Margery Parcher's Legacy

Margery Parcher loved Duxbury, the beach, and especially the people. She was a painter, an avid tennis player, a caring mother and her yellow 1953 MG TD was a familiar sight around town. She considered the Fourth of July to be a time for families to celebrate the birth of our nation and many socialized on her front lawn enjoying the parade each year. When she died in 1984, her children Allison, Rich, Chip, and Billy wanted an appropriate memorial for their mother. Because the parade had been such an important part of the family’s life, they asked for contributions to the parade fund in lieu of flowers. Contributions that year came to nearly $5,000, and since then, the town has used The Margery Parcher Fund as a repository for Fourth of July donations. Each year, the parade is paid for by donations made to the Margery Parcher Fund and support from the Town of Duxbury. In addition, the Margery Parcher Cup is awarded each year to the parade participant that truly represents the spirit of the 4th of July. The cup's base is engraved with the name of each year's winner and is on display at the Duxbury Free Library.​

Previous Winners:

1998: Tinkertown Neighborhood Assn.

1999: Duxbury High School Class of 1949

2000: Tinkertown Neighborhood Assn.

2001: Corner Stone Lodge

2002: Duxbury Fire Dept & Duxbury Police Dept.

2003: American Legion Post 223

2004: Duxbury 4th of July Committee

2005: Col. Ronald J. Johnson U.S. Marines

2006: Duxbury Free Library "The Bookmarks"

2007: In Memory of P.F.C. Matthew Bean

2008: Duxbury Interfaith Council

2009: The Duxbury Clipper

2010: The Mutkoski Family

2011: The Margery Smith Parcher Family

2012: The Duxbury 375th Committee

2013: Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corp.

2014: Duxbury's Community Spirit

2015: Duxbury Rural Historical Society

2016: Plymouth Welcome Home Vietnam Vets

2017: Duxbury Flag Football

2018: Cub Scouts Pack 1776

2021: Draco

The 2018 Award was given to Cub Scouts Pack 1776 for their float entitled, "What an American Is." The parade theme was "America's Greatest Icons." They also had Cub Scouts marching with photos of their favorite American icons.