ESSEX -- The town's Bicentennial Committee planned activities for each month of 2019 for Essex's Bicentennial. August saw two: food trucks and fireworks on Friday, Aug. 9; and a parade of floats and bands on Saturday. Aug. 10. police estimated between 3,000 and 4,000 people attended each of the weekend's event.

People cheer on floats driving by on Main Street, Route 133. Essex hosted  its Bicentennial Parade on Saturday morning. 

Smokey the Bear, who turned 75 on Friday, waves to parade goers as he rides a float in Essex's Bicentennial Parade on Saturday morning. 

Middlesex County 4-H Fife and Drum Corps performs during the Bicentennial Parade. Essex hosted its Bicentennial Parade on Saturday morning.

James Stavros, 10, of Essex, attempts to catch a bubble coming off a float at the parade.

The Aleppo Shriners drive their motorcycles in unison during the parade. Essex hosted their Bicentennial Parade Saturday morning.  

Eva Leadvaro, 3, of Beverly, left, and her mom Haley Bancal, right, cheer on the floats.

Boston Firemans Band performs during the parade. Essex hosted its Bicentennial Parade Saturday morning.  8/10/19

Manchester Essex Hornets cheerleaders pose for a photo while they march in the Essex Bicentennial Parade. The cheerleading squad is the first …