July 4th 2018 Celebration
The Needham Exchange Club has provided many years of community service to the Town with its signature gift, the Fourth of July Celebration. This event, beginning many years ago as a parade in celebration of our Country’s independence, has evolved into a two day event featuring food, music and fireworks on the evening of the third and a Grand Parade on the morning of the fourth.
Festivities begin at 5:30 P.M. on Tuesday, July Third, with food and entertainment followed by the fireworks display at dark. The Celebration continues on Wednesday, July Fourth beginning at 8:30 A.M. with the Charles River YMCA Road Race. For registration information click on the link http://ymcaboston.org/charlesriver5k. At 9:00 A.M. there will be a raising of our nation’s flag in the Town Common followed by the Grand Parade with a craft fair and flea market, athletic events, food and entertainment after the parade at Memorial Park. A video of the 2017 Parade can be seen at 2017 Parade
This annual celebration is made possible through the generous financial support of Needham residents, businesses and friends. Please know that the Exchange Club receives no financial support from the Town. We raise, on our own, all of the funds necessary to put on this event, and your financial support is critical to the success of our Town-wide Fourth of July Celebration.
This event has become an important Needham tradition providing more than 70 years of memories for Needham families. Please support this tradition by making a donation below under "Support the 4th of July with a donation" paragraph below.
Thank you in advance for your generous financial support and please know that any contribution is greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you and your family at Memorial Park.
On behalf of the entire membership of the Needham Exchange Club, every best wish.
Public Safety Notice
We are grateful to the public for its continuing support of this signature Needham event both through generous donations and by attending the Fireworks and the Parade.
We are also grateful to Needham’s public safety officers for their help in making these events safe for everyone.
In light of the tragic events in Boston on April 15, 2013, we ask for the the public’s co-operation so that everyone can enjoy the fireworks on July 3rd and the parade on July 4th with assurance that everything that can be done to keep everyone safe has been considered.
In light of that, we are asking everyone to co-operate with the Needham Police. As always, “If you see something…Say something.” Additionally, you are reminded that possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited at Memorial Park and Green’s Field and there is no food or drink, other than water, allowed on the turf field.
Your co-operation is very appreciated, both by the Needham Exchange Club, and by those who keep us safe, the Needham Police Department.
Community Parade Float Registration and Parade Policy
Community entries into the Parade are strongly encouraged. The registration form can be found at this Link
. Please be sure to read the included Needham Exchange Club Fourth of July Philosophy and Parade Policies. Registrations must be submitted by June 18th, 2018.
Pie-Eating Contest Rules & Sign-Up
We are again holding a pie-eating contest for the children at Memorial Field on July 4th beginning at 11:30 A.M. You can have your sign-up material ready before hand by clicking here, downloading the sheet, printing it out and filling it out in advance.
Support the 4th of July with a Donation
The Needham Exchange Club is proud to bring you Needham’s 4th of July celebration from fireworks to parade and everything in between. It is our signature activity.
The celebration is planned, coordinated and carried out by the dedicated members of the Needham Exchange Club.
- We receive the help of family and friends and business sponsors!
- No town governmental funds are used - the entire 4th of July celebration is 100% funded by private donations.
We thank the people and businesses of Needham that have shown us through their generosity that they value this hometown tradition.
Local Business Sponsors and Donors
The Exchange Club is grateful for the support of these local businesses
Roche Brothers / Sudbury Farms
Beth Israel Deaconess - Needham
Briarwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare
Dedham Institute for Savings
Needham Women’s Club
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Friends of Denise Garlick
Jonatham M. Davis, DMD
Needham Police Union
The Rice Barn
Vita Needle Company
Needham Association of Firefighters
Advantage Nursing Care
Bird's Hill Pharmacy
Innovative Business Law Group
Louise Condon Realty
Norfolk Lodge A.F.& A. M.
Saint Joseph’s Parish
J C Timmerman Disposal