Local Independence Day celebrations
4th of July activities will take place at NARA Park starting at 6 p.m. The Lois Greco Band will play and immediately following their performance the fireworks begin. Free shuttle buses will run from Nagog Park Drive beginning at 4 p.m. Food-vendors will be on site with a variety of food and beverages available for purchase. Free except for food. For more information click here or call the Recreation Department at 978-264-9608.
Amesbury Days are June 27-July 4, and offer a variety of family events. On June 27, opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. Look for a performance by the Merrimack Valley Concert Band from 6:15-7:30 p.m. at Millyard Park Amphitheatre.
On June 28, the annual block-party will be held at Huntington Square Gazebo.
On Thursday, June 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. the Senior Citizen Annual Cookout will be held at the Holy Family Parish Hall (dinner will be served from 4-5:30 p.m. ) Also on June 29, at the Millyard Park Amphitheatre, The Marcus Gale So Glad Concert will take place from 6-7 p.m. and the Navy Band Newport Show Band will perform from 7-8 p.m.
June 30th at 7:30 a.m. The Alliance for Amesbury 17th Annual Absolutely Amesbury Golf Tournament begins at the Amesbury Golf and Country Club. Also that day from 3:30-7:30 p.m. the Strawberry Festival will be held at the Main Street Congregational Church. There will also be a Magic Show by Almodarr Grand Illusions from 6-7 p.m. and The Time Travelers Oldies Band will play from 7-9 p.m. at the Millyard Park Amphitheatre.
July 1st at Lake Gardner from 10 a.m. to noon is Lake Gardner Beach Family Fun Day. Also on July 1 is Karaoke Night from 7-9 p.m. at Millyard Park Amphitheatre. Sign up for this event begins at 5 p.m.
On July 2nd catch a performance by Ron St. Jean from 6-8 p.m. at Millyard Park Amphitheatre. July 3rd, EJ Ouellette and Crazy Maggy will perform from 7-9 p.m. at Millyard Park Amphitheatre.
On July 4th, there will be a Pancake Breakfast in the Pines from 7-11 a.m. , an auction and picnic from noon-1:30 p.m. at Pines Town Park, and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. at Woodsom Farm.
4th of July Celebrations begin at Andover High School with a performance by the Bill Winniker Band followed by a fireworks display. Then on the 4th of July there will be a pancake breakfast and Horribles Parade in the park, followed by a performance by the Middlesex Concert Band at 11 a.m. (also in the park). For more information click here.
Celebrate The 4th of July at Robbins Farm Park. There will be musical entertainment from the John Penny Band starting at 7 p.m. and the Boston Pops Orchestra and Fireworks will be broadcast on the giant screen at 10:30 p.m. The event is free. For more information click here.
4th of July celebrations begin on Saturday, July 1, at noon, with a parade that will lead everyone from Main Street to Pirone Park. After the parade there will be food, drinks, and entertainment at the park until the fireworks display at dusk.
For more information call 978-772-8220.
Celebrate July 4th with a picnic on the Common, and enjoy strawberry shortcake for desert as part of a fundraiser for the Bedford Minutemen. Also on the Common, Yankee Notions Band will perform from 11-1 p.m. Childrens Entertainer Marcus Gale will also perform from 11-12:15p.m. From 11-2 p.m. there will also be games on the Common and a fire truck wash at 1 p.m. After 2 p.m. , celebrations continue at Springs Brook Park Swim Facility, where admission is $7; watermelon will be served and the sand castle contest judging will begin at 2:45. For more information go here.
Plan to get to the Esplanade early on Tuesday, July 4, for the annual concert and fireworks display (the best in New England). Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will headline this year's Pops! Goes the 4th concert and fireworks spectacular beginning at 8 p.m. on the Esplanade. The Boston Pops led by conductor, Keith Lockhart will perform traditional patriotic favorites. The event concludes with the fireworks display at 10:30 - highlighted by Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
While Boston is best known for the concert and fireworks on the esplanade, there are more events you should check out. On Monday, July 3rd raise your patriotic spirit at the Official Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall Plaza at 9 a.m. Follow the parade at 9:40 a.m. to Old Granary Burial Ground where theres a Halt for Honor, during which the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company places wreaths on the graves of Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine and Peter Faneuil. The parade then continues to the Old State House for a 10 a.m. reading of The Declaration of Independence. The parade ends at 10:30 a.m. at Faneuil Hall where patriotic songs and exercises prevail. For more information click here.
Rarely presented in its entirety the Boston by Foot Trail led to Bostons freedom and a nations liberation. Highlights of the tour include Faneuil Hall, The Cradle of Liberty; The Old North Church where the famous signal lanterns were hung; The Old State House, where The Declaration of Independence was first read in Boston; and the USS Constitution. Admission to this tour is $15. Meet at the foot of the State House steps, on Beacon Street across from the Boston Common. For more information click here.
Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area
With a wonderful vantage point, from Castle Island enjoy the 4th of Julys 21-gun salute by the USS Constitution and noon followed by a 19-gun salute to the Commonwealth. For more information click here.
Braintrees 33rd Annual Fabulous Forth Celebration" will be held at the Braintree High School field. Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. with an open-air flea market. Live music, amusement rides, a public safety equipment parade, and visits from US Army personnel begin at noon. Prior to the fireworks display at 10 p.m. there will be a salute to Gulf War returning Veterans. For more information click here.
Bridgewater is also celebrating its 350th Town Anniversary on Tuesday. The parade in downtown Bridgewater starts at 10 a.m.. A festival at Bridgewater State College will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The evening entertainment at Legion Field will include a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. For more information on the day's activities, please click here.
The Brockton Fair runs June 29th through July 9th, with amusement rides and a demolition derby daily. Fireworks displays on June 30, July 3, 4 and 8 at 10:30 p.m. There is also a special fireworks display on July 7th sponsored by the Brockton Rox immediately following the baseball game. For more information click here or call 508-586-8000
4th of July Activities will take place July 2-4 at Canton High School and will include a large midway with concessions, concerts, a petting-zoo and childrens entertainment. There will also be a Gala fireworks display on Tuesday, July 4 at 10 p.m. For more information click here.
Charlestown Navy Yard
On July 1st, the annual Sunset Parade will take place. This event showcases reenactments and musical selections from the 19th Century, arguably the USS Constitutions heyday. See fife and drum corps, 1812 Marine drill demos, ships guns exercises and more culminating in Old Ironsides famous evening colors ceremony complete with live cannon fire. For more information click here.
Celebrate the 4th of July with Chelmsfords Annual 4th of July Parade that begins at 10 a.m. at the McCarthy Middle School. Also the Chelmsford Country Fair will be held on July 3 from 6-10 p.m. and July 4 from 9-3 p.m. on the Common. For more information call 978-256-0350 or 978-250-9227.
The Danvers Family Festival 2006 celebrates the holiday on July 3 from 4-9 p.m. at Plains Park with music, entertainment, childrens rides, parachute demonstrations and fireworks. The 58th Annual Highlands Bean Supper will also be held July 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Highland Commons. The event will feature music by The Maple Sugar Celebrations Band, and costs $6. July 4th is the scheduled rain date for this event. To purchase tickets call 978-777-7785 or 978-774-0993, or note that tickets will also be sold at the door. On July 4th there will be two parades. The Highlands Horribles Parade will run from 9-11 a.m. and The Back Bay Parade will be held from 11-noon. For more information click here.
At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, there will be a free concert at Memorial Hall Museum, 10 Memorial Street. For more information click here or call 413-774-7476.
Celebrate Independence Day weekend in Duxbury from July 1-4. On July 1st from 4-10 p.m. there will be a Holiday Beach Party featuring live music, food and refreshments available, and a bonfire pending town approval.
On July 2 from 8-11 a.m. , there will be a holiday breakfast at the Cornerstone Lodge at 591 Washington Street to benefit a Duxbury scholarship. The July 4 Parade begins at 2 p.m. at Halls Corner via Washington Street and ends at Duxbury High School. Following the parade at 4 p.m. there will be a parade-award ceremony. For more information click here.
Independence Day festivities will take place on Saturday, July 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Glendale Park. Activities include morning races for all ages, a doll carriage contest, a pie eating contest, an American Idol competition, a best-decorated bike contest, carnival rides and vendors. The event is free.
The annual 4th of July celebration takes place on the Town Common from Friday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 4. Activities include amusement rides and booths as well as live music.
On Saturday, July 1st, there will be a childrens road race.
Sunday, July 2nd is Childrens Day including activities such as a puppet show, a magic show and a childrens parade.
There will be a fireworks display Monday, July 3rd at 10 p.m. and a 4th of July Parade on Tuesday at 2 p.m. For more information click here.
Celebrate July 4th with Independence Day Faire at Hathaway Park on Water Street on July 3 at noon. The celebration includes family activities, booths with food, games, raffles and prizes. That day there will also be a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
On July 4th the parade starts at 10 a.m. and runs from Copicutcq Road and travels north on S. Main Street.
The annual 2 Town 4th - 4th of July Celebration kicks off with a pancake breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Community House, at 284 Bay Road (Route 1A). The cost of this event is $6. A decorated bike parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Methodist Church and proceeds to Patton Park. At 10:30 a.m. , Tarmac will give a free concert at the gazebo at Patton Park. For more information click here or call 978-468-4818.
On July 3, there will be a concert followed by fireworks display at 10 p.m. at Haverhill Stadium on Lincoln Ave. The concert will feature 10-year-old Haverhill country singer Joshua Williams and the bands Hysteria and Airtight. The rain date for this event is July 5th at 10 p.m.
Celebrate the 4th of July with The Great Harvard 4th of July Road Race. Registration is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and costs $15 for the 5K and $5 for the fun run. The 5K race begins at Bromfield High School at 8:45, and the fun run begins at 9:45. For more information click here.
On Friday, June 30, there will be a fireworks display starting at approximately 9 p.m. at the Hingham Bathing Beach. On Tuesday, July 4th, there is a 7 a.m. road race, a pancake breakfast at Hingham Common from 7-9:45 a.m. and the annual 4th of July Parade begins at 10 a.m. For more information click here.
Ipswich On Monday, July 3rd from 5-10 p.m. is the Independence Day Concert as well as fireworks at Castle Hill, Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road. The concert features music from Ipswichs own Blind Billy and the Spectacles and Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. For the children there will be entertainment from The Boston Childrens Theatre and Alexander the Juggler. Tickets for members are $10 adult and $5 children, and for non-members $20 adult and $10 children, and can be purchased in advance or at the gate. For more information click here.
This years 4th of July celebration will take place on Sunday, July 2, at Riverfront Park. Beginning at approximately 7 there will be games and activities for children and families and a fireworks display at 9:30. For more information call 978-794-5872.
The Lexington Lions Club is holding its annual holiday carnival at the Center Playground on Worthen Road from Friday, June 30 at 5 p.m. through Tuesday, July 4. Admission is $1. On Monday, July 3rd at 9:30 p.m. , The Lions Club is also sponsoring a fireworks display. For more information click here.
On July 3 at Red Rock Park the Squirrel Hill Old Tyme Band will perform at 7 p.m. , and will be followed by a fireworks display at approximately 9 p.m. A rain date for the fireworks has been set as July 5th at 9 p.m.
In each of the cities eight wards a mini-festival in honor of the 4th of July will be held. Ward 1 will celebrate on Saturday, July 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Green Street Park. Ward 2 will celebrate on both Monday, July 3 from 6-9:30 p.m. and Tuesday, July 4, from 9:30-1 p.m. at Devir Park. Ward 3s celebration will take place July 3 from 7-9 p.m. and July 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Amerige Park. Ward 4 will celebrate July 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coytemore Lea Park. Ward 5s celebration will take place on Sunday, July 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Forestdale Park. Ward 6 will celebrate at Trafton Park from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 1. At Lincoln Commons from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 4th Ward 7 will celebrate. Finally, Ward 8 will celebrate from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Linden Park.
On July 3 there will be a fireworks display over Manchester Harbor at 9 p.m. On July 4th at 9 a.m. there will be an Independence Day Parade. For more information call 978-283-1601 or click here here.
The annual 4th of July Weekend presented by Marblehead Festival Arts will offer free activities from July 1-4, including art exhibits, a kite festival, sand sculpture competition, a theater festival, a film festival, Horribles Parade, and plenty of outdoor music and entertainment at Crocker Park. Parking is available at Marblehead High School with a free Festival Trolley running to exhibit areas from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. At 9 p.m. on July 4th, there will be a fireworks display at the harbor. For more information click here or, more specifically for fireworks here.
Marshfields Birth of a Nation Celebration begins on the Town Hall green at Webster Plaza at 9 a.m. on July 4. The celebration begins with the presentation of the colors by town police officers, the singing of the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited. Following this 29 residents will take turns reading from the Declaration of Independence. This event concludes with a patriotic sing-a-long and a childrens parade of decorated bicycles and doll carriages. Residents interested in participating in the reading of the Declaration of Independence should call 781-837-0431.
Methuen Monday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m. the band Beatlejuice will begin the first of two sets in anticipation of the synchronize fireworks display that begins at 9:30 p.m. Methuen High School Band parents will be selling concessions. July 5 is the scheduled rain date. For more information click here or call 978-983-8590
The annual Summerfest begins on Friday, June 30, at 7 p.m. with live music and amusement rides as well as a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Activities on July 4 begin with a pancake breakfast from 6:30-9 a.m., and a parade at 10 a.m. on Main Street. The rest of the day is filled with live music and amusement rides and activities. For more information click here.
Town of Nahant 4th of July events will be held on July 4. The first event is the Dennis K. Forbush Memorial Foot Race that begins at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. Field events begin at 9 a.m. at Flash Road Playground. There will be a fireworks display at approximately 9:15 p.m. at Short Beach.
Nantucket Visitor Services is sponsoring fireworks on the 4th of July, at approximately 9 p.m. on a barge anchored off of Jetties Beach. For more information call 508-228-9025.
Needham This years annual 4th of July celebration has been themed Go 4th and Celebrate and begins on Monday, July 3, with a food tent from 5-8:45 p.m. near the Gazebo, as well as activities such as face-painting, balloon-sculpting on Memorial Field and pony rides. From 7-9:15 p.m. the Metropolitan Wind Symphony will also play a concert. There will be a fireworks display at dusk. On July 4 activities begin at 8:45 a.m. with the annual road race at the YMCA. At 9 a.m. the Go 4th and Celebrate parade begins. Also beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting until 4 p.m. there will be a craft fair and flea market. The food tent will be up and running again near the Gazebo from 10-1:30 p.m. At 11:30 a.m. there will be a Salute and Flag Raising Ceremony. From 11-1 p.m. the group Centre Stage will perform. Also beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting until 3 p.m. will be family activities including entertainment provided by Chuckles the Komic, and on the football field beginning at 12:30 p.m. there will be games for children to participate in. At Rosemary Lake from 12-2:30 p.m. the Minuteman Model Yacht Club Regatta will take place. Finally at 2 p.m. there will a swim meet at Rosemary Pool, and the Needham Little League All-Star game will begin at Diamond #2. For more information click here.
The 56th Annual July 4th Celebration at Newton Centre Playground kicks off at 10 a.m. with a Grande Pet Parade, Teddy Bear Parade, Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, foot races, with free candy, drinks & ice crea.m. Also beginning at 10 a.m. is the open-air market and amusement rides at the Russell J. Halloran Sport Complexs Albemarle Field. Also on Albemarle Field at 6 p.m. are a picnic and a free concert by the Zaitchik Bros Big Band. The day ends with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. For more information click here.
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Pepperells Annual July 4th Festivities will take place on Saturday, July 1. A craft fair at 10 a.m. on the Town Field marks the start of the days activities. There is a parade at 12:30 p.m. followed by a chicken barbeque. At 4 p.m. music and dancing starts on the back field behind the Varnum Brook School, leading up to a fireworks display at dusk. For more information click here.
The annual 4th of July Parade will begin on Tuesday, July 4, at 11 a.m. There will be a fireworks display that evening with a rain date set for July 5th. For more information click here.
On July 4 at noon and 3 p.m., Reenact the Continental Congress and the signing of the Declaration of Independence at Carriage House at Adams National Historical Park, 135 Adams St., Quincy. Participants take on the role of a delegate and debate various issues leading up to the vote for independence. Also in Quincy is a staging of the play Jefferson and Adams, a moving and powerful dramatization of the remarkable friendship between two presidents of the United States- with the forthright Mrs. Adams always playing a major role. This event takes place at the Beale Estate. For more information call 617-773-1796.
There will be a 4th of July celebration on Tuesday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to noon behind Revere High School including carnival attractions, refreshments, a DJ, face painting races and prizes. The event is free.
The Annual Independence Day Parade includes marching bands, floats and children in costumes. There is also a Firemens Parade at 6 p.m. and a bonfire and concert by the Rockport Legion Band on Rockports Back Beach at about 8:30 p.m. For more information click here or call 978-546-6575.
4th of July festivities begin at 7:15 p.m. at Salem Maritime Historic Site on Derby Wharf with a United States Air Force flyover. Following that Hillyer Festival Orchestra will play a two-hour concert, and then there will be a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Pre-concert activities for children including entertainment from DJ Doug, dancing, games, contests, prizes, free face painting and arts and crafts, begin at 4 p.m. For more information click here.
Also in Salem at the House of Seven Gables is the Nathaniel Hawthorne & Independence Day Celebration starting at 8 p.m. with an old-fashioned cookout. This event is $10. For more information click here.
4th of July activities in Swampscott include Public Safety Day on July 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On July 2, there will be a Holiday Parade at 4 p.m., and the Brian Maes Band will perform on the Town Hall lawn from 6-8:30 p.m. There will be a fireworks display on July 3 at approximately 9 p.m. On July 4th there will be town races at Phillips Park.
On Tuesday, July 4, Sudbury will celebrate Independence Day with its annual parade beginning at 1 p.m. For more information click here.
Spend the 4th of July in costume at Old Sturbridge Village. For $75 for adults and $35 for children, you and your family can spend the day in period costume, march in the parade, enjoy a picnic lunch and participate in a game of baseball. Children receive a mug and may keep their straw hats as a commemoration of this event. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult in costume. For more information, or to purchase tickets click here or call 508-347-3362 ext. 205.
Wakefield All activities in Wakefield on July 4th lead up to the annual 4th of July Parade, the theme of which this year is, American Pride Coast to Coast. The day starts with childrens activities including a fishing derby, canoe races, running races, a bicycle parade, a pet parade, a doll carriage parade and more. The 4th of July Parade begins at 4 p.m. and runs from North Avenue to the reviewing stand in front of American! Civic Center. There will also be a concert on the common from 7-11 p.m. featuring the band Replay. There will be a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. For more information click here.
On July 4th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be free childrens rides, music and food at Prospect Hill Park to celebrate Independence Day. Also from 7-9:30pm there will be live music followed by a fireworks display at Leary Field. For more information click here.
July 4th festivities will take place at Shell Point on Onset Beach. On July 1 at 8 p.m. there will be an Independence Day fireworks celebration and festivities. Fore more information click here.
On July 1 at 5 p.m. on Wessagusset Beach, 4th of July events begin with music by host and DJ Paul Quintilianic. At 6:30 p.m. The MoJo Kings will perform. The Frank Castle Orchestra will go on at 8 p.m., and at 9:15 p.m. enjoy The New Age Concert Band and fireworks. The days events include childrens amusements, and concessions featuring Weymouth Band Parents Fantastic Food Bazaar. Free bus transportation to this event starts at 5 p.m. from The McCulloch Building/Whipple Center at 182 Green Street in North Weymouth, with return trips after the fireworks display beginning at 9:30pm.
Whitman Enjoy an Old Fashioned Fourth at Town Park on Park Avenue. Beginning at 8 a.m. on July 4 enjoy road races, followed by a 10:30 a.m. bike and carriage decorating contest, field activities including; sack races, a childrens parade, standing long jump, 100 yard dash, parent/child three legged race, moonwalk, face painting, tug-o-wars, music, clowns and more.
Fun on the Fourth in Wilmington starts on Wednesday, June 28th, with a $7 Rotary Club dinner, a performance by Tuxedo Junction, a carnival and horseshoes beginning at 6pm, and a Ladies 2-mile walk that begins at 6:30.
On Thursday, June 28th events begin at 6 p.m. with another $7 sponsored by Wilmington Jr Camps dinner, carnival and horseshoes, as well as a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, a performance by Mojo and a road race.
Friday, June 29th activities also include a $7 dinner starting at 5:30 sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, carnival, 3 on 3 basketball tournament and horseshoes as well as a performance by Hush and hospital bed races.
On Saturday, July 1, Family Day, activities begin at 7 a.m. with a $4 breakfast sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the carnival begins at noon, and there is also a $3 lunch at noon sponsored by the Wilmington Community Fund. There is also a $7 dinner at 5:30 p.m. sponsored by the Sons of Italy; a performance by In Crowd at 6 p.m. and at 9 p.m. there will be a fireworks display.
Sunday, July 2, activities begin again at 7 a.m. with a $4 breakfast sponsored by Minutemen; the carnival begins at 1 pm, at 3 p.m. the Chamber of Commerce will be selling strawberry shortcake for $3, at 5 the Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a $7 dinner, and at 9:30 p.m. there will be another fireworks display. Fun on the Fourth Activities concluded on Monday, July 3rd with a $4.00 breakfast sponsored by Local Heroes.
It is recommended that tickets to all meals be purchased ahead of time. For more information click here.
The 4th of July Horribles Parade will run from Public Landing to Coughlin Park starting at 9 a.m. on July 4. After the parade there will be prizes, contests, races (sack races, wheelbarrow races, for all ages), a doll carriage parade and more at Coughlin Park until noon. All of these activities are free. After dark on July 4, there will be a fireworks display at Coughlin Park.
Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
The Continentals will perform on Seashell Stage from 7-8 p.m. and 8:30-9:30 p.m. with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. For more information click here.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
On July 4th, Strawbery Banke Museum will host its 5th annual An American Celebration! from noon to 5 p.m. Family activities include a childrens bike and wagon parade, music, games, a treasure hunt, carriage rides, reenactment events, and food. Historic houses and gardens will be open and Abrah a.m. Lincoln will deliver an oratory of freedom from the porch of the Goodwin Mansion. Entertainment includes The New England Yo-You Show, Gary Sredzienski & The Serfs and the 1st NH Regiment Revolutionary Soldiers. There will also be Giant kite and stunt kite demonstration by Kites Over New England Kite Club. Bring blankets and chairs. Adult tickets for this event cost $7.50 and children are free. For more information click here. Also on July 4th the annual Portsmouth fireworks display begins at 9:15 p.m. on July 3rd at South Mill Pond. For information call the Recreation department at 603-766-1483.