Growing up, we celebrated Independence Day and my grandfather’s birthday. We’d travel to his beach house at Hough’s Neck, near Quincy, MA, light cherry bombs and throw them in a big metal barrel, dance with sparklers, and eat as many steamed clams as our “little kid” bodies could hold! As we grew up, cousins, aunts and uncles moved to various parts of the country and those great celebrations grew further and further apart. These days I look for events that bring back that feeling of childhood!
Chelmsford’s Annual 4th of July Parade is the best!
There is nothing like a parade, the crash of a cymbal and the blare of a great marching band to put everyone in a holiday mood. If you’ve never been to a 4th of July parade, make this year the year you go! We’ve got one of the best parades in the area in downtown Chelmsford. Local residents set their chairs along the parade route up to 2 days ahead of time. When I first moved to town I couldn’t believe those chairs sat there all week but they did. So pack things up and get the family out there early to see the parade starting at 10 AM on July 4th. The parade features marching bands, floats, drum and bugle corps, dance teams and more, and is one of the biggest in the area.
Fairs and Carnivals
Chelmsford’s Country Fair and Wilmington’s Carnival are two of my favorites
As a pre-celebration and finale to the big parade, the Chelmsford Lion’s Club organizes the Annual Country Fair as part of Chelmsford’s town celebration. Starting at 5 pm – 11 pm, July 3rd, and running again July 4th, from 8 am – 3 pm you’ll find everything that makes a hometown celebration one to remember. Stop by for fried dough, ice cream, and all sorts of summer fun! Taking advantage of all the booths at the fair helps the non-profits that benefit from this event. It’s a great way to have fun and support the community.
The Wilmington Carnival is another great event, with non-stop activity beginning on Tuesday, July 2nd, and running until Saturday, July 5th! This carnival has been happening yearly for over 30 years! For a few years I danced and sang with the Silverlake Spotlighters in Wilmington, and we performed for crowds on the Wilmington Common during 4th of July week. These days you’ll find live music, BBQ, carnival rides, contests, and fireworks! With a week full of activities how could you not find at least one evening to grab the family and get out to enjoy the spirit of the fourth?
Everyone loves fireworks on the 4th, don’t miss the show!
As mentioned above, Wilmington’s celebration offers a spectacular show on Saturday, July 5th. A few of my other local favorites include:
- Acton July 4th Concert and Fireworks, this year featuring the Beatles cover band Beatle Juice.
- Celebrate the 4th in Lowell, MA, at LeLacheur Park. Fireworks, games, face painting, balloon animals, and more!
There are so many activities in the area to celebrate the 4th. From concerts, to parades, to fireworks, and more! Make it a celebration to remember, because in years to come, you will!
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