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Fireworks, Parades and July 4th Celebrations!

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Things are going to get loud around here this weekend. Wave a flag at a local hometown parade - or be a part of it! Bring the family out for the Boom, pop, crackle, boom of fireworks in many towns across the state, or just join in as your town (or a nearby town) celebrates Independence Day with activities, carnival rides and fun for the whole family!

Keith Urban

Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Keith Urban will take the stage at the Bank of America Pavilion at Meadowbrook in Gilford this weekend. Celebrate Independence Day Weekend with this country music mega-star. Urban put out “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” which was billed as the first song from the forthcoming album, Ripcord. The song became his 19th No. 1 hit. It not only set an historic country radio mark for the highest one-week spin count and point total on Country Aircheck/Mediabase, it extended Urban’s lead as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart, a streak that started in August of 2000. In 2012 the four-time Grammy Winner became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and has been a judge on American Idol. You can't go wrong with this show. Tickets are $44.75-$114.75.

14th Annual American Celebration

Spend the holiday weekend at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth their 14th Annual American Celebration, the museum's annual salute to America, Independence Day and the joys of summer. They will be opening a new permanent exhibit, "Port of Portsmouth: War, Trade and Travel," which focuses on the maritime history of Portsmouth and the seacoast, showcasing eight beautifully-crafted models of Portsmouth-built sailing ships. There will also be costumed roleplayers, historic houses, special living history displays, antique cars, a 1940's Style Swing Dance and a Naturalization Ceremony. Call 603-433-1100 for more information.

T-Rex Planet

Friday, 4-9 p.m.,
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Dinosaurs are coming and they will make a stop at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester over the weekend. There will be a range of fun and engaging activities designed to appeal to and engage all members of the family. This event simulates what it would be like to experience the Jurassic, Triassic, and Cretaceous periods first hand. Tracey, a young T-Rex, greets guests once every 3 hours and can be found wandering the exhibit. The main exhibit features life size ultra-realistic animatronic dinosaurs; over 40 life like dinosaurs in all with the rides and the skeletons. Visitors can look at these creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs, a Dinosaur band, and lots of fun activities for children of all ages. There’s even a fossil dig where young paleontologist can dig up ancient bones, a “Dino Bounce” area with dinosaur theme inflatable bounce houses, and much more! Tickets are $23 for children ages 1-12, $19 for kids 13-adult, and children under 1 get in free.

4th of July Craft Fair

Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate America at this fabulous arts and crafts fair with over 80 exhibits inside & outside under canopies at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford. The fair will feature handcrafted fine jewelry, fabric art, Americana folk art, tole painting, wooden crafts, pottery, stained glass art, handpainted clothing, children's crafts, NH maple syrups, gourmet food items, home decor, floral arrangements, ceramics, metal decor, handknits, bags/totes, fine art, wooden furniture, and more. In addition there will be live music and food. Admission is free.

Peter and the Starcatcher

Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Peter and the Starcatcher kicked off the summer stock season of theater at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith last weekend. A New Hampshire Premiere “A love letter to the power of imagination” is a wildly theatrical, hilarious and innovative retelling of how a miserable orphan came to be The Boy Who Never Grew Up, Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old legend of Peter Pan. Hailed by The New York Times as "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," this play with music takes a romp through the Neverland you never knew. The winner of 5 Tony Awards®, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight. Tickets are $18-$31 and the last show is Saturday evening.

4th of July at Waterville Valley

Saturday, 12-4 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m.,
Monday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Spend the 4th of July weekend at Waterville Valley for a weekend full of excitement for the whole family. Enjoy fireworks, a parade, concerts and lots more. The fun starts on Saturday, July 2nd from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. with an Independence Day Family Carnival. Children and adults can enjoy games, giant inflatables, tie-dye craft, a 100-foot obstacle course, a barbecue, bounce house, live music by Lil Penney, and more. Admission price allows participation in all the activities throughout the day. Children two and under are free. There is also an additional fee for the barbeque & t-shirt tie-dying. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. a free evening concert will be offered in Town Square with music provided by Fatha Groove. Celebrate in the Valley and make some memories with the whole family!

Red, White and Brews

Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Join the folks at Millenium Running for the unique event known as Red, White and Brews this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. We've teamed up with our friends at Atlas PyroVision to give you an event that features a 4 x 1-mile beer relay on the track and under the lights. Followed by a post-race party featuring live DJ, beverages and then concluding with an Atlas Fireworks Extravaganza! Tickets are $25.

Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson

Friday, 8 p.m.
American Idol's Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips is co-headlining a tour with Matt Nathanson. The tour makes a stop at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom this weekend. Nathanson released his most recent album, Show Me Your Fangs, in 2015. He's best known for his platinum-selling song, "Come On Get Higher." Phillips is best known for his smash hit "Home" and has toured with Matchbox Twenty and John Mayer. Tickets are $53 in advance, $58 the day of the show.

Whitford St. Holmes

Friday, 8 p.m.
Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and Derek St. Holmes who performed with Ted Nugent have come together again for a world tour. Let's face it, they are kind of a Superband, featuring members who have played with some of the biggest arena bands of the past 40 years. The drummer on this run is Brent Fitz from Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators and the bassist, Chopper Anderson, is a Nashville A-lister. The duo just released their "Reunion" album and the reviews are good. Who knows what will happen next with these two so do your best to catch them this weekend at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry while you have a chance. Tickets are $55-$65.

Weekend Top 10 Planner: July 1-4, 2016

Boom! Just like that, it's 4th of July weekend! That one snuck up on us. But don't worry, there is...
Boom! Just like that, it's 4th of July weekend! That one snuck up on us. But don't worry, there is plenty to do both indoors and out. We took a peek at all the events and jotted down the best of the best for the holiday weekend. Check out the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend. Be safe on this holiday weekend, New Hampshire, but make it count!

Weekend Top 10 Planner: June 24-26, 2016

Wow! With all the outdoor events happening this weekend, we expect to make some memories that will...
Wow! With all the outdoor events happening this weekend, we expect to make some memories that will last a lifetime. Get out there and live loud! We've picked out the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend. Enjoy!

New England Brewfest

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The New England Brewfest is back for its 12th year and is proud to be partnering with Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln for the ultimate craft beer weekend. The New England Brewfest is a one of a kind event in the New England region, offering a total craft beer immersion in food, education, and entertainment. This three day event, spanning includes two beer pairing dinners, Hop Talks educational sessions, the weekends signature beer tasting event Saturday Night: ON TAP, and more! Visit www.nebrewfest.com for a full schedule of weekend events. Ticket prices vary by event or activity.

Phantom Gourmet's BBQ and Country Fest

Friday, 12 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Country Fest will be held this weekend at the Tri-City Arena at the Rochester Fairgrounds. Emceed by the kings of “Food & Fun” – Dan, Dave and Mike Andelman – the three-day affair will feature award-winning pitmasters from across the globe, a country music festival, carnival entertainment and competitions, beer and wine gardens and family-friendly fun. Recently recognized as one of Trip Advisor's “Top 25 BBQ Battles & Festivals in the USA,” the Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Country Fest will welcome traveling barbeque teams from Australia to Texas to fire up their smokers and serve up the best – and messiest – in backyard, southern fare. On the music side, popular country acts will take the stage and provide live entertainment throughout the three days. The event will offer southern “showdown” festivities including a mechanical bull riding competition, pig racing, line dancing, and the Phantom's signature purple dance floor. For the little ones, KiddieLand offers rides and activities complete with a bouncy house and “Super Slide.” Tickets are $5.

Market Days Festival

Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Intown Concord's 42nd Annual Market Days Festival returns to historic downtown Concord this weekend. Market Days is central New Hampshire's biggest free community event of the year – a gigantic street fair in the heart of the Capital City, with more than 160 vendors offering a vast array of food, shopping, and entertainment. You'll find 30+ hours of live music and entertainment in Bicentennial and Eagle squares, free family fun activities on the State House Lawn, a beer & hospitality tent, an outdoor movie, community performances, the Concord Arts Market, Touch-a-Truck, Krazy Kids Kids' Zone, and Market Days Mini Golf, plus the 10th Annual Concord Multicultural Festival on Saturday. This year's festival features more vendors, more entertainment, and a beautifully transforming Main Street. Admission is free.

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