Residents – especially children – are invited to read a section of the Declaration of Independence at Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery on July 4. ML file photo

You don’t have to go far to celebrate our nation’s independence. Various events are taking place in Methuen – before, during and after the official Fourth of July holiday.
*Add some music to your Independence Day pre-holiday at Methuen Memorial Music Hall’s annual Red, White and Blue Festival Concert set for Sunday, July 2 at 3pm. Three artists will present music by Buck, Price, MacDowell, Gershwin and others, and there will also be a patriotic sing-along and recognition of U.S. military personnel. This is a free event and doors open at 2:30pm. Join them at 192 Broadway. Info: mmmh.org.
*Methuen residents – individuals and families – are invited to Methuen’s Meetinghouse Hill (located across from the entrance to Holy Family Hospital) at 10am on July 4 to participate in the reading of the Declaration of Independence. On a first-come basis, people will be given a small section of the Declaration to read. People may also sign up to read by e-mailing the Historical Society at methuenhistoricalsociety@verizon.net. The participation of children is encouraged.
Following the reading of the Declaration of Independence, The Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery, Methuen’s oldest cemetery, will be open for browsing and tours. Forty-seven Revolutionary Minutemen and soldiers are buried there as well as four soldiers of the earlier French and Indian War and two soldiers from the later War of 1812.
” A committee comprising of Joshua Swan and Whilliam Whittier was appointed on June 7, 1728,” according to Maureen Pollard, president of the Historical Society. “Since this cemetery is usually locked, this is a wonderful opportunity for Methuen residents to visit this wonderful piece of our history.”
*The City of Methuen’s Independence Day celebration will take place Saturday, July 8 at The Loop starting at 5:30pm. There will be 3 live bands, dozens of games, food trucks, face painting and more. Fireworks show starts at 9:30pm. Rain date: July 15.