Another Year With No July 4th Fireworks Or Parade In Natick

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NATICK, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — For the fourth consecutive year, the sky will not light up over Natick on Independence Day.

Natick Friends of the 4th announced last week that there will once again be no fireworks or parade this upcoming 4th of July.

"After a lot of thought, community polling, and discussion, the Board of Directors of the Friends of the 4th will not be fundraising or organizing a parade or other activities in 2023," the group posted on Facebook Friday. "We encourage everyone to attend any 4th of July event that another committee or group organizes to celebrate the holiday."

WBZ NewsRadio spoke with several Natick residents Wednesday, many of whom had no issues with there being no fireworks.

"I guess when I had kids it would’ve been something nice to do, but like I said, I could go to a different town like Needham. It’s not a big deal for me at my age," one man said.

"I’m slightly relieved for the sake of the environment that there’s not going to be. Fireworks are pretty terrible for our Earth," another resident said.

Still, there are those who feel the town is missing out.

"They’re cool. I mean it’d be a shame not to see them," one teen said.

"If it’s community and it’s for the children and they can all gather together on the common, why not," said one woman.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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