Celebration Days: Abington Celebrates back for Flag Day/Founders’ Day Weekend events

After a long hiatus from in-person celebrations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Abington Celebrates committee is excited to announce the return of their annual Flag Day/Founders’ Day weekend and are asking residents to save the weekend dates of June 11-13th.  Although fireworks are temporarily on hold, the chock-full weekend offers fun, free family events that residents definitely will not want to miss.  Abington Celebrates extends a special thank you to the Abington Fire, Police, Public Works departments and all in the community who help make these weekends possible.  

Below is a schedule of events for the weekend. Be sure to “like” Abington Celebrates on Facebook for updates on upcoming family events. 


Friday, June 11th

Golf Tournament – 7:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Abington Youth Soccer

Ridder Country Club, 390 Oak Street, East Bridgewater

$400/foursome, Scramble format

Hole Sponsorships available for $100

Proceeds to benefit AYS scholarships and programs

Special Civil War Exhibit – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Dyer Memorial Library, 23 Centre Avenue

Grand Army of the Republic McPherson Post No. 73

Personal War Sketches book, artifacts & photos

Saturday, June 12th

All Day Saturday:

Scout Encampment at Island Grove – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm.

Boy Scouts and Venturing Crew 41

Civil War Encampment at Island Grove – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Demonstrations of Camp Life

Skirmish at 1:00 p.m.

Simulated Amputation

Re-enactors will have a dinner break from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Candlelit Encampment Tour – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

with music by Shades of Gray

sponsored by the Abington Summer Concerts Committee

Kids’ Fishing Derby – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Central Street across from Town Barn

Open to all children 6-14 (must be accompanied by adult)

Bait, hooks, bobbers supplied

Prizes for longest fish per age group.

Abington Lions Club and Cream will have refreshments available.

ChAlkiN’ it uP! 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Central Street at Police Headquarters

Try your hand at Sidewalk Chalk Art

sponsored by Abington Parks and Recreation

Island Grove Guided History Tour 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Meet at Lake Street side of Bridge

sponsored by the Historical Society

Sunday, June 13thth

Scout Encampment at Island Grove – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm.

Boy Scouts and Venturing Crew 41

Civil War Encampment at Island Grove – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Demonstrations of Camp Life

Religious Service

Skirmish at 1:00 p.m.

Open Air Worship Service – 10:00 a.m.

sponsored by the United Church of Christ in Abington

Assembling at the Abolitionist Stone – All are welcome!

Barkapalooza – Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Abington Dog Park, 441 Summer Street

Calendar contest, raffles, sales, supply drive for Animal Control

Sponsored by the Friends of Abington Dog Park

In addition to the Schedule of Events, the folks at Abington’s United Church of Christ with assistance from the First Baptist Church in Abington are hosting An Opportunity for Giving and Caring on Saturday, June 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at both Island Grove Park and Abington Police Station.  There will be collection bins on site for Sox for the homeless, Toys for “Birthday Wishes” and Paper Goods for St. Vincent de Paul.  Folks will also have an opportunity to Make a Card/Send a Message for our Service Members here and abroad.

The Abington Celebrates committee will have their new limited-edition commemorative “Wave” Hats.  Hats will be available throughout Flag Day/Founder’s Day weekend with a $20 donation to Abington Celebrates to help fund family events throughout the year. Checks can be made payable to Town of Abington and can also be sent to 500 Gliniewicz Way, Abington, MA 02351. Please note in the memo line:  Abington Celebrates.  All donations are tax deductible.

The committee, currently arranges three annual town-wide family-oriented celebrations offered as free to all.  In addition to Flag Day/Founders Day, Oktoberfest celebrations are held on Columbus Day weekend this year and Christmas at Island Grove is celebrated the second weekend in December.  For more information, follow Abington Celebrates on Facebook or email abingtoncelebrates@gmail.com.

Article written by Michele Christian

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