2014 July 4th Celebrations and fireworks
This is where you will find the most comprehensive collection of the fireworks displays, parades and Independence Day celebrations taking place across the state on and around the 4th of July, 2014!
Please note that this page is updated as new information is made available. As we are able to confirm dates and times, we will add them to this page. If you know of an event that is not listed, please email information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Last update: July 4, 2014.
Friday, July 4
Center Harbor: 9 a.m., July 4th Celebration, begins with a foot race. Parade at 2 p.m.
Colebrook: Dusk. Fireworks, Town Athletic Fields.
**Dublin: Cancelled** 9:30 p.m., Fireworks, Dublin Lake.
Durham: 9 p.m., Fireworks, Cowell Stadium.
Franconia: Old Home Day - 8-10 a.m., Franconia Community Church Pancake Breakfast; 9:30-10:30 a.m., Kids Games at the Gazebo; 10:30 a.m., Tricky Dick's Magic Show; Road Race, Lions Duck Race, and a parade.
Gilmanton: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Gilmanton Four Corners, Routes 107 and 140. Classic small town New England parade with color guard, youth bands, livestock, antique cars, and more. Parade starts at 10 a.m. Post-parade food and vendors on the lawn of the Town Offices.
Gilmanton Iron Works: 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Fireworks, Crystal Lake Park. A fun evening for the whole family! Park opens early at 6:30 p.m. Come have dinner under the pavilion and enjoy some great music from the bandstand. Free parking and entry. All donations gladly accepted at the gate! Rain date is Saturday, July, 5th! Fireworks at dusk! Please no dogs or grills.
Gorham: 11 a.m., Kiddies Parade with Bobo T. Clown. Starts at Ed Fenn School. Followed by a 4th of July Parade at 2 p.m. Parade starts at Dublin St. down Main St. to Railroad St. Carnival midway by Miller Amusements. Concert by the Timothy Paul Band from 6-10 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. New Hampshire's largest and longest running 4th of July Celebration. Please visit http://www.gorhamnh.org for additional activities and celebrations from July 3-July 6, 2014.
Laconia: 10 p.m., Opechee Park.
Milford: 12 p.m., July 4th Family Fun Day and Fireworks, Keyes Park. Patriotic Bike Parade and Contest at 12 p.m. at Keyes Skate Park. Bring a decorated bike, stroller or wagon. Field Activities from 12-3 p.m., Keyes Stage. Hosted by DJ Dave Alcox. Face paining, food concessions, free entry to Keyes Pool. Rob Oxford featuring Americana's Most Wanted at Keyes Stage, 8-9:30 p.m.
Moultonborough: 11 a.m., Independence Day Parade. Starts at Blake Road and continues through town to Old Route 109, ending at the Lion's Club with a free BBQ for all. Parade awards will be given out. Children registered in any MRD camps are welcome to march with the Recreation Department. Fireworks co-sponsored by Moultonborough and Center Harbor light up the sky at dusk over the water at Center Harbor beach.
New Boston: July 4th Celebration. On July 4th, the day commences with the tolling of church bells as the famed parade steps-off from High Street. The award-winning parade features patriotic bands, antique cars and hand-pumped fire engines, New Boston's infamous street floats and much more! The Celebration commences with the firing of the Revolutionary War-era Molly Stark Cannon, and the day-long event features food, games, entertainment, music and a whole lot of fun for the entire family! As dark settles in, grab a blanket and enjoy the bonfire and the best fireworks around! Admission $5 per person; Children 12 & under admitted free of charge. $5 per carload after 6 p.m.
Ossipee: 10 a.m. Fourth of July Parade. A fair and giant yard sale will start immediately after the parade. From 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. enjoy food and music.
Pittsburg: 11 a.m., Fourth of July Celebration at Murphy Dam. Flea Market from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Car show, Vintage snowmobile, Rail Car Display, one lunger, antique motor display, 1-5 p.m., pony rides, 1-3 p.m., petting zoo, entertainment, chicken barbecue and more. Fireworks at 10 p.m.
**Rye** Cancelled: Dusk. Fireworks, Parson's Field.
Tamworth: Fourth of July Family Celebration, KA Brett School. 11 a.m., Parade. Starts at the Town House to KA Brett School. 12 p.m., Family activities begin at the KA Brett School. Music, food, sack races, face painting, pie eating and egg toss contests. 9:30 p.m., Fireworks Display at the KA Brett School.
Wolfeboro: 10 a.m., Independence Day Parade, downtown. This year’s theme is “The Way We Were,” and entrants are free to interpret as they wish. Chamberlin said the theme doesn’t necessarily refer to the D-Day anniversary or anything, just of times gone by. The event in recent years has lasted more than an hour and a half, with many patriotic-themed floats, dancers, the Lawn Chair Marching Band, live performances, convoys of tractors, fire engines and the like. It is believed to be the largest in the state, according to organizers. The parade usually includes more than 100 participating community groups, businesses, individuals and politicians, such as former presidential candidate and local seasonal resident Gov. Mitt Romney, who marched in 2012 with an entourage that included Secret Service agents.
Woodsville: 10 p.m., Fireworks, near Connecticut River.
Saturday, July 5
Bradford: Old Tyme Independence Day, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., throughout town. The goal this year is to bring back the Bradford Celebration the way it was 20 years ago. There will be a parade at 4 p.m. and an Old Tyme Midway with Craft Vendors at Brown Shattuck Field. There will also be a church fair at the First Baptist Church with activities for kids, including archery, musical entertainment, and more. This is a fun-filled day for the whole family! Fireworks off East Main Street at 9:30 p.m.
Bretton Woods: 9:30 p.m., Fireworks. Bretton Woods Ski Area. Entertainment and demonstrations preceding the fireworks.
Bristol: Dusk, Fireworks at Kelley Park.
Brookline: 8:45 p.m., Fireworks at Lake Potanipo.
Canterbury: Dusk, Fireworks at Canterbury Elementary School.
The fireworks show still will be held at Memorial Field and will go off at 9:15 p.m. or dusk. The site opens at 5:30 p.m. The Never's Bank Concert performs at 7:30 p.m. The baseball game was cancelled because of a scheduling conflict.
**Franconia** (postponed from 7/4) Concert featuring the Funky Divas Band at 7-9 p.m., followed by fireworks at the Gazebo.
**Keene** (postponed from 7/3): Independence Eve at the Keene Swamp Bats game has been moved from Thursday to Saturday. Gates will still open at 4:30 p.m. with the game beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin 15 minutes after the conclusion of the game. Alumni Field.
**Meredith** (postponed from 7/4) 9:30 p.m., Fireworks in Meredith Bay.
**Merrimack** (postponed from 7/4) Dusk. Fireworks, Merrimack High School. Grab your blanket and find a good spot! We are excited to announce that Atlas PyroVision Productions, Inc. has been contracted this year to put on a SPECTACULAR fireworks display. They are one of the leaders in the industry and put on hundreds of shows annually. It promises to be a first-class display!
**Rochester:** (postponed from 7/3): 5 p.m., "Night Before the 4th," Rochester Fairgrounds. Entertainment, fun, fair food, salute to our veterans. Fireworks, 10 p.m.
**Salem** (postponed from 7/4) 9:30 p.m., Fireworks, Salem High School. Fireworks will be preceded by games, entertainment, fire safety trailer tours, by the Salem Fire Dept. and food concessions.
**Sanbornton** (postponed from 7/4) 9:30 p.m. Fireworks, Steele Hill Resort.
Sunapee: 12 noon, Independence Day Parade. This year's theme is "Super Heroes." Marching bands, clowns (happy or sad), sports teams, School classes, old cars/trucks, John Deere Gators, fire trucks, farming tractors, Indian Cave residents!, Sunapee Gardeners, Old town roller, Bruins and Red Sox fans, etc. If you like to have fun, join our parade! Line up is at 11 a.m.
Sunapee: Dusk, Sunapee Harbor. The best show on the lake. Donations will be accepted at the Town Hall.
Waterville Valley: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Independence Day Family Carnival. Hosted by the Waterville Valley Recreation Department. Games, T-shirt Tie-Dying, Bounce Houses, 100 foot Obstacle Course, and more! Wristbands for children will be sold for $10 giving access to all of the attractions. Children 2 and under are free. A cash BBQ hosted by the Recreation Department will also be available on site. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 603-236-4695 or visit www.watervillevalley.org/Recreation.html.
Sunday, July 6
**Dover** (postponed from July 4): 9:15 p.m., Henry Law Park and the downtown area are the best locations to view the fireworks. Event organizers are working with previously scheduled vendors and entertainers to reschedule activities planned to precede the fireworks.
6-9 pm An Ice cream Social (hot dogs, drinks & ice-cream this year) at the Hancock Vestry
6-7 pm Bell ringing with Bob Fogg at the Meetinghouse
7 pm A reading of the Declaration of Independence
7:30 pm Musical Concert with Wendy Keith at the Bandstand
Dusk A glorious fireworks display over Norway Pond in downtown Hancock
Don't miss it. And please, if these kind of celebrations are to continue, be prepared to make a donation to the volunteers who will be circulating the crowd. Raindate July 8th.
Saturday, July 12
Saturday, June 28
Windham: 5:30 p.m. Town Day, Windham High School. The high school parking lot will open to the public at 5:30 p.m., with food and vendors onsite. Starting at 7:15 p.m., the B-Street Bombers will perform, with a fireworks show to begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. For more information contact the Windham Recreation Department at 965-1208 or email Recreation@WindhamNewHampshire.com.
Wednesday, July 2
Wakefield: 9 p.m. Fireworks, Ballpark. Fun and games start at 4:30 p.m. Come on down to the Ballpark on July 2nd for our 7th Annual Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks show! Cotton Candy, ice cream, fried dough, games, & performers!Admission is free! Donations accepted!
Thursday, July 3
**Boston, MA** (changed from 7/4): 8:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., Fireworks on the Esplanade. A concert by the Boston Pops will begin at 8:30 p.m., followed by a spectacular fireworks display. If weather is still a problem, consideration is being given to moving everything to Saturday evening.
Strafford: 5-7 p.m., Fireworks over Bow Lake. Bow Lake Community Club.
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