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slides: Guide To Fourth of July Events In Central Mass.

Thursday, July 04, 2013


July is here again, and that means it's just about time to celebrate the birth of our great nation. It's become a great tradition in America to celebrate with fireworks and parades, hamburgers and hot dogs.

Massachusetts, of course, has a special claim to this important holiday, as this is where the fires of the American Revolution first began to spark almost 240 years ago.

A number of towns and cities in Central Mass are once again putting on their very own celebrations, where attendees can enjoy and take part in various events that have become Independence Day staples. Here are a few you may want to check out.

Note: Many fireworks displays have rain dates. Make sure to check with each town for up to date information on cancellations and postponements.

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Fireworks at East Park- Wednesday, July 3rd- Park Opens at 6 pm, Ceremonial Flag rising at 7:45 pm, Fireworks begin at approx. 9:30 pm.

There will be food, including hot dogs, hamburgers, and sweet snacks, and entertainment, including the acclaimed Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, before hand. There will also be a "Kid's Korner" for youngsters. 

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Fourth of July Celebration at Dean Park- Thursday, July 4th- 12-4 pm

Head down to Dean Park in Shrewsbury to hear terrific live music and eat great cookout food, and let the kids check out the inflatable amusements. There will be bike and doll carriage parade and a moonwalk as well.

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Fireworks at Fruitlands Museum- Wednesday, July 3rd; "Old-fashioned" Parade and Field Events- Thursday, July 4th

Fruitlands Museum has once again donated their beautiful grounds for the historic town's awesome fireworks display. 

The parade on the fourth has an "old-fashioned" theme, and homemade floats addressing this theme will be a part of the festivities.

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Fireworks at Plains Park- Wednesday, July 3rd- approx. 10 pm

Milford will be celebrating the fourth of July with fireworks.

Photo: Anthony Quintano/flickr

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Independence Day at Old Sturbridge Village- Thursday, July 4th- All Day

OSV celebrates Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks display over the Village Countryside in addition to regular daytime activities. Visitors can sign a giant Declaration of Independence and play 1830s-style Base-ball. The evening celebration includes music, magic, family games and activities followed by  fireworks at dusk. Beer, wine, soft drinks, sandwiches and snacks, are offered for sale, or visitors can bring their own picnic food.

Photo: Raymond Beljan/flickr

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Fireworks off Rollstone Hill- Wednesday, July 3rd- approx. 10 pm; Parade- Thursday, July 4th- 10 am

The town of Fitchburg has its annual fireworks display on Wednesday night. Best viewing is downtown.

The annual parade on the fourth runs from the intersection of Bemis and Summer Street to the Upper Common on Main Street.

Photo: usarmyband/flickr

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Independence Day Celebration at the Pappas Recreation Complex- Wednesday, July 3rd- 5 pm

Auburn celebrates Independence Day with a parade beginning at 5 pm, followed closely by children's activities, food, live bands and fireworks at 9:30 pm. There will be pony and train rides. Truly fun for the whole family.

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East Brookfield

Fourth Annual East Brookfield Independence Day at Connie Mack Field and beyond- Friday, July 5th and Saturday, July 6th

East Brookield goes all out for a country's birthday. There will be amusement park rides, a parade along Main Street, a wheels parade for children, a road race and fun walk, a talent show, karoake, a pancake breakfast and much more over a two-day period. This culminates in a spectacular fireworks display at 9:30 pm on Saturday.

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Fireworks at Memorial Field- Wednesday, July 3rd- 9:20 pm; Founders Day Parade- Thursday, July 4th- 1 pm

Rutland once again goes all out for the fourth. They will have their yearly fireworks display Wednesday. A concert and strawbelly festival will precede the show.

On Thursday, they will have their parade honoring not only the founding of America but the creation of their own fair town. The parade begins at Central Tree Middle School and ends at Rutland Heights.

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Fireworks at Windle Field- Wednesday, July 3rd and Thursday, July 4th- 9:45 pm; Road Race- Thursday, July 4th- 9 am

Millbury will have two fireworks displays this week at Windle Field.

In addition, they will have their annual Fourth of July parade from the high school to Windle Field.

Photo: Stephen Gunby/flickr

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Family Fun Day and Fireworks at Spencer Fairgrounds- Saturday, June 29th- 12-9:30 pm 

Spencer will have its annual fireworks display at Spencer Fairgrounds. Family Fun Day includes live music, food and carnival rides.

Photo: Clearly Ambiguous/flickr

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Fireworks at Memorial Beach- Wednesday, July 3rd-  approx. 9 pm

Webster will have its annual fireworks display at Memorial Beach. Food and entertainment begins at noon.

Photo: Nigel Howe/flickr

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Fireworks at 99 Park Street- Friday, July 5th- 9 pm

Hudson will have its annual fireworks display at 99 Park Street.

Photo: bayasaa/flickr

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Fireworks at Veterans Athletic Complex Fields- Saturday, July 13th- 9:20 pm

Clinton will have its annual fireworks display at Veterans Athletic Complex Fields. Other activities begin a 6 pm and refreshments will be available. 

Photo: Nigel Howe/flickr

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Concert, Barbeque and Bonfire at Allen Field- Wednesday, July 3rd- 4 pm

The town of Ashby will have a chicken barbeque, a concert from the Ashby Band and a bonfire the day before the holiday.

Photo: Kaybee07/flickr

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Horribles Parade- Wednesday, July 3rd- 6:30 pm

Mendon will be holding its annual "Horribles" parade. Children of all ages are welcome to participate.  The parade will go down Maple Street  and end at the Town Hall.

Photo: acme401/flickr

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Parade and Fireworks- Saturday, July 6th- 3 pm, Fireworks at dusk at Pirone Park

Ayer will be having its annual parade and fireworks display on July 6th.

Photo: Nigel Howe/flickr

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Concert and Fireworks at Bellingham High School Field- Thursday, July 4th- 7 pm- 9:30 pm

Bellingham will be having its annual concert and fireworks display on Thursday.

Photo: Dick Dwarf/flickr

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Horribles Parade- Thursday, July 4th- 11:30 am

Hopkinton will be having its annual Horribles Parade on the fourth. The parade will begin at the Hopkinton Town Common, loop around, and end back at the common. 

Photo: Gary Brownell/flickr

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Parade- Tuesday, July 2nd- 11:30 am

All children and their parents are invited to march in the annual 4th of July Parade from the library to the Town House. Flags, noisemakers and hats will be provided for the children. Refreshments will be served after the parade.

Photo: Bob n Renee/flickr


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