NORTH ANDOVER — Celebrating the Fourth of July in North Andover is always serious business – but local residents look forward to having fun on America’s birthday.
This town, which is actually 130 years older than the nation, observes the holiday over two days. Beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, the day before the holiday, live entertainment and pony rides will be offered on the Common.
There will also be plenty of food vendors as well as a beer garden by Ipswich Ale. Jeffrey Coco, co-chairman of the Festival Committee, which organizes the Fourth of July celebration, said he and Ipswich Ale will take stringent measures to make sure no underage people are served in the beer garden.
“The employees of Ipswich Ale are TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures)-certified,” Coco pointed out. Furthermore, a 6-foot fence will be erected to make sure beverages are not surreptitiously passed outside the beer garden, he said.