Independence Day

Fireworks, Parades and other 4th of July Celebrations in NH 2018

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It’s the way we celebrate Independence Day: Boom, pop, crackle. Ooohs. Aaahs. So, here’s where you will find the fireworks displays taking place across the state on and around the Fourth of July, 2018.

This page is currently being updated. If you have any fireworks to add or see anything that is incorrect, please email LisaLast update: June 30, 2018.

 

Saturday, June 30



Bradford:
4 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Independence Day Celebration, Brown Shattuck Field, 8 Cilley Lane, Bradford.

Gilmanton:
Dusk, Fireworks at Crystal Lake Park, Crystal Lake Rd., Gilmanton.

Gorham: 8 a.m. Part of Gorham’s 4th of July Celebration. First At-Your-Leisure Singles Golf Tournament at Androscoggin Valley Country Club, 2 Main St., Gorham. Email gorham4thjuly@yahoo.com or phone (603) 466-5399 for more information. 

Hampstead: Enjoy a fun afternoon of family-friendly games and entertainment on the Hampstead Town Green. The event has been a tradition for over 40 years. Fireworks at dusk on the Town Green. Rain Date: July 1st.

Pelham: 6 p.m. - Independence Day Celebration - 
Pelham Community Spirit hosts the Annual Independence Day Celebration. Each year, in conjunction with various community based groups, attendees are offered a variety of food, drinks and entertainment culminating with a fireworks display in the evening. The Independence Day Celebration is held on the grounds of the Pelham Elementary School, Marsh Road, Pelham.

Rindge: 9:15 p.m. Fireworks at Franklin Pierce University, 40 University Dr., Rindge.

Sunday, July 1


Gorham: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Part of Gorham’s 4th of July Celebration. Color Works Classic Car Show on the Common. On the Gorham Common. The event starts with a Car Parade, line up is at 11 a.m. followed by the Car Parade at 11:30 a.m. The Car Show will be at 12 p.m. through 2 p.m. 4 Awards! Gas card for Longest Distance Traveled. For the full list of events visit www.GorhamNH.org and www.gorhamnewhampshire.com.

Hancock: 6 - 9 p.m., Independence Day Celebration, includes an ice cream social, hot dogs and drinks at the Vestry. Bell ringing with Bob Fogg at the Meetinghouse from 6-7 p.m. followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 7 p.m. and a concert by Eyes of Age at the Bandstand at 7:30 p.m. At dusk the sky over Norway Pond will be lit up with fireworks. Rain date: July 7th.  

Jackson: 9 p.m., Jackson Village Park. 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. 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 Snowflake will offer popcorn,and more from the Jackson Village Park area behind the Snowflake and our valued Fire Department will be selling glow necklaces and T Shirts. Look for the Bartlett/Jackson Cub Scout Pack 321 selling ice-cream.

Wakefield: Dusk, Fireworks at the Ballpark Complex, 1488 Wakefield Rd., Sanbornville.  

Monday, July 2


Gorham: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Part of Gorham’s 4th of July Celebration. Registration is 8 a.m. - 10 a.m., Patriotic ATV Photo Scavenger Hunt, Outside at the Gorham Corner Market. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place. Participants will be given an American Flag. The goal is to figure out the locations and take a photo with the flag at each location. Must have a camera or phone with a camera to participate. Once photos are captured they must be emailed to be entered. Only $5 to enter.

Tuesday, July 3


Alton: Dusk, Fireworks over Alton Bay.

Amherst:
Dusk, Fireworks at Souhegan High School, 412 Boston Post Rd, Amherst. Hot air balloon rides, food, face painting by Krickey the Clown, rides on the Roaming Railroad, a juggler, West African drumming with audience participation, and a band concert by the Amherst Town Band.

Ashland:
7 p.m. The Larry Walker Band will perform, followed by Fireworks at the Ballpark, Main St., Ashland. Theme: “ Rain date: July 5, dusk. Ashland celebrates Fourth of July with a Parade and Fireworks display. Pancake breakfast is at 7 a.m., followed by the parade on Main St. at 10 a.m. and fireworks in the evening. An Ashland tradition since 1961. Theme: “Celebrating 150 years.” Rain Date: July 5.

Bretton Woods: ‘Annual Salute to Freedom’ - Omni Mount Washington Resort, 310 Mt. Washington Hotel Road, Bretton Woods. This special three day celebration will salute every American soldier from the American Revolution to the present day. Enjoy demonstrations, musical performances and classic family activities! The excitement begins with “The Battle of Wettysburg”, a family friendly, fun-filled water balloon battle, the Firecracker 5K Run and our annual pie eating contest! Don’t forget about our spectacular Wednesday night firework display! Bonus features include a “Call-to-Arms,” a rubber duck race in the Ammonoosuc River and of course the after party in The Cave. Please make your reservations in advance as this tends to be a popular weekend to visit.

Bristol: Dusk, Fireworks at the foot of Newfound Lake. Rain date: July 6, 2018.

Dover: Gates Open 6 p.m. Fireworks 9 p.m. UNH Free Admission, food, premium seating, children's events, free parking.

Durham: 6 p.m. Gates, dusk - 9:15 p.m. Fireworks. UNH Wildcat Stadium, 155 Main St., Durham. Free admission, food, children's events, more. Plenty of Fee Parking at the UNH A Lot. The Rotary Club of Durham Great Bay is proud to bring back a family tradition to the Great Bay area.  This celebrated event will make a comeback this July.  The success, sponsorship and help from the community this year will be key to the future success of continuing this cherished event!

Gorham: 5 p.m., 4th of July Celebration. Live music, carnival midway, sidewalk vendors. 

Jefferson: Dusk, Fireworks at Waumbek Golf Course, Route 2, Jefferson.

Littleton: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Fireworks with live music by the Grassfed Boys at Remich Park, 165 Pleasant St., Littleton.


Manchester: 9:30 p.m., Arms Park, 10 Arms St., Manchester. The celebration will feature live entertainment, food vendors, and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Portsmouth: 8 - 10 p.m. South Mill Pond, Portsmouth. Portsmouth has a long standing tradition of hosting one of the seacoast area’s finest displays of fireworks. This year, the City entered a partnership with Wilcox Industries Corp. to be the main sponsor of the Fourth of July celebration for the next ten years to enable the City to build a broader Independence Day celebration. Wilcox’s contributions have allowed City staff to develop a program that will include a longer fireworks show this year for the community to enjoy. Additionally, Wilcox will feature musical entertainment, children’s activities, historical reenactments, vendor booths and philanthropic initiatives to benefit local veteran groups and encourage larger community participation throughout the day. The July 3rd fireworks show will be synchronized to music this year. Below are the links for both iPhone and Android to download for the app. Please go to the correct link for your phone download the app. Once you have downloaded please open the app up and select the Portsmouth display. Rain date: July 5 at the same time. 

Rochester: 5 p.m. "The Night Before the 4th" Festival and fireworks. The event will be held at the Rochester Community Center starting at 5 p.m., with fireworks commencing at approximately 9:15 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by Rochester Main Street and the City of Rochester. The event features live music, children's activities, food, vendors, and much more. The public is invited to attend the festival and bring blankets or lawn chairs to view the fireworks from the Spaulding High School athletic fields. Before the fireworks, enjoy face painting, Wildlife Encounters, fun glow toys, and activities, all while enjoying live music from Brian Minger, Gabby Martin, Northriver Trio, and Maddie Ryan. Dine on food from Happy Pappy's, Two Wrongs Make a Right Bakery, Wow Factor, Totally Nutz, Frolic Concessions, Sharky's Grill, and more!  Enjoy delicious hot dogs, fried dough, nuts, desserts and more, and while visiting the vendors such as ThirtyOne Gifts, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, Paparazzi Jewelry, Upala Yoga & Wellness Arts.

Salem: 9:15 p.m. Canobie Lake Park, 85 N Policy St., Salem. The display is themed to music. Weather permitting.

Weirs Beach, Laconia:
11:59 p.m. Independence Day Fireworks Show at Weirs Beach.

Windham: 9:30 p.m., Fireworks at Cobbetts Pond.

Wednesday, July 4


Amherst: 10 a.m.Independence Day Parade - In the village. There will be a parade with bands, floats, antique cars, N.H. Revolutionary and Civil War Regiments, the Wheelmen, marchers, mini-kars, clowns, and more. The Puppy Parade will follow the Lions Club Children’s Bicycle Parade down Main Street immediately before the main parade. A reviewing stand ceremony at the end of the parade will feature guest dignitaries, music, and the announcement of the 2018 Citizen of the Year. The village green will bustle with activity: the Art Show, the Old Fashioned Crafts, children’s games, clowns making balloon animals, cotton candy, booths featuring local organizations, apron ladies with their pockets full of children’s gifts, animals, post reviewing stand entertainment, and more! There should be something for everyone! The Fourth of July Committee will be selling slush, hamburgers, pizza, and drinks as fundraisers.

Andover: 4th of July Parade and Fireworks - 12 p.m. Parade - On the Andover Town Green. The parade will be followed by fun festivities all day long. Events kick off at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and include fun things to do, including the Firecracker 5k, live music a children's parade and much more. At dusk the fireworks are set off from the Proctor Ski Area with the best viewing areas at Corson Field behind AE/MS, Carr Field and the Village Green. 

Antrim: 8:30 a.m. - Independence Day Festivities - Please join the Antrim Historical Society as they celebrate Independence Day at the Bandstand on Jameson Avenue. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., they will be serving coffee, tea and baked goods. At 9 a.m., Yankee Doodle and the Dandies will perform some popular patriotic songs. At 9:30 a.m., the colors will be presented by the Boy Scouts of Troop 2 and they will lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner. Promptly at 9:45 a.m., members of the Antrim Players will read the Declaration of Independence, followed by more refreshments. This event is free and open to the public of all ages, rain or shine. The Historical Society would like to welcome everyone to attend this Antrim tradition.

Bartlett: 11 a.m. 4th of July Parade. The parade begins at Precinct Park and ends at Hodgkins Park. 

Boston: 8 p.m., Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular- Concert to  at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, 47 David G. Mugar Way in Boston, MA.  

Brentwood: 10 a.m. - Fourth of July Parade - Swasey Central School, 355 Middle Rd., Brentwood. Procession will head west towards Rt. 125. Right up Crawley Falls Rd. and another right down Dalton Rd. back towards Swasey where it will end. 


Brentwood: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 4th of July Fireworks - Behind the Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with food and entertainment with fireworks planned for 9 p.m. Come see the best fireworks show on the Seacoast!

Bretton Woods:
 ‘Annual Salute to Freedom’ - Omni Mount Washington Resort, 310 Mt. Washington Hotel Road, Bretton Woods. This special three day celebration will salute every American soldier from the American Revolution to the present day. Enjoy demonstrations, musical performances and classic family activities! The excitement begins with "The Battle of Wettysburg," a family friendly, fun-filled water balloon battle, the Firecracker 5K Run and our annual pie eating contest! Don’t forget about our spectacular Wednesday night firework display! Bonus features include a "Call-to-Arms," a rubber duck race in the Ammonoosuc River and of course the after party in The Cave. Please make your reservations in advance as this tends to be a popular weekend to visit.

Claremont: 9:30 p.m. Fireworks at Monadnock Park, 190 Broad Street, Claremont.

Concord: 7:45 p.m. - 9 p.m., Fireworks at Memorial Field, 100 S. Fruit St., Concord. Celebrate Independence Day with us and thousands of people at Memorial Field. Bring your family, a blanket and enjoy the show until the fireworks begin. Rain Date: July 5th.

Derry: dusk, approximately 9 p.m. - 4th of July fireworks a djacent to Hood Commons Parking lot, Derry.  Join your community for a spectacular Fireworks Display sponsored by the Town of Derry Parks & Recreation Department! Suggested viewing locations include Hood Commons parking area, areas along Tsienneto Road, Folsom Road and Crystal Ave. Please note that the rain date for this event is scheduled for Thursday, July 5th. All town offices including the Parks & Recreation office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. For more information visit www.derrynh.org/parks-recreation or follow them on Instagram @derryrec_nh and tag us in your photos!

Dublin: dusk, Fireworks at Dublin Lake.

Gorham:
10 p.m., ‘4th of July Spectacular’ - Fireworks on the Common.   

Hampton Beach:
9:30 p.m., fireworks over the Atlantic with a special shoot for 4th of July.

Hanover: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration - Parade Sponsored by White River Toyota at 10 a.m. Activities on the Green 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by The Byrne Foundation, Dartmouth College and the Hanover Improvement Society. Games! Pie Eating Contest! Food! Pony Rides! Entertainment! Crafts! Live Music by Take Two, NCCT and the North Country Chordsmen. You don't have to be in the contest to be in the parade, so join the fun! Register your club, group or march as a family, decorate your bike or enter your patriotic pet.

Hopkinton: 8 a.m. - July 4th Family Fun Day - Join the Hopkinton Recreation Department in their 4th of July Celebration, where there will be a pancake breakfast and 5k road race at 8 a.m.,  kiddie parade at 11:30 a.m. in downtown Contoocook, the main Independence Day parade is at noon in downtown Contoocook and from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. enjoy family games on Houston Drive.
 

Lebanon: 9:20 p.m. Fireworks at Storrs Hill Ski Area, 60 Spring St., Lebanon. Head on over to Storrs Hill Ski Lodge for some of the best seats and treats before the Fireworks. The Lebanon Outing Club will be selling $1 popcorn and $1 water before the show just inside the lodge.

Lincoln: 2 p.m. Fourth of July Parade - This year's Theme is "Traveling the USA" - Parade Route: Alpine Village, Main Street North Woodstock, to Main Street Lincoln, ending at the Lincoln Town Hall. Fireworks will light up the sky at dusk.

Merrimack: 9 p.m. Fireworks at Merrimack High School, 38 McElwain Street, Merrimack. Rain Date: July 5.

Milford: Dusk, Fireworks at Keyes Memorial Park, Elm St., Milford. Rain Date: July 5.

Moultonborough: Dusk, Center Harbor Beach over Center Harbor Bay.

New Boston: Dusk, Fireworks at the 
Hillsborough County Youth Center Foundation fairgrounds, 15 Hilldale Lane, New Boston.

Nashua: Dusk, Fireworks at Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St., Nashua. Activities throughout the day include “Motor Mania,” a field day, live music and fireworks.   

North Conway: 4th of July at Cranmore - Cranmore Mountain Resort, 239 Skimobile Rd., North Conway. All-American backyard barbeque with live music from Shark Martin, brews on tap, lawn games, fresh from the grill burgers & hot dogs, and friendly competition. All guests are welcome, and attendees are encouraged to bring the sunscreen, ‘cause we’ll bring the fun! Admission is free (with the exception of food, beverages and attractions). Guests are welcome to add to their fun by purchasing their tickets for the Mountain Adventure Park and/or Aerial Adventure.

North Conway: 1:30 p.m., 4th of July Parade. Schouler Park, White Mountain Hwy., North Conway. Parade followed by the playing of the National Anthem in Schouler Park.  Reserve your space in the park with a blanket and a picnic. Later in the evening Motor Booty Affair will take to the stage in Schouler Park.

North Conway: 9:30 p.m., 4th of July Fireworks. Schouler Park, White Mountain Hwy., North Conway.

Ossipee: 9:30 p.m. Fireworks at Constitution Park, 505 Route 25, Ossipee. Rain Date: July 5.

Rye: Dusk, Fireworks at Parsons Field, Recreation Rd, Rye.

Salem:
9:15 p.m. Canobie Lake Park, 85 N Policy St., Salem. The display is themed to music. Weather permitting.

 9:30 p.m., Fireworks at Steele Hill Resorts, 516 Steele Hill Rd, Sanbornton.

Salem: 9:30 p.m., Fireworks at Salem High School, 44 Geremonty Dr., Salem. Rain Date: July 5.

Waterville Valley: 4th of July Celebration. 
All are welcome to join and get in the spirit of Independence. The kids can decorate their bikes and scooters, cars and floats can join the line-up, and spectators should grab the best spot for when the parade begins at 11 a.m. on the 4th. In the evening, visitors should pack their coolers or grab dinner in the Town Square because the band Rumblefish is in charge of the music. The band plays between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the Town Square. To wrap up this great day, Waterville will host its own fireworks’ show at 9:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. over the Corcoran Pond. Additional family activities and concerts will be happening throughout the weekend.

Wolfeboro: 10 a.m. Annual Independence Day Parade - This year, one of the largest parades in New Hampshire on the Fourth of July will take place in Wolfeboro. The annual Independence Day Parade, which will carry the theme "We The People," will travel down Main Street beginning at 10 a.m. Its floats also will contain a special guest – Major Carol Moore, a retired Marine and descendant of founding father Benjamin Franklin. Moore will ride in one of the Wright Museum of World War II's vehicles from the WWII era to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women serving in the Marine Corps. The Wright Museum's entries in the parade also include a float focusing on the home front during WWII and a host of other WWII vehicles. The parade featuring Moore and the rest of the lineup from the Wright Museum will begin at 10 a.m. and last until noon on July 4. The procession will travel along Main Street through the center of Wolfeboro.

Wolfeboro: 9:30 p.m., Fireworks over Wolfeboro Bay. Fireworks will follow a band concert at Cate Park, held from 7 - 9 p.m. Call 603-569-2200 for more information.

Thursday, July 5


Bretton Woods: ‘Annual Salute to Freedom’ - Omni Mount Washington Resort, 310 Mt. Washington Hotel Road, Bretton Woods. This special three day celebration will salute every American soldier from the American Revolution to the present day. Enjoy demonstrations, musical performances and classic family activities! The excitement begins with "The Battle of Wettysburg," a family friendly, fun-filled water balloon battle, the Firecracker 5K Run and our annual pie eating contest! Don’t forget about our spectacular Wednesday night firework display! Bonus features include a "Call-to-Arms," a rubber duck race in the Ammonoosuc River and of course the after party in The Cave. Please make your reservations in advance as this tends to be a popular weekend to visit.

Saturday, July 7



Errol:
  4th of July Celebration - The day begins with Miranda Sweatt Fishing Fun Day at 12 noon, followed by kids games at the school, a BBQ in the front parking area of the L.L. Cote Outlet Store. At 1 p.m. the legendary Parade will begin. This year's theme "Your Favorite Part of Summer". Line up begins at 12:30 at the state shed on Rt. 16. Following the parade, a log rolling contest will take place at the kid's pond in the center of town. Prizes given by the Umbagog Area Chamber of Commerce to the winners. Two groups will compete Children 15 and younger and then the adults 16 and older. At Dusk there will be fireworks at the Bridge on Rt. 26, presented by the Town of Errol.

Franconia: Dusk, Fireworks. All Day Celebration at Crystal Lake Park will precede the fireworks.

Grafton: Dusk, Fireworks at the Recreation Field, Recreation Field Rd., Grafton.

Pittsburg: Dusk, Fireworks at Murphy Dam Ball Park. Independence Day Celebration festivities starts at 11 a.m. Flea Market, food, concessions, chicken barbecue, kid's fishing derby from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Raymond: 9:30 p.m., Fireworks at the Downtown Common, Raymond.

Sunapee: Dusk, Fireworks at Sunapee Harbor, Lake Ave., Sunapee.

Winchester: Dusk, Fireworks at Monadnock Speedway, 840 Keene Rd., Winchester.


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