event (here) in my lifetime. A big piece of who I am was built in these communities. Clearly, I love Salisbury. I still spend my summers down here, and we still take the kids to the beach. It’s changed a little bit but the flavor hasn’t changed.”
Costello also pointed to the town’s role in history.