Canton celebrates the 4thBy Canton Citizen
This year’s July 4th festivities started with rain showers and ended with a bang. In the morning, over 70 runners, ranging in age from 2 to 68, took part in the annual 5-mile road race and 2-mile fun run. In the evening, hundreds of local residents flocked to the Galvin Middle School to enjoy amusements, live music, and a fireworks display courtesy of the Canton Recreation Commission.
Photo 1: Runners braved the rain at the start of the five-mile July 4th road race, which began and ended at the Town Club on Bailey Street.
Photo 2: Race starter Joe DeFelice gives instructions to the young runners at the beginning of the fun run.
Photo 3: Mia Otero, 10, of Brockton, was the clear winner of the fun run, becoming the first girl to win the race in its 45-year history.
Photo 4: Second-place finisher Marybeth Baxter poses with her mother, Meryl Baxter of Canton. Marybeth, who attended the Luce School as a child, finished the race in 31:39 — one second behind the winner, Nikita Amelchenko of Canton.
Photo 5: Rick Sampson of Queen Anne’s Sub Parlour & Catering poses with his wife, Joanne, and children, Mike, 3, and Katie, 1. Joanne, a native of Poland, was sworn in as an American citizen on June 29.
Photo 6: Boston-based oldies band The Reminisants, a familiar favorite to Canton audiences, performs at the July 4th celebration at the Galvin Middle School.
Photos 7-9: Young attendees show their patriotism while enjoying the live music.
Photos 10 & 11: The evening ended with a gala fireworks display and always popular grand finale.
Race photos by Mike Berger and celebration photos by Kait Erickson
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