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The Insiders: On Independence Day, feel free to do exactly as we say

Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa

(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

We were going to tell you what to do this afternoon, but in the spirit of Independence Day, we figured we’d give you the autonomy to do whatever pleases you. So the rest of this column will be filled with zany and scandalous speculation about most of New Hampshire’s political hierarchy.

Well, we’ve since received word from our editors that such an arrangement would be wildly inappropriate. As such, the original draft of this column is currently on fire, so we are just going to have to suggest something for you to do today.

Boom! That’s not just the sound of the knowledge bombs we routinely drop on your head, it’s part of tonight’s entertainment when Concord rings in the Fourth of July holiday as only it knows how, with a night of music, food and fireworks. The annual celebration begins at Memorial Field at 6 p.m., with food vendors available and a DJ from WJYY at the bandstand spinning some tunes. There also may be some old folks dancing at a family reunion.

When 8 o’clock rolls around, you can listen to the Nevers’ Band perform at the bandstand, followed at dusk (roughly 9:15, we’re told) by the prolific fireworks display courtesy of Atlas Fireworks.

There will be a $2 donation per person suggested at the gate. Might we suggest you comply? Because all the money gathered will go toward next year’s Fourth of July celebration. Feel free to leave the wallet at home, if you want, as long as you’re cool with being the guy who killed the annual fireworks display. We’re sure everyone would understand.

In the off chance that it rains – and how often does that happen around here, really? – the rain date for the celebration is Friday.

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