Fourth of July event listings

  • Jaffrey’s 2016 Festival of Fireworks. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

Published: 6/26/2018 10:43:34 AM
Saturday, June 30

Rindge:At 5 p.m., Rindge’s Independence Day celebration will kick off with The American Heirlooms providing music at Franklin Pierce University. There will also be face-painting and games for children. A softball game will occur at 6 p.m. followed by more music from Sheepdip at 7 p.m. At full darkness, around 9:15 p.m., the celebration will conclude with fireworks by Atlas. The event is part of the Rindge 250th celebration. 

Sunday, July 1

Hancock: At 5 p.m. the town of Hancock’s Independence Day celebration will begin with an ice cream social, hot dogs, and drinks at the vestry, and a bell ringing with Bob Fogg at the Meetinghouse. A reading of the Declaration of Independence will take place at 7 p.m. followed by a concert by Eyes of Age at 7:30 p.m. at the bandstand. Fireworks over Norway Pond will occur at dusk. Parking is $5 at the Town Hall. The rain date is Saturday, July 7. 

Tuesday, July 3

Greenville: At 11:30 a.m., children can line up at the King House with their decorated bicycles for the Children's Bike Parade, which will begin at noon sharp, traveling down Main Street to the town field. At 8 p.m., there will be music provided by DJ Jimmy at the town field with food vendors selling hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream and soft drinks. At 11 p.m., there will be a cash drawing for a the winning 50/50 raffle ticket. Fireworks will begin at 11:20 p.m. At midnight, the Pots and Pans parade will march down Main Street.

Wednesday, July 4

Antrim: At 8:30 a.m., the Antrim Historical Society Independence Day celebration at the Bandstand on Jameson Avenue begins with coffee, tea and baked goods. At 9 a.m. Yankee Doodle and the Dandies will perform popular patriotic songs. At 9:30 a.m., the colors will be presented by the Boy Scouts of Troop 2 and they will lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner. Promptly at 9:45 a.m., members of the Antrim Players will read the Declaration of Independence, followed by more refreshments. This event is free and open to the public of all ages, rain or shine. 

Dublin: The town will hold a fireworks display over Dublin Lake on Wednesday, July 4 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Jaffrey:  At noon, The Declaration of Independence will be read by volunteers from the stage of the historic Jaffrey Meetinghouse on Route 124. Local officials, community leaders, and Jaffrey citizens – young and old – have been invited to participate. Following the reading, there will be an ice cream social in the horse sheds behind the meetinghouse. The Little Red Schoolhouse and Melville Academy will be open and the restored Seagrave Fire Engine will be on the Common. The free festivities are co-sponsored by the Jaffrey Historical Society, the Jaffrey Historic District Commission and the Selectmen’s Meetinghouse Committee of the Town of Jaffrey. The event is rain or shine. 

Peterborough: The Monadnock Center for History and Culture will hold its 91st annual Independence Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. and mark July 4th with a flag raising and reading of the Declaration of Independence. This year’s featured presenter is L. Phillips Runyon III speaking on the Founding Fathers.  The Independence Day Ceremony is held rain or shine. In the event of rain, the program will be held in Bass Hall. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.

Temple: Starting at 10 a.m., at Memorial Field, the Recreation Department will host a variety of old-fashioned kid’s games, including three-legged races, balloon toss, sack races, a penny scramble and more. At the same time, the Temple Fire Department will host a cookout. Festivities will continue until about 1 p.m. At 6 p.m. until about 8 p.m., the Temple Town Band will hold a concert on the town common. 


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