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The Swampscott Strawberry Festival is a great way to kick off the Summer for the Town!
Strawberry Festival is Swampscott's Annual Summer Kick-off Party! Parade down Humphrey Street, eat delicious strawberry shortcake and enjoy a live concert with Brian Maes.
Location: Swampscott Town Hall
Hamilton Wenham Community Center organizes the Annual July 4 Celebration
Celebrate Independence Day in a park named after one of America's most patriotic sons.  What could be more American than that? Celebrate the Fourth at Patton Park as Hamilton and Wenham continue their tradition thanks to the Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham.
Location: Patton Park, Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
Glover's Marblehead Regiment Summer Encampment at Fort Sewell in Marblehead Ma.
Revolutionary War Era, Military Encampment in Marblehead Massachusetts with 18th century crafts, military skirmishes and demonstrations, sutlers, musket firing contest, fife and drum concerts, sea chanties and children’s drills. You will be able to meet their living historians, watch battles between the Red Coats and Colonial Forces play out on the streets, see our crafts up close during camps tours and enjoy the sound of music around you.
Location: Fort Sewell
Enjoy a lobster lunch on the lawn in Marblehead over July 4th Weekend!
The Lobster Lunch is back! July 2- 4, 2022. Enjoy a traditional lobster meal on the Summer Street Lawn at @stmichaels1714 Church over the Fourth of July weekend during the @festivalofarts. Its a fun way to enjoy fresh lobster on a Summer afternoon and 100% of the profits go to charity.
Location: Saint Michael's Episcopal Church
The Chebacco Boat PArade is a great Fourth of July tradition in Essex MA
The Chebacco Lake and Watershed Association will sponsor its annual Fourth of July Boat Parade on at 10am Sunday, July 4th.  All boats will meet at Betty Ozolin's dock on the South Side of Gregory Island ( small cove)and proceed around the lake counterclockwise. Prizes will be awarded for Most Patriotic, Most Creative and best costume or costumes.
Location: Centennial Grove
Fourth of July Parade in Manchester MA for North Shore Families
Manchester’s annual salute to America is a wonderful tradition, complete with stirring music, precision marching bands, imaginative home made floats, antique cars, and just about everything else that represents the pride and patriotism we all share for our country. Simply stated, Manchester’s Fourth of July Celebration is small town America at its very best! The celebration kicks off with a concert and fireworks on July 3rd at Singing Beach followed by a parade on the 4th.
Location: Manchester Memorial Elementary School, Downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea
Marblehead Fireworks as seen from Chandler Hovey Park by Jeff Folger
Independence Day in Marblehead is an all-day event on the harbor front that begins at 10am with the Horribles Parade, composed of unusual and sometimes opinioned home-made floats, music, and other parading favorites. For the rest of the day, the waterfront is lively with music, food, and family activities. The day ends with the Harbor Illumination and Fireworks.
Location: Downtown Marblehead
West Beach Fireworks, Parades and More on July 4. Celebrate July 4th in Beverly Farms!
Beverly Farms has a lot going on for the 4th of July including cookouts, softball games, live music, a parade and, of course, fireworks! Come celebrate Independence Day filled with history and community tradition!
Location: West Beach
Head to Parker River Wildlife Refuge for a full day of FREE family fun that's focused on outdoor activity!
Join park staff from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for a full day of FREE family fun that's focused on outdoor activity! Parker River NWR is excited to welcome community members back to our annual Let's Go Outside event, with an exciting new addition. This year we will celebrate Let's Go Outside as an Open Streets event. This means the refuge road will be temporarily transformed into a car-free zone for visitors to bike, walk, roll, and play! Parking will be provided at the refuge visitor center and Lot 1, and free shuttle service will be provided between key locations.
Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Schooner Adventure in Gloucester Massachusetts announces free sailing for kids in 2022!
Schooner Adventure in Gloucester Massachusetts announces free sailing for kids in 2022!* Sail into history on Gloucester's flagship vessel, a National Historic Landmark and icon of the American fisheries. Enjoy a two-and-a-half-hour sail on historic Gloucester Harbor, America's oldest fishing port.  Help the crew raise the sails, take a turn at the helm, learn about Adventure's  legacy and restoration, or sit back and enjoy the iconic sites of Gloucester Harbor.
Location: Schooner Adventure

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Babson Farm Quarry Self-guided Walking Tour at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Take a self guided tour at one of Massachusetts most beautiful locations!
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Amesbury Days Celebration

Amesbury Days is a celebration of the onset of Summer and community.
Welcome to the 123rd Amesbury Days! It is with great pleasure that we bring together fun and exciting community events to launch summer of 2022. Amesbury Days 2022 has a full schedule of events beginning June 23rd, through July 4th.
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Arts and Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Amesbury Farmers Market

The Amesbury Farmers Market happens every Wednesday at Barewolf Brewing in Amesbury, Massachusetts.
The Amesbury Farmers' Market is a local community farmers’ and artisans’ market located in the heart of the historic mills of Amesbury, Massachusetts at BareWolf Brewing. We are a regularly scheduled community market supporting our local food system, small businesses and neighborhood community...
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Feed the Beach Creatures - Rocky Shore Residents

You can look at, AND touch the creatures in Joppa Flats touch tank! Feeding time is a lot of fun!
It's time to feed our touch tank animals! You can help us with sea stars, sea urchins, and rock crabs from the rocky shore; moon snails, surf clams, and hermit crabs from the sandy beach; and minnows, mud whelks, and horseshoe crabs from the salt marsh. Assist our animal husbandry team in sorting,...
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Farmhouse Culinary Workshop: Farm to Kitchen

Join Chef Liz Walkowicz in this lively, hands-on cooking class in the Kitchen at the Trustees of Reservations' Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts.
Join Chef Liz Walkowicz in this lively, hands-on cooking class. Participants will learn how to utilize seasonal ingredients from our farm and other local farmers to create an exciting multi-course meal. The menu changes seasonally and each class will provide an opportunity for participants to...
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Evening Stroll at Maudslay

Enjoy and evening stroll with the park interpreter at Maudlsay State Park in Newburyport
Join the park interpreter for a moderately paced walk to view different areas of the park and experience the changes at Maudslay over the spring, summer and fall.  Rain or shine. For ages 6 and up.  Wear walking shoes, and bug spray is recommended.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Saturday, July 2

Amesbury Days 5k

Start a new summer tradition with the Amesbury Days 5k on July 4th weekend.
Start a new summer tradition with the Amesbury days 5k sponsored by The Institution For Savings! This 2nd annual walk/run 5k is brought to you by Millennium Running & Greenstride, New Englands premier race producers.
8:00 am

Haverhill Farmers' Market

Haverhill Farmers Market, North Shore Farmers Market, Cape Ann Farmers Marke
The vibrant, colorful Haverhill Farmers Market is where local farmers and food producers meet to sell directly to the community. Established in 1978, the Haverhill Farmers Market mission is to provide access to farm-fresh products and promote local agriculture, as well as serve as a social...
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Marblehead Farmers' Market

Find fresh local produce and other foods at the Marblehead Farmer's Market!
The Marblehead Farmer's Market boasts 15+ local farms, and booths with an educational spin nutrition, vendors and farms selling homemade prepared goods and craft vendors that are switched up in a rotation basis week to week. Additionally there are entertainers and exhibits by environmentally...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Marblehead Festival of Arts

There's plenty to see and do for kids at the Marblehead Art Festival!
The Marblehead Festival of Arts has had a rich history in producing an annual summer arts Festival over the July 4th holiday week for more than 50 years! This premier Festival hosts art exhibits in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Photography, Crafts, Plein aire Painting,...
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Rockport Farmers' Market

The Rockport Farmers' Market runs every Saturday at Rockport Music in Downtown Rockport!
Produce and locally-grown and made farm products can be purchased on-site from our farmers from 9am-12pm at the Rockport Farmers Market. Just stop by, follow our protocols, and buy fresh food directly from your farmers and food producers! A huge thank you to Rockport Music for their generosity in...
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Amesbury Days Celebration

Amesbury Days is a celebration of the onset of Summer and community.
Welcome to the 123rd Amesbury Days! It is with great pleasure that we bring together fun and exciting community events to launch summer of 2022. Amesbury Days 2022 has a full schedule of events beginning June 23rd, through July 4th.
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

MFoA Sand Sculpture Competition

Marblehead FoA Sand Sculpture Competition on Devereaux Beach in Marblehead
It's family fun!!!!! The 2022 Sand Castle Sculpture Event welcomes families to bring buckets, shovels, and creativity to this cherished free Festival family event, open to sand sculptors of all ages. Sign up early at the Festival's registration table at Devereux Beach then dig in and create the...
9:00 am to 10:30 am

Broom Decorating for Kids at the Witchery

The Witchery is hosting a ‘Broom Decorating for Kids’ class each Saturday in Salem Massachusetts
Kids are invited to decorate their own  broom with pendants, charms, plants, ribbons & more. Our 20" kids' brooms are assembled by The Witchery and ready for your little ones to customize!  Broom decorating is a hands-on, friendly activity in a relaxed setting.
9:00 am

Andover Farmers' Market

Find Fresh Local Produce at the Andover Massachusetts Farmers Market North of Boston
The Andover Farmers Market is a vibrant hub connecting local farmers, artisans and the community through the joy of local food. Whether you come for carrots or conversation, it is a place to nourish the body, mind and spirit.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Halibut Point Quarry Tour

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Enjoy a guided tour of Halibut Point State Park around the Babson Farm Quarry, unearthing the granite industry era followed by a traditional hand-tool stone splitting demonstration.  One hundred years ago, the Rockport Granite Company quarried granite stone here. Learn about the buildings, bridges...
10:00 am to 10:59 am