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July 02. 2014 2:05AM

Independence Day

2014 July 4th Celebrations and fireworks

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This is where you will find the most comprehensive collection of the fireworks displays, parades and Independence Day celebrations taking place across the state on and around the 4th of July, 2014!

Please note that this page is updated as new information is made available. As we are able to confirm dates and times, we will add them to this page. If you know of an event that is not listed, please email information to lisa@newhampshire.comLast update: July 4, 2014.

Friday, July 4

Antrim: 10 a.m., A Reading of the Declaration of Independence by members of the Antrim Players. Fresh coffee and donuts will be available. Bandstand in Memorial Park.

Amherst: 10 a.m., Fourth of July Parade, Amherst Village. The theme for the parade this year is, From Sea to Shining Sea, with bands, floats, antique cars, N.H. Revolutionary and Civil War Regiments, marchers, clowns and more. The children’s bicycle parade will begin at Knight’s Field on Main Street and precede the town parade.  Events on the village green will include an Art Show, craft demonstrations, , children’ games, animals, booths of local organizations, food, an Art Show, a reviewing stand ceremony, and a dog show.  It’s a great time for all!  *Note:  The parade will be cancelled in the event of severe weather (heavy downpours, thunder and lightning).

Ashland: 8 a.m. - 11 a.m., 54th Annual Independence Day Celebration, Highland Street.  Ashland celebrates its 54th Annual Independence Day celebration beginning Friday, July 4 at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Common Man, Ashland. The parade follows at 10 a.m. down Main Street.

Bartlett: 11 a.m., Annual Helen Hayes Memorial Parade, down Main Street.  Preregistration is strongly suggested.

Brentwood: 10 a.m., Fourth of July Parade, downtown.  Lineup at Swasey School. Step-off at 10 a.m. SHARP.  Come and be in the parade, or cheer from the sidelines! All welcome – floats, cars, trucks, youth groups, adult groups, bikes, trikes, wagons, horses, farm animals, pets – to celebrate the birthday of our wonderful country.

Bristol: 10 a.m., 4th of July Parade, downtown Bristol.  Sponsored by the Bristol Lion's Club.  Parade theme is "The Circus is Coming." 

Center Harbor: 9 a.m., July 4th Celebration, begins with a foot race.  Parade at 2 p.m.

Colebrook: Dusk. Fireworks, Town Athletic Fields.

Conway: 1:30-4:30 p.m., Fourth of July Parade, Main Street.  Fireworks at Schouler Park at 9:30 p.m.

Center Harbor: 2 p.m. Fourth of July Parade. Concert at 7 p.m., fireworks over Center Harbor Bay at 9:15 p.m. (rain date for concert and fireworks: July 5)

**Dublin: Cancelled** 9:30 p.m., Fireworks, Dublin Lake.

Durham:  9 p.m., Fireworks, Cowell Stadium.

Franconia: Old Home Day - 8-10 a.m., Franconia Community Church Pancake Breakfast; 9:30-10:30 a.m., Kids Games at the Gazebo; 10:30 a.m., Tricky Dick's Magic Show; Road Race, Lions Duck Race, and a parade.

Gilmanton:  9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Gilmanton Four Corners, Routes 107 and 140. Classic small town New England parade with color guard, youth bands, livestock, antique cars, and more.  Parade starts at 10 a.m.  Post-parade food and vendors on the lawn of the Town Offices.    

Gilmanton Iron Works:  6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Fireworks, Crystal Lake Park. A fun evening for the whole family! Park opens early at 6:30 p.m. Come have dinner under the pavilion and enjoy some great music from the bandstand. Free parking and entry. All donations gladly accepted at the gate! Rain date is Saturday, July, 5th! Fireworks at dusk! Please no dogs or grills.    

Gorham: 11 a.m., Kiddies Parade with Bobo T. Clown.  Starts at Ed Fenn School.  Followed by a 4th of July Parade at 2 p.m. Parade starts at Dublin St. down Main St. to Railroad St. Carnival midway by Miller Amusements.  Concert by the Timothy Paul Band from 6-10 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m.  New Hampshire's largest and longest running 4th of July Celebration.  Please visit for additional activities and celebrations from July 3-July 6, 2014. 

Hanover: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 21st Annual Old Fashioned 4th of July and Parade. Parade is at 10 a.m., marching bands, bicycles, animals, vehicles, and floats!  Activities on the Green at 11 a.m. include games, pie eating contest, food, pony rides, entertainment, live music. 

Laconia: 10 p.m., Opechee Park.

Lincoln: Parade and Fireworks, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Join Lincoln and Woodstock to celebrate America's birthday! This 4th of July celebration will include games family games starting at 10am sharp followed by a delicious BBQ you won't want to miss! Around 2pm start waving those flags in the air and sit back to enjoy our patriotic parade that will make its way from Woodstock, down Rt. 112 to Lincoln. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Merrimack: 1 p.m., Fourth of July Parade, D.W. Highway, near Tractor Supply. The Annual 4th of July parade kicks off at 1:00 pm from Tractor Supply (the Commons), 515 Daniel Webster Highway. Children of all ages are invited to participate in the 4th of July parade by decorating their bicycle, wagon or stroller. The 4th of July Parade features a wide range of bands, militia units, clowns, local businesses and much more.

Milford: 12 p.m., July 4th Family Fun Day and Fireworks, Keyes Park.  Patriotic Bike Parade and Contest at 12 p.m. at Keyes Skate Park. Bring a decorated bike, stroller or wagon. Field Activities from 12-3 p.m., Keyes Stage. Hosted by DJ Dave Alcox. Face paining, food concessions, free entry to Keyes Pool. Rob Oxford featuring Americana's Most Wanted at Keyes Stage, 8-9:30 p.m.

Moultonborough: 11 a.m., Independence Day Parade. Starts at Blake Road and continues through town to Old Route 109, ending at the Lion's Club with a free BBQ for all. Parade awards will be given out. Children registered in any MRD camps are welcome to march with the Recreation Department. Fireworks co-sponsored by Moultonborough and Center Harbor light up the sky at dusk over the water at Center Harbor beach.

New Boston: July 4th Celebration. On July 4th, the day commences with the tolling of church bells as the famed parade steps-off from High Street. The award-winning parade features patriotic bands, antique cars and hand-pumped fire engines, New Boston's infamous street floats and much more! The Celebration commences with the firing of the Revolutionary War-era Molly Stark Cannon, and the day-long event features food, games, entertainment, music and a whole lot of fun for the entire family! As dark settles in, grab a blanket and enjoy the bonfire and the best fireworks around! Admission $5 per person; Children 12 & under admitted free of charge. $5 per carload after 6 p.m.

Ossipee: 10 a.m. Fourth of July Parade. A fair and giant yard sale will start immediately after the parade. From 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. enjoy food and music.

Pittsburg: 11 a.m., Fourth of July Celebration at Murphy Dam. Flea Market from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Car show, Vintage snowmobile, Rail Car Display, one lunger, antique motor display, 1-5 p.m., pony rides, 1-3 p.m., petting zoo, entertainment, chicken barbecue and more. Fireworks at 10 p.m.

Portsmouth: all day - 'An American Celebration,' Strawbery Banke Museum. A full day of activities, starting with a US Naturalization Ceremony for new American citizens. Live music on the main stage from Gary Sredzienski and The Serfs, Dick Kaplan’s Excellent Jazz Band and Patriot Fife and Drum. The Children’s Bike & Wagon Parade begins at 2:30 pm and participants are invited to the bike decorating area between 10 and 2. In addition, families will enjoy: the “Giant Kite Fly!,” old-fashioned yo-yo, jump rope and bubblegum-blowing contests at the 1940’s Abbott House, potato sack races, Kids Liberty Treasure Hunt and cupcake walk game with prizes, Victorian Fairy Houses, garden tours and children’s garden crafts. Costumed role-players, including Civil War re-enactors and colonial hearth-cooking, weaving, spinning, basket weaving and blacksmithing demonstrations bring history alive. Admission is $17.50 for adults, children under 17 and military families are FREE.

**Rye** Cancelled: Dusk. Fireworks, Parson's Field. 

Tamworth: Fourth of July Family Celebration, KA Brett School. 11 a.m., Parade. Starts at the Town House to KA Brett School. 12 p.m., Family activities begin at the KA Brett School. Music, food, sack races, face painting, pie eating and egg toss contests. 9:30 p.m., Fireworks Display at the KA Brett School.  

Waterville Valley: 11 a.m., 4th of July Hometown Parade. Join us for a traditional 4th of July Parade. All are welcome to participate by joining spectators, walking in the parade, helping with a float, or entering a float in the parade. For more information, please contact the Waterville Valley Recreation Department at 603-236-4695 or visit During the evening enjoy the band, Small Town Freedom, as they rock Independence Day during the a free outdoor concert in Town Square. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and culminates with 4th of July Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. BYOB (bring your own blankets), cuddle up with your loved ones, and enjoy the show!

Wolfeboro: 10 a.m., Independence Day Parade, downtown. This year’s theme is “The Way We Were,” and entrants are free to interpret as they wish. Chamberlin said the theme doesn’t necessarily refer to the D-Day anniversary or anything, just of times gone by. The event in recent years has lasted more than an hour and a half, with many patriotic-themed floats, dancers, the Lawn Chair Marching Band, live performances, convoys of tractors, fire engines and the like. It is believed to be the largest in the state, according to organizers. The parade usually includes more than 100 participating community groups, businesses, individuals and politicians, such as former presidential candidate and local seasonal resident Gov. Mitt Romney, who marched in 2012 with an entourage that included Secret Service agents.  

Woodsville: 10 p.m., Fireworks, near Connecticut River.

Saturday, July 5

Ashland: 6 p.m., 54th Annual Independence Day Celebration, Packard Ball Field. The festitivies continue after a parde the previous day, with a midway and entertainment, leading up to the region's best fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

Bradford: Old Tyme Independence Day, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., throughout town.  The goal this year is to bring back the Bradford Celebration the way it was 20 years ago.  There will be a parade at 4 p.m. and an Old Tyme Midway with Craft Vendors at Brown Shattuck Field. There will also be a church fair at the First Baptist Church with activities for kids, including archery, musical entertainment, and more. This is a fun-filled day for the whole family!  Fireworks off East Main Street at 9:30 p.m.

Bretton Woods: 9:30 p.m., Fireworks. Bretton Woods Ski Area.  Entertainment and demonstrations preceding the fireworks.

Bristol: Dusk, Fireworks at Kelley Park.

Brookline: 8:45 p.m., Fireworks at Lake Potanipo.

Canterbury: Dusk, Fireworks at Canterbury Elementary School.

**Center Harbor:** (postponed from 7/4) Dusk, fireworks over Center Harbor Bay. 

**Concord:** (postponed from 7/4) Concord officials today postponed the annual July Fourth fireworks to Saturday night because of the weather.
The fireworks show still will be held at Memorial Field and will go off at 9:15 p.m. or dusk. The site opens at 5:30 p.m. The Never's Bank Concert performs at 7:30 p.m. The baseball game was cancelled because of a scheduling conflict.

**Derry**(postponed from 7/4): 9 p.m. Fireworks, best suggested viewing areas along Tsienneto Road, Hood Commons, Folsom Road and Crystal Avenue.

**Franconia** (postponed from 7/4) Concert featuring the Funky Divas Band at 7-9 p.m., followed by fireworks at the Gazebo.

**Hampton:** (postponed from 7/4) 9:30 p.m. Fireworks, over the Atlantic Ocean.

Jackson: 9 p.m., Jackson Village. Jackson Village & the surrounding communities come together to celebrate Independence Day...join us as we light up the sky with a spectacular fireworks display. The Fireworks will be going off from Jackson Village Park area and we recommend that you come early to get a good spot. The park area will be closed off to the public to secure the necessary safety area needed for the fireworks. You will have the southern lawn area of the Snowflake available as well as most other grassy public areas other than the Village Park. J-Town Deli & Country store will be open during the festivities with delicious baked goodies, fireworks specials such as sparklers and more and for the kids... the candy store is open. The chamber will offer popcorn, fried doe, corn dogs and more from the Jackson Village Park area behind the Snowflake and our valued Fire Department will be selling glow necklaces and T Shirts.

**Keene** (postponed from 7/3): Independence Eve at the Keene Swamp Bats game has been moved from Thursday to Saturday.  Gates will still open at 4:30 p.m. with the game beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin 15 minutes after the conclusion of the game.  Alumni Field.

**Manchester** (postponed from 7/3): 7:30 p.m., Independence Day Celebration. Arms Park. 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, which will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.

**Meredith** (postponed from 7/4) 9:30 p.m., Fireworks in Meredith Bay.  

**Merrimack** (postponed from 7/4) Dusk. Fireworks, Merrimack High School. Grab your blanket and find a good spot! We are excited to announce that Atlas PyroVision Productions, Inc. has been contracted this year to put on a SPECTACULAR fireworks display. They are one of the leaders in the industry and put on hundreds of shows annually. It promises to be a first-class display!

**Milford** (postponed from 7/4) Dusk. Fireworks at Keyes Field.

**Nashua** (postponed from 7/4): 10 a.m., Fourth of July Field Day. Holman Stadium.  Children's Field Day featuring bounce houses, carnival games, face painting and relay races.  Starting at 6 p.m., there will be live music from the US Army Rock Band “Blue Aces,” followed by the Nashua Hall of Fame inductions and a performance by the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corp. Fireworks will be held at dusk.

**Ossipee** (postponed from 7/4): Dusk. Fireworks at Constitution Park.

**Portsmouth** (postponed from 7/3): Dusk, fireworks at South Mill Pond located across from City Hall.

**Rochester:** (postponed from 7/3): 5 p.m., "Night Before the 4th," Rochester Fairgrounds.  Entertainment, fun, fair food, salute to our veterans.  Fireworks, 10 p.m. 

**Salem** (postponed from 7/4) 9:30 p.m., Fireworks, Salem High School.  Fireworks will be preceded by games, entertainment, fire safety trailer tours, by the Salem Fire Dept. and food concessions.

**Sanbornton** (postponed from 7/4) 9:30 p.m. Fireworks, Steele Hill Resort.

Sunapee: 12 noon, Independence Day Parade. This year's theme is "Super Heroes." Marching bands, clowns (happy or sad), sports teams, School classes, old cars/trucks, John Deere Gators, fire trucks, farming tractors, Indian Cave residents!, Sunapee Gardeners, Old town roller, Bruins and Red Sox fans, etc. If you like to have fun, join our parade! Line up is at 11 a.m.

Sunapee: Dusk, Sunapee Harbor. The best show on the lake. Donations will be accepted at the Town Hall.

Waterville Valley: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Independence Day Family Carnival. Hosted by the Waterville Valley Recreation Department. Games, T-shirt Tie-Dying, Bounce Houses, 100 foot Obstacle Course, and more! Wristbands for children will be sold for $10 giving access to all of the attractions. Children 2 and under are free. A cash BBQ hosted by the Recreation Department will also be available on site. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 603-236-4695 or visit  

Sunday, July 6

**Dover** (postponed from July 4): 9:15 p.m., Henry Law Park and the downtown area are the best locations to view the fireworks. Event organizers are working with previously scheduled vendors and entertainers to reschedule activities planned to precede the fireworks.

Hancock: 6 p.m., Independence Day Celebration. The fireworks begin at dusk but come early to enjoy a variety of events:

6-9 pm An Ice cream Social (hot dogs, drinks & ice-cream this year) at the Hancock Vestry
6-7 pm Bell ringing with Bob Fogg at the Meetinghouse
7 pm A reading of the Declaration of Independence
7:30 pm Musical Concert with Wendy Keith at the Bandstand
Dusk A glorious fireworks display over Norway Pond in downtown Hancock

Don't miss it. And please, if these kind of celebrations are to continue, be prepared to make a donation to the volunteers who will be circulating the crowd. Raindate July 8th.

Harrisville: 9:15 p.m., Fireworks over Harrisville Pond.

Saturday, July 12

**Alton** (postponed from July 3): Fireworks, Alton Bay. Launched off the barge in Alton Bay.  Bring a chair and grab a spot on the lawn or come by boat. 

Grafton: Dusk, Fireworks at the Recreation Field.

**Pelham** (postponed from July 3): 4-10 p.m. Independence Day Celebration, Pelham Elementary School/Pelham Memorial School. Celebration starts at 4pm, fireworks after dusk. Music and non-profit vendors from 4pm on. Burgers, sausages and dogs benefit the Pelham Fire Auxiliary. Bounce house, activities and fun for the entire family. Call for rain date, 978-566-1507.

Past events:

Saturday, June 28

Hampstead: Independence Day Festival, Celebration is held behind the Town Hall. Bring the family and come visit. Kids games, carnival booths, fireworks and food mark the occasion. Civic Club Scholarship Award winners will be announced and watch the crowning of Miss Hampstead. The will also be a DJ to entertain you for the evening leading up to the fireworks. Starting at 3 p.m. with a frog jumping contest, a midway, and fireworks at dusk.  Rain Date: Sunday, June 29. 

Windham: 5:30 p.m. Town Day, Windham High School.  The high school parking lot will open to the public at 5:30 p.m., with food and vendors onsite.  Starting at 7:15 p.m., the B-Street Bombers will perform, with a fireworks show to begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. For more information contact the Windham Recreation Department at 965-1208 or email

Wednesday, July 2

Hampton: 9:30 p.m. Fireworks, over the Atlantic Ocean. **CANCELLED** 

Wakefield: 9 p.m. Fireworks, Ballpark. Fun and games start at 4:30 p.m. Come on down to the Ballpark on July 2nd for our 7th Annual Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks show! Cotton Candy, ice cream, fried dough, games, & performers!Admission is free! Donations accepted!

Thursday, July 3

 **Boston, MA** (changed from 7/4): 8:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., Fireworks on the Esplanade. A concert by the Boston Pops will begin at 8:30 p.m., followed by a spectacular fireworks display. If weather is still a problem, consideration is being given to moving everything to Saturday evening.

Strafford: 5-7 p.m., Fireworks over Bow Lake. Bow Lake Community Club.

Weirs Beach:  Fireworks at 11:59 p.m., call 524-5046 for information.

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