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4th of July North of Boston!

June 30, 2016


 Bakers Island Light Station Firework Spectacular
July 4th | 7-10:45pm
Join Essex Heritage aboard landing craft, Naumkeag for an exclusive July 4th excursion at the historic Bakers Island Light Station!  After a half hour boat ride, 18 lucky passengers will disembark on a stone beach for panoramic views of several cities’ fireworks over Salem Harbor.  After the fireworks, passengers will board Naumkeag and safely return to the Blaney Street dock.  Feel free to bring a picnic dinner, bug spray, flashlights, and a blanket.

Watch fireworks at the Beauport Sleeper Mccann House
July 3rd
You can also experience Gloucester’s fireworks on the terrace and lawn of the BEAUPORT, the SLEEPER MCCANN HOUSE, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard. (Adults and children over 12 years)Tickets $20.00 and $12.00 for members. Registration is required in advance.

Boston Harbor Cruises Fireworks Viewing
Saturday July 2nd
Boston Harbor Cruises is offering various types of Firework viewing cruises around Boston Harbor.

Boston Harbor Salute to Freedom Cruise
July 4th | 12-2:20pm
Fourth of July is first rate when you set sail with Boston Harbor Cruises. This 2 1/2 hour tour features expert narration from USS Constitution Museum historians, who will explore Boston’s maritime history, as well as the city’s vital role in charting America’s course toward prosperity and independence. We’ll also pay homage to “Old Ironsides,” currently undergoing a three-year restoration. And let’s not forget lunch—from fresh lobster rolls to clam chowder and more, it’s a festive feast on the Fourth!

Celebrate with Salem
July 4th | 4-10pm

“There’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in historic Salem,” said Mayor Driscoll. “Start off bright and early at Salem Common for the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence, spend the day visiting the City’s numerous historic sites and attractions, dine at one of dozens of remarkable restaurants, and end your day at historic Derby Wharf for all of the festivities.”


July 3rd
This parade been a tradition since some of the first settlers came to Gloucester. Featuring creative costumes, floats, flying candy and more!  There is also free CONCERT by the Runaround Band starting at 5:00PM and FIREWORKS at 11:00pm over Gloucester Harbor. A great place to view all of these events is by the Fishermen’s Memorial Statue in Gloucester.

Living History Labs
Saturday July 2nd | 11-2pm

During the 150th birthday commemoration of our founder Caroline Emmerton, kids and kids-at-heart can take part in our hands-on history programming that will feature activities from The House of the Seven Gables Settlement House. Included with admission.

Marblehead Fireworks & Harbor Illumination
Saturday, July 4 (rain date July 5) | 9pm
Come and see the fireworks show that Coastal Living Magazine continually ranks in the Top 10 Spots to Celebrate the Fourth in the entire country!  The Harbor Illumination is scheduled to start at 9 PM when flares are lit all around the perimeter of the harbor, creating a magnificent ring of light that sets the stage for the main event: at about 9:15 PM or a few minutes thereafter the fireworks are launched off a barge at the mouth of Marblehead Harbor, which creates ideal viewing opportunities for the public from the parks at Fort Sewall, Chandler Hovey Park, and Crocker Park.

Red, White, and Blue Pancake Breakfast
July 2nd– Tucks Point

The 27th annual Red, White, and Blue Pancake Breakfast will start the July Fourth 3-day-weekend celebration in Manchester-by-the-Sea. This breakfast is a true-blue slice of Americana and draws crowds of all ages, townies and newcomers alike. Enjoy a hearty breakfast of pancakes with blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream, scrambled eggs, bacon, and home-fries in one of the most scenic settings on Cape Ann.  There will be free parking for everyone, an opportunity for out-of-towners to visit Tuck’s Point.

Salisbury Beach Events
Friday, July 1st-Sunday July 4th
Join Salisbury beach for a weekend of various events ranging from fireworks to a pet parade. The weekend is packed with things for the whole family to enjoy.

Sea Shuttle Firework Cruise
July 2-4th
Please join the Sea Shuttle crew at 8:30 PM on July 4th for unobstructed views of Salem and Marblehead Fireworks.   Tickets are $30 each and include light refreshments.   The Sea Shuttle is also offering six cruises from July 2nd-4th.  Please see their website for more information and to purchase tickets online / 888-400-0601

Tiki Patio Party
July 4th | 12-5pm
The Regatta Pub patio at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites will be serving burgers, hot dogs and tropical drinks.


Woodman’s of Essex Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Fried Clam
Sunday July 3rd | 11am-10pm
Guests will enjoy a free fried clam sample (cooked by descendants of Chubby) provided by Woodman’s loyal clam vendors Ipswich Shellfish and Ipswich Maritime as well as local brew from the Ipswich Ale beer wagon. Entertainment from Dave Birkin will liven up the hourly giveaways of tee-shirts, gift cards, and more. The day will be filled with other surprises and the Woodman family invites everyone to celebrate with them at this fun and commemorative event.



July 2nd

Salisbury Beach | 10:15

Methuen | Riverside Drive  – 9:30

July 3rd

Amesbury- Woodsom Farm- 7-10pm

Andover | Andover H.S. – 9:20

Gloucester | Gloucester Harbor – 9:30

Haverhill | Riverside Park – 9:30

Lynn | Barge near Red Rock – 9:15

Manchester | Singing Beach – 9:15

North Andover | Hayes Stadium – 9:30

July 4th

Marblehead | Marblehead Harbor – 8:45pm

Salisbury Beach | 10:15

Salem | Derby Warf 9:15

Swampscott | Pier – 9


If any events are missing or incorrect please e-mail

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