Wellesley takes honoring its living and deceased veterans of the United States armed services seriously. So much so that the governing body of the town, the Select Board, long ago authorized an appointed standing committee, known as The Celebrations Committee, which plans and fundraises year-round to put together the annual Veterans Celebration.
Most people call this two-day extravaganza that takes place in late May “Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend.” Everyone turns out to enjoy events and activities for all ages.
Popular events typically include an 18th-century military encampment somewhere in town; the Pancake Festival, put on by the Kiwanis Club; open houses at the DPW, the police and fire stations, the Municipal Light Plant, and at other town buildings; and much, much more.
The weekend culminates in a huge themed parade (2023’s theme was “The Boston Tea Party”), complete with a parade honoree and a reviewing stand in Wellesley Square. Late afternoon brings “Picnic in the Park” with food, rides, crafts, and ponies, followed by a concert and a spectacular fireworks display.
It’s a truly Wonderful Weekend.
How to get on the Celebrations Committee
A good way to get involved is to start out as a volunteer for the Celebrations Committee. There are over a dozen areas that need committed helpers including parade day management; picnic management; antique car and convertible management; and fundraising.
Select Board-appointed members of the Celebrations Committee
Roy Switzler, Chair
Carl Nelson, Treasurer