Reopen rally in Concord, DWI arrests on highway over holiday weekend

  • The Antrim Historical Society put on a Fourth of July celebration at the bandstand on Jameson Avenue Saturday morning. Boy Scout Troop 2 presented the colors and raised the American flag before a reading of the Declaration of Independence.  Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Antrim Historical Society put on a Fourth of July celebration at the bandstand on Jameson Avenue Saturday morning. Boy Scout Troop 2 presented the colors and raised the American flag before a reading of the Declaration of Independence.  Staff photo by Ben Conant

By staff and wire reports
Published: 7/5/2020 12:03:57 PM

The Fourth of July had many of the traditional summer holiday trappings despite the coronavirus pandemic: Cheap lobsters, warm weather and barbecues. But absent were large crowds and most public fireworks displays on Saturday.

The pandemic contributed to a low-key Independence Day.

The Boston Pops canceled its public performance, and opted for a virtual performance with prerecorded segments featuring Arlo Guthrie, Queen Latifah and Leslie Odom Jr. Most fireworks displays were canceled, including Maine’s largest display on Portland’s East End Beach.

Innkeepers were worried about empty rooms because people weren’t traveling as much as normal. Nonetheless, people continued the traditions of barbecues and family gatherings.

Reopen rally

A group that has held multiple rallies to protest restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus announced Saturday a new Declaration of Independence at the State House in Concord.

The event hosted by ReopenNH was meant to celebrate liberty on a day when many traditional Fourth of July events have been canceled. There were to be prayers, speeches, music and lawn games, and decorated vehicles and children on bicycles circled the Statehouse for a parade.

Andrew Manuse, the group’s chairman, also announced a new initiative inviting “every free person in the State of New Hampshire to protest the governor’s unlawful orders by ignoring them flatly and turning any busybody away with emphasis.”

“By all means, if you want to wash your hands or wear a mask, be our guest, but keep your nanny-state snootiness to yourself,” he said in a statement. “Happiness means different things to different people, and in America, that is OK so long as government stays out of the way.”

State police

Enhanced enforcement by State Police to stop drunk drivers over the busy holiday weekend led to DWI charges against two drivers.

State Police said they charged a 25 year-old Concord man and a 44 year old Loudon man with driving under the influence during a “DWI Saturation Patrol” on Saturday.

State police also arrested a 27-year-old Rochester woman on charges of theft by unauthorized taking and a 38-year-old Manchester man for violating a domestic violence protective order.

One vehicle was seized pending a narcotics investigation, two motorists were charged with reckless driving and another was charged with operating after suspension, police said. In addition, police issues five must-appear citations. 


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