Middleboro is ready to party.

If there's one thing I miss more than anything, it's the sounds, smells and excitement of a town carnival. With summertime right around the corner and Governor Charlie Baker lifting all COVID-19 restrictions in Massachusetts on May 29, we're looking at an eventful remainder of 2021.

Middleboro is already planning a glorious Fourth of July weekend with not only fireworks, but a parade has been confirmed as well as a carnival. It's a big event that is normally held on an annual basis, but was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

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The dates for the carnival are scheduled for June 30 to July 4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and it will be held at the Pierce Playground located at 26 Jackson Street.

News of the carnival was posted around 3:30 p.m. today and it's already the talk of the town. I reached out to the Middleboro Parks and Recreation Department and spoke to Francis J. Cass, the park superintendent in charge of the upcoming events.

"It's planned every year, regardless of the current situation," Cass said. "However, when the governor rolled back the opening, we went ahead and gave the carnival the green light."

It's been over a year since the town and most people around the world have been able to do anything like a carnival, but it looks like that's about to change.

"We're really anticipating a great and normal summer," Cass said.

Fireworks have been scheduled for Friday, July 2 and will also be held at Pierce Playground.

Last but not least, don't count out the Middleboro Fourth of July Parade just yet; plans have been set in motion by the North Middleboro Parade Committee for Saturday, July 3. More details regarding the parade will be released soon.

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