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July 3, Alton Bay. The annual Alton Bay fireworks will be held on Wednesday 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 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 53rd consecutive fireworks display ending the celebration on Friday night. The events start at 7 a.m. on Thursday 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 from the Bedford Big Band, 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 Show presented by Small Dog Electronics will follow the NH Fisher Cats game vs. The Binghamton Mets. Tickets are $8-$12. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. Click here for more information.
July 6, 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 6, Liquid Planet Water Park, 446 Route 27 in Candia. A fireworks display will begin at sundown.
Canobie Lake Park Fireworks
July 3-6, Salem. Weather permitting, there will be four 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
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.
Cochecho Arts Festival
July 4 - August 16, Dover. The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce brings music to the Seacoast in a big way. The festival kicks off its season with an Independence Day show at 2 p.m. and fireworks presented by Liberty Mutual at 9:15 p.m. to end the day. Click here for more information about the Fourth of July event and the art festival’s 2013 season.
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
July 4, Concord. Fireworks at dusk at Memorial Field.
July 4, North Conway. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. The best viewing spot is Schouler Park, located on Main St./White Mountain Highway in North Conway.
Derry Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, Derry. The 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.
July 4, Dover. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. The best viewing spot is Henry Law Park.
July 4, Dublin. Fireworks will be set off over Dublin Lake beginning at dusk.
July 4, Durham. Watch the fireworks from Cowell Stadium, 145 Main St., beginning at 9 p.m.
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.
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 by reservation for the 7-8:30 p.m. train rise. Click here for tickets and more information.
July 6, Franconia. Fireworks 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. 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. Click here for more information.
Gorham 4th of July Celebration
July 3-7, Gorham. This year's festival theme is "celebrate small town pride." This fun five-day celebration is packed with events that range from carnival rides and fireworks to a parade and sports tournaments. 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.
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 7.
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.
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.
Lebanon's July 4 Spectacular
July 4, Lebanon. Events include live music, games, a breakfast hosted by the Rotary Club, a fun run and walk and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at at Storrs Hill Ski Lodge. Click here for more information.
July 3, Manchester. Fireworks will be set off at dusk. The best place to view the fireworks will be from Arms Park, 10 Arms St., which is down by the river.
Merrimack Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, Merrimack. Start the day 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 10 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.
Milford July 4th Celebration
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. Patriotic bike parade & contest 12 p.m. Bring a decorated bike, stroller or wagon to Keyes Skate Park. Field activities from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. hosted by DJ Dave Alcox at Keyes Stage. 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.
Nashua July 4 Celebration
July 4, Nashua. Watch the fireworks at Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St., beginning at 9 p.m. Rain date is July 5 at the same time.
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.
Night Before the Fouth
July 3, Rochester. This event is open to the public and will be held at the Rochester Fairgrounds, 72 Lafayette St. The evening features entertainment, fair food and more starting at 5 p.m., followed by a salute to our veterans and our country at 7 p.m. Entertainment to follow and the fireworks begin before 10 p.m. Please don't forget to bring food donations for Gerry's local food pantry. There will be trucks at each gate collecting non-perishable items for the pantry.
Ossipee Independence Day Community Fair
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. At dusk, enjoy fireworks at dusk from Constitution Park. Click here for more info.
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.
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.
July 4, Rye. Fireworks at dusk from Parson's Field.
Salute to Freedom Independence Day Celebration
July 3-7, 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. Rooms from $242 a night. Call (603) 278-1000 or click here for reservations and information.
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 6, Sunapee Harbor. The Independence Day Parade begins at 12 p.m. with a theme of the '80s - big hair, bright clothes, the '80s had it all! Also featuring marching bands, clowns (happy or sad), 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.
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 3, 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.