From East to West, South to North, You’re Sure to Find Fun on the Fourth!

nehaca-julyfourth-mascoma-lakeIndependence Day is right around the corner and New Hampshire’s towns are keeping the night sky hopping and popping all weekend long, right through July 4. The Union Leader gathers a comprehensive list of Independence Day fireworks shows, starting as early as June 28. Click here and find the show closest to you.

Here are a few that pop out at us!

  • July 1: Franconia has combined the uniquely New Hampshire holiday, Old Home Day, which encouraged city dwellers of the late 1800s to revisit their ancestral towns, and Independence Day, for a bang-up celebration that starts with pancakes at 9:30 am and wraps up with fireworks 12 hours later.
  • July 1: Pittsburg hosts a celebratory Steak & Lobster Feed. Learn more here.
  • July 1 – 4: Waterville Valley, a delightfully authentic mountain resort, features a friendly town square where day visitors, residents, and vacationers can select from a menu of celebration activities that would put a cruise ship to shame. From a parade (including decorated bicycles, the best), to outdoor family movies, family sporting events, dancing, and yes, fireworks, this one location truly has it all.
  • July 2: Jackson, the gateway village to Pinkham Notch, invites you to enjoy a free fireworks show. The show begins around 9 pm, but you’re invited to come to town early, find a good place to park, enjoy free popcorn and stroll the village.
  • July 1 and 4: Portsmouth’s Strawbery Banke, a living history museum located between downtown and the Piscataqua River, celebrates national achievements starting on Saturday with vignettes of American history from the 1700s through Victory Gardens of WWII. On Tuesday, July 4, the public is invited to witness a US Naturalization Ceremony and hear Governor Sununu read the Declaration of Independence (1:30 pm). There will be Old-Fashioned lawn games and much more. Thanks to BAE Systems, there is no admission fee on the 4th of July. Learn more here.
  • July 3: Portsmouth delivers stunning fireworks, year after year. Many viewing sites throughout town.