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West Side Social Club
4th of July Committee 2024

2024 Theme:
The 80th Anniversary of Peace, Liberty and Reconciliation D-Day

The West Side Social Club 4th of July Committee is pleased to announce this year’s theme for the annual Children’s Events held on the morning of July 4th. 

The 2024 theme will be: The 80th Anniversary of Peach, Liberty, and Reconciliation ~ D-Day. The theme is a guideline for decorating all entries to the Pet, Tricycle, Bicycle, Scooter, Cart, and Doll Carriage parades.   


The Children’s Events will take place in the morning hours on Thursday, July 4th beginning with the Fishing Derby, followed by the traditional Children’s Parades.  The Running Races, including the adorable Diaper Derby, will begin at the completion of the Parades, ending with the Canoe-Kayak Races across Lake Quannapowitt.


The Children’s Events has always been a West Side Social Club favorite.  The children do an amazing job, decorating their Bikes, Scooters, Carts, sometimes making it difficult for the judges to choose the top three in each category.


The theme, selected by the WSSC July Fourth Committee, is in celebration of the 80th Anniversary for the largest, Naval, Air, and Land Operation that led to the liberation of Western Europe, the defeat of German Nazi Forces and the end of World War II. Although many lost their lives back on June 6, 1944, the operation was a success.


The committee is looking forward to seeing the imaginative entries families will come up with as they participate in this long WSSC tradition.


Once again, the multi-talented Buckley Brothers Band will take the stage for the evening “Concert on the Common. You can count on them to perform a never-ending array of all-time great hits for everyone to enjoy!


The Singing Trooper, Dan Clark, will not be attendance this year due to a scheduling conflict, however, the Buckley Brother’s will provide some patriotic music just prior to the Spectacular Fireworks Display.  The concert is slated to begin at 7:00 pm.


Prior to the Fireworks, words will be shared in Memory of Mike Nasella who was unanimously selected as the West Side Social Club’s 2024 Honoree. (separate article will follow).


As the finale, the Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 pm (weather permitting) over the shores of Lake Quannapowitt.  American Thunder, the new firework company that provided the show over the past couple of years is back again and another magnificent show is planned.


Food concessions stands will be available all day and it is encouraged for everyone to come down and enjoy the wide variety of food from the vendors. All food vendors will be located on the Lower Common.

Special Thanks

N. Granese and Sons, General Contractors is WSSC Top Sponsor in 2024


The West Side Social Club 4th of July Committee is pleased to announce that N. Granese and Sons has once again made a sizable donation in support of the Children’s Events, the Concert on the Common, and the Fireworks Spectacular on July Fourth.


This makes N. Granese and Sons the Top Sponsor for the WSSC for three consecutive years.  Back in 2022, Granese joined in to support the escalating expenses the WSSC Fourth of July Committee faces and supported again in 2023.


Their extreme kindness and generosity proved to be no different when they donated, yet again, in 2024.


N. Granese and Sons, based out of Salem, MA., is a fourth-generation family business that started back in 1947, with over 75 years in service. They employee a staff of 45+ employees, including Professional Engineers, Project Managers, Pipe Technicians, Fusion Technicians, Hoisting Operators, Truck Drivers, and Laborers. 


N. Granese and Sons has been seen throughout the town of Wakefield, as well as many other surrounding towns, with their impressive, modern fleet of heavy equipment.


The WSSC 4th of July Committee is extremely thankful for their generosity in assisting in the town’s annual July Fourth events. Their bright red banner will be proudly displayed, front and center on the concert staging, located in front of the common gazebo.

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From Left to Right: Steven Granese, Bryan Granese, Thomas Granese
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Payable to: West Side Social Club
Memo: 4th of July
Address: 4 Harrington Ct, Wakefield, MA 01880
Attn: 4th of July Committee


Photos Courtesy of WCAT and Adam Pinkney
2018 Diaper Derby
2018 Pet Parade (Courtesy of WCAT)
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