Swifts Beach parade celebrates Independence Day with style

By Matthew Bernat | Jul 04, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Kyle Nettland waves as he passes spectators during the Swifts Beach Improvement Association's annual Fourth of July parade.

While Wareham got its fireworks display out of the way on Saturday, residents of Swifts Beach neighborhood still had some celebrating to do on the Fourth of July.

Since 1946, the Swifts Beach Improvement Association has held an annual parade in the tight-knit neighborhood. There’s no fire engines, military vehicles or marching band – just families walking and riding bikes alongside a handful of homemade floats.

And residents said that’s exactly how they like it.

Marchers made their way past neighbors who stood on front lawns waving as the group walked down Pleasant Street.

While the mood was festive, organizers said the absence of Janet Nichols-Davies, who passed away in May, was felt.

“She was the queen of the parade,” said Rosemary Pacheco. “She drew everybody together.”

Nichols-Davies had served as the Swifts Beach Improvement Association’s secretary for many years. She and her husband, Raymond Davies, have long been active in the Swifts Beach community.

“We miss her very much,” said Pacheco. “But today is a perfect day for the parade, and she would have loved it.”

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