Your Guide To July

Hot fun in the summertime.

 

 

Wimbledon Championships Begin

Started in 1877, Wimbledon is the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis championship.

 

 

 

 

World UFO Day

Do aliens exist? Are flying saucers real? Look to the skies: The truth is out there!

 

 

 

 

Independence Day

It’s America’s 243rd birthday party, and we’re all invited! Happy Independence Day!

 

 

 

 

World Emoji Day

 When you’re unsure what to say, let emojis do the talking!

 

 

 

 

National Ice Cream Day

The perfect way to take a break from the summer heat. Go ahead, get that extra scoop.

 

 

 

International Day of Friendship

“Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.” — Edna Buchanan

 

 

 

 

 

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the MLB All-Star Games, first held on July 6, 1933, in Chicago’s Comiskey Park.

The month of July was named after Julius Caesar.

The “dog days of summer,” which run from July 3 through August 11, are often thought of as the hottest days of the year. While that may be true, the phrase actually refers to the sun’s orientation with Sirius — aka the Dog Star.

Summer Activities in Billerica!

Looking for some quality family fun right here in town? Well mark your calendars!

Start the summer off with the Summer Kick Off This Saturday!

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Then Head off to the Lampson and camp out at the The Great American Campout!

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And don’t miss out on FREE Movie nights!

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While we are at it, let’s put a rocking fun break in the
week with
 The  Summer Concert Series

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But wait…It doesn’t end there…you can take the kids to the Splash Pad at Warren Manning Park! Walk the Trails and play in the water!

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Head to the Beach! Micozzi Beach that is! Play in the sand…rent a canoe, kayak or stand up paddle boards…play some volleyball…or go fishing! 

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Enjoy Billerica in the Summer!

For more information check out the Billerica Recreation Website or the Town Of Billerica Website

In honor of flag day!

As a child of career military father, a flag was always present at our home and I proudly display mine at my home.

People show their love for America by displaying flags along streets, hanging them from porches, and proudly carrying them in the town parade. Old Glory is everywhere. But did you know there are official rules on properly displaying the U.S. flag? This guide from USAGov, based on the Federal Flag Code, can help you show respect for the flag:

  • When: You can display the flag outside from sunrise to sunset. If you want to fly it after dark, it will need to be lit. Don’t fly the flag during bad weather, unless it’s an all-weather flag.
  • On the porch: The union of the flag–the blue section with white stars–should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended from a rope on a pole extending from a house, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.
  • On the wall or the window: When the flag is displayed on a flat surface like a wall, the union should be at the top left.
  • On the street: The flag should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street. The flag should never touch anything beneath it, so make sure it’s hoisted at the proper height.
  • At the office: Suspend the flag vertically with the union to the observer’s left upon entering. If the building has more than one main entrance, the flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north when entrances are to the east and west, or to the east when entrances are to the north and south. If there are entrances in more than two directions, the union should be to the east.
  • On a vehicle: The staff should be fixed firmly on the right side of the vehicle. Do not drape the flag over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or a boat.
  • Half-staff: During periods of mourning, it is common to see the flag flying at half-staff. Only presidents can proclaim such periods for a national remembrance. Governors can also declare mourning periods at a local level. In some cases, heads of federal agencies can order the flag flown at half-staff on grounds under their supervision. Traditionally, states and local governments follow the president’s proclamation during a period of national mourning.

Take care of your flag. Many dry cleaners will clean U.S. flags for free during the months of June and July. Store your flag in a well-ventilated area. If it gets wet, make sure it’s completely dry before storing it. If the flag is damaged or worn out, it should be burned and disposed of with dignity.  Many American Legions will hold a disposal ceramony on flag day if you need a place to drop of your old flags.

This Flag day, show your patriotism by proudly displaying the old Red, White and Blue!

How to fold the Flag

Step 1

To properly fold the Flag, begin by holding it waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground.

Step 2

Fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely.

Step 3

Fold the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside  .

Step 4

Make a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag.

Step 5

Turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.

Step 6

The triangular folding is continued until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner.

Step 7

When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible.

Your Guide To June

Welcome summer!

 

 

World Oceans Day

More than 70% of the Earth is covered by ocean. Pledge to do your bit for ocean conservation today!

 

 

 

Flag Day

 It’s the birthday of Old Glory — 242 years old this year. Check the official rules for displaying the Stars and Stripes.

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day

Anyone can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a dad. Thank you to dads everywhere!

 

 

 

 

Juneteenth

 

Also known as Freedom Day, this important holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.

 

  

 

First Day of Summer

Get ready for surf, sun, and sand. Summer is here again!

 

 

 

  

United Nations Public Service Day

Since 2003, this day has honored those who selflessly work to promote public service throughout the world.

 

 

 

 

The main reason people give for not buying a home is that they believe they can’t afford it[2]. But there are low- and no-down payment programs that may be able to help make buying a home a real possibility! Talk to your lender to learn more.

 

Sources
[1] Census.gov
[2] National Association of REALTORS®
[3] Zillow
[4] U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Your Guide to May

Make it a May to remember

 

 


Still using your birthday as your password? Make today the day you up your password game and take steps toward keeping your online info secure.

 

  

 

Ramadan Begins

 Marks the ninth month on the Islamic calendar and commences a month of fasting and reflection.

 

 

 

 

National Teacher Day

 Every day, teachers impact millions of lives in countless ways. Use this opportunity to show your appreciation and #ThankATeacher.

 

 

 

 

 Mother’s Day

 “A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” — Cardinal Mermillod

 

 

  


Bike to Work Day

 Join with other cyclists in your community to pedal your way to better health and a cleaner environment. Discover more cycling tips and benefits.

 

 

  

 

Memorial Day

 Honoring the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

 

 

  

 

 

“Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day” is a superstition that dates back to ancient Rome. The Romans considered May an unlucky month for weddings as it coincided with their festival for honoring the dead.

On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American astronaut to travel into space.

May is the birth month of Audrey Hepburn, Cher, Clint Eastwood, and former presidents Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy.

 

Patriots Day & Local History

Aw Patriots Day – no, it’s not just about Marathon Monday…Patriots’ Day commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 – the start of the American Revolutionary War. Since 1969 this day has been observed over a period of days before, on, and after the third Monday in April, with reenactments and parades.

Do you realize how lucky you truly are to live in an area with so much history? I didn’t always appreciate it! Yes, we had our school field trips and I remember being dragged as kid by my parents but, I honestly didn’t learn to appreciate it all until I was in my early twenties and went for a bike ride thru the Minuteman National Park. I stopped and read every informational plaque, stopped in every open historic home, watched the re-NCM_0719enactments and investigated every nook along the trail. I fell in love with the history. Since, I have re-explored every historical location I was brought to as a child and discovered new along the way!

 

Now we all know the history we have in Boston, but did you know how much history is thumbnailjust 15 minutes away from Billerica??? Have you visited Concord or thumbnail (3)Lexington yet? If not, I highly recommend it! Walk the Battle Road and imagine the Minute Men from Billerica, Bedford, Lexington, Concord and the surrounding communities coming together – banning together!

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Take a Liberty Ride Tour and visit many historical sites including the infamous Battle Green, the Belfry Tower, the Old Burying Ground, the Old North Bridge and so much more!

 

OR Better yet on Monday April 15 meet in Lexington and witness first hand at 5:30 am thumbnail (2)(yes, sorry it may be too early for some of you) how it all started! The ring of the bell, the gathering of minute men and the first shot heard around the world! (rain date April 20th at 5:30am)

 

Schedule of events – more fun stuff through out the entire weekend and also on Patriots Day in the afternoon if that 5:30am event is just way too early for you!

 

Your Guide to March

Onward, March!

 


 

Mardi Gras

Join with fellow revelers across the
globe and let the good times roll!

 

 

 


 

Daylight Saving Begins

 Trade an hour of sleep for an extra hour of daylight. Clocks turn forward at 2 a.m.

 


National Pi Day

How many reasons do you need to eat
pie on Pi Day? 3.141592653589793238462643383 …

 

 


 

St. Patrick’s Day

Originally a religious holiday, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture and heritage. Wear green or get pinched!

 

 


 

First Day of Spring

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party’.” — Robin Williams.

 

 


It’s a good thing Basketball Madness falls during the luckiest monthof the year. The odds of filling out a perfect bracket are about 1 in 9.2 quintillion, so you’ll need all the luck you can get.

Did you know the average American farmer helps to feed 165 people annually? National Agriculture Week, observed March 10-16, is a great opportunity to learn more about the food supply and recognize the essential role that agriculture plays in our world.

March is Red Cross Month — a time to honor the heroic efforts and contributions that the American Red Cross makes to people in need. Discover ways you can be a hero, too, at RedCross.org.