Time to celebrate during this long hot summer
Those familiar with Newburyport all know one event hosted each year that brings the greater Newburyport community together – the annual Yankee Homecoming.
Back for the 61st year, Yankee Homecoming will be happening from July 28th to August 5th. This year’s theme “Celebrate Seaport Pride”, will unveil community pride and commitment as well as sticking to a traditional enlightenment of lavish maritime history, charming feel of the local town, and recreational offerings. This 7-day long event includes many activities and events, so something available to everyone.
Kicking off on the 28th is the 3rd annual Kayak and SUP river races. Registration for the event begins at 10am and the race itself fires away at 11:30am. Participants launch off at Cashman Park boat ramps off Merrimac Street, right next to our luxury townhome community, Newburyport Landing. Individuals paddle up the river past Ram Island, Carr Island, and around Deer Island and proceed back to Cashman Park. The course is in total 4.6 miles. After the race, at 5pm, is the Brewfest Fundraiser. This fundraiser contains over 40 of the finest craft beers, dazzling live entertainment, and food. This event is 21+ and brings people from all over the Boston area.
Art on the Bartlet Mall, occurring the 28th and 29th, is celebrating 60 artists from around New England for the 37th year in a row. This free show is happening between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on the corner of High Street and Pond Street.
Said to be one of the best events during the week-long commemoration is the Olde Fashioned Sunday. On July 29th, the celebrations are designed to recall the beginnings of Yankee Homecoming annual event. Given the opportunity to celebrate and treasure the “good ole days”, the event also generates some “new” events to make future memories for the current younger generations. The start of the excitement is a chance to flaunt your pet to the audience. Continuing from there is the formal opening of Yankee Homecoming with the introduction of past chairpersons, singing of the national anthem, following by the entertainment of Elvis. The Midway, a favorite amongst kids, is composed of free games in which all participants receive prizes. As a recognition of the past, games such as three-legged races, the egg in the spoon race, and many others are all played. Achieve maximum sweet tooth satisfaction with penny-candy from Shirley Lattime’s Country Store. On top of all these superb activities, train rides around the pond, face painting, pony rides, and other fun activities are all happening!
On Monday, the Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament will begin at 8:00 am with a shotgun start at Ould Newbury Golf Club. The cost is $150 per person, which includes a cart rental, continental breakfast, lunch, harbor cruise and dinner. Raffle and silent auction will occur and following the tournament is a cash bar cocktail hour and prizes. Post the appearance at Ould Newbury, participants and guests may proceed to the Waterfront Park to board the Captain’s Lady at 4pm for a harbor cruise and dinner.
Calling out to all veterans! The annual Veteran Luncheon at Hope Church begins at 12pm on Tuesday and will end approximately 3pm. The event honors the veterans who’ve served and their spouses in the Newburyport area. Food, a handful of speakers, and a guest of honor are all part of this appreciative and heart-warming event.
As a way to reminiscence the abundant maritime history of Newburyport, the US Coast Guard will host an open house at their station located on the Merrimack River. For those with curious minds or a love for history, the station is open on Thursday August 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Tours and demonstrations of life saving techniques are also a part of the open house.
Convene with friends and family for Family Day at Maudslay State Park Saturday August 4th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for free crafts, games, activities, and handouts. Munch down on lunch as bands play in the background on the main stage. Walk around the park and take in the performances occurring all around. They will also have hot air balloon ride, weather permitting. After enjoying the delicacy of Family Day in the park, bring a blanket or chair, sit and relax in the cool evening. Take in the harmonized music echoing in the atmosphere as you wait patiently for the spectacular firework show to begin at 9:15 pm. Enjoy the luminesce flashes of color dance around, decorating the dark canvased night sky as the humid air becomes cloaked with a cool breeze from the Merrimack River.
One of the last, but certainly not least, events delegated to wrap up of Yankee Homecoming is the annual parade. On August 5th, the parade will begin at the intersection of Moseley Avenue and Ferry Road. The path follows a 2 mile route down historic High Street in Newburyport and ends near the Newbury line. The parade features conventional appearances from emergency vehicles, antique cars, marching bands, and entertainers, but it also includes a distinctive small-town flavor arising from floats created by local businesses and organizations.