LONDONDERRY — The town's biggest celebration of the year gets underway this week.
The multi-day event runs Aug. 18 through the weekend, with a long list of activities, events, games, sports, fireworks, music and much more.
Londonderry's Old Home Day dates back more than a century, with this year's celebration returning to its former self after last year's pandemic challenges made the festival much smaller.
It was started in 1899 by then-Gov. Frank Rollins as a way to support local farmers and draw former residents and families back to communities to celebrate and join together.
Londonderry has continued the tradition of Old Home Day during the third weekend in August.
The Old Home Day schedule includes:
— Aug. 18, bingo begins at 4 p.m. at the Lions Hall pavilion on Mammoth Road. A barbecue meal will follow and then music will be provided on the Town Common. In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to the Matthew Thornton Elementary School gym.
— Aug. 19, a Battle of the Bands is held on the Town Common beginning at 5 p.m., hosted by the Londonderry Music Department
— Aug. 20, Londonderry police take on the fire department in the annual softball game at 5:30 p.m. on the Londonderry High School varsity softball field
— Aug. 20, a concert featuring the Scott Spradling Band is held at 7 p.m. in the high school parking lot. Fireworks follow at 9 p.m. behind the high school
— Aug. 21, the 2021 baby contest for all little Londonderry residents is held at 9 a.m. on the Town Common stage. The Old Home Day parade steps off from the middle school at 10:15 a.m. The Londonderry Lions Club hosts a fun day beginning at 11:30 a.m. with the 603 beer tent, fun axe play for children featuring inflatable axes, and a cornhole tournament.
The Londonderry Democrats headquarters on Litchfield Road welcomes Granite State author Dan Sczesny and his daughter Uma on Aug. 21 for a book signing and meet and greet for a new field guide/book "NH Rocks that Rock," at approximately noon. Signed books will be available and masks and social distancing protocols will be in place. The event is also the grand opening of the building's lending library.
The Town Common at the intersection of Mammoth and Pillsbury roads will be filled with vendors and booths all day Aug. 21.
A Wildcats Kidz Zone features a live animal show, STEM programs, games, dunk tank, and other carnival games and activities. The Town Common bandstand will also feature a long list of musicians and bands playing throughout the day.
A meet and greet with the band Recycled Percussion takes place on the Town Common from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Also on Aug. 21 is a Revolutionary War encampment on the grounds of the Londonderry Historical Society’s Morrison House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Later that day at 6:30 pm. is the Boot Scottin’ Boogie 5K and Brewfest at Sargent Field.
For information about Old Home Day, visit the event’s Facebook page.