A costumed participant in last year’s Fourth of July festivities.

A costumed participant in last year’s Fourth of July festivities.

Chestnut Hill’s Fourth of July festivities will once again begin at 9 a.m. at 118 East Hartwell Lane, headquarters of the Chestnut Hill Bocce Club. Fifty-yard dashes, sock races, face painting, a magic show, pony rides and a petting zoo will take place after the children’s bicycle procession from the club to the Water Tower.

“There will be a few kids hanging around, and then all of a sudden 100 bikes or so will show up,” said Frank Hendrie about the pre-bike procession scene.

Hendrie has been raising money for the celebration for the past 30 years, as well as for other local organizations in the past, such as the Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club.

A free hot dog lunch, with Jack and Jill ice-cream cups for dessert, kicks off at noon, as is tradition.

Bocce Club members take pride in hosting the local celebration.

“We sponsor it for the love of it,” the club history says. “We strive to be part of the community, and we take pride in preserving traditions. None of these traditions rises higher than the Fourth of July because it is for the kids. Rube wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Schedule

9 a.m. Decorated bikes and wagons gather at the intersection of Devon St. and Hartwell Lane for a parade to the Water Tower Recreation center. Judges will award prizes to the best decorations in a number of categories. The parade begins with a salute by Tom Woodruff and a rendition of the National Anthem.

10 a.m. Face painting, balloons, pony rides and races for boys and girls at the Watertower Recreation Center ballfields. There will also be a candy find for toddlers, clowns a moon bounce and petting zoo.

11 a.m. Free lunch of hot dogs, juice and ice cream.

11:30 a.m. Magic show

12:30 Events conclude