By: James Middleton | West Chester University
Cotuit, MA – Independence Day brings a bundle of festivities to Cotuit, especially at Lowell Park. Players and Interns participated in the parade that started at the post office and ended right at Lowell Park. The Ketts have been a part of the parade for more than 34 years, as each year, the parade and festivities get bigger and bigger.
“I got a text from a former player and he said this was his favorite event of the entire summer. This is part of the family entertainment. There’s not a lot of places left that are doing this anymore,” said Roberts on the festivities.
During the parade, players sat on this big float with bags of candy to toss out to the people lining the streets. The candy didn’t last long, as by the time the float reached the infamous Kettle Ho, there was practically no candy left. That didn’t matter to the onlookers as they were just happy to see their beloved Kettleers.
The festivities continued beyond the parade as people headed over to Lowell Park to participate in various games and activities. From bouncy houses, dunk tanks, and potato sack races, fans and kids lined up to take part.
“Yeah the parade was bigger this year, even with the rain fans packed the streets to cheer on the Ketts,” said second year intern Elliot Wolf.
One of the highlighted activities of the Fourth is the hitting contest hosted by Ketts skipper Mike Roberts. Participants had the chance to hit off of Roberts to see who could send the ball the farthest.
The only thing raining on Cotuit’s parade was the actual rain in Falmouth. Thunderstorms at Guv Fuller Field canceled the Fourth of July contest between the teams, and the teams will play Thursday at the Guv.