Dozens of Milton families and groups of friends filled the town common Sunday for a town-wide picnic in celebration of Milton’s 350th anniversary.
Sunday’s picnic was the third day of the four-day long celebration which will culminate with a Milton history bowl Monday evening at the high school.
Local magician Jed Doherty, along with his children Alejandra and Chris Doherty, performed magic tricks and created balloon animals.
A giant cake donated by the Blue Hills Regional Technical School was served to everyone in attendance and a number of food trucks sold fried dough, hot dogs , and other treats.
Children and families took a hayride around the park and others found themselves swaying to the music being performed in the gazebo by the Bay State Stompers.
The celebration began Friday with a fireworks show at Milton High School that wasn’t the least bit dampened by nearby lightning also flashing in the night sky.
On Saturday, “Milton’s Biggest Parade,” wound its way along a two-mile course painted with a red, white, and blue stripe.
Lynda-Lee Sheridan, chairwoman of the 350th anniversary committee, said Sunday that the whole weekend was a great success.
“It’s been so positive, people are really in a great mood” she said. “Half the town was in the parade and the other half was watching it.”
Many of those in attendance Sunday said they had been at all three days of celebration. Others said it was great to see the town united and families enjoying themselves.
“This type of event really solidifies that this is not just a great place to live, but also a great place to raise children,” Cecilia Bethoney, a long-time resident said.
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