Fourth Of July Water Fight Survives Crackdown On Large Summer Events

Written By: Jason Graziadei | Photography By: Cary Hazlegrove,

Despite months of discussion over whether to end or scale back large summer events like the Fourth of July water fight on Main Street, it appears the water fight is one that will survive at least another year.

Planning is already underway for 2022, and the Select Board will get an update this Wednesday on the Fourth of July activities the town is working on staging next summer. Listed in the town administration’s outline for the activities  is a “water contest” scheduled for noon with fire trucks participating.

Town manager Libby Gibson told the Current that the water fight would indeed go on next summer: “a bit limited but yes.”

According to the document the Select Board will review on Wednesday, it will be contained to a fenced area on Main Street between Centre and Federal streets.

The fate of the water fight was in doubt after fire chief Steve Murphy and other public safety officials expressed deep reservations about the risks of the event earlier this year.

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