DERRY — A downtown tribute to not only the season but a famed horse race returns to Derry as the community hosts a Derby Day celebration on Saturday, May 1.
The day is filled with all kinds of activities including a youth fishing derby, downtown family activities, food trucks, the Kindness Rocks project, and a rail trail/mural interactive project.
The day kicks off at 7:30 a.m. at Hood Park for the Derry Lions Club/Parks and Recreation youth fishing derby. Youth can fish until noon, earn prizes for the biggest catch and enjoy time at the pond's edge during this longstanding spring tradition.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., pop up activities will take place along Broadway, hosted by Derry Public Library.
Also, the Derry History Museum at the Adams Memorial Building hosts an "Alan Shepard Day" event all day, as a tribute to East Derry native and first American in space Alan B. Shepard. The museum has an entire room filled with Shepard tributes, family items and honors earned during his career flying and in space. Shepard's famed first flight was in May 1961.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., food trucks will be located at 14 Manning St. near the town's municipal center
From noon to 3 p.m., an Alan Shepard mural painting interactive project is held off South Avenue near the town's rail trail. A new mural is taking shape on a space there that will not only honor Shepard's history in flight, but also other famed local pilots and innovators.
The Kindness Rocks project will be held at Merchant's Row, where people can stop and paint a rock with inspiration and positive messages that can be then left in areas around town for anyone to pick up.
The day also includes sidewalk sales, restaurant specials and other Derby-themed activities.