Independence Day celebrations in the region

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a collection of events surrounding the Independence Day holiday. This is not meant to imply a completely comprehensive list; this is only the information that was able to be gleaned from what each town we cover chose to send us. Check with your specific town office to confirm or for more information.

MERRIMACK

Monday, July 3, 6:30-8 p.m.: Holiday concert at Abbie Griffin Park.

Tuesday, July 4: Sparkler 5K Road Race, 8 a.m. at the YMCA (www.merrimack4th.com/sparkler-5k.html). Parade, 1 p.m. step-off at 515 Daniel Webster Highway; ends at the high school. The Rotary Club of Merrimack’s annual pancake breakfast, 8-11 a.m. at James Mastricola Upper Elementary School APR Room; and family fun day, noon-9 p.m., Mastricola School Fields.

Rotary Club of Merrimack’s Family Fun Day schedule:

8-11 a.m.: Pancake Breakfast at JMUES cafeteria.

10 a.m.: Chalk Art Contest begins at Food Tent.

1 p.m.: Independence Day Parade (parade route).

1 p.m.: Drop off art and photography for judging at Art Tent.

2 p.m.: Opening ceremonies with Honor Guard; Local celebrity Al St. Louis sings the National Anthem; opening remarks.

2:30 p.m.: Main Stage entertainment: David Roy, musician.

3 p.m.: “Dallas” Merrimack Police Department K-9 demonstration.

3:15 p.m.: Main Stage entertainment: My Gypsy Heart.

4 p.m.: Merrimack Fire Department Rescue Ladder demonstration.

5:30 p.m.: “Dallas” Merrimack Police Department K-9 demonstration.

6 p.m. : 1st annual Cornhole Tournament.

6 p.m.: DJ Darren Roy at the Merrimack High School parking lot.

6:30 p.m.: Main Stage entertainment: Studio Two, the Beatles Tribute Band.

7 p.m.: Art contest winners announced.

9 p.m.: (approx) – Fireworks at the Merrimack High School featuring Marja Delange singing the National Anthem.

For more information any of the day’s festivities, go to www.merrimack4th.com.

NASHUA

Friday, June 30 through Monday, July 3: An Atlas Fireworks show will be held after each NH Fisher Cats baseball game June 30-July 3. The Fisher Cats will be playing the Trenton Thunder.

Tuesday, July 4: All happening at Holman Stadium. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Field Day – games, magicians, caricaturist, face painting and relay races. 5:30 p.m.: Classic rock concert with The Slakas. 7:15 p.m.: Symphony NH. 8 p.m.: Nashua Hall of Fame Inductions. 8:30 p.m.: Spartans Drum & Bugle Corps perform. Dusk: Fireworks.

AMHERST

Monday, July 3, 8 p.m., Amherst Town Band concert with fireworks at Souhegan High School, with hot air balloon rides, food, face painting and live music held beforehand.

Tuesday, July 4: Town parade steps off at 10 a.m. at Knight Street Field. Featuring puppy parade, children’s decorated bicycles, classic/antique cars, the Town Band, floats and much more. Art show on The Common.

More parade and art show participation info at www.facebook.com/AmherstNHJuly4th Committee.

BROOKLINE

Tuesday, July 4, 9:15 p.m., fireworks over Lake Potanipo.

MANCHESTER

Monday, July 3: Arms Park in downtown Manchester on Commercial Street will have live entertainment by the 39th Army Band, food vendors and fireworks at dusk. Great fireworks viewing also from Derryfield Park on Bridge Street.

MILFORD

Tuesday, July 4: Family fun day and fireworks at Keyes Memorial Park. 9 a.m., 1K Blast ages 12 and younger; 9:30 a.m., Star Spangled 5k Run/Walk; noon, Patriotic Bike Parade and Contest at Keyes Skate Park (bring a decorated bike, stroller or wagon); noon-2 p.m., Field Activities; free entry to Keyes Pool; 8-9:30 p.m., live music at Keyes Stage. Fireworks begin at dusk. No pets. Rain date is Wednesday, July 5.

REGIONAL

Pepperell, Mass.

Saturday, July 1: From 1-8:30 p.m., “FIREFEST, A Celebration of the Arts” will take place at The Community Fields. This free event is being presented by The Small Town Big Bang Committee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping community Fourth of July celebrations alive in Pepperell.

The event will begin with a morning parade, followed by the opening of a full day of celebration in the town fields. Enjoy two stages’ worth of performances and demonstrations from artists, musicians, dancers, athletes, acoustic musicians and a variety of bands from throughout the region. Check out the talented crafters, jewelry creators, camps, exercise centers, sports, yoga, dance, woodworkers, hobby centers, hand crafters and commercial product representatives.

There will be a children’s entertainment area featuring a climbing wall, face painting, a dunk tank, amusements, and more. A Bar-B-Que Concession as well as other food concessions will be found throughout the two fields.

The festivities of the day will conclude with fireworks.

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