Here are the latest firework listings. Happy Fourth everyone!!!
July 4th fireworks and festivities your family will love.
By Carrie Wattu
It's Independence Day! Take your Little Miss or Mr. Independent to a fab fireworks display or July 4th event. Stock up on the glow-sticks, bug spray and snacks and you're good to go.
Please keep in mind that all listings are accurate at press time. Late-breaking listings will be posted under “Bonus Calendar” at baystateparent.com. As always, please confirm events before attending.
Thursday, July 1
Boston Harborfest Children’s Day. City Hall, Plaza, Boston. 10 a.m. - 3 p .m.
Kids can join organizations like The USS Constitution Museum, Historic New England and the New England Aquarium to learn something new and exciting about Boston and its history; with a live juggling act, children’s musical performers, balloon presentations, live dancers, and more.
Colonial Children’s Faire. Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Kids will enjoy Colonial games like snail, ninepins or jackstraws, and make their own patriotic crafts. An educational, fun-filled event. Cost: $1 - $6. 617-482-6439, osmh.org.
Children's Concert on the Common. Natick. 7 p.m. Wayne Potash Music Fun Band provides great entertainment for children and families. natick4th.org.
Friday, July 2
Bedford Fireworks. VA Hospital on Springs Road, Dusk. Rain Date: July 3.
By the Bays Fourth of July Fine Art and Craft Show. 733 Main St., Brewster. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Watercolors, furniture, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, photography, oils, weavings, shells and folk art of many kinds. capeshows.com.
Franklin Fireworks. Franklin High School, 10 p.m.
Independence Day Fireworks & Celebration. Beacon St., Greenfield. 4:30 p.m. Fireworks shot off of Poet's Seat Tower. Meet up at Beacon field for music, food, fun and more. greenfield-ma.gov.
Friday Night Concert. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park,
New Bedford. 6:45 p.m. newbedfordsummerfest.com.
Northbridge Fireworks. LaSalle Field, 9 p.m.
Fireworks and Patriotic Concert. Cristoforo Columbo Park (East Park)
Shrewsbury St. and Fantasia Dr., Worcester. 8 – 10 p.m. The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra will present a concert of patriotic music, classical music and Broadway favorites. Jane Shivick will be soloist. Rain Date: Sat., July 3 and Mon., July 5. 508-754-1234.
Saturday, July 3
Fireworks. NARA Park, Acton. 9:15 fireworks. acton-ma.gov.. Rain Date: Sun., July 4th.
Auburn Indepedence Day Celebration. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (Parade, 11 a.m.). Vendors, contests, games, food, live music, demonstrations and fireworks (9:30 p.m.). 508-832-7736. auburnguide.com
Ayer Fireworks. Dusk at Pirone Park.
By the Bays Fourth of July Fine Art and Craft Show. 733 Main St., Brewster. See July 2nd listing for details.
Chatham Fourth of July Parade and Strawberry Festivals. Main St., Chatham. Parade steps off at 9:30 a.m. and travels down Main St. from the corner of Shore Rd. to Veterans Field. Parade info: 508-945-5199 or chathaminfo.com. Strawberry Festival, featuring strawberry shortcake, hot dogs, sandwiches and beverages at First United Methodist Church, 569 Main St, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Strawberry Festival information:
2010 Fitchburg at Coolidge Park. Youth events, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; softball tournament, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; antique cars, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; music, 1 – 7 p.m.; doll/carriage parade, 1 – 2 p .m.; chow chip poker, 2 p.m.; duck race, 5 p.m Fireworks display from Rollstone Hill will light the sky over downtown Fitchburg. ci.fitchburg.ma.us.
Gloucester Fireworks. Gloucester Horribles Parade, 6 p.m. Grand Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor, 10 p.m. capeannvacations.com.
Millbury Fireworks. Windle Field, Millbury. 9:45 p.m. Fireworks are also on July 4th. millbury-ma.org/public_documents/fourth. Rain Date: July 5.
Milford Fireworks. Plains Park near Cedar Street, 10 p.m. Rain Date: July 5
Onset-Nahant Fireworks. Over Onset Bay at dusk. onsetvillage.org.
Greater New Bedford Summerfest. Over 70 renowned and emerging performers and 90 juried arts and crafts vendors in New Bedford's authentic historic district during the first weekend in July. The two day family-oriented festival offers continuous folk music from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on seven sound stages throughout the New Bedford Whaling Historical Park ranging from the 1200 seat "Custom House Stage" to the intimacy of the 55 seat "Meet the Performer" area. Children under 12 are free on Sat. and Sun. Adult weekend pass: $20. newbedfordsummerfest.com. Also July 4th.
Rutland Fireworks. Memorial Field, Rutland. Doll Carriage Parade, 1 p.m.; Band Concerts, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Chicken BBQ and Strawberry Fetival held ta 4:30 p.m. behind the Fire Station. rutlandma-4thofjuly.org.
Fourth of July Spectacular. Salisbury Beach. Beachfront concert and Sat. fireworks. beachfests.org.
Spencer Fireworks. Spencer Fair Ground, 9:45 p.m.
Webster Fireworks. Webster Lake, 9:30 p.m.
Lights for Liberty. Stanley Park, Westfield. Food, music, fun and fireworks.
Sunday, July 4
FREE Independence Day Celebration. Amherst. 5 – 11 p.m.Featuring a children’s carnival, face-painting, games, field races, a pie-eating contest, the Amherst Community Band, and of course, fireworks. lsse.org, amherstjuly4thparade.com.
Bellingham High School Football Field, Blackstone St. Rain Date: July 5
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. Hatch Shell, Charles River Esplanade, Boston. 8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Free outdoor concerts includes patriotic favorites with fireworks.888-484-7677, july4.org.
By the Bays Fourth of July Fine Art and Craft Show. 733 Main St., Brewster. See July 2nd listing for details.
Arts & Music Festival. Bridgewater. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Immediately following a July 4th parade on the grounds in front of Boyden Hall (the "Quad") at Bridgewater State College. Highlights include a kids' festival, railroad train rides, juried art show, art displays, crafters, demonstrations, a performance by Arts for Youth, music performances by Jenna Crewsick, Matt Putnam, Elyse O'Connor, Mike Higgins, and Bridgewater's own, MBB, a chain saw sculpture demonstration by Jesse "The Machine" Green, poetry slam tent and events for all ages! In addition, there will be a community bake sale as part of the Share Our Strength/Great American Bake Sale. bridgewater4th.com.
The 4th of July at Buffumville Lake, Charlton. Nice lake beach, grills and trails. $1 per adult. 508-248-5697 or nae.usace.army.mil/recreati/bvl/bvlevent.htm.
FREE July 4th Band Concert and Picnic in the Park.Emerson Field, Stowe St., Concord. 3 p.m.An exciting concert of patriotic music. Families are encouraged to come earlier, to enjoy the many, free activities happening in the park that afternoon.
Duxbury 4th of July. Breakfast, road race and parade. duxbury4thofjuly.com.
Fourth of July Parade, Barbecue and Fireworks. Old Whaling Church Lawn, Edgartown. BBQ time: 4 – 8 p .m. Bring the family, spread out your blanket and relax and enjoy a great meal while waiting for the parade to start. Free marching band concerts in the Old Whaling Church before and after the parade. Food is sold and served a la carte and tickets are not needed to attend. It's a great place to have a casual dinner after the parade and before the fireworks. 508-939-0199 or edgartownboardoftrade.com.
Falmouth Bike and Carriage Parade and Fireworks. Main St. 10 a.m. Rain Date: July 5. Fireworks at Falmouth Heights Beach, 8:45 p.m.
Fourth of July Parade. Downtown Fitchburg. 1 p.m. Bands, fire trucks, antique cars and more. Follow the parade route on Main Street. ci.fitchburg.ma.us.
Greater New Bedford Summerfest. See July 3rd listing for details.
Spectacular Fireworks at Hampton Beach. NH. hamptonbeach.org.
Independence Day Parade. Hingham. Dedicated to the town’s 375th anniversary. Enjoy the annual Vintage Classic Baseball Game featuring the Coopers and the Derbys. 781-749-1312, hingham-ma.gov.
Manchester By the Sea Independence Day Parade. 9:30 a.m. capeannvacations.com.
Millbury Fireworks. Windle Field, Millbury. 9:45 p.m. millbury-ma.org/public_documents/fourth. Rain Date: July 5.
Children's Events and Fireworks. Needham. Festivities begin at 5 p.m.needhamexchangeclub.org.
An American Celebration! Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Noon – 5 p.m. A children’s bike and wagon parade, traditional games and crafts, historic garden tours, live music, living history, hands-on activities, and food and fun for all. Kids free. Active military and their families, free. Parking on-site; free. 603-433-1100. strawberybanke.org.
Plymouth's Fourth of July Festivities. Parade, 9:30 a.m.; waterfront concert, 7 p.m.; fireworks, 9:15 p.m. Parade route begins at Cordage Park Marketplace on Court Street in North Plymouth and winds its way down Court Street through downtown Plymouth and Main Street, continuing onto Main St. Ext and, turning left onto Water Street to the reviewing stand next to the Plymouth Rock. The Legion Bud Band starts at 7 p.m. and ends just before the fireworks begin, with the playing of the 1812 Overture. 508-747-7174, July4Plymouth.com
Provincetown Parade and Fireworks. Parade starts at 11am, Fireworks at dusk ptownchamber.com.
Independence Day Parade and Celebration. Pepperell. town.pepperell.ma.us.
Celebrations in Rockport. Rockport Firemen's Parade, 6 p.m.; Rockport Legion Band Concert on Back Beach, 8:30 p.m.; Rockport Bonfire on Back Beach, 9 p.m. capeannvacations.com.
Fourth of July Spectacular. Salisbury Beach. Beachfront concert and more festivities. beachfests.org.
Salem Celebrates the 4th. Fireworks at dusk. salem-chamber.org.
FREE Try Our Pool Free Day at Benjamin Hill Park, 93 Benjamin Rd., Shirley. 1 – 7 p.m. Celebrate the Fourth with a free day of swimming in the Olympic-size pool. 978-425-9536.
Star Spangled Springfield. Court Square, Springfield. 7:30 p.m. on the steps of City Hall. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. from the Memorial Bridge with musical simulcast Mix 93.1, live musical entertainment and food. 413-733-3800, spiritofspringfield.org.
An 1830s Independence Day Celebration. Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge. 6 – 10 p.m. Bring a picnic or plan on supper at one of the food service outlets. Fireworks follow at dusk over the countryside. Tickets go on sale, June 1. osv.org.
The Wakefield Independence Parade. Wakefield. 3 p.m. julyparade.org.
Happy Birthday USA Family Day. The Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, 235 Wellesley St., Weston. Noon - 4 p.m. Games, prizes and arts and crafts activities using postage stamps. Free stamps, tips about starting a collection and refreshments. A $8, Sr/St $5, under 16 free. 781-768-8367, spellman.org.
Family Picnic on the Common and Reading of the Declaration of Independence. Westminster. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bring your family and a picnic lunch to enjoy on the common on Academy Hill and listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence, written in 1776. westminster-ma.gov.
Monday, July 5th
Chelmsford Fourth of July Parade. 10 a.m. One of the largest Fourth of July parades in the state. Enjoy creative floats, food, marching bands and patriotic music. Along Route 4 from Drum Hill to the downtown. 978-250-8415, chelmsfordparade.com.
Lowell Fireworks. Vandenburg Esplanade, Dusk.
Natick 4th Celebration. Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at St. Paul's, 7 a.m. - Noon. Flea Market on the Common, 8 a.m. - 3 p .m. The 55th Annual Parade starts at the 9/27 Plaza and travels down Route 27 to Route 135 in Natick Center, 9 a.m. Concert on the Common with The Boston Soul Revue, 7 p.m. natick4th.org.
Needham 4th of July Children's Parade. 8:30 a.m. needhamexchangeclub.org.
America's Hometown 4th of July Celebration. South and North Streets., Pittsfield. 10 a.m. The 2010 “We the People” parade is the largest 4th of July parade in America. More than 100 floats, marching bands, giant balloons and participants. An old-fashioned family Picnic on The Common follows with craft/food booths and entertainment. 413-443-6501, 413-447-7763, pittsfieldparade.com.
Wednesday, July 7
Groton Fireworks. Town Field (behind the library), 6 p.m. 978-448-1100. Rain Date: July 8.
Red, White and Blue Patriotic Concert. Fruitlands Museum, Harvard. 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. Admission is per carload: $10NM. Rain date: Thurs., July 8. fruitlands.org.
Saturday, July 10
Fireworks. Clinton Middle School. Rain Date: July 11th.
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