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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

 

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

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