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Franklin to drive out pandemic blues with 4th of July music festival

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FRANKLIN – After more than a year of social restrictions, Franklin has something up his sleeve that is sure to chase the pandemic blues out of everyone.

What better way to do it than a big Franklin-style 4th of July party, complete with carnival rides and games, festival food, and live music? Oh, and a brand new blues festival featuring hard-to-find world-famous musicians?

Franklin Fourth of July Coalition presidents Paul Kortick, left, and Joe Carmignani are excited about the new addition to the city's July 4th celebration this year: a blues festival on July 3 with renowned musicians world hard to find.  Festivities will take place in the town of the town.

All of this is at hand as Franklin becomes the first city in the region to move forward and celebrate in a big way following the state’s lifting of its pandemic restrictions and people starting to resume. more “normal” activities – As of Monday, state officials reported, 69.5% of Massachusetts residents are at least partially vaccinated, placing the rate above the national average of 53.3 %.

Franklin’s five-day July 4th celebration will begin on Wednesday, June 30, and run through Sunday, July 4.

Joe Carmignani and Paul Kortick, co-chairs of the Franklin July 4 Coalition, expect there to be an added level of exuberance as Franklin’s July 4 celebration makes a comeback, so soon after the Governor Charlie Baker announced that the state would lift all COVID restrictions on May 30.

“I think everyone just craves something like that… I’m just going back to kind of normal,” Kortick said.

Carmignani agrees.

“The good part of what we do, and when we do, is that people have been locked up for so long,” he said.

Franklin's July 4 celebration - a multi-day event - is making a comeback after being put on hold last year due to the pandemic.  Pictured: A clown entertains at a final July 4th festival.

And it’s not just about those who will come to celebrate next week. These are also those who are involved in the carnival, as well as musicians and other artists, who have not been able to do what they have been doing since before the pandemic brought things to a halt.

The Co-Chairs said that while two old standards – the fireworks and the parade – are not part of this year’s celebrations, they are particularly excited about a new addition: the first annual Franklin Blues Festival.

“It’s something different,” Carmignani said. “There’s a local band, The Padula Trio Plus One, coming in. And we have artists from out of state.”

They are very happy to have landed the Slam Allen Band, as well as the Mike Crandall Band with Bruce Bears and Neal & The Vipers – acts which under other circumstances would have been virtually impossible to book.

“Like Slam Allen… he’s touring all over the world,” Carmignani said. “Normally we would never have had it, but we got it this year because it’s not on tour (due to the pandemic). Normally we couldn’t get any. We’re very lucky. that the timing worked. “

Kortick noted that the coalition reached out to groups in May just to get a feel for the availability of musicians in case the city could move forward with its July 4 festival this year.

Franklin's July 4 celebration - a multi-day event - is making a comeback after being put on hold last year due to the pandemic.  Pictured: Visitors to a July 4th festival enjoy one of the rides.

“A lot of them didn’t have booked concerts,” he said. “And they’re all excited to be there and performing in front of everyone. So it should be a great day.”

Besides the blues festival, which takes place on July 3, live music is scheduled throughout the five-day celebration, said the men, and all of the bands – also generally hard to book around this time of the year. year – well worth coming to see.

The fireworks will have to wait, but there are more rides!

It is due to the uncertainty of the pandemic and the timing of the lifting of restrictions that there will be no more fireworks in Franklin this year.

“We didn’t know until June 1 if this (the July 4 festival) was happening,” Carmignani said.

Until then, the state had a maximum limit of 250 people for outdoor gatherings – far too small for something like the July 4 Franklin Festival and the much-missed fireworks display. On top of that, the coalition was unable to do the type of fundraising needed to organize both the festival and the fireworks.

It is hoped that the city’s fireworks will return next summer, provided enough funds are raised for it in addition to the festival. Carmignani and Kortick said the coalition would also like to see a return of the traditional Franklin Parade on July 4, although this will also require its own fundraising and would benefit from having its own set of dedicated volunteers to plan it – it there is not much the current members of the coalition, all volunteers with their own full-time jobs, can do.

“We would love to do it (a parade), we would really do it,” Kortick said.

The Franklin Lions have also chosen to postpone their traditional parade of children’s bikes and wagons until next year.

Another item that will not be returning this year is the laser show that previously replaced the fireworks – which were originally put on hold due to the construction of the new high school. This is partly because there are new monuments in the area of ​​the commune where the lasers have been installed. It is also because more space on the commons will be taken up for the carnival.

Franklin's July 4 celebration - a multi-day event - is making a comeback after being put on hold last year due to the pandemic.  Pictured: Visitors to a July 4th festival enjoy a ride on the carousel.

“The Fiesta Shows, which bring the rides to the commonplace, are going to fill almost all the real estate we have with more rides than in the past,” Carmignani said.

This is because there aren’t as many carnivals on the Fiesta Show schedule as there would normally be at this time of year, so there are more rides available for Franklin’s enjoyment – before the pandemic, they would have been divided between other simultaneous carnivals.

Although the state’s mask mandate has been lifted, it is up to festival-goers if they wish to continue wearing masks during next week’s celebration, the presidents said. There will also be areas around the commons with hand sanitizers available. In addition, said the co-chairs, Fiesta Shows uses a new contactless ticketing system.

“For the people who are out there and don’t want to deal with the paper tickets, it’s something they’ve done,” Carmignani said.

The calendar of events

WEDNESDAY JUNE 30

6 p.m. to 10 p.m .: Opening of the rides and food stands (wristbands from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

6 pm-7pm: Matt Zajac (acoustic solo)

8 pm-10pm: Mo Bounce (Funk, Soul, R&B Party Group)

THURSDAY, JULY 1

6 p.m. to 10 p.m .: Opening of the rides and food stands (wristbands from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

6-7 p.m .: Attleboro School of Rock (building musical skills through innovation) 7.30-10 p.m .: Victory Shot (classic rock with a unique combination of creativity, skill and energy)

FRIDAY JULY 2

6 pm-10pm: Opening of the rides and food stands

8 pm-10pm: Duppy Conquerors (testimony to the spirit of Bob Marley and his music)

SATURDAY JULY 3

12 p.m.-10 p.m .: Rides and food stands open (wristbands from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Franklin Blues Festival’s first annual lineup

2:15:15 p.m .: Padula Trio Plus One (Franklin’s own playing timeless jazz / blues standards

4 pm-6pm: Slam Allen Band (blues, soul and R&B to deliver a powerful performance)

6 pm-8pm: Mike Crandall Band with Bruce Bears (blues and swing tradition)

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SUNDAY JULY 4

12 p.m.-5 p.m .: Rides and food stands open (wristbands from 12 p.m.-5 p.m.)

12 pm-1pm: Michael Rivelis (acoustic solo)

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m .: Granite Brass (bringing lively music to those who have served our country)

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m .: Jamie Barrett (acoustic solo)

So what is there to eat?

Franklin Rod & Gun Club: Fried dough, fries

Franklin Rotary Club: Hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages and peppers

Franklin Democrats: Pizza, water

Franklin Republicans: Rootbeer, nachos, watermelon floats

Fourth of July Franklin Coalition: Ice cream, soda

Etz Haïm temple: Lemonade, pretzels

Franklin's July 4 celebration - a multi-day event - is making a comeback after being put on hold last year due to the pandemic.  In the photo, food prepared at a past festival.

Online: Donate, Volunteer, Get More Info

For more information, to volunteer, or to donate to this celebration and future Franklin July 4th celebrations, visit https://www.franklin4th.com/

Event sponsors

(Platinum) Learning Express Toys & Gifts, Garelick Farms, Re / Max Executive Realty, Fiesta Shows; (Gold) Keefe Insurance, Amica Auto Home Life, Daddario Hardware & Supply, Ames Financial Services, Costello Realty, Dean Bank, Fenton Financial Group, Vendetti Motors, Colonial (Fine Quality Fence), Dean College, Re / Max Executive Realty, DG Ranieri Realty, Franklin Agway, Grove Street Auto Repair, Notturno Plumbing & Heating, Power Painting Plus, SPS Movers; (Silver) Aubuchon Hardware, Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail; Bellezza Day Spa, Elizabeth’s Bagels, Beaux Regards Photographic Art, Ballarino Custom Builders & Contractors, Charles F. Oteri and Son Franklin Funeral Home, Franklin Car Wash, FGC Franklin Glass, Simon’s, George’s Oil, Inc .; Kelly’s Landscaping, Mint Dental of Franklin, First Class Marble & Granite, Planet Dodge / Jeep, Taylor Rental, PGC Associates LLC, Turetsky Consulting, Union Wines & Liquors, Franklin Newcomers & Friends, Vet Med, The Rome Restaurant, Franklin All Access TV ; (bronze) The Dog’s Pace, Hair Designs, Ranieri Plumbing & Heating, Crescent Street Printing Co., Jimmy D’s Bar & Grill, Hair Mania, Rail Good Coffee and Top Class Dance. Special thanks to the Town of Franklin.