A Lifetime Of Parade Memories With Lisa Battista

By Lisa Battista, Guest Columnist, July 3, 2020
Photographs Courtesy Of Lisa Battista

If you close your eyes and listen very hard, you can almost hear it…the distant wail of the sirens heralding the start of Hingham's Fourth of July Parade! Sadly, this years parade will only consist by way of those great memories and sensations.


I am an “old townie” who will dearly miss this year's festivities. I have not missed one in over 60 years. My family has been attending since at least as far back as my great grandmother. Six generations through the years. Last year we had four of those generations in attendance!! My mom, me, and my oldest son with his two children. We watched from “our spot” on Pear Tree Hill. My husband Brian and his family, along with our children, siblings, cousins and friends, have made so many beautiful memories along this parade route.  


I love all of the sights and sounds! The familiar faces lining the streets. The sounds of the vendors hawking their wares. The cheers for the police and fire departments displaying their vehicles. Those who march in the Honor Guard displaying our flag. Uncle Sam. The applause as the marching bands proudly make their way down the street.  (I often feel for them wearing hot costumes while marching and playing their heavy instruments!) The beautiful floats. The antique cars. The beautiful horses. The Militia. The clowns.  


So many things have changed. The parade used to start at Station Street and make its way UP the hill to the High School! So much better to travel down! We used to be able to park our cars along the parade route and watch it from the hoods and roofs of our cars! We also now have the pancake breakfast and the Road Race!! 


Family cookouts have always been another part of our tradition. The locations have moved over the years, but family gatherings, no matter where they are, make memories to cherish.  


Looking back on these photos brings mixed feelings. So many of our family and friends are no longer with us. But I do look forward to 2021 when our family - and yours - can once again celebrate our joy as we salute Old Glory making its way down the most beautiful street in the country: Main Street, Hingham, USA.

Kristen Arute can be reached at kristen@hinghamcurrent.com.