LINCOLN – Plans have been solidified for Lincoln’s 150th anniversary celebration, which will begin Saturday, Oct 30, with a parade and post-parade concert and food truck event.
It has been several years since a parade was held in town, as the pandemic twice canceled Lincoln’s annual Memorial Day Parade.
The original anniversary celebration was postponed from May to early October, and then pushed to the end of this month due to the filming of Disney’s “Hocus Pocus 2” movie at Chase Farm Park.
The Oct. 30 parade will kick off the anniversary celebration beginning at 10 a.m. The parade is expected to end at Chase Farm around 11:30 a.m., where PVD Food Trucks will be waiting.
The post-parade event, running from the end of the parade to around 3:30 p.m., will also include music from the Next Stop Band, a touch-a-truck area for children, and performances by the Trend ‘N Motion hip hop dance group.
The parade route is set to follow the same path as the town’s Memorial Day Parade, which was altered slightly back in 2018.
The parade will begin at the corner of Higginson and Smithfield avenues, traveling north on Smithfield Avenue before taking a right onto Walker Street. From Walker, the parade will turn north up Chapel Street, merge onto Great Road and finish at Chase Farm.
Residents should be aware that road closures to all traffic along the parade route will begin at 9:30 a.m., and continue until the end of the parade.
The road between Chase Farm (667 Great Road) and the review stand at 487 Great Road will remain closed until pedestrian traffic clears. For safety reasons, the parade committee said all pedestrian traffic along Great Road will be prohibited once the road reopens for traffic around 11:45 a.m.
Chase Farm will remain accessible throughout the day, to varying degrees. Those looking to enter the park after 9:30 a.m. and before the road reopens must do so from the Breakneck Hill side. There will be no access to Chase Farm from the east, or Front Street side.
The remainder of the parade route will be closed to traffic until the parade passes through the review stand area.
Parking is available at Bellows Funeral Home, St. Jude’s Church and Lonsdale Park, as well as at the lower portion of Chase Farm. In addition, shuttles are being offered to bring people from Chase Farm to the three parking areas, running every 15 minutes after the parade concludes.
Any groups, businesses or teams looking to march or have a float in the parade must contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 22.
The 150th celebration isn’t stopping with the parade. On Saturday the 6th, there will be a fireworks display at Lincoln High School. The rain date is the 7th.
Entry will begin at 5 p.m., and families are encouraged to bring their own blanket to watch the display from the football field. No chairs, food or drinks will be allowed on the turf.