The City of Newton and its many valued volunteers plan a wide variety of annual events that attract thousands of people to the area.
The most popular event each and every year is the Soldiers Reunion Parade, which is always held at 5:00 p.m. on the third Thursday in August. In 2014, Soldiers Reunion Day will be August 21. Chairs actually begin to line the sides of Main Avenue and College Avenue a day or two before the parade as local residents seek a good seat.
Coordinated by the Newton Merchants Association and American Legion Post #16, the annual Soldiers Reunion celebration is believed to be the longest-running patriotic celebration not based on a holiday.
Soldiers Reunion is actually a week-long event, beginning on Sunday with the "Cruisin' & Car Show," with the Gospel Music Night on Monday at 7:30 p.m., Beach Music Night on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Street Dance on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., and Reunion Day is of course Thursday. On that day, vendors line the downtown Square and two patriotic services are held at 10:00 a.m. and at 4:00 p.m. Then comes the annual parade, which typically runs for about 1.5 hours through the downtown area.
But the fun doesn't end there. The Newton Parks & Recreation Department sponsors the Soldiers Reunion 5K/One-Mile Fun Run (PDF) on Saturday at 8:00 a.m., the Soldiers Reunion 30-60-100-Mile Century Bike Ride (PDF) on Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and much more.
Soldiers Reunion offers something for everyone from beginning to end. For the full list of events in 2014, check out the flyer (PDF).
The City sponsors several events each year, including the Unity Day Celebration (April or May), Citywide Yard Sale (April or May), and Light Up the Town Celebration (late November on the Square). The recreation department coordinates a wide variety of other activities throughout the year as well.
The City of Newton is pleased to host these special events each year, and expresses its appreciation to the many dedicated volunteers who work hard to make our City a destination for area residents.