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Own the Night like the Fourth of July

Onset Children's Parade (Photo by Ella Necheles)

Around about now, Katy Perry gets stuck on repeat in our head. We watched her Firework video again and start getting excited for the Fourth. To keep the soundtrack in our head relevant, we’ve put together a list of Fourth of July activities — not just fireworks, but parades, fleet blessings and more. It’ll keep you humming all week long.

Boom, boom, boom.


Fireworks

All events are listed from East to West (or a rough approximation of that!)

Onset-Wareham Fireworks, July 7, 9ish (we love a good when a schedule officially uses “ish”), Onset Beach. See more here.

Middleboro Fireworks, July 6, 10:00, Pierce Playground. See more here. 

New Bedford Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular 2018, July 4, 9:00, State Pier, Downtown New Bedford. Viewing from lower Union Street. See more here.

Freetown Fireworks Festival, July 3, 6-10 pm, Hathaway Park, Water Street, Assonet (near the former The Assonet Inn). See more here. 

Fall River Fireworks, July 4, 9:30, Fall River Heritage State Park, Davol Street at the waterfront.


Parades

Bourne on the Fourth, July 4, 10:00, Main Street, Buzzards Bay. See more here. This parade gets a prize for best named patriotic parade.

Marion Fourth of July Parade, July 4, 9:00,  Spring Street, Marion. See more here. 

Fourth of July Car Cruise and Parade, July 4, 9:00, starts at Fairhaven High School, 12 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven. Floats and marchers join at Cushman Park. See more here. 

Freetown Annual Parade, July 4, 10:00,  South Main and Water Streets.

Westport Annual Parade, July 4, 10:00 (road closure at 9:00), Main Road north of Hix Bridge Road. See more here. 


Other Fun Stuff

Onset Blessing of the Fleet, Pet Parade, Bike Parade & Doll Carriage Parade, July 7, Onset Pier, Onset Avenue. Participating boaters parade their vessel on a route that will form between the islands near red nun 14, then proceed inbound to the face of the Onset Pier where vessels will be cheered by spectators and blessed by a local priest. Boaters are encouraged to decorate their boats and prizes are given. At 10 a.m., just before the vessel parade, children of all ages are invited to participate in the Pet, Bike & Doll Carriage Parades. See more here. 

Middleboro Carnival, July 3 – July 7, evenings. Pierce Playground. See more here. 

Mattapoisett 5 Mile Road Race, July 4, 9:00, Shipyard Park, 13 Water Street, Mattapoisett. $25 on July 3 or $30 if registering on July 4 (includes t-shirt) . See more here. 

Fort Phoenix Independence Day Ceremony and Cannon Salute, July 4, 10:00, Fort Phoenix, Fort Street, Fairhaven. Following the Car Cruise and Parade, there will be a patriotic program at the Fort featuring a reading of the Declaration of Independence, Emma Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus,” and the firing of the fort’s five 24-pound Seacoast Defense cannons by the Fairhaven Village Militia. See more here. 

4th of July with Frederick Douglas, July 4, 10-2,  Customs House Square, Barkers Lane, New Bedford. Meet Frederick Douglass and other people who lived in New Bedford during the 1800s. At 12:00 Frederick Douglass will give a speech in which he discusses slavery, independence, justice, and what it means to be an American. Hear the Declaration of Independence read aloud. In addition you will be able to meet Douglass, the 1850s Ladies, Civil War soldiers, local leaders, and park rangers. See more here.


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Fourth of July-palooza!!

Onset Children's Parade (Photo by Ella Necheles)

Welcome to the Insider’s Guide to Fourth of July on the South Coast! This isn’t our first rodeo when it comes to the jam-packed excitement that Fourth of July brings. With so many events going on, it can be daunting to decide where to go and what to do. We at South Coast Almanac have created a day by day guide for the long long weekend. Each day is organized by categories: Fireworks, Parades, and Other Fun Stuff.

If you plan it right, you can go to different fireworks four nights in a row. Remember: it’s a marathon, not a sprint! Stay hydrated, folks. 🙂

July 1

Fireworks
Onset/Wareham – Starting at dusk over Onset Beach and Bay (Rain date 7/8/17)

Marion – 9:20 PM Set off from the Kittansett Club, Point Road

Parades
Onset – Children’s parade beginning promptly after the blessing of the fleet at 10 AM. Prizes are awarded for the best decorated bicycles, pets, and doll carriages.

Other Fun Stuff
Onset – The Onset Bay Association will host the 4th Annual Blessing of the Fleet, a patriotic boat parade complete with the blessing of your vessel by a local clergy member. 10 a.m. at the Main Pier. In the afternoon, there will be a free concert with local favorites Pocketful of Soul, digging deep into the library of all your favorite funk, soul and R & B tunes you will be sure to want to get up and dance to. Bandshell (across from town pier), from 1-4 p.m.
Seekonk – Independence Day Thrill Show: 5:00-9:30 PM at Seekonk Speedway spectator drags, car & truck enduros, crazy figure 8 races, powder puff races, and fireworks!(rain date July 2nd)

July 2

Fireworks
Marion – 9:00 PM Silvershell Beach (Rain Date 7/3/2017)

July 3

Fireworks
Freetown – The annual fireworks festival starts at 6:00 pm. Fireworks display begins at 9:30ish, South Main & Water Streets

July 4

Fireworks
New Bedford – The fireworks begin at 9:00 pm from Jetties Beach Barge – 7 Fish Island (Rain date 7/5/2017)
Fall River – Watch the Fireworks from Battleship Cove. Gates open at 7:30. Fireworks begin at approximately 9:30 PM. Tickets are $8.00 per person. See more here.

Parades
Buzzards Bay – Bourne on the Fourth Parade, 10:00 am on Main Street
Marion – Annual parade starts at 9:00 am. Route: East on Main Street to Spring Street; North on Spring Street to Route 6; East on Route 6 to Front Street; South on Front Street to Main Street
Fairhaven – Fourth of July Car Cruise & Float Parade. Gather for flag raising 8:30 am at Fairhaven High School, 12 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven. Parade departs from there at 9 a.m.
Westport – Parade starts at noon from Main and Hix Bridge Roads, Ends at the Westport High School
Freetown – Starts at 10:00 am at South & Main St.

Other Fun Stuff
Mattapoisett– 48th Annual 4th of July 5 mile Road Race: 9:00 AM at Shipyard Park, 13 Water Street.

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