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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

 

Events This July!

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Now that summer’s here there are more events to attend than ever and we’ve got a list of some of the most exciting ones going on in the Bay State this month!

Cape Harmony – Cape Harmony is Cape Cod’s newest a cappella group and they have some serious talent.  This all female singing sensation has been featured on various radio stations, performed with Livingston Taylor and the Air Force Academy Band, performed for thousands of fans at concerts, festivals, private parties, nursing homes, schools, fundraisers, and parades.  With a repertoire of songs covering artists such as Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Jason Mraz, Jessie J, Fleetwood Mac, Boyz II Men, Miley Cyrus, and many more, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  They have multiple shows every week and mainly play at local churches but also play larger events as well as private ones.  Make sure you take some time to enjoy one of their performances this summer, you won’t be disappointed!

Brockton Rox – This is the perfect family event to bring the kids to this summer!  Watch the Rox baseball team play at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton and enjoy a night under the stars watching America’s favorite pastime.  Kids will love the many activities they have for them, as well as the entertaining sumo wrestling during the 7th inning stretch!  Other promotions include $2 beers on “Thirsty Thursdays”, 3-D fireworks, kids run the bases, trivia, and different theme nights including “Christmas in July”, country night, beach night, and many more.  There are also giveaways before the game and kids can get autographs after the game.  Definitely head to Brockton for a game this summer if you get the chance!

32nd Annual Chowderfest – Chowderfest is one of the most popular staples of the Harborfest celebration in Boston and as you may have guessed, there will be tons of chowder, in fact, there will be over 2,000 gallons!  Stop by Boston City Hall Plaza on Sunday, July 7th from 11 AM – 6 PM for all the chowder you can eat!  Tickets are $13 for adults and $9 for children (age 12 and under) and participating restaurants will be competing for the title of “Boston’s Best Chowder” which they will only get if they receive the most votes from the crowd.  Participating restaurants so far include Anthem Kitchen and Bar, McCormick and Schmick’s, the Hyatt Harborside Grill, the Chart House, and more to come!

Lowell Folk Festival – This yearly festival is so popular it draws a crowd from all over the country.  This free festival is the largest of its kind in the United States and features a variety of folk musicians performing throughout the weekend.  There will be blue grass, gospel, folk, polka, country, Irish, Dominican, Portuguese, and Greek musical performances just to name a few.  In addition to the lively music, there will also be ethnic food available as well as CD’s, crafts, and other items for sale.  Don’t miss your chance to enjoy some live music, take in the great outdoors, and maybe even try something new to eat!  The festival will be taking place from Friday, July 26th – Sunday, July 28th.

As always, there’s an event for every member of the family to enjoy so get your tickets while you can and don’t miss out on any of these fun summer events!

Photo By: Bryan Maleszyk

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