By: Abigail Ancherico, Guest Contributor
Whether it is an annual parade or a concert under the fireworks, we have the events to entertain children and adults of all ages. Bring your family to celebrate with locals and tourists for a fun-filled day of red, white and blue.
1. Independence Day Celebration in the City of Lowell
Friday, July 4 at LeLacheur Park will be filled with activities for the kids such as face painting, balloon animals and games. Gates will open at 7 pm and live music will play from 7:30-9 pm. A spectacular fireworks show will start at 9 pm in the park for all family members to enjoy.
Rain date: Saturday, July 5.
More information: http://www.lowell.org/Pages/fireworks2014.aspx
2. Chelmsford Fourth of July Parade
Join the town of Chelmsford at 10:00am for the 47th Annual 4th of July Parade, rain or shine. (Sue and her family will be there!) The event will take place at McCarthy Middle School and raffle tickets can be purchased throughout the event for cash prizes and sporting events. A variety of neighborhoods, organizations and businesses will enter floats into the parade while a marching band leads the way.
More information: http://www.chelmsfordparade.com/
3. Family Fun in the Park
Andover firefighters will be hosting a pancake breakfast in the park on the 4th from 8:00am-11:00am. The Horribles Parade will start at 9:30am in front of Doherty Middle School followed by a jazz band and Middlesex concert band in the park from 10:00am-11:30am. This event provides entertainment for the whole family to enjoy to kick start the holiday.
More information: http://andoverma.gov/news/images/July4.pdf
4. Acton Independence Day Celebration
NARA Park is the place to be in Acton on July 4th. Family fun activities take place from 3-7pm followed by a free concert featuring the Rolling Stones Tribute Band. Food vendors will be set up around the park and a colorful fireworks show will wrap up the night at 9:30pm.
Rain date: Fireworks only. Saturday, July 5, at dusk.
More information: http://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2933
5. Picnic in the Park
Relax with the family and enjoy an afternoon program of favorite patriotic tunes by the 50-year-old concert band at Emerson Field on Stow Street in Concord, MA. The band will start performing at 3:00pm, providing the perfect outdoor activity for the entire family.
In case of rain, the music will be moved indoors.
6. Fourth of July at Salisbury Beach
Enjoy the sea and surf, ice cream, cotton candy and more while listening to music on a big oceanfront deck. Bring your furry friends to the Pet Parade at 5:00pm and stay for the Island Beach Party Show at 7:00pm.
If you’re staying at the beach all weekend, make sure to check out the Special Fireworks Extravaganza on Saturday, July 5th at 10:15pm.
More information: http://www.beachfests.org/fourth-of-july.html
7. Danvers Family Festival
The Fireworks Festival will take place at Plains Park on Saturday, July 5 from 4:00-9:00pm. A variety of musical performances and concessions will be available to entertain the whole family. Games and rides will be available for kids along with a stunt plane show and a military flyover. The fireworks show begins at 9:30pm to wrap up the festivities.
More information: http://www.danversfamilyfestival.com/