Independence Day

2017 July 4th Celebrations and Fireworks


June 28. 2017 1:57AM

 







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Last update: June 28, 2017.



Friday, June 30, 2017

Gorham: New Hampshire's Longest 4th of July Celebration. June 30 - July 4. Dozens of Spectacular Events, including fireworks by Atlas and a midway. This year's theme is "The Circus: The Greatest Show on Earth!



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Errol: dusk, Fireworks at the Bridge on Rt. 26, presented by The Town of Errol. 4th of July Celebration all day, starting at 10 a.m. Fishing Fun Day Registration, 11 a.m., Fishing begins. Prizes will be given to the boy and girl who catch the biggest fish and also to the boy and girl who catch the smallest fish. There will be two divisions for the prizes, homemade poles and regular poles. Children must be 13 or younger to participate. Kids games will take place at the school. 1 p.m., Parade with the theme "Your Favorite Decade." First place Prize awarded to the float who best follows the theme. At 2:30 p.m., there will be a log rolling contest at the kid's pond in the town center. Prizes given by the Umbagog Area Chamber of Commerce to the winners. Two groups will compete. Children 15 and younger and then the adults 16 and older.  

Franconia: 1 p.m.4th of July and Old Home Day Celebration - The parade starts at 1 p.m. the duck race begins after the parade and Beatles tribute band concert begins at 7 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.

Gilmanton:
9:30 p.m., Fireworks at Crystal Lake Park.

Gorham: New Hampshire's Longest 4th of July Celebration. June 30 - July 4. Dozens of Spectacular Events, including fireworks by Atlas and a midway. This year's theme is "The Circus: The Greatest Show on Earth!

Portsmouth: 15th Annual American Celebration - “An American Celebration” is Strawbery Banke Museum’s annual salute to American Independence Day and the joys of summer. Multiple generations make this weekend full of events a Fourth of July tradition, given the opportunity to enjoy the living history museum at a time that American history takes a special spotlight. At Strawbery Banke, the 15th Annual An American Celebration extends the festivities all weekend long.  Offering something for everyone, from maritime art to a 1940s-style swing dance, each day’s events add something new to Independence Day traditions. Sponsors include: BAE Systems, CPManagement, R.M. Davis, Marshall Rental and Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire. July 1: American Lives: Timeline of Living History - Nowhere else but Strawbery Banke offers such a tremendous range of historic interpretation, gathered on the campus for interactions all day long.  

Wakefield/Sanbornville: 6 p.m., 8th Annual Independence Day Celebration - Head to the Ballpark Complex at 1488 Wakefield Road (Rte. 153), Sanbornville, for fun, games, a petting zoo, local food and entertainment. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Rain date: July 2.



Sunday, July 2, 2017

Bradford: July 4th Celebration - Various locations throughout town. Beginning with a Mason's Breakfast at St. Peter's Lodge, followed by a Church Fair, Book and Plant Sale, and a 5K Road Race. At 1 p.m., the Parade will line-up and start at 1:30 p.m. Parade Route: Old Warner Road to East Main St. to West Main St. to High Street, ending at Route 103. Following the parade, there will be a midway with games, rides, cow flop bingo, farm animals, bouncy houses, face painting, ice cream and cotton candy at Brown Shattuck Field, 8 Cilley Lane. From 1:30 p.m. through 9:30 p.m., there will be live music, a magic show, food and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Best places to view are Brown Shattuck Field, the Post office or Garden on East Main St.

Dublin: 8:30 p.m. - Fireworks over Dublin Lake.

Errol: Dusk, Rte. 26 Bridge.

Franconia: 1 p.m. Fourth of July Parade, with a duck race to follow. There will also be a Beatles Tribute Band Concert at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks at dusk.

Gorham: New Hampshire's Longest 4th of July Celebration. June 30 - July 4. Dozens of Spectacular Events, including fireworks by Atlas and a midway. on July 2nd, there will be a performance by Garth Guy, the Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute Show. This year's theme is "The Circus: The Greatest Show on Earth!

Hancock: dusk, fireworks. Rain date: July 8, 2017.

Jackson: 1 p.m., Independence Day Celebration. Fireworks will go off at 9 p.m. from Jackson Village Park area.

Nashua: 3:30 p.m., "Let Freedom Ring" Community Picnic & Patriotic Sing-a-Long. Rotary Common, 315 Main St. Bring blanket and picnic basket!

Sunapee: 12 p.m., 4th of July Parade - Travels down Central Street to Sunapee Harbor. 9:20 p.m., Fireworks over the lake.



Monday, July 3, 2017

Alton: 9:20 p.m., fireworks over Alton Bay. Rain Date: July 7

Amherst:
dusk, Fireworks at Souhegan High School, 412 Boston Post Rd., Amherst. Live music, tethered hot air balloon rides, face painting, food and other activities before the fireworks. 
 
Atkinson:
 9:15 p.m. - Annual Fireworks Show - Big Island Pond - Rain date will be Tuesday, July 4th. We want to thank those of you who have made donations in the past and ask for your continued support to ensure the shows continue. Rain date will be Tuesday, July 4th.

Bristol: Dusk. Fireworks at the foot of Newfound Lake.

Colebrook: 9:30 p.m., Fireworks.

Derry: 9:15 p.m. - Annual Fireworks Show - Big Island Pond - Rain date will be Tuesday, July 4th. We want to thank those of you who have made donations in the past and ask for your continued support to ensure the shows continue. Rain date will be Tuesday, July 4th.

Gorham: New Hampshire's Longest 4th of July Celebration. June 30 - July 4. Dozens of Spectacular Events, including fireworks by Atlas, a midway, a Patriotic ATV Photo Scavenger Hunt on Monday, July 3rd. This year's theme is "The Circus: The Greatest Show on Earth!

Hampstead: 9:15 p.m. - Annual Fireworks Show - Big Island Pond. Rain date will be Tuesday, July 4th. We want to thank those of you who have made donations in the past and ask for your continued support to ensure the shows continue. Rain date will be Tuesday, July 4th.

Harrisville: 9:15 p.m., Fireworks.

Manchester: 9:30 p.m., Fireworks Spectacular - Arms Park, 10 Arms St., Manchester. Children will also enjoy face painting, a midway, and more.

Portsmouth: 8 p.m. Fireworks, South Mill Pond, across from City Hall. Rain date: Wednesday, July 5.

Portsmouth: 15th Annual American Celebration - “An American Celebration” is Strawbery Banke Museum’s annual salute to American Independence Day and the joys of summer. Multiple generations make this weekend full of events a Fourth of July tradition, given the opportunity to enjoy the living history museum at a time that American history takes a special spotlight. At Strawbery Banke, the 15th Annual An American Celebration extends the festivities all weekend long.  Offering something for everyone, from maritime art to a 1940s-style swing dance, each day’s events add something new to Independence Day traditions. Sponsors include: BAE Systems, CPManagement, R.M. Davis, Marshall Rental and Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire. On July 3rd, there will be a 1940's Style Swing Dance from 6-9 p.m. Jump, jive and swing to the music of the Beantown Swing Orchestra at a 1940s-style swing dance. Dance Lessons (free instruction with ticket to the dance) starts at 6 pm, and the band boogies from 7 pm to 9 pm.  Then watch the Portsmouth fireworks display from the vantage point of Strawbery Banke. Tickets are $20. 

Sandwich: Dusk, Town Fireworks Display - The fireworks display is put on by Atlas Fireworks and can be viewed in the usual locations:  Sandwich Fairgrounds - Squam Lake Road gate parking, Sandwich Central School, and Quimby Field.  Please note:  Sandwich fireworks are ALWAYS scheduled for July 3rd unless stormy.
Weirs Beach: 11:59 p.m. at Weirs Beach.

Windham: 9:15 p.m., Fireworks at Cobbetts Pond.



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Amherst: 10 a.m. - Children's Bicycle Parade - Memories are made on the Fourth of July! This opportunity is for local children to decorate their bicycle and helmet and then ride in the parade. Each bike will be judged for originality, creativity and effort of the child. There are five categories and each category will award a first, second and third place ribbon. (Categories are 0-6 years old, 7-8 years old, 9-10 years old, 11-12 years old and one general category.) Each child who enters will receive a participation ribbon. This year’s parade, run by the Amherst Lions Club, will form on Knight Street Field, the triangle of grass at the entrance to town, and proceed down Main Street, past the library, to the Town Hall. Judging will take place at 9:45 a.m. with parade stepping off at 10:00 a.m. By state law, all children riding bikes must be wearing a helmet. Decorating the helmet is not only permissible, but encouraged!  

Amherst:
11 a.m., Amherst 4th of July Classic Car Parade. Period dress and U.S. flags encouraged. Parade Route: Wilkins School, up Boston Post Road, right on Foundry St., Left on Davis Lane, Left on Main St. past viewing stand, around Village Green to special reserved parking area. Fourth of July Festivities held throughout the day and will include a Puppy Parade, floats. Theme: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Andover: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. - 75th Anniversary of the Andover 4th of July Celebration  - various locations in town - 4th of July Parade - Starts at Proctor Academy Field House, 203 Main St. You do not have to have a float -- you can just dress up and walk in the parade as well. Remember the theme -- REMEMBER WHEN - 1942 - 2017. There will also be and Independence Day Festival at the Village Green, 5K races, a ar club show, music on the Village Green, and fireworks at 9 p.m. May be viewed from Carr Field.    

Ashland: 9:30 p.m., 4th of July Fireworks. Viewing from the Ashland Ballfield. Other festivities include a pancake breakfast at the Common Man in Ashland from 7-10 a.m. and a July 4th Parade at 10 a.m., Main Street. Parade Route: From Mill Street to West Street.

Brentwood: 10 a.m., Fourth of July Parade - Swasey School, 355 Middle Rd., Brentwood.  
Bretton Woods: 5 p.m. - Independence Day celebration at the Bretton Woods Ski Area and Adventure Center. There will be family friendly activities, live entertainment, plenty of delicious food and our famous fireworks display. Gates open at 5 p.m. so be sure to arrive early to find the perfect viewing spot. There will be fun and games at the base lodge. The White Mountain Regional High School Jr. ROTC will be collecting a donation of $5 per car which will go towards funding the program. Join us behind the base lodge for some fun and games right in the midst of all the celebrating this Fourth of July. There will be something for everyone in our Family Fun Zone so bring a friend and a sense of adventure and get ready for a good time! The Family Fun Zone will offer the following activities: Bouncy House, Lawn Games, Face Painting, Balloon Twisting with Maryanne the Magnificent. Live music, country-style barbecue and 4th of July Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

Bristol: 10 a.m. - 4th of July Parade. Parade of boats at 1 p.m.
Brookline: 9:15 p.m. - Fireworks Over Lake Potanipo.

Colebrook: 11 a.m. - 4th of July Parade - The theme this year is “1977 Was a Very Good Year”. This was chosen as the Kiwanis Club of Colebrook was founded 40 years ago, and we wondered what else happened then. Create a float, decorate a car and enter the parade to help us remember what happened 40 years ago.The parade starts on Colby Street in Colebrook at 11am on Tuesday 4th July with lost of other activities that day including the famous Kiwanis Chicken BBQ. There will also be a 4th July Children’s Fishing Derby at 8 a.m. The Children’s Fishing Derby venue has had to be changed for this year. It will be held at Kevin McKinnon’s Pond at 52 South Hill Road, Colebrook. This event is for children aged 12 and under.
Concord: 9 p.m., Fireworks - In the event of rain, the fireworks will be held on the evening of Wednesday, July 5, 2017. 

Conway: Fourth of July Parade - Conway Village. Fireworks at dusk in Schouler Park on White Mountain Hwy.

Center Harbor: 2 p.m. - Fourth of July Parade. The Center Harbor Band will perform at 7 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.

Claremont: 9:30 p.m., Fireworks. Music and entertainment starts at 6 p.m. at Monadnock Park, 190 Broad St., Claremont.

Derry: dusk, fireworks. Recommended viewing areas are Hood Commons, Crystal Avenue and Tsienneto Road. Rain date: July 5. 

Dover: 7:30 p.m. - 4th of July Fireworks Display and Celebration - The 39th Army Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Rotary Arts Pavilion. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. at Henry Law Park and downtown Dover. 

Exeter: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Happy Birthday, America! - American Independence Museum, Ladd-Gilman House, 1 Governor's Way, Exeter. Join us on our country’s birthday. On this special day celebrate with us by enjoying the history of the birth of the Declaration of Independence. Walk through each room of the Ladd-Gilman House where guides will help unfold the conflicts that lead to the Revolution. Afterwards, enjoy some birthday cake. Admission: $6. 
Gilmanton: 10 a.m. - Fourth of July Parade. Parade line-up is at 9-9:30 p.m. on High St. Gilmanton Academy Bldg. Front Lawn.

Gorham: New Hampshire's Longest 4th of July Celebration. June 30 - July 4. Dozens of Spectacular Events, including fireworks by Atlas, a midway, and more. This year's theme is "The Circus: The Greatest Show on Earth!

Hampton: 9:30 p.m., Fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean. Best place to watch from is between B and C Streets on the sand. Bring a blanket!

Hanover: 10 a.m. - 25th Annual Old Fashioned Fourth of July - Dartmouth Green, Parade - You don't have to be in the Float Contest to be in the parade. So join in the fun! Decorate your bicycle, patriotic pets. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Activities on the Green including games, a pie eating contest, entertainment, crafts, food, pony rides, live music and more. 

Hopkinton/Contoocook: 4th of July Family Fun Day. 11:30 a.m., Kiddie Parade in downtown Contoocook. Independence Day Parade lines up at Hopkinton High School and starts at 12 p.m. in downtown Contoocook from 12-3 p.m. Family-fun activities in Houston Park including old-fashioned games and contests, a large silent auction, live music, and the Tooky Cookie Bake-Off.

Jefferson: 10 a.m., 4th of July Parade. Call Betti Bovio for information at 603-586-7002.

Jefferson
: Dusk, fireworks - Waumbek Golf Course, 1431 Presidential Highway.

Laconia:
4:30 p.m., 4th of July Parade - Travels from Wyatt Park to Opechee Park. Entertainment and food vendors at Opechee Park starting at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks will go off at 10 p.m.
Fireworks rain date: July 5. 

Lincoln-Woodstock: 10 a.m., 4th of July Celebration - Lin-Wood High School, 72 Lin-Wood Dr, Lincoln. Family games and a picnic. Annual parade at 2 p.m., beginning at Alpine Village and traveling down Main St., Woodstock and through the heart of Lincoln, past the Village Shops and ending just past the Town Offices. Concert of patriotic music by the St. Johnsbury Band at Soldier’s Park in North Woodstock at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at dusk.

Meredith: 9:30 p.m., fireworks over Meredith Bay. NOTEable Sound Reinforcement of Meredith will provide patriotic music from 8:30-9:30 p.m. from the town docks parking lot. Rain date: July 5.
Merrimack: 4th of July Celebration - Mastricola School Fields, 26 Baboosic Lake Rd., Merrimack. Family Fun Day, 12-9 p.m., Parade at 1 p.m., and fireworks at 9 p.m. 

Milford
: 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. - July 4th Family Fun Day and Fireworks - Keyes Memorial Park, 45 Elm St. Beginning at 9 a.m. with a 1K Blast for ages 12 and under, followed by a Star Spangled 5k Run/Walk at 9:30 p.m. and their Patriotic Bike Parade and Contest at 12 p.m. at Keyes Skate Park. Bring a decorated bike, stroller or wagon. There will also be Field Activities from 12-2 p.m. on the Keyes Stage. Fireworks at dusk. Rain date: Wednesday, July 5.

Moultonborough:
11 a.m.4th of July Parade and Fireworks -Parade from Blake Rd. to the Lion's Club. 12 p.m. barbecue following the parade at the Lion's Club and fireworks at Center Harbor Beach at dusk. 

Nashua: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 4th of July Celebration - Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St., Nashua. Field Day, games, magicians, caricaturist, face painting, and relay races. At 5:30 p.m., Rock and Roll Concert by the Slakas, followed by Symphony NH at 7:15 p.m., Nashua Hall of Fame Inductions, Spartans rum and Bugle Corps. Fireworks at dusk. 
New Boston: Fourth of July Celebration - The New Boston 4th of July Celebration is a cherished tradition not only in New Boston, but for people in near and far who come to celebrate year after year. The day commences with the tolling of church bells as the famed parade steps-off from High Street and winds down thru the middle of town. 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 at the Hillsborough County. Youth Center Foundation (fairgrounds), 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.
North Conway: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Americana Celebration. Cranmore Mountain, 239 Skimobile Rd., N.Conway.Celebrate Independence Day the Cranmore Way with the best party of the summer! Cranmore’s base area will be transformed into the All-American backyard barbecue with live music from Shark Martin, brews on tap from our favorite: Tuckerman’s Brewing Co., lawn games, fresh from the grill burgers & hot dogs, and friendly competition. All guests are welcome, and attendees are encouraged to bring the sunscreen, ‘cause we’ll bring the fun! Various family-style competitions throughout the day with fun prizes for the winners. Admission is FREE (with exception of food and beverage and attractions) and the party runs from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Guests are welcome to add to their fun by purchasing their tickets for the Mountain Adventure Park and/or Aerial Adventure. Backyard games/activities include corn hole, BIG Jenga, Bubble blowing station, Connect Four, Scavenger Hunt, Yardzee (Yard Yhatzee), water balloon toss, potato sack race, fill the bucket.

Portsmouth: 15th Annual American Celebration - “An American Celebration” is Strawbery Banke Museum’s annual salute to American Independence Day and the joys of summer. Multiple generations make this weekend full of events a Fourth of July tradition, given the opportunity to enjoy the living history museum at a time that American history takes a special spotlight. At Strawbery Banke, the 15th Annual An American Celebration extends the festivities all weekend long.  Offering something for everyone, from maritime art to a 1940s-style swing dance, each day’s events add something new to Independence Day traditions. July 4: All admission free thanks to BAE Systems. The day begins with a Naturalization Ceremony at 11 a.m., followed by an Old-fashioned Field Day. Governor Sununu will read from the Declaration of Independence at 1:30 p.m. Head to the Shapiro House for a 20th Anniversary Celebration at 3 p.m. The Shapiro House and its interpretation of life in a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant family’s home in 1919 debuted at Strawbery Banke on July 4, 1997. The party includes music by the Raymond Street Klezmer Band, traditional Jewish refreshments and special tours of the house by members of the descendant families.

Salem: 9:30 p.m., fireworks at Salem High School, 44 Geremonty Dr. Concessions will open at 5 p.m., followed by music and games at 6 p.m. Events and activities will take place on the Salem High School and Woodbury Middle School Ball Fields. Rain date: July 5. 

Sugar Hill: Dusk, fireworks.

Tamworth: 9:30 p.m., Fireworks. Family Day Celebration: Celebrate with a road race, parade, car show, games and live music.

Waterville Valley: 9:30 p.m., Fireworks. During the day there will be a parade, live entertainment, and a family carnival. Town Square.

Wolfeboro: 10 a.m. - Parade down Main Street. Fireworks over Wolfeboro Bay at 9:30 p.m. Rain date: July 5.

July 14-15, 2017

Weare: Patriotic Celebration featuring a parade that begins Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m., starting at Brownie's Sand & Gravel Pit and ending at Centerwoods Elementary School. After the parade there will be amusements, food, games and fireworks at dusk.

Other Fireworks this Summer

Festival of Fireworks: Saturday, August 19, 2017, Silver Ranch Airport, Jaffrey, NH - Gates open at 4 p.m., fireworks begin at dusk. This family-friendly event offers live entertainment, sky diving exhibition, climbing wall, vendors and the best fireworks display in the northeast! It’s worth the drive from anywhere! Purchase online at www.jaffreyfireworks.com or call (603) 532-4549. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate.

Boston (A Fireworks Extravaganza): Pop sensation Andy Grammer, American folk rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge and Leslie Odom, Jr., of Hamilton fame will headline. The traditional fighter jet military flyover in coordination with the “Star Spangled Banner,” will open the evening’s Boston Pops program, and a spectacular 20-minute fireworks show designed by Grucci Fireworks, and accompanied by the music of the Boston Pops and other popular music of the past and present, will bring the celebration to an end. Alan Menken and Jack Feldman are composing a new work, “The Sum of Us,” for soloist, chorus, and orchestra, to receive its world premiere during the celebration. The program will also spotlight musical selections from the Boston Pops’s recently released album, "Lights, Camera...Music! Six decades of John Williams." Located at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston, MA. Concert begins at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks start at 10 p.m.

Ongoing:

Hampton Beach: Fireworks will fly every Wednesday evening at 9:30 for the summer, beginning on June 14. The final display will be held on September 3, 2017.

Weirs Beach: Fireworks are held at Weirs Beach on Fridays starting July 7 through August 18. There will also be a shoot on Sunday, September 3rd for Labor Day Weekend.






Previous Events:

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hampstead: Independence Day Celebration will feature an afternoon of family-friendly games and entertainment on the Hampstead town green. 

Hampstead: dusk, Fireworks.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Windham: 7:15 p.m., Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Rd. Fireworks and Concert. Our holiday celebration will feature music at 7:15 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Parking Lot opens at 5:30 p.m. There will be food trucks on site. Concert by Manchuka-Funky Dance Band sponsored by Anne Kuczynksi and Gretchen Haga of BHHS Verani Realty. Rain Date: June 29, 2017. 
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