Parade celebrates Palmer’s 300th anniversary

A British businessman become Palmer's first resident in 1716

PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – Congressman Richard Neal was among the dignitaries leading the 300th anniversary parade from Palmer high school on Main street.

It’s a huge event according to the many Palmer residents who lined the parade route to Pulaski Park, where the 300th celebration continued with a picnic. Tammy Valdez has lived in Palmer all her life, and the anniversary parade means a lot to her.

Valdez told 22News, “Everyone gets together, it’s once in a lifetime. You can see friends, family.”

Brenda Lindsey moved to Palmer just four years ago, but during that short time she’s learned to love this eastern Hampden county community.

Lindsey told 22News, “I really like the school here, it’s better than the one where I used to live. So, I’m glad to have my daughter come to Palmer schools, and she loves Pathfinder.”

Doing a bit of historic research, 22News learned that a British businessman become Palmer’s first resident when he built his home along the Quaboag river in the year 1716, and the rest is history.