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Fourth Of July Events Across Massachusetts


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


Free Events This October!

We already posted about events going on this October in Massachusetts, but in case you’re trying to stay budget friendly and save up for the holidays, here are some free event listings going on this month.  What’s better than walking around Boston, taking in some art, trying some new food, or watching a famous sporting event?  Not much, especially when these events are all free!

Boston Local Food Festival – Taking place this Sunday, October 7th from 11AM – 5 PM the Boston Local Food Festival is hosting their 3rd Annual Event which promotes the joys and health benefits of eating local food.  Presented by Teddie Peanut Butter, this free food festival will feature demos and samples from local farmers and some of the best restaurants in New England.  There will also be live music, a Fishstock and Seafood showdown, and a family fun zone for those with youngsters.  For a program with the complete schedule activities at the festival, click here.  Head over to the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston this weekend (right near the aquarium and State St) and support some great local businesses and enjoy some fresh fruit!

Opening Our Doors 2012Opening Our Doors is an annual event in the Fenway that celebrates some of Boston’s best cultural and academic institutions, community organizations and business partners.  Families, students, and friends are encouraged to celebrate this event on Monday, October 8th (Columbus Day) which begins at 10 AM with their opening ceremony and performance and ends that day at 4 PM.  Throughout the day, participants will be able to take part in a variety of free, culturally diverse activities.  Events range from historical tours, music and dance performances, lectures, walking tours of Fenway, indoor kite flying, glass blowing demonstrations, and much more.  For a complete list of the day’s events, click here.

Head of the Charles Regatta – This is the world’s second largest two-day rowing event and you can watch it all happen for free October 20-21st at Boston’s Hatch Shell.  This event is expected to have over 9,000 rowers competing in over 56 races, and over 300,000 spectators there watching, so get there early if you want a good seat!  Participants vary in age and skill level, competitors will range from collegiate athletes to club members to Olympic athletes so competition will be fierce.  The route is 3.2 miles and has many sharp turns that are difficult to naviagate along the way.  Winners from each race are given the title “Head of the Charles” which is taken from English tradition.  This event benefits multiple local charities so is a great cause to support and there will be food trucks as well as free give aways from sponsors.  Stop by this world-famous event this month, it will be a memory you definitely won’t forget!

1st Annual Faneuil Hall Marketplace Street Theater Festival – This exciting event celebrates some of the world’s most talented street performers.  Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st take a stroll around Faneuil Hall and watch some of these amazing shows.  There will be acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, magicians, musicians, and even more.  The event begins at 11 AM each day and ends at 7 PM each night.  Acts will be taking place throughout the day, so use these exciting, culturally enhancing shows as an excuse to get out, do some window shopping, or grab a bite in Quincy Market, you definitely won’t be bored!

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Whatever you’re interested in, there are budget friendly events going on all month.  For those of you into art, music, sports, or food then we’ve got you covered this month!  Head out with family, friends, or yourself and soak up some local culture while enjoying the city, there’s no reason not to especially since all of these events are free!

Free Events This August!

Now that we are about to enter August, the summer will be winding down.  We are approaching the end of the summer months and soon we will be missing this beautiful warm weather!  Take advantage of this month and get out and about before there is a chill in the air! Whether you are going out with your whole family, friends, a date, or even just yourself, make the most of these sunny days and check out one of these great events!

Boston GreenFest – From August 16-19 Boston’s City Hall Plaza will host the region’s largest multicultural environmental festival, Boston GreenFest.  The event aims at celebrating the many ways we can create a better world by going green in our lives and communities.  There will be concerts, exhibitors, eco-friendly fashion, eco-art on exhibit and for sale, speakers and presentations, film festivals, food, and so much more! Kids will especially love the performances by Disney stars Olivia Holt and Dylan Riley Snyder from Kickin’ It on Saturday, August 18 from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.

Saint Anthony’s Feast – Who doesn’t love to feast?  This month stop by Saint Anthony’s Feast in Boston’s historic North End, the streets will be lined with push cart vendors offering everything from authentic Italian food to games.  There is also a stage set up with continuous live music so even when you are roaming the streets you will be entertained.  Chefs from local restaurants will set up shop at the culinary pavillion where they will be showing off their skills to the crowd and a piazza will be set up so that guests can enjoy pasta, pizza, and beer imported from Italy.  The feast is in honor of St. Anthony of Padua and Saint Lucia, patron saint of the blind.  One of the main events takes place on Sunday and features a parade through the streets where the main focus is a statue of St. Anthony being carried down Endicott, Thacher, and North Margin Street.  This event begins Friday, August 24 and ends Monday, August 27.

Free Fun Fridays – Free Fun Fridays is an amazing program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation which supports local non-profit institutions.  Every Friday from June-August there is FREE admission to many museums, landmarks, theaters, and local attractions.  Coming up this Friday anyone can get into the Museum of Fine Arts, Norman Rockwell Museum, Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, and the Arnold Arboretum totally free.  There are no restrictions on age or location unless otherwise specified by the vendor.  This is an amazing value and the perfect reason to get out of the house whether ou are on a budget or not!  Upcoming museums that will be offering free entry this month include the Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Fruitlands Museum, Concord Museum, USS Constitution Museum, Old Sturbridge Village, the Basketball Hall of Fame, JFK Library and Museum, and the Discovery Museums.  Check out their website for more information on FAQ’s and a complete listing of events.

Rick Springfield at the Hatch Shell Everyone knows the classic hit Jessie’s Girl, now here’s your chance to see Rick Springfield perform it live for free! We can’t guarantee he’ll be singing that song, but it’s a pretty safe bet if we had to guess.  Rick Springfield is one of the many acts performing this summer in the Hatch Shell’s Summer Concert Series.  He will be taking the stage this Saturday, August 4.  The concert begins at 7 PM with an opening act and comes to an end at 9:30 PM.  This event is sure to draw a crowd, and should be especially popular with classic rock and General Hospital fans so be sure to get there early!

Family Film Festival – The Family Film Festival being sponsored by Magic 106.7 will be closing out the summer with three more family friendly movies showing on the South Garden at the Prudential Center.  This coming Saturday, August 4 The Muppets will be playing, followed by Cars 2 the following Saturday, August 11, and will close out with a showing of Happy Feet 2 Saturday, August 18.  This event is perfect for families and kids will love watching a movie under the stars.  It also benefits a great cause, at each movie the nonprofit organization Cradles to Crayons will be collecting new and gently-used children’s clothing as well as new arts and crafts supplies.  Entertainment will begin before the movie at 6 PM and the film will begin at sunset.

So step out and enjoy some of these FREE events before the summer ends!  All events are family friendly and have something for guests of every age.

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