By The Emily Rooney Show | Friday, May 18, 2012
Thursday, June 30, 2011
By Luke Boelitz | Thursday, June 30, 2011
June 30, 2011
BOSTON — Some people just can’t get enough fireworks. If you're such a person, this has to be the best week of the year: you can find fireworks displays all over Greater Boston, seemingly non-stop, from now through July Fourth. Here's a rundown of many of the big events this weekend around the state.
Thursday, July 30
Boston Harbor: Fan Pier, 9:50 P.M.
Sponsored by the Fallon Corporation for the kick-off of the Extreme Sailing Series, with all kinds of boat racing from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. in the inner harbor every day up to the Fourth.
Friday, July 1
Brockton, MA: Brockton Fairgrounds, 10:30 P.M.
Considering the long drives to other fireworks displays around the state, this is the night to get you fix at the Brockton Fair. It’s only about 30 minutes south of Boston, and there promises to be plenty of spectacle beside the fireworks: check out the bear show, 'A Grizzly Experience,' at 5:30 P.M.; Motocross at 7:00; and the Walker Brothers’ Circus at 8:00. There will also be fireworks every night through Monday, and the fair continues through July 10.
Saturday, July 2
Chesterfield, NH: Spofford Lake, 9:15 P.M.
It's the 250th anniversary of the town of Chesterfield! Activities are planned for the whole day, beginning with a parade at 10:00am. The fire department will be having a steak and lobster cookout from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Activities continue through Sunday.
The travel guide Lonely Planet calls this one of the best unknown Fourth of July celebrations: the 376-year-old town features a "red-white-and-blue concert at the waterfront" and a "vintage baseball game."
Sunday, July 3
Gloucester, MA: Over the harbor, 9:30 P.M.
The annual Fishtown Horribles Parade will leave at 6:00 from Gloucester High School and go through the town center. Here's a video of locals discussing this year's parade. And check the above link for more information about Independence Day celebrations in Gloucester and around Cape Ann.
Parking at Singing Beach is almost non-existent if you don’t have a town beach sticker. Allow plenty of time to park your car in town and walk out to the beach.
Arrive at 5:00 for family entertainment and live music.
Monday, July 4
Springfield, MA: Riverfront Park, 9:30 P.M.
It has been a rough month for Springfield and neighboring communities, but the recent tornadoes made it all the more important to hold the usual moral-boosting, pyrotechnic extravaganza. Festivities and music start at 7:30. And check out this listing for celebrations in other Western Massachusetts towns.
This is the grand finale: the 38th annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular features a concert from the famed orchestra at the Hatch Memorial Shell at 8:30. Sunday will feature a first performance, as well, but the fireworks — which draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city and millions of viewers on national television — are saved for Monday, as the climactic main attraction.