Foxborough Founders day Saturday June 10, 2017: Come to the Birthday Party!

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 6/2017

If you have lived in Foxborough for any amount of time, you are probably familiar with the Founders Day schedule. Founders Day begins at 10 AM as the first blasts of the fire engine trucks announce the start of the parade. About an hour later, the parade has made its way to Booth Field, and for the next four hours or so Foxborough-based community service organizations, churches, fraternal organizations, schools, the scouts, and all Foxborough-based groups who help make Foxborough a better place run games, contests, make incredible food, and offer fun for everyone.

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Top 10 reasons to come to Foxborough Founders Day!

Founders Day Montage - Rick Haddad Photo
Founders Day Montage – Rick Haddad Photo

By Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter, 6/2015

From the home office in Foxborough Massachusetts, and with grateful appreciation to David Letterman, here are the top 10 reasons Foxborough Founders Day is awesome and how you can make a difference!

  • NUMBER 10: THE PARADE! The Foxborough Founders day parade is an exceptionally impressive spectacle. Yes, we have all been to parades in our lives, but this one is uniquely OURS because Foxborough-based organizations and businesses are encouraged to participate – and they do!
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Foxborough Founders Day 2014

Founders Day 2014 Logo

By Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 6/2014

“From humble beginnings, Foxborough Founders Day has grown into a wonderful celebration of civic pride and a chance for the community to come together for a day of fun, food and fellowship sandwiched between the pageantry of a parade and an awesome display of fireworks. The 2014 theme is, “Celebrating Foxborough Sports & Athletics” and Foxborough-based organizations and businesses are encouraged to build upon this theme as they prepare their entries for the parade.

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Foxboro Founders Day turns 25!

Founders_Day_2013_Logoby Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 6/2013

Living here for more than 20 years, and contributing to this newspapers for slightly less than that time, this columnist has been puzzling about what I could say about Founders Day that is new — in other words, what “fresh’ spin could I put on it?

After all, if you’ve lived here for any amount of time you’ve been to Founders Day — the town’s birthday and a day of celebration.

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Foxboro Founders Day 2011!

2011_founders_day_parade_049By Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 6/2011

Founders Day is here again!

The annual day-long celebration of our town’s birthday starts as you drive through Foxboro at 8:45, 9:00am, and people are already putting out beach chairs, staking out the best viewing spots. Business owners and employees are opening windows and doors, hovering, getting ready for the event. The police begin closing roads. The crowds thicken. There’s real anticipation in the air. Something special is about to happen.

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Foxboro Founders Day 2009

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter 6/2004 and 6/2008 and 6/2009 in various forms/updates

Founders Day!

The annual day-long celebration of our town’s birthday starts as you drive through Foxboro at 8:45, 9:00, and people are already putting out beach chairs, staking out the best viewing spots. Business owners and employees are opening windows and doors, hovering, getting ready for the event. The police begin closing roads. The crowds thicken. There’s real anticipation in the air.

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Foxboro Founders Day 2000

Bob Gillis and Bob Shea, Founders Day, 2001
Bob Gillis and Bob Shea, Founders Day, 2001

Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter June 2000

Well, let’s start this Founders Day column with two shocking confessions: First, I did something stupid Founders Day morning, and second, this is the first time I’ve actually watched a Founders Day parade in its entirety.

First, the stupid thing. I arrived early for the parade and parked off the railroad tracks, walked about 10 feet from my car and realized that not only had I locked the keys in the thing, but it was still running.

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