Firemen flipping pancakes while jazz musicians entertain the syrup-stained crowd. Tricycles and wagons decorated red, white and blue parading down the street and fireworks lighting up the night sky.
They can only signal one thing — Fourth of July, Andover style.
Plans are in place for the annual festivities to mark the nation’s birthday. And those plans call for sticking with tradition.
Local firefighters will once again be heating up the griddle for their annual July 4 breakfast.
The Fire Department’s Relief Association handles the pancake breakfast in The Park at Bartlet and Chestnut streets from 8 to 11 a.m. This is the fourth consecutive year that a crew of about 25 firefighters are trading in fire gear for aprons and spatulas.
“Absolutely, we are looking forward to flipping pancakes ... our guys look forward to this every year,” fire Lt. Scott Gibson said.
In 2010, with town money tight and the Fourth of July festivities in serious threat of being canceled, Andover’s firefighters stepped up to carry on the event, including the pancake breakfast.
“Our guys donate to the Relief Association all year out of their own pockets for events like this,” Gibson said. “We support this and really look forward to helping the town out.”
The pancake breakfast is just one of the events planned in town to celebrate Independence Day.
Here’s what else is on tap. For more information, visit http://andoverdcs.com/events/4thjuly.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3
Fireworks, dusk, over Andover High School, Shawsheen Road
THURSDAY, JULY 4
Family Fun in The Park, Bartlet and Chestnut streets
Pancake Breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m.
Jazz Band, 8 to 10 a.m.
Horribles Parade, 9:30 a.m. (line-up begins at 9 a.m.)
Games in The Park, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Middlesex Concert Band, 10:30 a.m. to noon