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Independence Day 2018 - Malden Style

Thursday, July 5, 2018

In continuing a tradition begun several years ago, Mayor Gary Christenson, Library Director Dora St. Martin, City Councillor Steve Winslow, School Committee member Rob McCarthy and residents kicked off Independence Day on Friday, June 29th with the annual reading of “Instructions of the Inhabitants of Malden, Massachusetts to their Representatives in Congress.” Adding excitement to this year’s event was that Local Historian and period actor Tom Coots was escorted by a Fife & Drum parade (provided by Malden’s Murray Hill Talent) and participants were dressed in period-appropriate costumes. Members of Malden’s Historical Commission and Historical Society were also dressed for the festivities. 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. 

On Tuesday July 3rd – despite the heat - Ward 1 Councillor Peg Crowe and Ward 2 Councillor Paul Condon teamed up at Green Street Park for their annual movie night where Hotel Transylvania 2 was shown and popcorn and drinks were served. On Wednesday, July 4th, Ward Councillors with the assistance of School Committee members and many dedicated volunteers held festive celebrations in their neighborhood parks that included food, drinks, slush, ice cream, games, contests, water slides and bounce houses. Once again, Independence Day was celebrated with appreciation in true Malden spirit!

Fife & Drum Parade provided by Murray Hill Talent of Malden

Period Actor Tom Coots reads the 1776 “Instructions of the Inhabitants of Malden, Massachusetts to their Representatives in Congress"

Malden Celebrates July 4!

Malden Celebrates July 4!

Malden Celebrates July 4!

Malden Celebrates July 4!

Malden Celebrates July 4!

Malden Celebrates July 4!

Malden Celebrates July 4!

Malden Celebrates July 4!

Malden Celebrates July 4!

Malden Celebrates July 4!

Malden Celebrates July 4!

Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson

Photos by City of Malden