61st Annual Flag Day Parade and Fireworks Display!
The City's annual Flag Day Parade and Celebration, a 61-year annual tradition that has grown into one of largest of its kind anywhere, is set for Saturday, June 16 with the 7 p.m. parade and the fireworks display launching at about 9:15 p.m.
"It is truly one of my favorite days of the year - you actually feel like the entire City is together at Pageant Field to watch the fireworks," said Mayor Thomas Koch, who is chairman of the Flag Day Committee and whose father, Richard, started the event six decades ago.
The parade steps-off on Coddington Street, before making its way to Hancock Street, turning right onto Merrymount Parkway, and ending at the entrance to Pageant Field anchored by the annual parade highlight: nearly 2,000 city young people from groups across the City marching with American flags.
The parade culminates into a celebration at Pageant Field with a flag-raising of an impressive 30' x 60' version of Old Glory, the presentation of the Richard J. Koch Memorial Youth Service Award, and a patriotic performance and sing-a-long.
The evening will be capped off by a spectacular fireworks display over Black's Creek that will kick off roughly around 9:15 p.m
Mayor Koch said that the continued success, and growth, of the Flag Day events would not be possible without the commitment from the City's business community, specifically highlighting major donations from auto dealer Dan Quirk, Keohane Funeral Home, the Quincy Partnership, Street-Works Development, Eastern Bank and the Koch Club.