Let’s Celebrate the 4th of July!
There are many events and fireworks displays happening around the state this Fourth of July. Here is a list of some of what’s going on in the Granite State, but to find even more information visit the extensive 4th of July guide that’s updated daily at NH.com.Amherst at 250: Then and Now!
July 3-4, Amherst. Events will include fireworks at Souhegan High school on July 3 and the parade Friday morning in the village, with six bands, floats, mini entries, antique cars, the Wheelmen, N.H. Regiments, descendants of early Amherst families, the Mini-Kars and much more. After the parade get a hot dog, burger, slice of pizza, chili or vegetarian wrap, examine the booths on the green or watch a craft demonstration. Then check out the artwork displayed by more than 30 New Hampshire artists at the art show on the green. Enjoy the many children’s activities or the dog show after the reviewing stand ceremony. Fireworks on July 3 at dusk. Rain date is July 4. Visit the event’s website for a complete schedule.
Ashland Independence Day Celbration
July 3, Ashland. The day kicks off with a pancake breakfast bright and early at 7 a.m. The parade follows at 10 a.m., the midway opens at 5 p.m. and pre-fireworks entertainment begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. See the town website for more information.
Bretton Woods Independence Day Celebration
July 2–4, Bretton Woods. The Omni Mount Washington Resort’s Independence Day Celebrations includes a Revolutionary War reenactment with a fife and drum band, dancing to the McIntyre Orchestra, demonstrations, a BBQ, fireworks and more. The fireworks top off the event on July 4 at 9:45 p.m. See the Mount Washington’s website for more information.
The Balsams July 4th Celebration
July 3-4, Dixville Notch. Enjoy the comedy and demonstrations of comedian and toymaker Tom Hayes, childrens’ activities, a pie eating contest, BBQ, bands, carnival games, fireworks and much more. For reservations and more information, visit the Balsams.
Old Home Day Celebration & Parade
July 3, Franconia. Bring the family to the historic village of Franconia and experience an old time Fourth of July celebration. Watch the parade on Main Street, browse through the flea market tables and compete in the famous Rubber Duck Race along the scenic Gale River. After a full day of activities, what better way to spend a balmy summer evening than listening to music outdoors, under the stars. To make the celebration complete, enjoy the magic of the fireworks display. The Old Home Day Celebration and Parade for the Towns of Franconia, Sugar Hill and Easton is a long standing tradition that you won’t want to miss. The day starts at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and wraps up with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Fourth of July Celebration
June 30–July 4, Gorham. Come to Gorham Town Common and spend the entire 4th of July weekend and celebrate our great country. There will be fantastic live music, delicious food and lots of fun for the entire family! The fun starts June 30th and goes through until July 4th. Visit the town’s website for a complete schedule of events.
Fireworks at Hampton Beach
July 4, Hampton Beach. at 9:30 p.m. see fireworks shot out over the ocean at Hampton Beach. Click here for more information.
Independence Day Celebration
July 3, Manchester. Activities take place in Arms Park. The park will close for vehicular traffic at 6 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the 39th Army Band beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m. and will play into the beginning of the fireworks. The fireworks display will begin at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.). Food and beverage vendors will be available on site or bring your own. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed. No pets please. Admission is free. The east bound span of the Notre Dame (Bridge Street) Bridge will be closed to all traffic at 8 a.m. The west bound span will close at 10 a.m. Rain date (Fireworks only) will be July 5.
19th Annual Rubber Duck Race
July 3, Meredith. Over 4,000 ducks tumble over the Mill Falls under Rte. 3 to the finish line in Meredith Bay. First prize is $1,000 with the top five prizes cash and 23 other prizes in gift certificates to local resturants and merchants. Cost is $5 per duck or 5 ducks for $20. After the race head to Hesky Park to enjoy the acoustic music group Amy Gallatin and Stillwaters at 7 p.m. The day’s activities end with fireworks over Meredith Bay and Center Harbor Bay.
Nashua July 4th Festivities at Holman Stadium
July 4, Nashua. July 4th celebration will start off with the Children’s Field Day in Holman Stadium from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. At 5:30 music and entertainment kicks off. The day ends with fireworks at 9 p.m.
Portsmouth Celebrates Independence Day
July 3-4, Portsmouth. On July 3 at 9:15 p.m. head on over to Leary Field and watch the fireworks light up the sky over South Mill Pond. (Across from Portsmouth City Hall). On July 4 celebrate four centuries of American history with a real old-fashioned fabulous 4th of July! Complete with a childrens’ decroated bike and wagon parade, traditional games and crafts for all ages, demonstratons of barrel making, 18th century hearth cooking demonstrations, revolutionary and civil war re-enactors, a 1940s candy counter, spinning and weaving demonstrations, giant kite flying, historic garden tours, live music, living history exhibits, food and fun for all. $15 for adults. Kids 17 and under are free. Active military and their families are free. Strawbery Bank Museum 14 Hancock St.
Waterville Valley Independence Day Family Carnival
July 3-4, Waterville Valley. Celebrate the 4th at the Town Square with games, t-shirt tie-dying, a 100′ obstacle course, a Fireman’s BBQ, a bounce house, live music, dunk tank and more. From 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. enjoy a free evening concert in Town Square featuring New Hampshire’s own Baker Street. On July 4: Traditional 4th of July Hometown Parade and Fireworks. 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to participate by lining the streets of the Town Square to watch, walking in the parade, helping with a float, or by entering a float in the parade. There will be live music at 2 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.waterville.com for more information.
The State’s First Fireworks
July 4, Weirs Beach. Weirs Beach celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks on Weirs Beach at 12:01 a.m.
Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa
July 3-4, Whitefield. Emjoy the Fourth of July Weekend with a barbecue buffet, pie-eating contests and cardboard boat races. For guests who enjoy down-home music, the Big Spike Bluegrass band will perform a toe-tapping extravaganza, while others can take in the view of New Hampshire’s White Mountains while tasting savory backyard barbecue at the outdoor buffet. The weekend will culminate with a bang-up fireworks celebration on Independence Day night. Visit the resort’s website for more information or to make reservations.