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Independence Day 2017 Malden Style

Thursday, July 6, 2017

In continuing a tradition starting two years ago, Mayor Gary Christenson, Library Director Dora St. Martin, City and elected officials, members of the Historical Society, Girls Scouts, and many residents enjoyed several special events on Friday, June 30th to kick-off Independence Day.

Exhibited in the Lower Gallery of the Converse Memorial Building were the original along with a newly digitized version of Malden’s town records from the Revolutionary war period. Featured was the May 27, 1776 document entitled “Instructions of the Inhabitants of Malden, Massachusetts to their Representatives in Congress” unanimously voted on by the townspeople of Malden to be delivered to the Second Continental Congress via their representative Ezra Sargeant. In the 1776 communication, the voting citizens of Malden renounce the Colony’s ties to Great Britain and set forth their wish to become an independent “American” republic. The document is credited as a precursor to the Declaration of Independence written in July of 1776 when the Continental Congress formally declared their independence from England.  

Additionally, residents were invited to peruse other artifacts on display from the time period such as sketches, paintings, and books as well as watch a documentary about the Revolutionary War. Attendees then proceeded to the front lawn of the Library where Local Historian and period actor Tom Coots performed the Second Annual Reading of the town “Instructions.” Mr. Coots as well as members of the Historical Society were in period dress.

Following in the next few days were the traditional Independence Day celebrations in every ward that are now a much anticipated Malden tradition. Festivities were held on Saturday, July 1st in Ward 6 by Councillor Neil Kinnon at Trafton Park. On Sunday, July 2nd, Ward 4 Councillor Ryan O’Malley held his festivities immediately following an official ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of a new walkway at Coytemore Lea Park at the Mountain Avenue entrance. Later that afternoon Councillor Neal Anderson held a cookout for the seniors at Suffolk Manor.

On Monday, July 3rd, Ward 1 Councillor Peg Crowe and Ward 2 Councillor Paul Condon teamed up at Green Street Park for their annual movie night where Trolls was shown and popcorn served to a huge crowd! On Tuesday, July 4th Councillors Crowe and Condon again joined forces at Devir Park in Ward 2. Councillor Matheson held his fun event at Amerige Park in Ward 3 and Councillor Barbara Murphy had a jam-packed crowd at Forestdale Park in Ward 5. Councillor Anderson had the crowd moving in Ward 7 and Councillor Jadeane Sica had a lot going on in Ward 8 at Linden Park. All Councillors with the assistance of School Committee members and many volunteers held events that included food, drinks, slush, ice cream, games, contests, water slides and bounce houses. Independence Day was celebrated with appreciation in true Malden spirit!

Wards 1 and 2 Independence Day celebration at Devir Park

Traditional Dunk Tank at Ward 3 City Councillor John Matheson's Independence Day celebration at Amerige Park

Mayor Christenson and City Councillor Matheson prepare for the Ward 3 "egg toss" event

Lots of participation in the races at City Councillor Ryan O'Malley's Ward 4 Independence Day celebration at Coytemore Lea Park

City Councillor Barbara Murphy with a young award winner at the Ward 5 Independence Day celebration

City Councillor Neil Kinnon with contest winners at the Ward 6 Independence Day celebration at Trafton Park

Mayor Christenson and City Councillor Neal Anderson begin the races at Ward 7's Independence Day festivities at Lincoln Commons

Lots going on at Ward 8 City Councillor Jadeane Sica's Independence Day celebration at Linden Park

Ward 8 City Councillor Jadeane Sica and Mayor Christenson at Ward 8 July 4th celebration at Linden Park

Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson

Photos by City of Malden