We are sold out of flags online but there may be one or two left at the Chamber of Commerce. If you have not yet purchased your flag please email info@yankeehomecoming and we will contact you when we restock.
Do you know how amazing our community is – well we do! Thank you to everyone who has donated to our food drive that has been going strong for over 2 years now. Every week we are able to donate these items to one of our local food pantries. For more information see our FOOD DRIVE PAGE
Yankee Homecoming Brings Out the Best…
July 30th – August 7th 2022
Well done, Newburyport! Despite a week of unprecedented hot weather, the Greater Newburyport community celebrated in high spirits last week during the 64th annual celebration of Yankee Homecoming (YHC). All events saw great attendance, from the opening day at Olde Fashioned Sunday and Art on the Mall, to the closing events of the fireworks on Saturday and the parade on Sunday.
The evening waterfront concerts were fabulous, so much talent! The Road Rally saw twenty-three cars drive around our town finding answers to clues on their direction sheets. Local fitness establishments provided a work-out each morning at the waterfront, and the Coast Guard open house on Thursday was a wonderful family event.
After two years of changing up YHC to deal with the Covid pandemic, we were thrilled to be able to honor our veterans with a sit-down meal on Tuesday, honor our volunteer awardees at a sit-down function at the Council on Aging/Community Center on Wednesday, to provide musical entertainment to area nursing home residents also on Wednesday, and YHC brought back Family Day last Saturday at the Nock middle School. The children had a blast. So many fun activities!
The talent from the young musician at the Battle of the Bands was amazing, and the waiter/waitress race was so much fun to watch, as always. Downtown was bustling with the craft fair and sidewalk sales and the food booths. It was great to see so much activity. Don’t forget to mail in your Newburyport purchase receipts to enter the Support Local raffle!
The Heritage Tours are always well attended, as was our new event, Know Your Community Information Fair at the COA/Community Center. At the fair there were fifty-six organizations presenting information about their programs and services to all attendees.
Our two fundraisers during the week, the Geno Golf tournament and the Brewfest were also a great success. These two events, passing the bucket at the concerts, and our generous sponsors, allow YHC to present all other events free of charge.
Big shout-out thank yous to the YHC Board of Directors, (who are now busy planning 2023), to the Events Chairs, whose leadership and hard work made each event a great success, to the wonderful volunteers in their red shirts, for countless hours of hard work in the hot sun, (done with smiles), and to all who participated in the events of the past week. I know I had a great time!
Lastly a heart-felt thank you to the DPW for their daily work in setting up for events and cleaning up afterwards. These men and women ensured that the YHC celebration was a safe and fun time for all.
2022 Yankee Homecoming