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Fourth Of July Events Across Massachusetts

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The Fourth of July is almost here!  It’s a day for family, friends, fun in the sun, and most importantly, celebrating the birth of our nation!  How do you plan on celebrating?  The beach, a barbeque, or a cookout are all great options, but if you’re looking for something else to do that will get you out and about we’ve got you covered!  There are a lot of events taking place across the Bay State and we know it can be hard to choose, so we’ve narrowed it down for you and listed some of our favorites.

Bridgewater Fourth Of July Celebration – If you’re near the Bridgewater area this Fourth of July, you’re in luck because they have family friendly celebrations taking place all day long!  The festivities begin at 10 AM with a patriotic parade through downtown, and then immediately following the parade The Arts and Music Festival will begin at the Bridgewater State University campus.  The festival will include art, live music, food, dance, face painting, train rides, puppet shows, and much more.  At 5 PM, head to Legion Field for a family carnival that will go on until 9:30 PM, being followed by a spectacular fireworks show.  The rain date for this event is July 5th.

Pittsfield Fourth Of July Parade – Named on of the ten best Fourth of July Parades by USA Today, this is an event you won’t want to miss!  This parade dates back to 1824, and is renowned for it’s small-town feel, musical acts, balloons, and floats.  The theme of this year’s parade is “Made In America”, which celebrates our nation as one which is home to many important discoveries and inventions that have helped shape it into what it is today.  The parade will kick off at 10 AM on Friday, July 4th in Downtown Pittsfield.

Edgartown Fourth Of July Parade And Fireworks – Can you think of any better way to spend the Fourth than by being right on the water, enjoying a classic barbeque, and watching a parade followed by fireworks?  We didn’t think so, and the best part is that this event is perfect for all ages!  The parade will begin at 5 PM at the intersection of West Tisbury Road and Pinehurst Road and will feature bands, antique cars, floats, and much more.  Food such as burgers and hot dogs will also be sold, and the fireworks will begin at dusk (about 9 PM) on the harbor.  The parade, fireworks, and the beach are all free, so pack up the car and head down the Cape for a festive day of fun!

Boston Harborfest – We couldn’t write a whole post on Fourth of July events without mentioning Harborfest in Boston!  Kicking off on July 2nd and going until the 6th, there will be over 200 events across the city to check out including historical reenactments, concerts, guided walking tours, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, the famous Chowderfest, and of course the highlight of the weekend, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the Hatch Shell, although this event is not technically part of Harborfest.  Oh, and did we mention that the Duck Boats will be FREE from the 3rd to the 5th?  There’s so much going on in Boston this weekend you won’t want to miss out!

Are you as excited as we are for all of these festivities?  Time to put on your red, white, and blue and get out and celebrate America!

Photo By: Kim Hill

 

November Events!

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November is a fun month of the year, at the beginning we get to continue celebrating fall and all it has to offer, and towards the end of the month we begin looking forward to Christmas!  There’s a fun mix of events going on this month, and we’ve found some of the best ones in the Bay State!  November will come and go before you know it, so don’t miss your chance to take advantage of these events!

Fall Restaurant Week In Salem – If you’re a food lover, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this event!  Try the best local cuisine in Salem for a discounted price from November 3-7 and 10-14.  Participating restaurants will be offering either a two course ($18), or three course ($28), prix-fixe dinner menu.  Whether you like classic American food, steak , seafood, or ethnic dishes, you will have plenty of options to choose from!  There will be multiple appetizer, entree, and even dessert options on each menu, and reservations are recommended.  When contacting the restaurant, be sure to mention Restaurant Week.

Apples and Wine Festival – Taking place at Russell Orchards in Ipswich, this event has something for every member of your family!  From hayrides, apple crisp, cider pressing demonstrations, apple samples, and caramel apple dipping to a wine tasting for those over 21, this event is fun for all ages.  The event will be November 9th and 10th from 11 AM – 4 PM.  The cost of the wine tasting is $20 per person and includes 24 tastes of their award-winning hard ciders and fruit wines, select gourmet food pairings, wristband, and a signature glass to take home.  Reservations for the wine tasting are recommended.

Blink! A Light & Sound Extravaganza – This festive holiday event takes place in Faneuil Hall in Boston on Saturday, November 23.  Festivities begin at 12 noon with the arrival of Santa, a performance from “A Christmas Story”, and tons of additional live entertainment.  There will be dancers, music, and much more throughout the day, all leading up to the lighting ceremony which will be from 7:30 PM – 8 PM and will feature performances from the Boston Pops, and Grammy Award-Winning singer Paula Cole.  Mayor Menino will be the one to flip the switch and a portion of the ceremony will include a tribute to the long-time mayor of Boston.  Once the switch has been flipped, over 30,000 lights will illuminate the tree along with an additional 350,000 lights throughout Faneuil.  Don’t miss out on this holiday extravaganza in the city!

Lowell City Of Lights Parade And Holiday Celebration – Taking place on Saturday, November 30th, in downtown Lowell, this is event will be a fun way to celebrate the holiday season.  Festivities begin at 11 AM with holiday shopping, live performances, pictures with Santa, trolley tours, and the Annual Hot Chocolate Competition!  These festivities all lead up to the main event, the City of Lights Parade and City Hall Lighting!  Spend the day with friends and family and enjoy the start of the holiday season!

All of these events are perfect for friends or the whole family!  Kick off the holiday season and enjoy these fun filled celebrations!

Fourth Of July Festivities In Massachusetts!

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Fourth of July is right around the corner and it looks like we’re finally going to get some sunshine just in time!  This is one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year and there are plenty of celebrations going on all across the state.  Whether you’re celebrating with family, friends, or both, we’ve found the best places to spend the Fourth in the Bay State!

Boston – This is definitely one of the most popular spots in the state to celebrate the Fourth, there will be dozens of events going on across the city beginning  tonight with the kickoff of Boston Harborfest! On the Fourth kick off your morning at the Flag Raising Ceremony and Parade beginning at 9 AM at City Hall Plaza.  Other events include dozens of pub crawls including the Red White and Brew PubCrawl  starting at 5 PM at Mija Cantina Bar in Faneuil Hall.  Of course the main event is the Fourth of July Concert on the Esplanade beginning at 7:30 PM.  Keith Lockhart will be conducting the Boston Pops at this Fourth of July tradition.  The concert will conclude with a spectacular fireworks show above the Boston skyline.  For a full listing of Boston Harborfest events click here.

Hingham – Head to the south shore this year for the Fourth if you’re looking for a laid back day with the family.  The celebration kicks off at 7 AM with the Annual Fourth of July Road Race and a Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs taking place from 7 AM – 10 AM.  At 10 AM make sure you get a good spot to watch the Fourth of July Parade beginning at Hingham High School.  This year’s theme is “Stars and Stripes Forever”.  On Saturday, July 6th the Independence Day Party is a big hit with kids and kicks off at 3 PM until 6 PM and is followed by live music and fireworks over Hingham Harbor.

The Berkshires – If you’re out in Western Massachusetts for the Fourth there are lots of events to keep you entertained.  The Pittsfield 4th of July Hometown Parade is the largest Fourth of July parade in New England, it kicks off at 10 AM and this year’s theme is “America the Beautiful: Land That I Love”.  Later in the day, stop by Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, for a la carte pricing at an outdoor all-American BBQ with burgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, beverages, beer, and wine.  This event runs from 1:30 PM – 5 PM.   At Rose Meadow there will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 3 PM by Company actors.  In Williamstown the annual parade begins at 11 AM and at the end of the route, parade-goers will be treated to a free BBQ!  After the BBQ head over to the Williams College Museum of Art where visiting actors will conduct a reading of the Declaration of Independence.  Afterwards, drive to North Adams where at 6:30 PM the North Adams Steeplecats play the Stanford Mariners at Joe Wolf Stadium immediately followed by fireworks!

Nantucket – Spend the Fourth at the beach this year and enjoy the many activities this island has to offer!  Of course the beach will be a popular spot for all visitors and Main St will be bustling with activities!  Beginning with the singing of the National Anthem at 9:45 AM, the morning continues with a watermelon eating contest, pie eating contest, dunk tank, face painting, puppet show, and much more!  Don’t miss the water fight between town firefighters at 11:45 AM, be sure to bring your umbrellas!  From 5 PM – 6 PM children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in running races, potato sack races, three-legged races, wheel barrow races, and tug-of-war!  Fireworks begin at 9 PM on Jetties Beach and this year they will be synchronized to music so be sure to bring your radios and tune into 97.7 FM WACK.

Where do you plan on spending the Fourth of July?  Whether you end up in one of these hot spots or not, be sure you’re staying safe this holiday weekend and if you do plan on drinking be sure to designate a driver to get you home safely!

Photo By: ADupnik

Events This November!

Can you believe it’s already November?  Time flies when you’re having fun, and it will go by even faster with these events to look forward too!  Before the Christmas rush begins, take some time to relax and enjoy these events this month, there’s something for everyone whether you want to go out with friends, family, or out for date night, we’ve got you covered!

Fall Wine Fest – Sounds good already doesn’t it?  Get your tickets before they sell out!  This wine tasting event is this Saturday, November 3rd at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts in Boston and there are three tasting sessions to choose from.  The matinee tasting is from noon-2:30 PM, followed by the afternoon tasting from 3PM-6PM (recently sold out), and final tasting is from 7PM-10PM.  Prices vary depending on which tasting you want to attend, but you can get more information here.  Guests will get their “passport” to guide them through the event and the different regions of wine.  There will also be music from DJ Karl and food samples to enjoy with your wine.  This event is limited to members or guests of members, but membership is free and you can subscribe here.  This event is 21+ and we want all attendees to enjoy responsibly and designate a driver!

Royal Tea At The MFA – Beginning this Sunday, November 4th the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is hosting an afternoon tea session to compliment the exhibition “Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits“.  It will run each Sunday from November 4th until December 16th from 3PM-4:30 PM and is $28.00 per person.  There will be a wide assortment of finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones whipped up by their pastry chef and guests can also add in a glass of wine, sherry, or brandy for an additional fee. Reservations are recommended and can be made through Open Table or by calling (617) 369-3474.  This event sounds like a great way to relax on a Sunday afternoon with friends or family.  Who doesn’t love a warm cup of tea and some pastries on a fall afternoon?

America’s Hometown Thanksgiving – Plymouth Rock put Massachusetts on the map when the pilgrims landed and celebrated the first Thanksgiving with the Native Americans.  Take a drive to Plymouth from November 16th-18th and prepare for Thanksgiving at a celebration aimed at preserving the history of the holiday as well as remembering those that have fought and sacrificed to protect the American dream.  There will be a parade, military reenactments, a food festival, entertainment, and much more.  This is a great event for the whole family this fall as it celebrates the holiday while also remembering the important history behind it.  There will also be crafts, a Harvest festival, and a Wampanoag pavillion set up to teach visitors what the first Thanksgiving between the Natives and Pilgrims was really like.  Take a drive down to Plymouth this weekend, check out the Mayflower, and enjoy the holiday season while also keeping in mind the origins of Thanksgiving!

Blink! Launch Event – Join Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Pops for the first annual Blink! Launch Event!  This exciting tradition features the music of the Boston Pops and the lighting of the Christmas tree in Faneuil Hall!  This is the perfect event to kick of the holiday season and will definitely get you in the spirit!  Stop by with the family and enjoy this festive event that begins at 5:30 PM on Saturday, November 17th.  There will be food vendors, plenty of shops to check out, and entertainment before the main performance begins!  The Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting is a Christmas tradition and Blink! is a new spin on this classic outing that is perfect for family and friends of all ages.  Be sure to arrive early so you can get a good spot!

Head out to one of these events this month before the Christmas madness begins!  Whether you’re looking for the perfect girls night, family event,  or for a taste of some culture there is an event for you this month!  There’s plenty of time to enjoy the holiday season before the pressure’s on, so head out with family and friends this month, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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