Amherst, Milford celebrate Independence Day

Founding father John Adams would be pleased.

In a letter to his wife Abigail in 1776 he wrote that Independence Day should be celebrated with “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”

Milford and Amherst are complying with full schedules of family activities that begin Thursday evening in Amherst and continue through Friday, July 4.

Amherst’s fireworks are on Thursday evening, at the high school stadium, and Milford’s are on Friday evening, at Keyes Park.


The theme of Amherst’s July 4 celebration this year is “From Sea to Shining Sea” and events begin on Thursday evening, July 3.

Thursday, July 3, Souhegan
High School

RE/MAX tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides 5:30 to dusk, pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks and ice cream, 6-9 p.m., by the stadium.

Face painting by Krickey the Clown, by the stadium, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Music by Roaming Railroad, Dustin Newhouse Band, ShinDaiko Ensemble, Magic by George and the Amherst Town Band.

Fireworks at dusk by Jack Reed and volunteers. Rain date, July 4

Friday, July 4, Amherst Village

Historical museums open, Middle Street, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Children’s bicycle parade, 10 a.m. with judging at 9:45 a.m. at the Knight Field on Main Street.

Parade steps off at 10 a.m. from Wilkins School.

Parade, with bands, floats, antique autos, steps off at 10 a.m. from Wilkins School.

Puppies on Parade (Spalding Field)

Village Green Activities, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., including an art show, student art show (Brick School) children’s activities, food, craft demonstrations, animals (until 12:30), music, antique auto show, pocket ladies.

Reviewing stand ceremonies, including the naming of a citizen of the year, after the parade.

Dog show after the ceremonies

More information on Weather updates: Amherst Community Access TV – Comcast Channel 20 or http://pegstream.


The family fun day begins at noon Friday, July 4 at Keyes Park with a patriotic bike parade. Bring a decorated bike, stroller or wagon to the skate park.

Field activities go from noon until 3 p.m. and DJ Dave Alcox will be on the Keyes Stage.

There also will be face painting, food concessions and free pool entry.

Rob Oxford will be on the Keyes Stage from 8-9:30 p.m.

Fireworks are at dusk.

In the event of rain, festivities will be held Saturday, July 5.