A Guide to the Region’s Best Independence Day Fireworks, Festivals and Fun 

By The HOWL Street Team

Chelmsford
Find food, games, an art festival and a free jazz concert from 6 pm to 10 pm Sunday, July 2nd, and from 8 am to 3 pm on Monday, July 3rd, at The Country Fair on Town Common (North Road). July 4th kicks off with the annual John Carson 2-mile Road Race followed by the town parade at 10 am, running from North Road to Summer Street.

Lexington
Five days of carnival rides, food, music, and more at Hastings Park, beginning Thursday, June 30th and ending Tuesday, July 4th. Fireworks July 3rd after dusk.

Gloucester
Board a boat along the harbor or sweat it out with the masses for one of the region’s best fireworks displays on July 3rd at 9:30 pm. Favorite viewing locations include Stacy Blvd., Stage Fort Park and Western Avenue. The annual Horribles Parade, a hilarious mash-up of giant puppets and people in costumes, begins at 6 pm and circles through downtown.

Wilmington
Dance, eat, drink, challenge your pals to Wiffle ball and horseshoes, and then watch a gut-busting showdown as people scarf down pie for prizes at this four-day, small-town-style celebration kicking off Thursday, June 29th. Fireworks on the 2nd at 9:30pm.

Acton
Rock out with a free concert at NARA Park’s annual Fourth celebration, featuring food, games, amusement rides, and a performance by Thirty6Red at 7 pm. Fireworks start at 9:30 at 25 Ledge Rock Way.

Salem

Grab some food, and play some games at Salem’s Maritime Historic Site on Derby Wharf starting at 5:00 pm on the 4th. Also, join the parade and walk down the wharf with Mayor Driscoll. Of course, stay for the fireworks starting at 9:15 pm.

Concord
Take a trip back in time at this Colonial American hot spot on July 4th, beginning with patriotic tunes from the Concord band, a 65-member community band established since 1959. Music is followed by the annual Picnic in the Park from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm at Emerson Field, featuring tethered balloon rides, food, field games, and activity booths. Also, check out live music from Matt Heaton and The Outside Toys, Southern Rail Bluegrass Band, and The Concord Band. Catch the 5-mile road race at 9am at 90 Stow Street.

Canobie Lake Park
Is there a more suitable setting to admire red, white and blue fireworks than from an amusement park? Spend the day ride hopping and watch the evening fireworks choreographed to music from the lake’s shore or the top of the Ferris wheel between July 1st through the 4th.

Hampton Beach, N.H.
Maybe you’ll want to revel in boardwalk arcade games, enjoy free live music from The Continentals on an outdoor stage, get your palm read, gorge on seafood, and peruse the many sand castles on display. Or maybe you’ll want to get there early on Friday and plant yourself at the Sea Ketch’s rooftop bar with uninterrupted sight lines of the 9:30pm fireworks show.

Salisbury Beach
Bask in the sounds of the ocean and enjoy food, music, and plenty of action, ending with spectacular fireworks after dark on July 4th.

Lowell
One of the most iconic images in the country—a baseball field—can’t be beat for viewing the rockets’ red glare. On July 4, LeLacheur Park, home of the Lowell Spinners (a minor league baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox) will open its doors to the public at 7pm, setting the stage for live music and activities before fireworks at 9pm.

Pepperell
A small town can still make a big bang! The annual parade begins in front of Town Hall at 12:30 pm on July 1st, followed by a dance party at 6:30. Fireworks begin at dusk.

About The Author

Kelley Hamill
Editorial Intern

Kelley Hamill, a North Andover native, is a political science and multimedia journalism student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kelley has a passion for video production and a bad habit of making music videos out of all her travel experiences. When Kelley isn’t busy captaining the UNC Varsity Fencing Team or pretending to like sweet tea and grits, she can be found binge watching documentaries or trying to keep up with the moms in yoga.