METHUEN – Saturday’s fourth annual Methuen Day celebration is back and bigger than ever, with more than 75 vendor stalls swarming Hampshire and Lowell Streets, as well as police and firefighter open houses and an exhibit from the field of honor to the Nevins Memorial Library from the entire day off.
Event organizer Eunice Zeigler, councilor for the city’s eastern district, said the annual community street festival will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Field of Honor exhibit at 305 Broadway features 175 flags purchased by residents and community members that dot the lawn in memory of those they love and have lost. Thirteen flags are placed in memory of those killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, including Sgt. Johanny Rosario, said Zeigler. The Field of Honor ceremony takes place from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and is open to the public.
More than 75 vendors will set up stalls along Hampshire and Lowell streets, which will be closed to traffic. Many nonprofits and school groups will also set up booths, hosting raffles and other freebies for residents. The Blush and Brush bridal team will be making transformations and the Grand Lawrence Family Health Center will provide vaccines, Zeigler said.
The Methuen Veterans Department is sponsoring a booth where residents can put on virtual reality glasses and experience a parachute simulation where they appear to jump from a plane 1,200 feet above Nicholson Stadium.
“There is a bit for everyone,” Zeigler promised. “We encourage people to have fun. It’s a family event for all ages and a way to reinvent what downtown has to offer and focus on arts and culture.
The Massachusetts State Police Mounted Unit will make an appearance at the Methuen Police Department Open House between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., while the Methuen Fire Department will hold its open house with tours and demonstrations of vehicles and equipment at the central fire station from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Department of Public Works vehicles and equipment are parked at a ‘hit a truck’ event near the Children’s Corner in the parking lot at the intersection of Hampshire and Lowell streets throughout the day.
Once an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. with the four-piece marching band the Presti Player, Bella Perrotta, members of JROTC and others begins the event, the ongoing entertainment will continue on two stages, with a stage dedicated to children starring Bella Perrotta at 11:30 am. , a Magic Puppets by Steve show at noon, and DJ Mike’s Dance Party at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, among other events.
The Spicket River Brewery will serve craft beer to customers 21 and older in Food Truck Row, as well as Thwaites Market and Kona Ice trucks. A full list of food trucks and vendors is available at cityofmethuen.net/methuenday
A free trolley stops at 11 designated public parking lots to transport guests to and from major Methuen Day festivities. Along the way, runners will be treated to a driving tour of Methuen’s historic buildings, Zeigler said.