Independence Day Celebrations across the NoBo Region

By Kyle Spencer

While many communities held celebrations in previous weekends, towns and cities across the NoBo region will celebrate Independence Day with parades, festivals, and fireworks displays. Learn more about the festivities below! Happy Fourth of July!

Postponed until Friday, July 6th

Mayor Kezer has just announced that he is “shooting for clear skies” by moving the date of the Amesbury Days fireworks display and Woodsom Farm festivities from July 4 to July 6. Given the cost of fireworks and the efforts made by volunteers to raise money for the event, moving the event to Friday will literally and figuratively give everyone a bigger bang for the buck. The location and time of the fireworks remain the same: music and vendors begin at 6pm; fireworks begin at dark — approximately 9pm.

For information about parking and traffic routes, please click here. Parking fees of $2/car at the high school and $3/car at Woodsom Farm (no charge for veterans or HP plates) help to defray the cost of the fireworks.


Manchester By The Sea Parade
July 4th

We are just a few days away from Manchester’s Annual 4th of July Celebration. Manchester’s Annual salute to America is a wonderful tradition, complete with stirring music, precision marching bands, imaginative home made floats, antique cars, and just about everything else that represents the pride and patriotism we all share for our country. Simply stated, Manchester’s Fourth of July Celebration is small town America at its very best!


July 4th

The 2012 Fireworks are scheduled for Wednesday, July 4 at approximately 9:00 P.M. The Harbor Illumination will begin at 8:45 P.M., and the Fireworks Forever program will begin immediately following the illumination. For more information, click here!


Rockport Independence Day Celebration
July 4th

With fireworks display held on July 3rd, the town celebrates Independence Day with the Rockport Firemen’s Parade which kicks off at 6PM. The Rockport Legion Band Concert begins at 8:30PM followed by the Rockport Bonfire at 9PM, both to be held at Back Beach. For more information, click here.


July 4th

Festivities in Salem begin at 4PM with the opening of Kids’ Space, an area filled with free face painting, games, crafts, contests and prizes galore. Julie Dougherty and Friends will entertain the crowd beginning at 4PM, and they will be followed by Britannica at 5:30PM. The official opening ceremonies begin at 7:15PM with a military flyover followed by a two hour concert by the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, a forty-piece ensemble with vocal soloists performing opera to Broadway favorites.  At 9:15PM, fireworks will be launched from Derby Wharf. For more information, click here.


Salisbury Beach
July 4th at 8PM

Salisbury is all about celebrating the red, white and blue! Come celebrate America’s star spangled holiday at the annual campfire with Rudy and his sing-a-long followed by fireworks at 10:15PM! For more information, click here.


Wakefield Fourth of July Parade
July 4th

The Wakefield Fourth of July Parade features marching bands, floats, music, clowns, celebrities and more. It’s the largest holiday parade in Massachusetts and
the second largest in New England. The parade is financed entirely through fundraisers and donations, as well as the annual 5K race held on the holiday. This year’s theme is Celebrate America. Currently living in Virginia, Col. Stephen Zarbo, a Wakefield native, returns to his hometown to serve as Grand Marshal. The parade kicks off at 5PM and is followed by a fireworks display at Lake Quannapowitt following sunset. Click here for more information.


Winthrop Parade and Fireworks
July 4th Fireworks at 9:15PM

For a festive Independence Day, Winthrop is certainly one of the best places to be! The annual Horribles Parade which takes off from the Town Landing at 9AM. The parade winds through Point Shirley and ends at Coughlin Park for games, activities, contests, and lots of family fun.  The annual fireworks display over Winthrop Harbor will be at dusk, approximately 9:15PM, and NoBo will be there! For more information, click here!


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