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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

 

Labor Day Weekend Events In Massachusetts

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We’re all sad to see summer coming to an end, but there’s still Labor Day weekend to look forward to!  We have one last hurrah to relax and celebrate with family and friends before the summer closes out.  Don’t have plans yet? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered because there are plenty of fun events going on all across the state!

Gloucester Schooner Festival – Head to beautiful Gloucester Harbor this weekend for their 29th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival!  Beginning Friday, August 30th and going until Sunday, September 2nd, this event is perfect for the whole family, no matter what age they are!  This festival honors the history of the schooner, and the important role it played in the development of the town, and the entire eastern seaboard.  There will be a wide variety of both old and new schooners on display, and the highlight of the weekend will be the Parade of Sail, where participating schooners make their way out of the harbor and into open water towards the Mayor’s Race starting area off Eastern Point.  There will also be walking tours, exhibits, fireworks, and even the First Annual Public Lobster bake for only $12 per person!  Don’t miss out on this fun celebration, you can find a full schedule of events here.

3 County Fair – If you’re in Western Massachusetts for Labor Day weekend, don’t miss out on the annual 3 county fair in Northampton!  This family friendly event is something you don’t want to miss, there will be tons of food and fun activities for everyone to enjoy.  Entertainment includes; demolition derby, monster trucks, pig races, renaissance jousting, rides, magic shows, blues singers, a zoo, and much more!  The fair kicks off on Friday, August 30th and ends on Monday, September 2nd.  The gates open at 11 AM every day and tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for veterans and seniors, and children ages 11 and under are free.

Boston Arts Festival – The Boston Art’s Festival is celebrating their 10th year and this year’s festival will be from Saturday, August 31st – Sunday, September 1st.  Held in Christopher Columbus Park on Boston’s Waterfront, the event is a major attraction to both tourists and locals alike and admission is FREE!  This festival launches Boston’s arts season, and features the work of over 40 artists who are exhibiting and selling their one-of a -kind paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, woodwork, photography, and much more.  There will also be live and interactive performances by local groups.  Past performers have included the Boston Ballet, Blue Man Group, and the Boston Lyric Opera, just to name a few.  The festival is from 12 noon until 6 PM both days but be sure to stick around for the fireworks over Boston Harbor at 9 PM on Saturday!

Marlborough Labor Day Parade – Marlborough is proud to host the largest and most prestigious Labor Day Parade in New England, and they definitely want to hold on to that title so you can be sure the parade gets bigger and better every year!  There will be hundreds of floats and other entertaining acts walking the streets, not to mention giving out candy and other treats for children. It begins on Monday, September 2nd at noon and the route is 1.8 miles long, there will be thousands of spectators, so try and get there early if you want a good seat!  The parade begins at the corner of Pleasant Street and Lincoln Street, and you can view a map of the full parade route here.

If you didn’t have plans before, you have plenty of options to choose from now!  Are there any other fun events going on that we missed?  Be sure to let us know!

Photo By: Bernard Pollack

Ask The MassDrive Agent: What Are The Best Beaches In Massachusetts?

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Now that summer is in full swing so is beach season!  We enjoy beach season just as much as anyone, and to celebrate we’ve asked our agents about their favorite beaches across the Bay State!  If you’re trying to find a new beach to try or aren’t sure where you want to have some fun in the sun, check out the suggestions from our MassDrive agents!

Wingaersheek Beach – This is a popular beach destination in the Bay State so if you want to find parking be sure to get there early!  It’s a fun spot for families and there are lots of rocks to climb on, tide pools to explore, and even a sand bar to check out during low tide.  Parking is a great perk and they also have a food hut and bathrooms on site! Gloucester is a beautiful part of the state and after you get your fill of the beach head out on the open seas for a whale watch! There are so many things to explore, you dot want to miss out! – Christine Tuccelli, Sales Rep

Revere Beach – This is a great spot to visit if you’re looking to totally relax for a day of fun in the sun.  There are no shops on the beach, which is nice if you’re really trying to unwind and get in touch with nature.  It’s a very diverse and low key beach, and hearing all of the different languages being spoken really gives you a sense of the different cultures surrounding you.  The other great thing is that there’s a Kelly’s Roast Beef nearby! If you haven’t been, you definitely need to stop in for a bite to eat after soaking up the sun all day! – Teresa Dillon, Sales Rep

Mayflower Beach – Located in Dennis, MA which is down the Cape, this beach is huge! There’s plenty of room for all beach goers especially during low tide. There are no rocks either which makes it great if you’re trying to play some bocce ball or any other kind of game.  Parking is available which is a perk and the water is very warm.  If you’re heading down the Cape this summer, don’t pass up the chance to enjoy a day of sun, surf, and sand! – Jeff Shea, Sales Rep

Hampton Beach – Although this beach is technically in New Hampshire, it’s right over the Massachusetts border.  This beach is perfect for families, there’s a jetty to explore and plenty of room for kite flying and games of frisbee.  If you’ve had your fill of the beach, check out the many shops along the boardwalk! If you’re hungry, your best bet is to check out the Sea Ketch, they have live music and three levels of decks with ocean views!  This beach has something for every member of the family and there are fireworks over the harbor every Wednesday night! – Shawn Harris, Sales Rep

Have you ever been to any of these beaches? Have another suggestion that you want us to include?  Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Photo By: Liz West

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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