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Flag Day in Framingham

Filed under: Around Town by News Staff at 3:11 am on June 12, 2011
American Flag

"Old Glory", the flag of the United States of America.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - In June of 1886, Bernard J. Cigrand, a teacher in Waubeka, Wisconsin, who also was a frequent writer on subjects of U.S. History, patriotism and the American flag proposed the idea of a holiday to celebrate the Flag's Birthday.

The article appeared in a newspaper article titled "The Fourteenth of June".

Although the original intention of Flag Day was to celebrate the adoption of the American flag, (on June 14, 1777), it has become much more of a patriotic holiday, one on which we not only celebrate national pride for the flag, but ...[read more]


Flag Day Festival Invitation

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 10:36 pm on June 13, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham Celebration Committee, organizers of the successful Framingham Flag Day Festival last weekend, is holding its annual meeting on Monday, June 26th at 7PM in the Ablondi Room at the Memorial Building. Light refreshments will be served. They will be electing Board members and officers at that time.

They are extending an open invitation to the public to participate in the meeting and provide feedback on the Festival. Many people have expressed ideas on how the Festival might be organized in the coming years. This meeting is your opportunity to give them your thoughts, even if you don't want to participate as a Board member.

Please join them at 7PM on Monday June 26th in the Ablondi room at the Memorial Building. Enjoy refreshments and conversations about the Flag Day Festival of today and dreams about the Flag Day festival of tomorrow.

For information, contact: Doug Freeman, Chair of the Framingham Celebration Committee, 508-879-6394 or freeman_doug@yahoo.com

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FLAG DAY FESTIVAL AT TERCENTENNIAL PARK

Filed under: General Interest by News Staff at 6:46 pm on June 4, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- The Flag Day Festival is on Sunday June 11th at Tercentennial Park on Dudley Road from 10AM-5PM.

The Flea Market hours are 10AM-5PM. the entertainment tent will have music and live performances starting at 12 Noon, the Flag Procession will be at 2PM and the Flag Retirement Ceremony will be the Closing Ceremony for the event on the grounds of Cushing Chapel at 5PM.

The festival will feature games for the kids, balloons, magicians, clowns, a moon jump, a classic car show, live music, live performances and a patriotic procession. At the end of the day we will be hosting the Flag Retirement Ceremony performed by the Framingham Veteran's Council.

The large field near the park & rec day care building is where we will have the classic car show. The food area, music tent and flea market areas are near the main walkway next to the main entrance, near the chapel.

A good number of commercial vendors already signed up for the Flea Market "Market Street" vendors area. Vendors interested in a booth can still reserve a 10x10 spot for the $25 booth fee. Non-profits wishing to set up information tables will be accommodated as space allows at no charge.

More information is available by contacting Doug Freeman, Flag Day Chairman at freeman_doug@yahoo.com or 508-879-6394.

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Festival to Replace Parade

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 11:03 am on April 15, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA --The Framingham Celebration Committee announced that it is planning to change Framingham’s annual Flag Day Celebration this year. In a meeting of Celebration Committee board members it was voted that for 2006 the committee would hold a Flag Day Festival in place of the usual parade down Concord Street and up Union Avenue.

This year, the organizers of Flag Day Celebrations are planning a Flag Day Festival event in June to be held on the grounds of Tercentennial Park. The culmination of the event will be a Flag Day Procession that includes the traditional participation of Veterans groups, patriotic marchers and marching bands, much like the parade has in years past. “The Flag Day Festival event will allow us to continue the tradition of celebrating Flag Day in Framingham,” said Doug Freeman, the committee’s chairman. The free event will feature band concerts, classic cars, dealers, an outdoor flea market and craft show as well as food and entertainment.

The Flag Day Festival and the Flag Day Procession will be held on the date the parade would have originally been scheduled, Sunday, June 11th. The Procession will begin at 2PM that Sunday and end its march at Cushing Chapel on the grounds of Tercentennial Park. It will include marching bands playing patriotic music, veterans groups, community groups and will be immediately followed by the traditional flag retirement ceremony run by the Framingham Veterans Council.

Doug Freeman, the Celebration Committee's chairman said, "We regret the fact that the traditional parade will not be held this year." Freeman stated that the parade has experienced dwindling attendance in the last few years and he pointed out that the level of volunteers the last few years has also been waning. In addition Freeman said “the parade route through downtown Framingham creates a traffic nightmare for police.”

Fundraising for the traditional parade has been off in the past few years he said, "Givers have had increased demands put on them and we’ve seen reduced donations as they try to satisfy all the requests they are getting.”

“We hope people come to the Flag Day Festival on June 11th; we see it as a transitional event that will allow us to celebrate Flag Day and continue the Celebration Committee's mission.”

Freeman hopes the Flag Day Festival format sets the stage to change the tradition of Flag Day Celebrations into a different kind of patriotic event.

The committee had hopes of keeping the parade going this year being the 20th year of Celebrating Flag Day in Framingham but it was time to change the celebration into something different. "We have talked for a number of years about turning the parade into a patriotic family day like the Flag Day Festival." Freeman said. "But we have never been able to afford both a festival and the parade," he added. "This year we have finally made our choice,” he said.

As to those that have always supported the parade, Freeman said the committee still needs money to run the festival. Freeman said, "The timing is short and those that have already given toward the parade or pledged a donation have our gratitude.”

The traditional parade usually costs about $25,000 but this year’s festival should be a more modest, making the it easier to raise the necessary funds according to Freeman. "Last year we just made our fundraising goal, we don’t want to have that problem again,” said Freeman.

The Flag Day Festival event will feature some of the bands that were originally intended to march in the parade. “It should be a fun event for people to attend, bring the kids,” said Freeman.

There will be food and drink available but people are also encouraged to pack a picnic. People that have old or tattered flags that need to be disposed of in a proper, respectful way should plan to bring them to the event for the flag retirement ceremony at the conclusion of the Flag Day Festival on Sunday.

Contributions can be sent to: Framingham Celebration Committee, 475 Union Ave., Framingham, MA 01702. For further information, call Doug Freeman at 508-879-6394.

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Framingham Flag Day June 12th at 2 p.m.

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 5:58 pm on June 5, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- The annual Framingham Flag Day parade is this coming Sunday, June 12th, at 2 p.m. through Downtown Framingham.

Framingham Flag Day Parade needs people to serve as parade marshal's at this year's parade.

The Framingham Celebration Committee is asking for volunteers who will be matched up with an experienced marshal (as a team) to help direct the bands, groups and marchers to their correct positions in the parade line-up. The parade starts at 2PM on Sunday June 12th, but as a marshal you will need to be able to dedicate most of the afternoon. Marshal's meet at 12PM in the parking lot of the Framingham courthouse for a pre-parade brief, team-up and staging area assignments. Marshal's are usually done with their assignments by 4PM and are then free to enjoy the parade from the reviewing stand or to head home.

If you are interested in helping (it really is fun), please plan attending one of the two marshal coordination meetings next week. Please email Doug Freeman at freeman_doug@yahoo.com or call him at 508-733-0028.

Marshal coordination meetings are as follows:

  • #1 Monday June 6th, 7PM at the Framingham Civic League, upstairs from the auditorium in the "Champagne Room".
  • #2 Thursday June 9th, 6:30PM at the Memorial building, downstairs in Conference Room 2.

It is appropriate that Framingham has a Flag Day Parade as a tradition as Framingham was the site of the first factory established for manufacturing the American flag. Help the tradition live on by helping with the parade.

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