Bedford Day ~ In Person ~ Saturday, September 17

September 9, 2022
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More than 150 clubs, organizations, and businesses – close to a record – have reserved spaces for the Bedford Day street fair on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the center campus all around Town Hall and Town Center.

And coincidentally, about 20 spaces normally part of the scene have been sacrificed to the police station expansion project.

But Recreation Director Josh Smith said Friday the situation is under control – booths have been relocated to the westernmost segment of the parking lot. The town equipment normally displayed in that area is being relocated, he said.

Bedford Day is traditionally held on the third Saturday in September. The actual anniversary of the town’s founding, its 294th, will be Sept. 23.

But Recreation Director Josh Smith said Friday the situation is under control – booths have been relocated to the westernmost segment of the parking lot. The town equipment normally displayed in that area is being relocated, he said.

Bedford Day traditionally is the third Saturday in September. The actual anniversary of the town’s founding, its 294th, will be Sept. 23.

Smith said the detailed street fair placement map is expected to be ready for distribution Monday. Registration closed on Aug. 31, and the department did its best to accommodate those who missed the deadline.

Smith said the detailed street fair placement map is expected to be ready for distribution Monday. Registration closed on Aug. 31, and the department did its best to accommodate those who missed the deadline.

There will be a variety of performances in the grassy area south of the street fair, Smith said.

Dozens of local groups and organizations will be marching and riding in the Bedford Day Parade, which along The Great Road from Loomis Street to Mudge Way beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The Great Road will be closed between Loomis Street and Willson Park from 10 a.m. until approximately noon. Loomis Street between Webber Avenue and The Great Road will be closed at 9:30 a.m. for parade staging.

Restrooms will be available in the Town Center and the Bedford Free Public Library. No traffic or parking will be allowed on Mudge Way during the fair, and parking will be prohibited all that day behind Town Center.

A fireworks display will start at 7:30 p.m., with the prime viewing area on the athletic fields between Bedford High School and Town Center. The fireworks will be launched from a site on the John Glenn Middle School campus; Sabourin Field will be closed.

Planning and execution of the celebration is “a very collaborative effort among the Recreation Department, Public Works, Police, Fire, and other town departments, Smith observed. “It takes a lot of people to make this day come together.” He said he expects the entire Recreation Department staff to be involved throughout the day.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at [email protected], or 781-983-1763

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