slides: Guide To Fourth of July Events In Central Mass.
Thursday, July 04, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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