Three hundred seven years old and counting!
Hopkinton, founded on December 13, 1715, has held many anniversary celebrations over the centuries including a spectacular 300th. Events commemorating the tricentennial took place over much of the 2015, culminating in a fabulous celebration complete with fireworks, food trucks, and a parade organized by the Friends of Hopkinton.
Ten thousand people attended the firemen’s parade and muster as part of the 250th celebration in June, 1965. Thousands also gathered over the July 4th holiday in 1915 for a massive parade, amateur athletic games and oyster suppers. Additionally, graduates of all classes Hopkinton High School held a reunion in 1915, founding the first alumni association with former school teacher Miss Aimee Phipps presiding.
You might notice that these celebrations have something in common – they were all held on warm summer and autumn dates. With this week’s snow and temperatures in the twenties, we can probably agree this was a winning strategy.
Happy Birthday, Hopkinton!
Anne Mattina is a Board Member and Vice President at the Hopkinton Historical Society