July 4th is big on Manchaug Pond. The plans and preparations are in the works for it all: decorated boats for the parade, the lighting of the shore the night before at 9:00 p.m. with flares, campfires, cookouts with family and friends, and fireworks here and there.
Be sure to hang those flags properly and with respect. On a pole – the US flag is on top. On a building – union or field of stars hung first on left. This site will give more details: http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagetiq.html
For the lighting of the shoreline: purchase your flares from your MPA Area Representative or at the campground store at the Old Holbrook Place campground or King’s Campground. Price is $3.00 a piece or 2 for $5. These flares are obtained for the MPA from the town police department at cost.
Fireworks: They are illegal in Massachusetts but a number of Manchaug Pond property owners have hired a professional to put on great displays over the lake. Be safe!
The parade usually just starts up! This year we will have to do a little circle in the middle to avoid the rocks exposed by the low waterlevel in the coves. Sorry in advance to the residents down the causeway and to the campers at King’s – I don’t think a nighttime patriotic cruise would be wise this year in the shallows.
I promise pictures! Let us know how your celebration goes! Email photos I can post: infoMPA@charter.net
(And Kristen – hope you and your family have a wonderful homecoming on Manchaug Pond! I am sure you will have a blast even with the low water! :))