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Fireworks will fly over Andover High School on Tuesday night, beginning at dusk.

Tim Jean
Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Andover's celebration of Independence Day will be a bit more musical than usual.

There will be bands at the fireworks display they night of July 3, in the Park during the morning of July 4, and the Summer Theater Ensemble will perform on a float during the Horribles Parade.

The town's fireworks display will take place on Tuesday, July 3, and will begin at dusk, as usual. This year there will also be a jazz band performing in between West Middle School and Andover High School at 7:30 p.m. to provide entertainment for spectators as they wait for the sun to set.

Andover will also have its annual pancake breakfast and Horribles Parade on the morning of Wednesday, July 4. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Park at the corner of Bartlet and Chestnut streets as local children and families line up for the parade. Residents who wish to participate in the Horribles Parade should begin lining up outside the Town Offices with their decorated bikes, carriages, wagons, or whatever they have decorated with their families or neighborhoods.

There will be games available from 10:30 until noon in which children can enjoy events like ring tosses and fishing. In addition, the Middlesex Concert Band will provide music in the Park beginning late in the morning until 1 p.m.

The Horribles Parade will include a different type of "wagon" this year. The Summer Theater Ensemble, run by Elly Seavey, will be contributing a "goat float" to the parade. The 29 cast members (in grades 7 through 10) of this summer's production, "The Sound of Music" will be promoting their upcoming performance. There is a possibility that a live goat might be part of the parade, as the group is working with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This idea comes from the song "The Lonely Goatherd" that the group will be performing in the show, which takes place Aug. 3, 4, and 5. If a goat is part of the parade, it will be standing on a trailer that is pulled around downtown Andover. Music will also be a part of the float, something that is a bit unusual for the Parade.

The Ensemble hopes that its float will attract a larger audience for its upcoming performance. This is the Ensemble's ninth show, but this year is the first year it have entered a float in the Horribles Parade. Cast members, who are "really a community," says Seavey, the producer and director, also promote their shows by singing selections from the musical in downtown Andover a week before the performance. This year, they thought that the float would be a good way to gain interest for the show.

"The kids are really enthusiastic. They are not only talented but they are an extremely close group," says Seavey. The youth try out for the performances each year, and the members keep in touch during the school year and return to rehearsals during the summer.

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