The Hippo


May 24, 2020








Have a fabulous Fourth
Fireworks, parades and more

By Matt Ingersoll

With the Fourth of July falling on a Monday this year, take advantage of a three-day weekend filled with Independence Day fun, games and celebrations in honor of our country’s birthday. Check out these events happening Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4. Some towns will only host fireworks, while others will offer parades and other special Fourth of July-themed events.

Amherst Fourth of July celebration
Two days of celebration and entertainment, featuring fireworks, live music from the town Band, face painting, a magician, a parade and more
When: Sunday, July 3, festivities begin at 5:30 p.m., live music at 8 p.m., fireworks at dusk. A second day of festivities, including the parade, begins Monday, July 4, at 10 a.m.
Where: July 3 events at Soueghan High School, 412 Boston Post Road. July 4 parade leaves Wilkins School, 80 Boston Post Road.
Brookline fireworks
When: Sunday, July 3, 8:45 p.m.
Where: Max Cohen Memorial Grove, 3 Mason Road (over Lake Potanipo)
Canobie Lake Park fireworks
Stick around after a day at the amusement park for fireworks over the lake
When: Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4, 9:30 p.m.
Where: Canobie Lake Park, 85 N. Policy St., Salem
Concord Fourth of July celebration
Featuring food, live music, fireworks and more
When: Monday, July 4, food vendors and live music begin at 5 p.m., fireworks at 9:20 p.m. (rain date is Tuesday, July 5).
Where: Memorial Field, 70 S. Fruit St.
Derry fireworks
When: Monday, July 4, 9 p.m.
Where: Best viewing areas are Hood Commons, Crystal Avenue and Tsienneto Road
Exeter Independence Day celebration
Celebrate the birth of the Declaration of Independence at the American Independence Museum’s historic Ladd-Gilman House, where guides will help unfold the conflicts that led to the American Revolution. Cake in honor of our country’s 240th birthday will also be served.
When: Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 1 Governors Lane
Cost: $6
Hampton Beach fireworks
When: Monday, July 4, 9:30 p.m.
Where: On the beach, across from C Street
Hopkinton Fourth of July Family Fun Day
Featuring a kiddie and main parade, family games, live music and a cookie bake-off
When: Monday, July 4, kiddie parade begins at 11:30 a.m., main parade begins at noon and cookie bake-off begins at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Parades begin at Hopkinton High School (297 Park Ave., Contoocook), then proceed through Fountain Square toward Contoocook Village Cemetery. Other festivities held at Houston Park, 41 Houston Drive, Hopkinton
Laconia fireworks
When: Monday, July 4, midnight
Where: Weirs Beach, Laconia
Manchester Independence Day celebration
Enjoy fireworks, live music, food vendors and more
When: Sunday, July 3, 6 p.m.; live music starts at 7 p.m.; fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Arms Park, 10 Arms St.
Merrimack Fourth of July festivities
A weekend-long celebration featuring fireworks, live music, a road race, a pancake breakfast and more
When: The Merrimack Concert Association’s concert will be Sunday, July 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Merrimack Sparkler 5K Road Race will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, July 4. The Merrimack Rotary Club pancake breakfast will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Family activities will take place from noon to 9 p.m., with a parade at 1 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.
Where: Holiday concert at Abbie Griffin Park. Road race begins and ends at the Merrimack YMCA, 6 Henry Clay Drive. Pancake breakfast, parade start, and fireworks at Merrimack High School, 38 McElwain St. Other festivities held at Mastricola Elementary School, 7 School St.
Milford Family Fun Day and fireworks
Featuring a bike parade and contest, food and fireworks
When: Monday, July 4. Bike parade begins at noon. Fireworks at dusk
Where: Keyes Memorial Park, Elm Street
Nashua Fourth of July Celebration
Featuring fireworks, live music and family and children’s activities
When: Monday, July 4, children’s activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., concert at 6 p.m. featuring The Shakers, fireworks begin at dusk (rain date is Tuesday, July 5)
Where: Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St.
New Boston 86th annual Fourth of July celebration
Featuring an award-winning parade, live music, a barbecue, children’s race, fireworks, and more
When: Monday, July 4, parade begins at 10 a.m., chicken barbecue at 12:30 p.m., bonfire at 8 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m.
Where: Parade begins at the intersection of Routes 136 and 77 and proceeds south on High Street to Route 13 North. The parade then makes its way through Central Square and along Route 13 to the grounds of the Hillsborough County Youth Center Foundation, off River Road.
NH Fisher Cats Fourth of July fireworks
A special Fourth of July fireworks celebration will follow the game between the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Portland Sea Dogs
When: Monday, July 4, after the 7:05 p.m. game
Where: Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, 1 Line Drive, Manchester
Pelham Independence Day celebration
Featuring food, drinks and live entertainment and culminating with fireworks
When: Sunday, July 3, 4 to 10 p.m.
Where: Pelham Elementary School, 61 Marsh Road
Portsmouth fireworks
When: Sunday, July 3, 9:15 p.m. (rain date is Tuesday, July 5)
Where: South Mill Pond, Junkins Ave. (across from Portsmouth City Hall)
Raymond Fourth of July celebration
20th annual Fourth of July parade will feature live music, food and more
When: Monday, July 4, parade at 9:30 a.m., other festivities begin at 11 a.m.
Where: Parade goes from Route 27 (Epping Street) down to the Raymond Town Common, onto Old Manchester Road and to Wight Street
Rye fireworks
When: Monday, July 4, at dusk
Where: Parsons Field
Salem Independence Day celebration
Featuring live music, food, games, fireworks and more
When: Monday, July 4, concessions start vending food at 5 p.m., music and games at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. (rain date is Tuesday, July 5)
Where: Fireworks will be shot off behind Salem High School, 44 Geremonty Drive. Events and activities held at the high school and at Woodbury Middle School, 206 Main St.

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