There Will Be Plenty to Do on Bedford Day

September 22, 2023

Bedford Day is coming up tomorrow and with it there’s a full day of fun and activities.

The Bedford Day 5K, parade, and fair will all be held, rain or shine. 

The evening fireworks are also still on. Check out the town website or social media for any updates. If there is a change in plans, the town will make an announcement on Saturday afternoon.

Come visit The Bedford Citizen at booth G on Mudge Way! We’ll have a preview of the latest Bedford Guide, and interested in hearing from you!

Road Closures:

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 and Concord Roads) will be closed for the parade from 10 a.m. until approximately noon, and traffic will be detoured. Loomis Street between Webber Ave. 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 Sept. 23 behind Town Center. Please see the Recreation Department page for a guide to booth locations. 

Here is a list of some of the activities planned:

Bedford Day 5K Road Race

This special day to celebrate the town and the people who live here kicks off with the annual Bedford Day 5K Road Race. The registration table at the John Glenn Middle School opens at 7:30 a.m. and the runners begin their trek at 8:30 a.m. 

The race is open for runners from ages 7 to 99. The registration fee is $25. For more information, click here

Bedford Day Parade

The Bedford Day Parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. The route begins at the intersection of The Great Road and Loomis Street, proceeds north on The Great Road and turns left onto Mudge Way, where it ends. This is a pretty large parade with 36 different groups marching.

The Great Road (from Loomis to North and Concord roads) will be closed for the parade from 10 a.m. until approximately noon, and traffic will be detoured. Loomis Street between Webber Ave. 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 Booths 

The Bedford Day Fair runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with 125 community groups, organizations, and businesses lined up in booths throughout the Town Hall parking lot and surrounding grass areas. Parking is limited at the high school and library. Please be advised that The Great Road and Mudge Way will be closed down for the parade. Among the many groups with booths is The Bedford Citizen. We will be at Booth G behind the First Church of Christ, Congregational. 

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.

Fireworks – 7:30 p.m.

Hopefully, the weather forecast calling for afternoon and evening showers will be wrong and people will be able to enjoy the fireworks planned for 7:30 p.m. Arrival time is after 6 p.m. The best viewing areas include: Fields between Bedford High School and Town Hall. The fireworks will be launched from John Glenn Middle School. Sabourin Field (the football field) will be closed. Portable restrooms will be available.

Refreshments will be provided by Bedford Farms Ice Cream and Bedford Patrons of Music Students (POMS). Portable restrooms and extra ADA parking spaces will be available in front of Bedford High School. Railroad Avenue and McMahon Road will have closures in advance of and during the fireworks display.

Citizen of the Year

Bedford’s 2023 Citizen of the Year is Angelo Colao of Page Road, who served the town in many different roles throughout the years. He will be in the Bedford Day Parade and there will be a public reception on the night of Sept. 29. The honoree is also recognized at other events during the year, such as activating the holiday lights that decorate the Common.

Bedford Town Museum Opens

The Bedford Town Museum in the Old Town Hall at 16 South Road will open with new displays. The Bedford at Work exhibit is on the ground floor and on the third floor will be a slideshow called “Glimpses of Old Bedford.”

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/BedfordMaHistory.

Get a Free Flu Shot

The Bedford Health Department, in conjunction with a volunteer nursing team, is offering free flu vaccinations from 9 a.m. to noon on Bedford Day, Saturday, Sept. 23, by appointment. Make your reservation online.

Buy Books

The Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library are holding their annual Fall Book Sale, starting this Thursday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 24 at the library. 

The Friends Fall Book Sale has thousands of fiction and nonfiction books for every age range – children and teens through adults. There will be paperback books, hardcover books, gift-quality coffee table books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, games, and other merchandise available at the sale.

BACS Annual Regional Art Show

The Bedford Arts and Crafts Society (BACS) is holding several exciting events to be held on Bedford Day around town. These events will support next year’s annual BACS scholarship. Click here to read more. 

BHS Reunions

The BHS Classes of 1971 and 1973 will be holding reunion celebrations Sept. 22-24 with activities planned throughout the Bedford Day weekend.

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