LONDONDERRY — The community's traditional celebration every August gets pared down this year due to coronavirus concerns.

The annual Old Home Day is Saturday, Aug.15 and will consist of two events to be held that day, instead of the traditional list of daily events over a five-day schedule.

First, Millennium Running will host the Boot Scootin' Boogie 5K road race, held between 2 and 5 p.m. Details regarding the race, including the route and how to register, can be found at  millenniumrunning.com/boots.

The second event is the annual fireworks display on Saturday night, starting between 8:30 and 9 p.m., depending on the level of darkness.

The fireworks will originate from a field behind Londonderry High's gym, and viewing is best from the following five parking areas: the high school gym parking lot; the upper lot at Matthew Thornton Elementary School; the lower lot at Matthew Thornton Elementary school; the high school's "plateau" lot, and the parking lot at Moose Hill School.

People are asked to remain in their cars to view the fireworks, or if ample space is available to ensure safe distancing, people can set up chairs in front or next to vehicles for viewing.

The changes in this year's Old Home Day schedule came about due to the pandemic.

Earlier this year, a new committee was put in place to organize the celebration, held in Londonderry for more than 100 years. Popular events like the parade, Senior Night, Kidz Night, and booths on the Common were deemed too risky to be held due to virus concerns this year.

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