Bedford Day is back!
The Town of Bedford will be celebrating Bedford Day on Saturday, September 18.
The Town looks forward to a fun-filled day!
Please read the information below for details on the day's events including timing, traffic delays, and road closures. Questions about Bedford Day can be directed to the Recreation Department (781-275-1392). Bedford Day occurs rain or shine; if severe weather leads to a cancellation, there is no rain date. Please note that Bedford Day will occur as public health conditions allow, and any changes will be reflected on this page and on social media.
The road race begins at 8:30 a.m. from John Glenn Middle School. Expect runners and police officers assisting with the race on the following roadways: McMahon Road, Concord Road, Davis Road, and some of the side roads within the Davis Road loop. The roadways will be open, but please use caution while traveling. For more information and to register please to go https://friendsformatty.org/mattys-5k-road-race/.
Dozens of local groups and organizations will be marching and riding in the Bedford Day Parade. The parade route is from The Great Road and Loomis Street, north on The Great Road and turns left onto Mudge Way. It begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at approximately 11:30 a.m.
The Great Road (from Loomis to North & Concord Roads) will be closed for the parade at 10 a.m. until approximately noon. Traffic will be detoured around the event during those times. Loomis Street between Webber and The Great Road will be closed at 9:30 a.m. for parade staging. There will be an extension of the overnight parking ban on The Great Road throughout the morning until after the parade ends. During the road closure, the MBTA Route 62/76 combo will use a modified route (Outbound: from The Great Road->right on Brooksbie Road->left on Page Road->right on Springs Road onto its regular route; Inbound: from Springs Road->left on Page Road->right on Brooksbie Road->left on The Great Road onto its regular route).
The Bedford Day Fair features booths with dozens of local groups, entertainment, activities, and food vendors, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the Town Campus between Town Hall and the Police Station. Public restrooms will be available in the Town Center (Yellow) building, the Library, and the Police Station. No traffic or parking will be allowed on Mudge Way during the fair, and no parking will be allowed at any time on September 18 behind Town Center. See list of booths (https://www.bedfordma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6866/f/uploads/fair_alphab...) and map (https://www.bedfordma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6866/f/uploads/fair_map_20...).
The Bedford Health Department is offering free COVID-19 (ages 12+) and Flu (ages 8+) vaccinations from 9 a.m. – noon at the big white tent behind the Town Center (Yellow) Building. Please see this page for all the information, including a registration link for flu shots: https://www.bedfordma.gov/health-department/news/bedford-day-free-flu-va.... Please note that Emerson Hospital will not be on-site to perform health screenings. Masks will be available at this tent for anyone who would like to wear one at Bedford Day but may have forgotten to bring one.
The Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library are hosting their Fall Book Sale outdoors under the library's portico from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.bedfordlibrary.net/events/event/friends-fall-book-sale-4/
The Bedford Arts and Crafts Society annual regional art show will be held in the Town Center building from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Masks are required, as the art show will be held indoors. http://www.bacsma.org/bedford-day/
For the first time, (due to the pandemic-related cancellation of July 4th fireworks) fireworks will be included as part of Bedford Day! The fireworks display will start at 7:30 p.m. The suggested viewing area is the fields between Bedford High School and Town Hall/Town Center (the fireworks will be launched from a site on the John Glenn Middle School campus). Sabourin Field (the football field) will be closed. Bedford Farms Ice Cream will be on hand selling cups of their best-selling fall flavors and cookie sandwiches. Spectators are asked to not arrive prior to 6:00 p.m, and are reminded not to leave any items unattended (especially bags and coolers) to avoid removal by the Police. The use of bug spray is strongly recommended, as is wearing long sleeves and long pants. Portable restrooms and handicap parking will be available. Railroad Avenue and McMahon Road will have closures in advance of and during the fireworks display.