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4th of July Fireworks and Fun Events!

Kathi Caldwell-Hopper - June 28, 2011

If you are lucky enough to be vacationing in the Lakes Region during the Fourth of July week, you are in for a treat. There are many parades and fireworks, not to mention concerts, barbecues and other fun activities in the area.

Weirs Beach is the place to be on Sun., July 3, when fireworks light up the sky at midnight, then head to Laconia on July 4 for more fun.

If you love a good, old-fashioned parade, head to Laconia for the annual Independence Day Parade held this year on July 4. The parade forms at Wyatt Park at 3pm and winds to Opechee Park where vendors and activities will offer family fun. Fireworks end the day with a great display at 10pm. The rain date for fireworks is July 9.

On July 2, there will a Fourth of July parade in downtown Bristol starting at 10am, sponsored by the Bristol Lions Club. Fireworks light up the Newfound Lake area at dusk (at the foot of the lake).

Alton Bay is the place to be for great Fourth of July festivities. The Bay area is alive with fun on July 3, with the East Bay Jazz Ensemble concert at 7pm. Bring a chair, a blanket and a picnic supper to enjoy during this free concert. A great fireworks display begins at dusk over the Bay. The rain date for the fireworks is July 9. Call 875-0109 for further information.

Center Harbor has many Fourth of July activities, beginning with the 33rd Annual Road Race and Fun Run on July 4. Registration for the race starts is 7am in downtown Center Harbor. The race begins at 9am.

At 2pm, the annual parade comes to Center Harbor, starting at Chase Circle and going to the downtown area. A free band concert at the Center Harbor bandstand starts at 7pm. Bring a picnic, a blanket or lawn chairs for an evening of entertainment, culminating with a fireworks display at dusk over Center Harbor Bay.

On July 4, there will be an Independence Day Parade at 12noon in Moultonborough. The parade’s theme is The Spirit of America. The parade forms at Blake Road/Moultonborough Academy area and goes on Rt. 25 to the Lion’s Club on Old Rt. 109. The parade will feature floats, marchers, children’s bicycles, and other categories. After the parade, there will be a barbecue at the Lions Club.

If you like a good book, get in line early for Moultonborough Library’s annual book sale, taking place from July 2-4. This is one not to miss! The sale will be held in the library parking lot from 9am-5pm. Paperbacks and hard covers will be on sale. Call the library at 476-8895 for details.

When it comes to celebrating the Fourth, no one does it better than those who plan the festivities in Meredith. Enjoy a Fourth of July Concert sponsored by the Meredith Parks and Recreation. The band will be Occasional Brass and Strings playing at Hesky Park at 7pm. Bring your blankets and enjoy the show, then stay for the fireworks!

The fun and popular Rubber Duckie Race takes place at the Inns at Mill Falls in Meredith. You can get tickets for this Lions Club event up until 3:30pm the day of the race. The race gets under way at 4pm. Call 279-6016. Fireworks begin at dusk over Meredith Bay on July 4, ending a fabulous day of fun.

The Gilford Community Band is a staple in Gilford village and has been for many years. Locals enjoy the bandstand concerts that take place in the village field. Many people simply park their cars nearby, roll down the windows and listen to the wonderful music, while others bring lawn chairs and sit outside around the bandstand for outdoor music. The concerts are Wednesday evenings on June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24 and Aug. 27 at 7:30pm. In case of rain, the concerts take place at the Gilford Middle High School Performing Arts Center.

For old-fashioned farm fun, head to the NH Farm Museum on Rt. 125 in Milton for their Fourth on the Farm event held on July 4 from noon – 4pm. The old-fashioned Independence Day event offers strawberry shortcake. Visitors can play croquet on the lawn, tour the historic farmhouse with a costumed role-player, and visit farm animals. Call 652-7840.

Ossipee has a full schedule of activities planned for the Fourth of July. On July 2, the Bluegrass Country Boys perform at 6:30pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park at Ossipee town Hall, Main Street in Center Ossipee.

The 4th of July parade takes place in Center Ossipee on July 4 at 10am. The parade route is Dorr’s Corner and Moultonville Roads, down Moultonville Road and Main Street to the Town Hall. The rain date is Tuesday July 5.

The Family Fun Fair takes place on July 4 in Constitution Park with many fun events from 11am-2pm. Be at Constitution Park from 5-11pm for food, music and a giant fireworks display at dusk.

An Independence Day Celebration takes place in Wolfeboro starting on July 4 at the Cate Park bandstand in the downtown dock area. A band will perform from 7-9pm; the concert is free. The parade is held on July 4 at 10am., and will travel down Main St. Fireworks light up the sky at dusk over Wolfeboro Bay. Call 569-2200.

Many people say that the fireworks display in Ashland is the best anywhere; if you are heading to the area for the display, plan to spend the weekend in town for some great holiday events. Things get underway on July 1 with a free Movie under the Stars (at the Ashland Ballfield) at 9pm. The movie will be On Golden Pond, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. (Rain date is July 2.) On July 3, the fun midway opens at the Ashland Ballfield at 5pm with fireworks to follow at 9:30pm. On July 4 there will be a pancake breakfast at the Common Man restaurant on Main St. at 7am. Following this there will be a traditional parade on Main St. at 10am.

Also in Ashland, stop by the Library Book Sale, Bake Sale and Silent Auction on July 2 from 8am-2pm at the Ashland Town Library, 41 Main St., Ashland.

Waterville Valley will celebrate the holiday with an Independence Day Family Festival on July 2-4 at the Town Square area. A family carnival takes place on July 2 from 11am-3pm with games, live music and more. On July 3 at 11am the community holds its traditional 4th of July parade. A fun rock-skipping contest will be held on July 3 at Corcoran’s Pond in the afternoon. Fourth of July fireworks end the weekend of celebrations on July 4 at 9:30pm. Call 236-8175.

Get crafty at the 40th Annual Gunstock Summer Craft Festival at Gunstock on Rt. 11A in Gilford. The event takes place July 2, 3 and 4 and features over many juried artisans in wood crafting, photography, fine jewelry, glass, knits, pottery and much more. The event is held rain or shine; the event starts at 10am daily. Call 293-4341, or visit

A Fourth of July Celebration will be held at Steele Hill Resort in Sanbornton on July 3. It’s a great chance for the entire family to celebrate with music, entertainment, children’s activities, food and a wonderful fireworks display. The fun begins at 4pm and runs until the evening fireworks. Call 524-0500 for information on the celebration.

The Gilmanton 4th of July Association invites the public to fireworks at Crystal Lake Park on  July 2 followed by a grand old Fourth of July parade in downtown Gilmanton on July 4. 

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