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Due to possible bad weather on July 4, some towns may have rescheduled celebrations. We've indicated new information that we're aware of, but it's best to check in with your town before heading out as some changes may have occurred that are not reflected here.
July 5, Alton Bay. The annual Alton Bay fireworks will be held on Thursday at approximately 9:20 p.m. Fireworks will be shot from a barge in the bay - viewers can bring a chair and watch from shore or come by boat. Parking is available in the Alton Bay public parking lot and along Rte. 11 in Alton Bay.
Amherst July 4th Celebration
July 3-4, Amherst. The Amherst July 4th celebration is scheduled to begin the evening of July 3, with the parade to follow on the 4th. This year you can roll out your antique ride (cars over 25 years old) with the chance of winning in categories such as best overall, best pre-war, best pre-1968 and more. There is a 50 car limit and pre-registration is encouraged (call George Coddington at 801-4389 or Noel Ward at 566-0948). The parade (this year’s theme is “From Sea to Shining Sea”) assembles from 8:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m. with a start at 10 a.m.
Other events will include fireworks, music, hot air balloon rides, a magician and food at Souhegan High School on the 3rd and more. Click here for more information.
Ashland Independence Day Celebration
July 4 and 5, Ashland. A pancake breakfast kicks off Ashland’s party followed by a town parade. Ashland Home Days comes next, with its 54th consecutive fireworks display ending the celebration on Saturday night. The events start at 7 a.m. on Friday morning at the Common Man Ashland. Click here for more information.
An American Celebration
July 4, Portsmouth. Strawbery Banke invites you to its real old-fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. Enjoy live music, traditional games and crafts, garden tours, living history, hands-on activities, food and fun for the family from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth. Free for children under 17 and $17.50 for adults. Click here for more information.
Baseball and Fireworks
July 4, Manchester. The Fourth of July Atlas Fireworks will follow the NH Fisher Cats game vs. Trenton. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. Click here for more information.
July 4, Bristol. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. in downtown Bristol. Fireworks will be set off at dusk. The best viewing spot is in Kelley Park, 230 Lake Street. Bring blankets and chairs.
Candia July 4th Celebration
July 5, Liquid Planet Water Park, 446 Route 27 in Candia. A fireworks display will begin at sundown. $10 per person.
Canobie Lake Park Fireworks
July 3-5, Salem. Weather permitting, there will be three nights of fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m. The park is located at 85 N. Policy St. Click here for more information.
Center Harbor Fireworks
Rain date, if needed, is July 5.
July 4, Center Harbor. Fireworks will be set off at dusk from Center Harbor Bay.
July 4, Claremont. Bring chairs and blankets to the Monadnock Park to watch the fireworks display that begins at dusk.
July 4, Colebrook. Fireworks will be set off at dusk. The best viewing spot is the Colebrook Ball Field.
Concord's Fourth of July Fireworks
If needed, the rain date is July 5.
July 4, Concord. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. at Memorial Field.
July 4, North Conway. The annual Fourth of July Parade is from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Main Street. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. The best viewing spot is Schouler Park, located on Main St./White Mountain Highway in North Conway.
*POSTPONED TO RAIN DATE JULY 5: Derry Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, Derry. The Derry Parks and Recreation Department coordinates and sponsors the annual 4th of July fireworks display. The display commences at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.) with the best suggested viewing areas along Tsienneto Road, Hood Commons, Folsom Road and Crystal Avenue. Rain date of July 5.
*POSTPONED Dover Fireworks
Dover will hold fireworks on Sunday, July 6.
July 4, Dover. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. The best viewing spot is Henry Law Park. Live music from the 39th Army Band and other activities (novelty vendors and food) will be available starting at 7 p.m.
July 4, Dublin. Fireworks will be set off over Dublin Lake beginning at 9:30 p.m.
July 4, Durham. Watch the fireworks from Cowell Stadium, 145 Main St., beginning at 9 p.m.
*POSTPONED to July 5: Fireworks at Hampton Beach
July 4, Hampton Beach. Hampton Beach has a fireworks display every Wednesday evening during the summer, but look out for their special Fourth of July display from 8:45 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. on the beach across from C Street. Click here for more information.
July 4, Franconia. Old Home Days takes place during the day, including a pancake breakfast, kids games and magic show, duck races, parade and concert by the Funky Divas Band at 7 p.m. Fireworks start at dusk from Dow Field.
Gilmanton 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
July 4 and 6, Gilmanton. Enjoy an old fashioned, traditional New England parade and post parade activities and vendors on July 4. This is a family friendly, free event. Parade starts at 10 a.m. On the Academy grounds in Gilmanton Corners. Call (603) 267-6434 or click here for more information.
The fireworks display will take place on July 6 at Crystal Lake Park in Gilmanton Ironworks on Crystal Lake Road off Route 140. The park opens at 6:30 p.m. and the fireworks will launch at dusk. Free admission and parking though a donation is suggested. Live music will be performed throughout the evening. Food will be for sale under the pavilion.
Gorham 4th of July Celebration
July 3-6, Gorham. This fun four-day celebration is packed with events that range from carnival rides and fireworks to a parade and sports tournaments. The Gorham Fourth of July celebration is NH’s longest running Fourth of July celebration. Click here for a schedule of events as it becomes available.
July 6, Grafton. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. at the Grafton Recreational Field.
Fourth of July Family Party Train
Hobo Railroad offers a unique train ride experience for the family, complete with food, clown entertainment, and a local firework display to enjoy during the trip. $20 per person and reservations are required. Click here for tickets and more information.
Hancock Fourth of July Celebration
July 6, Hancock. Activities, which run from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. include an ice cream social, bell ringing with Bob Fogg, reading of the Declaration of Independence and a concert performed by Wendy Keith. Fireworks at dusk. The rain date is July 8. Click here for more information.
Hopkinton July 4th Family Fun Day
July 4, Hopkinton. Join Hopkinton for a family Independence Day celebration. The parade kicks off at noon and the afternoon is full of games, music and activities. A chili cook-off, open to both restaurants and all ages, is the main event for the afternoon. Click here for more information.
*POSTPONED TO RAIN DATE JULY 5: Independence Eve, Kene
Originally July 3. Independence Eve at the Keene Swamp Bats game has been moved to Saturday evening with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. with the game at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin 15 minutes after the end of the game.
Laconia Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, Laconia. The parade begins at 4 p.m. with a fireworks display to follow at 10 p.m. in Opechee Park on Main St.
*POSTPONED Manchester Fireworks
New date is July 5.
July 3, Manchester. Fireworks will be set off at dusk and live music provided by the 39th Army Band. The best place to view the fireworks will be from Arms Park, 10 Arms St., which is down by the river.
Meredith July 4th Celebration
July 4, Meredith. The day begins with a chicken BBQ from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hesky Park; The Meredith Rubber Duckie Race begins at 4 p.m. at Mill Falls Marketplace; the Brass Band Concert is at 7 p.m. in Hesky Park followed by fireworks at dusk over the bay. Click here for more information.
*RESCEDULED: Merrimack Fourth of July Celebration
Fireworks delayed until Sunday evening at Merrimack High School. The pancake breakfast and 5K are still on as originally scheduled. See Merrimack4th.com for updates.
July 3-4, Merrimack. The fun begins on July 3 with an evening of independence songs at Abbie Griffin Park. Start the day on July 4 at 8 a.m. with the Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast at Merrimack High School with Merrimack YMCA’s annual 5k race/walk starting at the YMCA. Continue the celebration with the Merrimack Rotary Family Day from noon until 8 p.m., complete with a parade at 1 p.m. starting in the Commons. Finish the day with a fireworks display put on by Atlas PyroVision Productions at the high school at 9 p.m. Click here for more information.
*RESCEDULED: Milford July 4th Celebration
All events will now take place on July 5.
July 4, Keyes Skate Park, Elm St. in Milford. This celebration is intended for all ages. Milford Recreation presents an annual family fun day at Keyes Field. In the event of rain, festivities will be held on July 5. The day starts at 12 p.m. and fireworks by Atlas PyroVision begin at dusk. The day also includes face painting, food concessions, free entry to Keyes Pool and Rob Oxford at Keyes Stage from 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
M/S Mount Washington Cruise
July 4, Weirs Beach. Enjoy all of the spectacular fireworks set off on Lake Winnipesaukee for Independence Day from the M/S Mount Washington cruise boat, complete with dinner and dancing. The band Annie and the Orphans will be performing for the event. The cruise leaves Weirs Beach at 7 p.m. and returns after the Meredith fireworks show. Tickets are $51. Boarding time is 6:15 p.m. Click here for more information and ticket reservations.
Moultonborough Fourth of July Celebration
July 5, Moultonborough. At 11 a.m. the Independence Day Parade starts on Blake Road and continues through town to Old Route 109. The Parade ends at the Lion's Club with a free BBQ for all. Fireworks begin at dusk over the Center Harbor Beach.
*RESCHEDULED: Nashua July 4 Celebration
Postponed to July 5 at Holman Stadium. The city’s other Independence Day events have been cancelled though the Revolution Run 5K will still occur on July 4.
July 4, Nashua. Watch the fireworks at Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St., beginning at 9 p.m. Rain date is July 5. During the daytime check out the Fourth of July Field Day at Holman Stadium -- featuring bounce houses, carnival games, face painting and relay races.
New Boston Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, New Boston. Come to the award-winning parade that winds through historic downtown New Boston at 10 a.m., followed by all day family fun events and Chicken BBQ at the Hillsborough County 4H Youth Center and Fairgrounds. 9:15 p.m. grand fireworks display at the fairgrounds. Admission is $5 per person, children under 12 are free. $5 per carload after 6 p.m.
Ossipee Independence Day Community Fair and Old Home Day
Rain date, if necessary, for the parade and fireworks is July 5.
July 4, Ossipee. The day begins at 10 a.m. with the parade. The fair and giant yard sale will start immediately after the parade. From 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. enjoy food and music. At dusk, enjoy fireworks at dusk from Constitution Park. Click here for more info.
*RESCHEDULED Pellham Fireworks
All events will now take place on July 12 at the Pelham Elementary School on Marsh Road.
July 3, Pellham. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. at the ball field behind Pellham Elementary, 61 Marsh Rd.
July 4, Pittsburg. Fireworks will be at 9:15 from Murphy's Dam. During the day, starting at 11 a.m. there’s a flea market, car show, pony rides and antique motor display.
*POSTPONED: Portsmouth Fireworks
New date is July 5.
July 3, Portsmouth. You can view the fireworks at 9:15 p.m. at South Mill Pond, across from Portsmouth City Hall. The rain date is July 5 at the same time.
Fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 5.
Night Before the Fourth, Rochester. Events will now take place on Saturday, July 5 starting at 5 p.m. The fireworks display begins at dusk at the Rochester Fairgrounds.
July 4, Rye. Fireworks at dusk from Parson's Field.
Salute to Freedom Independence Day Celebration
July 3-6, Bretton Woods. This weekend family event will honor soldiers from past to present, saluting heroes from every American war. Celebrate with a barbecue, family activities, demonstrations, musical performances, visits from Lincoln and Roosevelt and two separate displays of Omni Mount Washington’s famous fireworks. The weekend starts at 3 p.m. on July 3 at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel. Call (603) 278-1000 or click here for reservations and information.
July 4, Salem. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. at Salem High School. Arrive early to check out live entertainment, music, food concessions and games.
July 4, Sanbornton. Fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. at the Steele Hill Resort, 516 Steele Hill Rd.
Sunapee Fourth of July Celebration
July 5, Sunapee Harbor. The Independence Day Parade begins at 12 p.m. with a theme of super heroes. Also featuring marching bands, clowns, sports teams, school classes, old cars/trucks, John Deere Gators, fire trucks, farming tractors and more. Line up at 11 a.m., parade starts at noon. Fireworks in Sunapee Harbor at dusk.
Tamworth 4th Family Day Celebration
July 4, Tamworth. The day starts with a road race at 7 a.m. with registration at the KA Brett School. The parade begins at 11 a.m., family activities start at 12 p.m. at the KA Brett School with other events including a pie eating contest, special band appearance of Jon Sarty Band at the KA Brett School at 7 p.m. and fireworks to follow at 9:30 p.m. Click here for a complete schedule.
Waterville Valley July 4th Celebration
July 4, Waterville Valley. The traditional Fourth of July parade begins at 11 a.m. All are welcome to participate by joining the spectators, walking in the parade, helping with a float or by entering a float in the parade. Family activities and free outdoor concerts round out the schedule. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Located at Ski Area Road. Click here for more information.
Weirs Beach Fireworks
July 4, Weirs Beach. Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display from the beach on Lakeside Ave. The show begins at 11:45 p.m. Click here for more information.
Wolfeboro July 4th Parade and Fireworks
July 4, Wolfeboro. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. and fireworks begin around 9 p.m. Starting at 7:30 p.m. there will be music in the park leading up to the fireworks display.