Five Things You Need to Know: July 4

It's the fourth of July. Here are five things you need to know.


Today's Weather: Let's hope the rain doesn't spoil the holiday. There is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms today with highs of 82. Chances of storms drop to 30 percent along with temps (67) at night according to the National Weather Service.

1. Happy 4th Concord Patch. Here is the article we wrote up about

2. Along with the area celebrations, the 33rd Annual Minuteman Road Race will be starting today at 9 a.m.

3. From 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., there will be a Picnic in the Park at including balloon rides and a free concert.

4. Over in Acton, there will be a unique chance to see the United States Air Force Band of Liberty at 7:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:30 at Nara Park (25 Ledgerock Way, Acton).

5. Today in History: Aside from the obvious importance of today, in 1826, both founding fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died. This also marks the day, in 1845, that Henry David Thoreau moved into his shack at Walden Pond.

Bill Montague July 04, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Sorry but you do Henry David Thoreau an insult! His House at Walden Pond. He took a great deal of time to build his House! Even to plastering the walls with a brick chimney that he also plasterd, and a fireplace. I regard it as a work of art! He died, as you know just over 150 years ago. His House site at Walden Pond , and his grave are visited evey year by hundreds of people form all over the Wold, I have met many of them. Do you think after we are dead for 150 years - will any one come to visit our grave and leave us a wild flower! Cheers! Bill Montague
Jonathan Pickering July 04, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Thanks Mr. Montague. Yes, Mr. Thoreau's House, not shack. I meant no disrespect to Mr. Thoreau. Thanks for giving your opinion on Mr. Thoreau's architectural standards. Have a happy 4th.
x July 05, 2012 at 11:01 AM
It is interesting how Thoreau has grown to be a deity during the last hundred fifty years - elevated on a platform and beyond criticism. During his time he was known as a layabout who occasionally stole vegetables from his neighbors. Let us all hope our reputations will grow as his. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III


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