Sunday’s 55th Annual VFW Santa Parade Brings Downtown Parking Restrictions

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In preparation for Sunday’s 55th Annual VFW Santa Parade, downtown residents and visitors are being informed of parking restrictions.

The parade, “Santa Celebrates Haverhill’s Heroes,” begins at Hunking School on South Main Street at 1 p.m., continues down 125 over the Basiliere bridge and takes a left onto Merrimack Street. It will march downtown to Washington Square and take a right onto Emerson Street, ending at the Boys and Girls Club.

Although the parade runs from 1-4 p.m., Merrimack Street, from 125 to Emerson Street; Emerson Street to Bailey Boulevard; and all of Bailey Boulevard will be closed from noon-4:30 p.m. There will be no parking on any of these downtown streets, and vehicles not moved by noon will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. Cars also will not be allowed to leave any parking lot located the closed area.

The Haverhill Police Department will have officers on duty at the parade and will be able to assist residents in case of extreme emergency.

Those with questions are asked to email the VFW Santa Parade Committee at [email protected]. There’s also more information at

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