Joe Buongiorno leads the children’s parade at the Ward 6 Fourth of July Festival. (Antoine Cammalleri)

PEABODY — Each of the city’s six neighborhoods held events commemorating the Fourth of July holiday.

Although each neighborhood has its own distinct flavors and traditions, the only constant across the city on July 4 is always ice cream, as in Treadwell’s Ice Cream.

Treadwell owner, Councilman Tom Gould, said he has been donating ice cream for the neighborhood’s July 4th celebrations since he bought Treadwells 22 years ago.

“It’s a Fourth of July tradition and it’s nice to be able to give,” Gould said. “I think this year five of the six neighborhoods asked for donations. After that, they just come for him. We opened at 6:30 this morning and almost all the ice cream had been collected by 9:30.

Ward 4 celebrated Monday at Emerson Park. The day started with a special $8,500 check giveaway from Cops for Kids with Cancer to Zoe, a young girl battling cancer.

“It was a big ceremony and so many people were in tears thinking about what Zoe is going through and how strong she is,” said Julie Daigle, councilor for Ward 4. “The family was very touched and we are all very happy to be able to help in a small way.”

Old school games and contests, crafts, hot dogs and burgers. A popular hit this year was the bouncy house with long lines almost all day.

Daigle, in her first year as ward councilor, spared no effort to publicize the party. In the days leading up to the event, she roamed the neighborhood, handing out flyers to promote the event.

“I mainly targeted some of the areas that don’t usually come up,” Daigle said. “It was really just to get the word out to people who might not have been aware that it’s a really fun day to get out and be with neighbors and friends and family.”

Former Ward 5 Councilman Joel Saslaw and his family also took part in the festivities.

“It’s been really nice and it’s a great crowd,” he said. “I’m just happy to be able to be here to celebrate our country’s anniversary.”

Ward 4 resident Angie Brown celebrated the fourth in style – as Uncle Sam, sparking a lot of curiosity among the little ones.

“I have the costume and I live across the street,” said Brown, who also dresses up as Santa and the Easter Bunny.

“I love doing it and I’ve been everywhere in costume, everyone really loves it. I love bringing the stage.

Daigle said about 40 volunteers helped organize the games and contests and handed out about 120 hot dogs and 300 juicy hamburgers.

“We couldn’t do it without the volunteers who have been so helpful,” Daigle said. “We basically started from scratch and just decided to work our way through it as the day progressed. It was great to see everyone smiling and having fun.

The day included a one-mile run, DJ, crafts, and egg toss.

“We have 150 eggs, so we can accommodate just about anyone who wants to participate,” Daigle said.

One of the popular events was the potato sack race. Daigle tried out the old college and competed in the 12+ division. For the record, even if she didn’t win, she didn’t finish last.

The Ward 1 event, hosted by Craig Welton, was held in Raddin Park on Monday. The celebration began with a patriotic parade followed by various contests and games, hot dogs and burgers and, of course, ice cream from Treadwell’s.

The Ward 2 event, hosted by Peter McGinn at Welch School, had a little something for everyone, including pony rides for the kids, field games and contests, a parade, face painting and a misting tent. The day included a free raffle and lots of prizes for everyone. The day ended with pizza and ice cream.

At Connolly Park during Stephani Peach’s Ward 3 celebration, the day began with a parade of decorated bikes for the children and ended with a traditional egg toss. In between were field races and contests, crafts, food and drink, and cotton candy.

Dave Gamache’s Ward 5 celebration began at Kiley School with a patriotic parade of children’s bicycles, tricycles and horse-drawn carriages, led by a police escort to Lt. Ross Park, where there were many activities and prizes for all. Pizzas and a Big Pig barbecue were served.

In Ward 6, Councilor Mark O’Neill offered many traditional activities (parade, hot dogs and burgers, egg toss to name a few) and some fun twists at Symphony Park on Sunday. There was moon bounce and corn hole games, a basketball free throw contest and coins in the hay. Curious Creatures brought an assortment of interesting animals.

Peabody resident Joe Buongiorno led a festive parade around the park, in which children riding bikes and toy cars followed his red, white and blue tractor. Buongiorno said he started leading the festival’s bicycle parade as an opportunity to have fun with his grandchildren and every year he had to maintain his tractor decorations with the children’s creative bicycle decor.

“I think it’s great. Every year I notice the crowds getting bigger and parents inflating their vehicles, maybe because I have that [tractor], but everyone got better at decorating their vehicles. It’s good to see people outside having fun,” Buongiorno said.

O’Neill was throwing nickels into the children’s hay field as they watched expectantly.

“This is a fun event that we can host because the Town of Peabody is able to host a celebration like this in every neighborhood in town for the 4th of July weekend. Ward 6 has always had a great turnout and this year is no different,” O’Neill said. “I remember doing all these activities when I was a kid. It’s just a big community event.

“A lot of good things are happening in this city and this 4th of July is one of them,” Gould said.

Anne Marie Tobin can be reached at [email protected]

Anthony Cammalleri can be contacted at [email protected]