WEST NEWBURY — The week of festivities in honor of the town’s 200th anniversary comes to a close this weekend — with a dance party on Friday and a field day and fireworks display on Saturday.
Friday night’s dance party at Old Town Hall, 491 Main St., runs from 6 to 11 p.m. The $20 entrance ticket buys dinner and access to a beer truck from The American BBQ and music by Radio Live. Tickets are on sale in the Finance Department at the Town Offices, 381 Main St. A total of 200 tickets will be sold.
The final day of Bicentennial Week opens at noontime with Family Field Day on Pipestave Hill.
There will be live music until 5 p.m. under the central tent; a touch and climb in the fire trucks area until 4 p.m.; and children’s games, Fun with Quills, and flag and logo coloring from 1 to 3 p.m. The Fife and Drum Corp performs from noon to 5 p.m. and the Lexington Military Re-enactors will be there from 2 to 5 p.m.
A bicentennial artisans market runs from noon to 5 p.m. Grilled treats offered by the West Newbury Fire Company as well as food trucks and a beer truck will be available.
The Merrimack Valley Concert Band plays from 7 to 8:45 p.m. followed by a laser show at 9 p.m. and the week closes out with a fireworks display at 9:40 p.m. There is no entrance fee and parking is at Page School and Mill Pond Recreation Area, with overflow parking at the 1910 Building and Action Cove.
A shuttle service to and from Pipestave begins at 2 p.m. and runs through the night's festivities. Handicapped parking is available at Pipestave.
Bicentennial Committee co-Chairs Stephen and KC Swallow said the response from the community seems to be growing with each event throughout the week — with residents eager to know what’s coming next.
“The committee worked to sponsor events to celebrate the past, present and future of West Newbury that appealed to citizens of all ages. The response has been overwhelming and rewarding and the community spirit it has engendered will last at least until our tricentennial,” the co-chairs said.
Other upcoming activities to mark West Newbury’s bicentennial year include West Newbury Day at Fenway Park on Aug. 9 as well as closing ceremonies and the burying of a time capsule in October.
Tickets are still available for anyone wishing to attend the Red Sox game. Buses depart at 3:50 p.m. for a pregame celebration; the game starts at 7:10 p.m. Ticket buyers may also opt out of taking the bus. For more information, visit the Bicentennial Committee’s page at www.wnewbury.org