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July 3, 2014

A great day for kids

But approaching storm moves fireworks show, Kids' Night to Saturday

AMESBURY — Residents looking forward to the annual Fourth of July fireworks display will have to wait a day longer, thanks to the impending arrival of Tropical Storm Arthur.

“Arthur is extending Amesbury Days,” Mayor Ken Gray said yesterday. “It looks like it is inevitable that we are going to be rained out. We would like to get ahead of it and we want to let as many people know as possible that they need to change their plans.”

Originally planned to begin at Woodsom Farm Friday at 7 p.m., the Fourth of July festivities will now kick off Saturday at 7:30.

The possible arrival of Arthur has also postponed the Kids’ Night in the Millyard, which was originally planned for this evening from 5 to 7. It will now be held on Saturday during the same time frame.

While rain may be on its way, hot and humid weather greeted an estimated 500 kids and their parents who packed Amesbury Town Park for Kids’ Day yesterday morning.

“We had a great turnout,” Youth Recreation and After School Programs’ preschool program supervisor Liz Iannuccillo said. Thirty-three kids participated in the annual Teddy Bear Parade. “There were way more (contestants) than I expected, especially on a hot day.”

Five-year-old Justina Bucknill took first place in the parade with a combination of a stuffed dog named American Bluie and an American Girl doll named Caroline, who were both decked out in patriotic garb. She spent two hours preparing without the assistance of her mother, Margaret.

“She is very patriotic,” Margaret Bucknill said. “And she worked hard on it.”

Justina walked away with a new stuffed animal and a gift certificate to downtown’s China Star restaurant that was presented to her by Gray.

“The kids did a really great job and I am happy to be participating in it,” Gray said. “We like to see the (patriotic theme) started early.”

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