Holiday Happenings: 4th of July Fireworks, Parades and Fun!

New Bedford Area

New Bedford Fireworks, Thursday, July 4, New Bedford Harbor. The City of New Bedford’s 4th of July fireworks display will be staged from a bar located off the State Pier in New Bedford Harbor at 9 pm. Lower Union Street between North Water and Route 18 will be closed to vehicle traffic. State Pier will be closed for safety reasons.

Cape Verdean Recognition Parade and Kultura Festa, New Bedford, Saturday, July 6, from 11am- 2pm from Buttonwood Park down Union Street ending at the Cape Verdean Veterans’ Memorial Hall. Festa is from 2 pm-6 pm

Fairhaven Fourth of July Parade and Car Cruise on Thursday, July 4 from Fairhaven High School to Fort Phoenix. Beginning at at 8 a.m. Cars will assemble at Fairhaven High School, and marchers will assemble at Cushman Park. There will be a flag raising at Fairhaven High School at 8:30am, and the car cruise begins at 8:45 am. The car cruise will proceed toward Cushman Park. Stepping off at 9 am, the parade begins at Cushman Park and will proceed toward Fort Phoenix. There will be a ceremony and cannons at Fort Phoenix at 10 a.m.

Marion Horse Show, Sunday, July 7, at 8am, 1 Washburn Park Road. The 77th Marion Horse Show is an open breed horse show, serving as a fundraiser for local youth groups. This year, pack a picnic basket, or enjoy some of the offerings there.

Marion Independence Day Parade, Thursday, July 4 at the Marion Town House at 9am. It will assemble at 8 a.m. in the ball field behind the Marion Town House and adjacent to the Sippican School. Trophies will be award for first, second and third place in each category, and there is also a Best in Parade award.

Marion Fireworks Saturday, July 6 at Silvershell Beach

Mattapoisett Road Race is Thursday, July 4

Freetown Fireworks Festival and 4th of July Parade Wednesday, July 3 (fireworks) and Thursday, July 4 (parade) from Hathaway Park (fireworks) and Ridge Hill Road (parade), respectively. Freetown’s Fireworks Festival and 4th of July Parade begins on Wednesday night at 6 p.m., with fun and food, followed by fireworks at 9:30 pm. The parade steps off at 10 am on Thursday at Ridge Hill Road.

Fall River’s Waterfront 4th of July Celebration, Thursday, July 4, Fall River waterfront. Fall River’s Waterfront 4th of July Celebration is packed with fun, all along the waterfront, from 5 to 9 pm. Live entertainment begins at 6:15 p.m. at the pier. The Nightlife Orchestra will be at Veterans Memorial Bicentennial Park, along with food trucks. Live entertainment at Bicentennial Park will begin at 7 pm. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blanket to sit on. Admission is free, and the fireworks begin at 9 pm. Tickets are available to view the fireworks from the deck of the USS Massachusetts. Gates open at 7:30pm, and the last admission will be at 8:45 pm. Tickets are $15, and children under 2 get in for free.

Billington Family Memorial Fourth of July 5K, Somerset, Thursday, July 4th, Pierce Beach, South Street. Check-in begins at 7 a.. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. There will be mile markers and water stations, plus post-race refreshments and awards. All racers will receive a T-shirt. There will be trophies for the overall male and female winners, and divisional medals for each age group.

Westport Fourth of July Parade, Thursday, July at Central Village at 10 am. Line-up and sign-ups start at 8, and roads will close at 9 a.m. Antique cars will line up at Beach Grove Cemetery, and floats, tractors and others will line up on Main Road near Perry’s Bakery. There will be ribbons for winners of antique cars, tractors, and floats.

Middleboro 4th of July Carnival from July 3 to July 7, 26 Jackson St., Middleboro

Seekonk Independence Day Thrill Show at Seekonk Speedway, Saturday, July 6. The show will have drag races, figure-eight races, backwards races, trailer races, and more. The show also includes a fireworks display.

Cape Cod

Tuesday, July 2
If you can’t make it to Rock Harbor to view these fireworks, you also have a great vantage point from Skaket Beach. Note: The sunset just prior will be as awe-inspiring as the fireworks display.

Thursday, July 4  

The July 4th revelry in Provincetown culminates in this crowd-pleasing display at dusk. Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch offers an annual fireworks whale watch cruise, where your prime viewing of breaching humpbacks is also a front seat to the fireworks over the harbor.

Thursday, July 4
Rated one of the most spectacular displays in the country, this patriotic extravaganza kicks off at dusk over Falmouth Heights Beach.  Bring a portable radio and tune in to PIXY 103 (102.9 FM) for a music show that accompanies the fireworks.

Cape Cod July 4th Parades

BARNSTABLE VILLAGE: A 1.2 mile parade of decorated cars, floats, police and fire vehicles will leave the Barnstable County Courthouse Complex parking lot at 9 am and travel east.

CHATHAM: One of the oldest Independence Day parades in the country starts at 9:30 along Main Street, Chatham.  

CENTERVILLE:  Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Centerville Elementary School with a flag-raising and Pledge of Allegiance. 

COTUIT: The parade begins at 11 a.m. on School in front of the post office.

HYANNIS HARBOR BOAT PARADE: Starting at 5 pm the Hyannis Marina Boat Parade will take place in Hyannis Harbor. A procession of boats decked out in a sea of red, white, and blue will wind their way around the inner harbor! 

HYANNIS PORT MINI-MARATHON & PARADE: The fun run starts at the Post Office at 9 am, followed by the parade at 11 a. Route begins at the Hyannis Port Post Office on Longwood Avenue.

ORLEANS: The July 4th Parade showcases the pride of the Orleans community and is full of music, celebration, and fun!  The parade will kick off from Eldredge Parkway at 10 am

PROVINCETOWN:  The festive and colorful July 4th parade kicks off at 11 am down Commercial Street. 

SANDWICH: The 4th of July “Spirit of Sandwich” parade starts at 10:30 a.m. from the Henry T. Wing School in Sandwich. After the parade, the Henry T. Wing School will be the site of a midday family picnic.

WELLFLEET HOMETOWN HOLIDAY PARADE: The classic car parade begins at 9:30 am and the float parade starts at 10 am. The route begins at the Town Pier.

Other Independence Day Fun on Cape Cod

4th of July in Downtown Hyannis

Downtown Hyannis will offer music on Main Street and at the Hyannis Village Green Bandstand from 4 to 7:30 pm.  Admission is FREE! The street will be open to traffic and regular parking. The Yarmouth Minutemen will host an educational immersive re-enactment on the Village Green, including colonial life and non-firing musket and cannon drilling. Performances on the Bandstand.

Cape Symphony and Town of Barnstable “Joy4July” Celebration at Aselton Park 
The 7:30 pm performance, blending pop, Broadway, patriotic, and Americana music, is free and no tickets are required. Drivers with a valid handicap placard are welcome to park in the Armory lot on South Street, across from Town Hall. The Barnstable Adult Community Center will provide free shuttle service to and from the entrance at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum.

Cotuit Firecracker Classic Road Race

The approximately 5K course is fast and mostly flat and provides runners with a tour through the village. Kids events and adult runs kick off at 6 pm.

Yarmouth Sand Sculpture Trail

See more than 30 amazing sand sculptures all around Yarmouth along the town’s annual Sand Sculpture Trail, reminding you that wherever you are on Cape Cod, you’re never far from the shore. Make a day of it and find them all – grab your camera if you want to enter the photo contest! 

Easton Area

BRIDGEWATER The Music and Art Festival will be held from 10am. to 3 pm. on Thursday, July 4, on The Quad at Boyden Hall at Bridgewater State University, at 131 Summer St. The event will include live music, children’s events, and other family-centered entertainment, over 30 crafters and artisans selling their handmade and unique wares, The event is handicapped accessible. with rest rooms inside Boyden Hall. Admission is free.

PLYMOUTH The 4th of July parade kicks off at 9 am on Thursday, July 4, from Cordage Park, 10 Cordage Park Circle. Food trucks will be available at Alden Park. The Plymouth Philharmonic will perform at 7:30 pm at DCR Pilgrim Memorial State Park. Arrive at least one hour before the concert begins in order to find a parking spot and walk to the state park. Fireworks will be held at 9 p.m./dusk at DCR Pilgrim Memorial State Park. Rain date will be July 13 at 9:15 p.m. There is no shuttle service available for the parade, concert or fireworks.

STOUGHTON The Fourth of July fireworks will take place at approximately 9 pm. on Tuesday, July 2, at Stoughton High School. The high school soccer field and the Dreist Field will be open for viewing the fireworks. No chairs on the soccer field. The parade will step off at 10 am on Thursday, July 4, at the Stoughton High School/Middle school. The parade will proceed on Pearl Street through the center of town. This event is weather dependent.