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Salem Massachusetts Heritage Days at the House of Seven Gables
Salem Heritage Days offer a wonderful way for Salem residents and visitors to connect with Salem’s history, art, and cultural scene. House of Seven Gables invites families to learn about sailing the high seas with a variety of family-friendly and hands-on activities. The Family Navigation Game is offered daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Living History Labs hands-on history experience will take place daily from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: House of Seven Gables
Come celebrate the Grande Finale to an awesome Beverly Homecoming Week!
Come enjoy the Grande Finale of Beverly Homecoming Week with a fireworks show at Lynch Park!
Location: Lynch Park
Celebrate 400 Years of Maritime History at Derby Wharf in Salem Massachusetts! V
Presented by the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the annual Salem Maritime Festival in August hosts an exciting array of free family fun festivities, including live music, traditional craft demonstrations and seaport trade exhibits, story-telling, and family fun! Each year, music, demonstrations, exhibits, and children's activities are available throughout the park and on Derby Wharf. The Salem Maritime Festival is hosted by Salem Maritime, your national park in Salem in cooperation with Essex Heritage. From live music, historical re-enactors, and tall ships, to interactive programs and crafts for families, all events and activities are free and open to the public. Stay tuned to learn more about what's in store for you at the 2016 Festival!  There's also fun activities planned just for kids!
Location: Salem Maritime National Historic Site
The Yankee Homecoming Parade is a traditional New England parade featuring bands
The Annual Yankee Homecoming parade is a Traditional New England Parade that is sure to please! There will be a variety of entertaining floats and marchers.  Yankee Homecoming and the people of Newburyport all come together to watch a parade on the first Sunday in August. The streets lined with families, friends, and visitors have made this parade a long time favorite summer tradition.
Location: Downtown Newburyport
Manchester Festival by the Sea celebrates art on Cape Ann and the local bounty of Artistry.
Festival by the Sea has been rain-dated!  See the new date/time below. An annual event hosted by the Manchester Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, this all-day extravaganza taps into the long-line of local talent with musical and artistic performers alike. Visitors can take in the sights of Masconomo Park while surveying the art and handcrafted items from some of the finest talent assembled. Celebrating locally grown art, music and food in downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea, this all day event will highlight not only the idyllic beauty of Cape Ann but also the incredible talent for which the area has become synonymous.
Location: Masconomo Park, Downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea
Tour the murals of Salem Massachusetts with the Salem YMCA!
Come join the Salem YMCA for a fun run around Salem. This running tour will stop at each mural in the great City of Salem. At each stop we'll learn a little about the mural and the  North Shore CDC & Punto Urban Art Museum project. The North Shore CDC invests in neighborhoods to create thriving communities. They "envision a North Shore where every neighborhood is one of choice and opportunity."
Location: Downtown Salem, Salem YMCA
Yankee Homecoming will once again hold its traditional grand finale fireworks.
Display performed and partially sponsored by Atlas. Co-sponsored by various local merchants, banks and the citizens of Newburyport. Bring your blanket or chair, sit and relax, listen to the concert and get ready for the oohs and aahhhs. A spectacular fireworks display is being planned for your enjoyment. Come early and enjoy the evening!
Location: Cashman Park
The Bridge and Back 10k benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem
The Bridge and Back 10k is a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem .  The race starts in downtown Salem Massachusetts, crosses the bridge into Beverly Massachusetts and onward tot he Dane Street Beach.   Runners then circle back to Salem for the finish on Front Street.  Sponsored by Tavern in the Square Salem
Location: Downtown Salem, Dane Street Beach
The Annual Magnolia Road Race and Fun Run benefits the Magnolia Library!
Magnolia’s 41st Annual Road Race is a 5k Race to be held rain or shine along a beautiful, scenic route in Magnolia. A 1k Walk/Fun Run will appeal to kids and those not capable of completing the 5k.  All proceeds from the races go to the Magnolia Library.
Location: Magnolia Village
Childbirth Education Classes at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Haverhill  MA
Congratulations: you are pregnant! This class is for mothers and partners during the last trimester of pregnancy to learn skills needed for the childbirth experience such as breathing methods, relaxation techniques, and comfort measures. Topics covered include: Anatomy Labor & delivery Anesthesia and medications Cesarean section Immediate post-delivery period Breastfeeding Newborn baby care A tour of the Birth Center at Anna Jaques Hospital is included in the class. Fee for the class (both the all-day workshop and online class) is $150 for Women's Health Care patients and $200 for non-WHC patients. Class fee covers both mother & support person.  Classes are available in two formats to fit your family's needs:  All-day workshop: Saturdays from 10:00am-5:00pm in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques; Date options for 2017: August 5; September 2 & 30; October 28; November 11; December 9 Online Combo: Sundays from 9:00am-12:00pm (Online course with 3-hour on-site learning); Date options for 2017: August 20; September 17; October 29; November 19; December 10 For more information, or to register for the class, please call (978) 463-1079 or email
Location: Anna Jaques Hospital