Parades and fireworks, from the North Shore to Worcester to the Cape and everywhere in between.
Note: Those wishing to view the fireworks over Boston on July 4 will have one less venue. The Longfellow Bridge in Cambridge will be closed to vehicles and spectators due to structural concerns. However, Red Line MBTA service will still be operating across the bridge.4TH OF JULY ACTIVITIES ONGOING
SALISBURY: The Sand & Sea Festival will be held at Salisbury Beach Center, marked by the intersections of Broadway and Oceanfront South, and is easily accessible from routes 1, 95 and 495. Many activities also take place on the beach at the top of Broadway. Festival hours are on June 28 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., with the Fireworks Show from 10-10:30 p.m. On June 29, the festival will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free. There is a small fee for some activities. Ample parking is available nearby. For a complete, updated schedule of events, visit www.beachfests.org.
BOSTON: The rich colonial and maritime history of America’s Revolutionary birthplace will come alive as Boston commemorates the 27th annual Harborfest, beginning on July 1 and ending on July 6. The celebration will feature more than 200 events, including historical reenactments, walking tours, sunset harbor cruises and free concerts on City Hall Plaza throughout the week. Among the highlights of the entertainment are Children’s Day on July 2, Party on the Plaza on July 5 and the Chowderfest on July 6. Free admission to more than half of the over 200 events makes Boston Harborfest accessible to all. For a detailed schedule or more information, please call 617-227-1528 or visit www.BostonHarborfest.com.
BROCKTON: The Brockton Fair returns for its 134th year July 2-13. Come for lively and exciting entertainment for all ages. In addition to the midway full of rides, other featured entertainment will include a magic show, demolition derby and fireworks displays. For information, visit www.brocktonfair.com.
DANVERS: The 29th annual Danvers Family Festival will take place June20 through July 4. Arts, music, food, a fishing derby and more will be featured, along with a fireworks display on July 3 (rain date July 5). For a complete schedule of events, visit http://danversfamilyfestival.com.
FRAMINGHAM: The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars will pitch their tents at Long’s parking lot, behind Loring Arena, on June 27, 28 and 29. For information, call 1-800-796-5672 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. To buy tickets in advance, call 1-888-332-5200, visit www.tickets.com or visit the circus box office on the show grounds. The circus is sponsored by Friends of Framingham Parks.
FRANKLIN: The Fourth of July Coalition will sponsor the annual celebration that will take place from July 2-6 on the common. There will be fireworks on July 3 and a children’s parade on July 6, as well as other events and attractions. There will be no main parade this year.
LEXINGTON: The Lexington Lions Club will conduct its annual Fourth of July Carnival at Center Playground on July 2 and 3 from 6-11 p.m., July 4 and 5 from 1-11 p.m., and July 6 from 1-7 p.m. There will be fireworks on July 2 after sunset; a laser show on the evening of July 3; and youth games on July 4 at 10 a.m. For information, visit www.lexingtonlions.org.
MARBLEHEAD: The annual Festival of Arts will be held July 3-6. Events include exhibits, art auction, film festival, fireworks on July 4 and more. Visit www.marbleheadfestival.org for more information.
WILMINGTON: The Fourth of July Committee has announced that the 2008 celebrations at the Common will be held from July 1-5. Family Day will be July 4; Family Day Fireworks on July 3; and the Big Fireworks Night on July 5 (rain date July 6). Visit www.funonthefourth.com for details.Thursday, June 26
SOMERVILLE: The celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment by the Somerville Sunsetters, Mary Flynn Murphy School of Dance, BOVA Productions and the USO Metropolitan New York performers. Fireworks are set to begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. The rain date for the event is July 5. Visit www.somervillema.gov for information on traffic restrictions and more.Friday, June 27
WALTHAM: At 7 p.m., Gore Place, the historic Governor Gore estate, 52 Gore St., will offer a special tour focusing on Independence Day as celebrated in the time of the Gores. In the early 1800s, Independence Day (July 4) was one of the few holidays celebrated by the new nation. Many of our modern traditions and symbols find their origins in this time. As a Bostonian and a Federalist politician, Christopher Gore was eyewitness to and participant in the birth of the United States. During this special Independence Tour, visitors will learn how America’s celebrated our national independence in the early 1800s. Admission is $12 adults and $8 children 5 to 12. To purchase tickets in advance, call 781-894-2798. Parking is free. For information on other programs, visit www.goreplace.org.Saturday, June 28
BRAINTREE: The annual celebration will feature an open-air flea market from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the high school. The parade will step off at 11:45 a.m. from Hollis Elementary School and will end at the high school. The opening ceremony, “Happy Birthday, America,” will begin at noon. From noon on, there will be amusement rides and game booths, DJ Ed Kelley (noon-6 p.m.), touch-a-truck (noon-4 p.m.) and the Kids’ Fest (noon-4 p.m.). The Red Sox World Series trophy viewing will take place from 2-4 p.m. The Woods Tea Company will entertain from 6-9:40 p.m. A cash raffle prize drawing will take place at 9:40 p.m., followed by the lighting of Sunset Lake at 9:45 p.m. A salute to veterans returning from the Middle East will take place from 9:45-10 p.m., followed by a fireworks display.
SOMERVILLE: Family Fun Day, from noon-5 p.m., will include a community barbecue, watermelon-eating contest, inflatable obstacle course and DJ. All residents are invited and the event is free of charge. A rain date has been set for July 6. Visit www.somervillema.gov for information on traffic restrictions and more.Sunday, June 29
NATICK: Mini-Triathlon at Memorial Beach at 9:30 a.m., sponsored by the Recreation and Parks Department. To register, please call 508-647-6530. Patriotic Hootenanny, 2 p.m., at the Morse Institute Library. For more information, log onto www.natick4th.org.
SWAMPSCOTT: The annual parade will step off at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the former Temple Israel, 837 Humphrey St., then head down Humphrey to Town Hall and Monument Avenue, where the Strawberry Festival will be in progress.Monday, June 30
NATICK: Concert on the Common, 7 p.m., featuring the blues by the Gary Bernath Band. Free. For more information, log onto www.natick4th.org.Tuesday, July 1
NATICK: Family Night on the Common, 4-8 p.m. Food, games, entertainment, raffles and more.Children’s parade begins at 6 p.m. For more information, log onto www.natick4th.org.Wednesday, July 2
NATICK: Children’s Performance on the Common, 7 p.m., featuring Ben Rudnick & Friends. For updates, visit www.natick4th.org.
WALTHAM: Gore Place, 52 Gore St., will present a free concert of popular American music by The Waltham American Legion Band on the grounds of the Gore estate. The concert, which will begin at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), will take place in the function tent. Visitors are asked to provide their own seating. Parking is free. The concert will take place rain or shine. The Waltham American Legion Band is an all-volunteer band formed in 1946, originally directed by Dorothy (Dot) Slamin Hill, then Larry Gilbo, and now Ed Russo. The membership consists of men and women who enjoy playing music together. The band plays 25 to 30 parades and eight to 10 concerts annually throughout New England and greater Boston. Gore Place is just off Route 20 (Main Street) near the Waltham/Watertown line. For more information, call 781-894-2798 or visit the museum’s Web site at www.goreplace.org.Thursday, July 3
CANTON: The Canton Recreation Department is sponsoring the annual 4th of July celebration at the high school. Features include a large midway with concessions, band concerts and Rosie’s Racing Pigs. For information, call 781-821-5030.
DEVENS: Come to Rogers Field at the Devens Community, 33 Andrews Parkway, from 6-10 p.m. for music by the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, food and fireworks. For information, call 978-772-8875 or visit www.devenscommunity.com.
GLOUCESTER: Horribles Parade at 6 p.m.; fireworks display over Gloucester Harbor.
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA: The annual fireworks display will take place at Singing Beach at dusk.
MILFORD: The Claflin Hill Summer Winds will headline a family concert at Plains Park, Route 85, from 5-10 p.m. (rain date July 6). John Burrows and the Copacabana Band will also perform. Fireworks will follow at 10 p.m.
SHARON: The annual Independence Day celebration will take place at Memorial Park Beach. Activities will include a doll carriage parade, entertainment and a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Visit www.sharonjuly4.org for information.
WALPOLE: The 50th annual Night Before the Fourth parade will begin at 6 p.m. at East Street between June and Washington streets. The route will be from Washington to Short to East to Main to Common. Prizes will be awarded. There will also be a band concert and fireworks.
WESTBOROUGH: Westborough’s July 4th Committee announces that the Family Block Party will be held from 6-10 p.m. on West Main Street in front of the Town Hall. The event will include live music by Tailspin, country line dancing demonstrations, Outback Steakhouse, concessions and hay rides. Many children’s events are also scheduled, including pony rides, sand art, airbrush tattoos, wax hand molds and more. Country line dance demonstrations begin at 6, and a magic show will be held at 6:30 p.m. West Main Street from the rotary to Church Street will close at 4:30 p.m.
WORCESTER: From 8-10 p.m. at Cristofor Columbo Park (East Park), Shrewsbury Street and Fantasia Drive, the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra will perform a family concert of patriotic music, including the “1812 Overture” and Sousa marches. A fireworks display will take place after the concert. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. Rain date is July 5.Friday, July 4
ACTON: The town’s annual celebration at NARA Park will begin with a free concert featuring the U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at dusk. Parking at Nagog Park Drive available with free shuttle buses to NARA Park beginning at 4 p.m., or walk through the Town Forest at the end of Nagog Park Drive. A variety of food vendors will be available. Rain date for the event will be July 5.
BELLINGHAM: The band Diamond Collections will start performing at 7 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. on the Bellingham Middle School fields. Rain date July 5.
BEVERLY FARMS: The Farms-Prides 4th of July celebration will begin with the Horribles Parade at 8 a.m., followed by the Old Timers softball game at 10:30 a.m. at Dix Park. Activities at West Beach will be held from 2-9 p.m., including races, games and music. At 8:45 p.m., there will be a shoreline illumination, followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. Rain date for the parade and fireworks will be July 5. Visit www.beverlyfarms.org for updates.
BOSTON: The city’s Independence Day observance will begin at 9 a.m. on City Hall Plaza with a flag-raising. The parade will step off at 9:15 a.m. A reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place at 9:45 a.m., followed by the Independence Day Oration at Faneuil Hall at 10:30 a.m.
CAMBRIDGE: he Department of Human Service Programs Recreation Division invite all youths from 4 to 13 to participate in the annual races, doll carriage and bike parades. All youths participating in the races will receive a prize, and all participants in the doll carriage and bike parade will receive a Cambridge Recreation T-shirt. This year’s sites will be at Donnelly Field in East Cambridge, Glacken Field in West Cambridge and Hoyt Field in the Riverside community. Events begin at 10 a.m. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 617-349-6228.
CANTON: The Canton Recreation Department is sponsoring the annual 4th of July celebration at the high school. Features include a large midway with concessions, band concerts and Rosie’s Racing Pigs. There will be a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. For information, call 781-821-5030.
CHATHAM: The parade will take place from 9:30-11:30 p.m. on Main Street from the corner of Shore Road to Veterans’ Field.
CHELMSFORD: The 41st annual parade will step off at 10 a.m. It will feature bands, floats and marching units, as well as a raffle for cash and other great prizes.
CONCORD: The annual Picnic in the Park will take place at Emerson Field from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Events will include a children’s bicycle and doll carriage parade (assemble at Concord Armory at 11:15 a.m.); folk singer Bill Staines from noon-1:30 p.m.; children’s entertainment at the Hunt Gym from 1:30-2:15 p.m.; the Southern Rail bluegrass band from 1:30-3 p.m.; Police K9 demonstration at 2:30 p.m.; and the Concord Band from 3:15-4:30 p.m. The Minuteman Classic Road Race will also take place — the youth fun run at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5-mile road race at 9 a.m. In the event of rain, call 978-369-6460.
FALMOUTH: The bike and carriage parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Bank of America, across from the Village Green, and ends at 1 p.m. at Peg Noonan Park. For information, call 508-566-9884.
HINGHAM: The celebrations begin at 7 a.m. with the Recreation Commission Road Race and the Kiwanis pancake breakfast at Hingham Common. At 9 a.m., come to an open house at the Old Ship Meeting House, 90 Main St., for an hour before and after the parade, which wil step off at 10 a.m. Fireworks will be on July 5 at about 9 p.m. at the Hingham Bathing Beach (rain date July 6).
IPSWICH: The annual celebration will take place at Castle Hill from 5-10 p.m. Bring a picnic supper and enjoy the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Porch Rockers and a fireworks display over the ocean. Cost for Trustees of Reservations members is $15 adult, $10 child; nonmembers, $25 adult, $15 child. Preregistration is required; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-921-1944, ext. 4028.
LINCOLN: The Lincoln Recreation Department invites residents from Lincoln and surrounding communities to celebrate Fourth of July in Lincoln this year. This year’s celebration — themed “Eye on the Future” — promises to bring the same fun and activities that makes Fourth of July in Lincoln a tradition every year. The Firecracker Road Race begins at 8:45 a.m. in front of the town offices, followed by a kids bike parade at 10 a.m. in which kids will race up Lincoln Road with bikes decorated in patriotic colors. The parade begins at 10:40 a.m. and travels from the schools to the library and back. Residents are invited to Pierce Park for a cookout sponsored by the boy scouts. Free swim at the Codman Pool begins at noon, soccer and baseball on the Center and Smith fields begins at 1:30 p.m. and tennis sign-up starts at 12:45 p.m. Beginning at 7 p.m., a local favorite — Ghetto Fabulous — will play live music on Codman Field and fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. In the event of rain, fireworks will be rescheduled for July 6. For rain information, call the Fourth of July hotline at 781-259-0784.
LITTLETON: The Littleton Cultural Council, in conjunction with the Littleton Rotary, will hold its Town Picnic from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Fay Park beside the fire station on Foster Street in Littleton. All are welcome. This event will feature food, games and a jazz concert. Opening ceremonies will take place at noon. Also part of ceremonies will be the ringing of church bells. This will be followed by children’s games. At 1 p.m., there will be a free concert featuring the Molly Flannery Jazz Quartet with singer Linda Roberts. In the event of rain, the free concert will still take place across the street from the park at the First Church Unitarian at 1 p.m. Picnickers will be able to purchase grilled food at the event as well as beverages and snacks.
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA: The annual parade will step off at 9:30 a.m.
MARTHA’S VINEYARD: Backyard barbecue at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House lawn, 4-8 p.m. Bring a blanket and enjoy all the favorites; items are sold concession-style. The annual parade steps off at 5 p.m. in Edgartown; features marching bands, floats and more. The Vineyard Haven Band will perform before and after the concert at The Old Whaling Church. Fireworks at dusk at Edgartown Harbor (rain date July 5).
NANTUCKET: Celebrate on Nantucket with parades, face painting, pie-eating and watermelon-eating contests, games for families and fireworks! Visit www.yesterdaysisland.com for more information.
NATICK: Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, 7 a.m.-noon, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; 53rd annual parade, 9 a.m. Theme: Red, White, Blue and Green. Grand Marshals: The Natick Community Organic Farm; Flea Market on the Common, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; free public skating, 4-6 p.m., West Suburban/Chase Arena. For more information, log onto www.natick4th.org.
NEEDHAM: The annual events sponsored by the Needham Exchange Club will begin with the parade at 9 a.m. featuring marching bands, floats, fire and police vehicles, clowns, antique cars and more. After the parade, there will be a marketplace, craft show and the Little League All-Star game. For details, visit www.needhamexchangeclub.org. Also, run through the streets of Needham in the annual 5K road race. Entry forms with race information available at the Charles River YMCA and online at www.ymcaboston.org. Race starts at 8:45 a.m. For more information, contact the YMCA at 781-444-6400.
NEWTON: At Newton Centre Playground from 10 a.m.-noon, Kids’ Morning, including a grand pet parade, teddy bear parade, decorated doll carriage promenade, foot races, free candy, drinks and ice cream. At Albemarle Field off Watertown Street (Route 16), open air market and amusement rides from 10 a.m.-dusk, with handmade and international crafts, professional dealers and food vendors. At 6 p.m., bring blankets and lawn chairs for a picnic and the big band sounds of the Zaitchick Bros. Food vendors, crafters and novelties will be available. Fantastic Fireworks by Newton’s own Tony Gentile will be set off at 9 p.m. Sponsored by Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, Arts in the Parks and the Newton Parks and Recreation Department.
NORWOOD: The annual celebration will begin at 1 p.m. with the children’s parade from the First Congregational Church on the corner of Walpole and Winter streets. There will be a concert at 3 p.m. and a carillon concert and tour of the 50-bell instrument atop Town Hall at 4:30, followed by the annual Firecracker 5K Road Race at 5 and the parade at 5:45.
OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE: Old Sturbridge Village celebrates July 4th with all the muster and tradition of the 19th century with fun and games for the entire family. The Sturbridge Militia will be marching and fife and drum music will be playing throughout the day. Visitors can ride the new OSV stagecoach, take a riverboat ride, enjoy traditional base-ball, hoop racing, “French and English” (tug-of-war), and hear a special reading of the Declaration of Independence. When daytime activities conclude at 5 p.m., the Village will reopen from 6-10 p.m. for a program of more music, magic, family games followed by a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Cost for the evening entertainment and fireworks program is $10 per person, (kids under 3 are free), and is separate from daytime museum admission. For details, visit www.osv.org.
ORLEANS: The annual parade will begin at Nauset Middle School, Eldredge Park Way. For information, call 508-240-2484.
PLYMOUTH: The annual celebration will begin at 9 a.m. with the parade from Hedge Road to Court Street, Main Street, Main Street Extension, Water Street to Memorial Hall. At 7:30 p.m., the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at Plymouth Memorial State Park, followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. For information, visit www.july4thplymouth.org.
PROVINCETOWN: The annual parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will start at Snail Road, right on to Commercial Street and proceed until the end of Franklin Street. Right on Franklin to Bradford. Right on Bradford to Winslow. Left on Winslow to Motta Field. Fireworks at dusk over the harbor.
QUINCY: At the Adams National Historic Park, 135 Adams St., at 11 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m., re-enact the debate that led to the passage of the Declaration of Independence at the Second Continental Congress. Attendees assume the roles of members of Congress. Free.
ROCKPORT: Firemen’s Parade, 6 p.m.; Legion Band concert on Back Beach, 8:30 p.m.; Bonfire on Back Beach, 9 p.m.
SALEM: The annual festivities will be held at Derby Wharf. At 4 p.m., Kids’ Space with arts and crafts, games and face painting, and Food Area open; 5 p.m., preconcert entertainment on the Main Stage; 7:15 p.m., the Hillyer Festival Orchestra begins a two-hour Pops concert; 9:15 p.m., fireworks display over the water. For more information or contact Salem City Hall at 978-745-9595, ext. 5676.
SHERBORN: The Sherborn Fire and Rescue Association invites young and old alike to celebrate the 4th. The fun begins with field events at Laurel Field; registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by the events at 9 a.m. A Family Muster will be held behind Station 1; registration will be at 1:30 p.m., followed by the event at 2 p.m. Fire engine rides will begin at 5 p.m. at Station 1.
SUDBURY: The annual 4th of July parade will step off at 1 p.m. at the corner of Union Avenue, and Route 20, and continuing to Sudbury Center, via Concord Road. The 2008 theme is: “Red, White and Blue, Family and Community, Too!”
WAKEFIELD: The annual parade will step off at 5 p.m., followed by fireworks at Lake Quannapowitt at 9 p.m.
WALTHAM: Come join the fun from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Prospect Park. There will be music, food, free children’s rides and more. Children’s rides will be at Prospect Hill only. From 7-9:30 p.m. at Leary Field, there will be music, with fireworks at 9 p.m.Saturday, July 5
ORLEANS: The fireworks display will begin at dusk over Rock Harbor. The rain date is July 6. For information, call 508-240-2484.
WALTHAM: Gore Place, the historic Governor Gore estate at 52 Gore St., will offer visitors a chance to see live hawks, falcons, owls and a bald eagle “up-close and personal” when raptor demonstrator Tom Ricardi brings his Birds of Prey show to the estate. Show times are at 11, noon and 1 p.m. Admission is just $4 per person. Parking is free. The mansion will be shown by guided tour hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the mansion tour is $10, $5 children 5-12. For more information, or to reserve tickets, contact program director Thom Roach at 781-894-2798 ext. 12, or visit the museum’s Web site at: http://www.goreplace.org/eagle-show.htm.FIREWORKS DISPLAYS
SOMERVILLE: Thursday, June 26, dusk, Trum Field (rain date July 5)
SALISBURY: Saturday, June 28, 10 p.m., Salisbury Beach Center.
BRAINTREE: Saturday, June 28, 10 p.m., high school field
WEYMOUTH: Saturday, June 28, dusk, George Lane Beach
LEXINGTON: Wednesday, July 2, dusk, Center Playground
DANVERS: Thursday, July 3, 9 p.m., Plains Park (rain date July 5)
DEVENS: Thursday, July 3, 9:30 p.m., Rogers Field (rain date July 6)
FRANKLIN: Thursday, July 3, dusk, common
GLOUCESTER: Thursday, July 3, 10 p.m., over harbor
LYNN: Thursday, July 3, 9 p.m., Red Rock
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA: Thursday, July 3, dusk, Singing Beach
MILFORD: Thursday, July 3, 10 p.m., Fino Field
SHARON: Thursday, July 3, 9:15 p.m., Memorial Park Beach
SWAMPSCOTT: Thursday, July 3, dusk, King’s Beach
WALPOLE: Thursday, July 3, dusk, field behind Town Hall
WILMINGTON: Thursday, July 3, dusk, common
WORCESTER: Thursday, July 3, 9:30 p.m., East Park (rain date July 5)
ACTON: Friday, July 4, dusk, NARA Park (rain date July 5)
AMESBURY: Friday, July 4, 9 p.m., Woodsom Farm
BELLINGHAM: Friday, July 4, 9 p.m., middle school fields (rain date July 5)
BEVERLY FARMS: Friday, July 4, 9 p.m., West Beach (rain date July 5)
BOSTON: Friday, July 4, 10:30 p.m., Esplanade (after Pops concert)
CANTON: Friday, July 4, 9:30 p.m., high school
IPSWICH: Friday, July 4, 9:30 p.m., Castle Hill
LINCOLN: Friday, July 4, 9 p.m., Codman Field (rain date July 6)
MARBLEHEAD: Friday, July 4, 8:45 p.m., harbor
MARTHA’S VINEYARD: Friday, July 4, dusk, Edgartown (rain date July 5)
NANTUCKET: Friday, July 4, 9 p.m., Jetties Beach
NEWTON: Friday, July 4, 9 p.m., Albemarle Field
OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE: Friday, July 4, dusk
PLYMOUTH: Friday, July 4, 9 p.m., over waterfront
PROVINCETOWN: Friday, July 4, dusk, over harbor
SALEM: Friday, July 4, 9:15 p.m., over harborWAKEFIELD: Friday, July 4, 9 p.m., Lake Quannapowitt
WALTHAM: Friday, July 4, 9 p.m., Leary Field
HINGHAM: Saturday, July 5, about 9 p.m., bathing beach (rain date July 6)
ORLEANS: Saturday, July 5, dusk, Rock Harbor (rain date July 6)
WILMINGTON: Saturday, July 5, dusk, common (rain date July 6)