Town Information on Bedford Day 2023 -September 23

August 31, 2023

The Town of Bedford will be celebrating Bedford Day on Saturday, Sept. 23. Please keep reading to learn about all of the events occurring throughout the day.

Road Race 

The Bedford Day 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. from John Glenn Middle School. Registration/check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. Register now at www.bedfordrecreation.org. Register by Sept. 1 to guarantee a t-shirt. Proceeds will go to the Recreation Department Scholarship Fund. Expect runners and police officers assisting with the race on the following roadways: McMahon Road, Concord Road, Davis Road, and side roads within the Davis Road loop. The roadways will be open, but please use caution while traveling.

Parade

Dozens of local groups and organizations will be marching and riding in the Bedford Day Parade. The parade route travels from The Great Road and Loomis Street, north on The Great Road, and turns left onto Mudge Way. It begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at approximately 11:30 a.m. The Great Road (from Loomis to North & Concord roads) will be closed for the parade at 10 a.m. until approximately noon, and traffic will be detoured. Loomis Street between Webber and The Great Road will be closed at 9:30 a.m. for parade staging. There will be an extension of the overnight parking ban on The Great Road throughout the morning until after the parade ends. During the road closure, the MBTA Route 62/76 will use a modified route. 

Fair and Other Daytime Events

The Bedford Day Fair features booths with dozens of local groups, entertainment, activities, and food vendors, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Town Campus between Town Hall and the Police Station. The Police Department will be offering tours of its renovated and expanded building. Public restrooms will be available in the Town Center (Yellow) building, the Police Station, and the Library. No traffic or parking will be allowed on Mudge Way during the fair, and no parking will be allowed at any time on Saturday, Sept. 23 behind Town Center. Please see the Recreation Department page to register for a booth and for a guide to booth locations a week prior to the fair.

The Bedford Health Department is offering free Flu vaccinations at Bedford Day, from 9 am – noon for residents, ages 8 years and older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring insurance cards and come to the big white tent behind the Town Center Building. A link to pre-register for the flu shots will be available in early September on the Health Department page. Also available on Bedford Day for parents and other adults will be Hidden in Plain Sight, a display that simulates a teenager’s bedroom where items are placed which may be indicators that the teen is using tobacco, alcohol or other drugs, or is engaging in behavior that could lead to substance use.

The Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library are hosting their Fall Book Sale at the library (7 Mudge Way) all weekend, including 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Bedford Day. More information: https://bedfordlibrary.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/fol-fall-book-sale-2/

The Bedford Arts and Crafts Society annual regional art show will be held in the Town Center (12 Mudge Way) building from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit https://www.bacsma.org/bedford-day-2023-regional-artshow-and-sale/ for more information. 

The Bedford Historical Society is inviting the public to view Bedford’s new Town Museum Exhibits from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Bedford Day at Old Town Hall (16 South Road). The exhibits include “Bedford at Work,” artifacts from the Society’s permanent collections, and the “History of Bedford” wall panels in the third floor Great Room.

Fireworks

The fireworks display will start at 7:30 p.m. The main viewing area is the fields between Bedford High School and Town Hall/Town Center (the fireworks will be launched from a site on the John Glenn Middle School campus). Sabourin Field (the football field) will be closed. Refreshments, including the Bedford Farms Ice Cream cart, will be on hand. Portable restrooms and extra ADA parking spaces will be available in front of the High School. Railroad Avenue and McMahon Road will have closures in advance of and during the fireworks display.

Questions about Bedford Day can be directed to the Recreation Department (781-275-1392). Bedford Day occurs rain or shine; if severe weather leads to a cancellation, there is no rain date.

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