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A Fourth full of fireworks

Communities plan Independence Day celebrations

Fourth of July fireworks are looking more promising this year. Concord, Manchester and Nashua are all planning fireworks events, and so are several other communities in southern New Hampshire. All events take place on Sunday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. All events are subject to change or cancellation, so check with the town before heading out.

Bristol

Where: Over Newfound Lake

When: July 3 at dusk; rain date July 4

Canterbury

Where: Canterbury Elementary School (15 Baptist Road)

When: Saturday, July 3, at 9 p.m.

Concord

Where: Memorial Field (70 S. Fruit St.)

When: Approximately 9:15 p.m. The Nevers Band will perform starting at 7:45 p.m. Rain date is July 5.

Derry

Where: Suggested viewing along Tsienneto Road, Hood Commons, Folsom Road and Crystal Avenue

When: Dusk (approximately 9 p.m.)

Dover

Where: Set off at Garrison Hill Park, viewable from around the city

When: 9:15 p.m.

Exeter

Where: Swasey Park (316 Water St.)

When: July 10, after 8 p.m.

Hampton

Where: Hampton Beach (Ocean Boulevard)

When: 9:30 p.m.

Hillsboro

Where: Hillsboro fairgrounds (17 Hilldale Lane)

When: July 10, 10 p.m.

Laconia

Where: Weirs Beach and Opechee Park (915 N. Main St.)

When: July 3 at 11:59 p.m. at Weirs and July 4 at 10 p.m. at Opechee

The second annual Independence Day Boat Parade on Lake Winnipesaukee will take place at Weirs Beach from 1 to 4 p.m.

Manchester

Where: Arms Park (10 Arms St.) and Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (1 Line Drive)

When: At 9:30 p.m. on July 3 at Arms Park and after the Fisher Cats game on July 4

Merrimack

Where: Merrimack High School (38 McElwain St.)

When: 9 p.m.

The town is also hosting its annual Fourth of July Parade, which will feature bands, militia units, clowns, community organizations and more. This year the town is celebrating its 275th anniversary, so the theme for the parade is Celebrate Merrimack’s History – Past, Present and Future. The parade begins at the Commons Shopping Plaza (515 Daniel Webster Hwy.), then travels south down Daniel Webster Highway, onto Baboosic Lake Road, then O’Gara Drive, ending in front of Merrimack High School.

Milford

Where: Keyes Memorial Field (45 Elm St.)

When: July 2, dusk

Nashua

Where: Holman Stadium (67 Amherst St.)

When: 9 p.m.

New Boston

Where: Hillsboro fairgrounds (17 Hilldale Lane)

When: 9:15 p.m.

Portsmouth

Where: Leary Field (Parrott Avenue)

When: July 3, 9 p.m.

Raymond

Where: Town Common

When: July 10, 9:30 p.m.

Salem

Where: Tuscan Village (72 Rockingham Park Boulevard)

When: July 3, 9 p.m.

Sunapee

Where: Sunapee Harbor

When: July 3 at dusk

Weare

Where: Town center

When: July 17 at dusk

Windham

Where: Windham High School (64 London Bridge Road)

When: June 30 at 9:30 p.m.; rain date July 1

In lieu of fireworks…
There won’t be any fireworks in Amherst this year, but the town is hosting a “reverse parade” at Souhegan High School (412 Boston Post Road) from 9 to 10 a.m. Clowns, cheerleaders, bands and more will be standing on the sides of a looped route, allowing people in cars to drive through the loop and wave.

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