LONDONDERRY — As the 120th annual Old Home Day celebration kicks off next week, one night of fun includes fireworks, music and a newly formed competitive game between representatives of two of the original Nutfield towns.
Old Home Day traditionally includes a benefit softball game as part of Friday night's schedule. This year's game on Friday, Aug. 16 will be a fun competition between Londonderry's Police and Fire departments against Derry's Police and Fire departments.
The game starts at 6 p.m. at the Londonderry High School baseball field.
When the first settlers arrived here in 1719 they established the community of Nutfield. It was one tract of land that eventually broke off to become other towns.
All Nutfield towns — Londonderry, Derry, Windham and the part of Manchester known as Derryfield — have planned activities throughout the year. This year's Old Home Day in Londonderry will have some added historical features.
Following the game, the night continues with a concert on the upper lacrosse field near the high school football field. Friends of Music will be selling food and drinks with all proceeds going to support music programs in the school district. The band performing this year is Manchuka.
At the end of the concert, fireworks will light up Londonderry's sky at approximately 8:45 p.m. with best viewing locations from the lacrosse field.
Atlas Fireworks will provide the spectacle for the 20-minute show, with music added into the performance.
These are new venues for both concert and fireworks this year. A rain date of 8:45 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18 is for fireworks only.
For information visit oldhomedays.com.