63rd Annual Independence Day Parade in the Hilltowns

63rd Annual Independence Day Parade 2010
Chesterfield, MA

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The Town of Chesterfield will host its 63rd annual Independence Day Parade on Sunday July 4th. This year’s parade promises to be better than ever bringing fun and family attractions that have made this event a Hilltown tradition.  See photos from last year’s parade here.

The parade will feature bands, floats, animals, clowns, antique and collectable cars and fire and emergency vehicles.

Activity Schedule:

  • 7:00 – 10:00 Pancake Breakfast (Firehouse)
  • 8:00 –   3:00 Food / Vendor Booths
  • 9:00 –   1:30 Quilt Display (Church)
  • 9:00 –   1:30 Historic Exhibit (Town Hall)
  • 10:30   PARADE
  • 11:30 – 1:30 Heritage Pops Concert (Town Center)
  • 11:30 – 1:30 Barbeque Chicken Lunch (Church)
  • 11:30 – 1:30 Petting Zoo
  • 11:30 – 1:30 Kid’s Fun (Magic Show, Face Painting)
  • 12:00 – 1:30 Fireman’s Muster (Playing Field)
  • 1:30 – 3:00 Family Softball (Playing Field)

There is plenty of on-site parking

4th of July 2010: Western MA is Alive with Fireworks & Celebrations

2013 Fourth of July Celebrations & Fireworks

Celebrating 4th of July in Western Massachusetts with the Family in 2010

There’s no better destination to celebrate the Fourth of July than Massachusetts,” said Betsy Wall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel + Tourism. “From the world renowned Boston Pops concert on the Charles river to the many parades, fireworks, festivals and attractions, there are so many ways to experience the independent spirit and pride that makes Massachusetts unique.”(Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

From the state where the American Revolution began, families can take part in the multitude of Fourth of July celebrations happening in Western MA. Only in Massachusetts can you travel the freedom trail, tour the home of Paul Revere and be a part of where America’s independence began. In Western MA, families and visitors can witness the historical reenactments in the hills of the Berkshires and Greater Springfield area, participate in the parades, music programs and dance performances, and take the families to see one of the many firework displays that happen throughout the region.

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4th of July Fireworks & Parade Schedule 2009

Click HERE for the 2010 4th of July Schedule

2009 Fireworks & More in Western Massachusetts

4th of July Parade in Chesterfield, MA

Chesterfield 4th of July Parade Schedule. Click on flyer to see larger image.

Here is a schedule of firework displays and parades happening in Western Massachusetts.  Click on the listing to find out more information. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening.

Looking for family events during the day on the 4th of July?

  • Check the comment box below for 4th of July events.
  • And be sure to click on the links below.  Many of the firework displays are part of an all-day community celebration.
  • If you know of a 4th of July event, please post it below.


Right here in the hilltowns will be a great old fashion parade that the whole family can participate in beginning at 10:30am at the CHESTERFIELD 4TH OF JULY PARADE.  Click HERE to read our post, Hilltown Families’ Kids Invited to March in Chesterfield’s 4th of July Parade.

Other parades happening in Western Massachusetts on the 4th of July include the towns of


July 3rd, 2009

July 4th, 2009

July 5th, 2009

July 11th, 2009


Hilltown Families’ Kids Invited to March in Chesterfield’s 4th of July Parade

Kathy McMahon of Cummington, MA writes:

(Photo Credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Not only is eating fresh veggies & fruit fun, but so is dressing up as your favorite garden delicacy! Join Hilltown Home (united) Garden Exchange (HHuGE) in Chesterfield's 4th of July Parade! (Photo Credit: Sienna Wildfield)

We are going to be in the CHESTERFIELD 4TH OF JULY PARADE!

We invite all the little vegetables and fruits in our Hilltowns to show up to announce (and not to squash!) the opening of HHuGE! (Hilltown Home (united) Garden Exchange! Don’t ‘veg out!’

Don’t find yourself in a pickle, dress like one!

March and wave with us as we parade along handing out baby carrots, cherry tomatoes and cards cheering the soil, our towns and our community spirit!

Perhaps some Hilltown Families’ kids have a few veggie costumes of their own to join us? A fancy zucchini hat someone wants to show off? Edible flower bonnet?

Contact: Kathy McMahon at 634-0002, peakshrink@peakoilblues.com

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62nd Annual Independence Day Parade in Chesterfield Seeks Participants (2009)

Nicolas Frischer of Chesterfield, MA writes:

4th of July Parade in Chesterfield, MA (Photo credit: (ccl) salomedance06)

“Let Freedom Ring” will be the theme of this year’s (2009) July 4th parade in Chesterfield, MA, and promises all the fun and family attractions that have made this event a Hill town tradition since 1947.

To help make this parade better than ever, we would like to extend an invitation to groups and organizations that would like to enter a float and to marching bands and other attractions that would enjoy participating.

We are also seeking nominations for Chesterfield’s annual presentation of “Volunteer of the Year” and “Lifetime Achievement” awards.

While plans are developing to make this year’s event better than ever, we do face significant reductions in state and Cultural Arts funds that we have received in the past. We would genuinely appreciate small donations from individuals and offer area businesses sponsorship recognition for their support.

Please send award nominations and donations to:

Chesterfield 4th of July Association
P.O. Box 502
Chesterfield, MA 01012

Or contact Mary Ann Coleman at 413-296-4787.

Old Fashion 4th of July Parade in the Hilltowns (2008)

61st Annual Independence Day Parade

The Spirit of Chesterfield will be the theme for the 61st annual Independence Day parade. Since 1947, the town has hosted this event that has grown in popularity to be a Hilltown tradition and favorite.

  • The Parade kicks off at 10:30 and will feature floats, bands, clowns, live animals and antique cars.
  • The Heritage Pops Orchestra will provide musical entertainment beginning at 11:30.
  • Visitors can begin the day with a Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. and then enjoy numerous displays on exhibit in town center including quilts and artwork.
  • Following the parade there will be a chicken barbecue, magic show, petting zoo, Firemen’s Muster, and continued opportunities to view the displays. The Bisbee Mill Museum and Historic Society will also be open to the public.

There will be plenty of parking (nominal fee to support the area Boy Scouts) near the parade route, and except for the food, all the other activities are free.

The Parade can always use more participants. Bands, horses and buggies, antique cars, floats, and kids with costumes are welcome to be a part of the festivities. Please contact Mary Ann Coleman at 413-296-4787.

Hilltown Old Fashion 4th of July Parade (2007)

Chesterfield 4th of July Parade

//www.flickr.com/people/darwinbell/This year will mark the 60th annual 4th of July Parade in Chesterfield, MA! To recognize this milestone, this year’s parade will reflect the theme of “An Old Fashioned 4th.” All Hilltown Families are invited to join the Hilltown Coalition To End Domestic Violence and march in the parade. They are marching to promote peace in the home.

With the theme of “An Old Fashioned 4th,” the parade will feature bands, floats, the clown Peppermint Patty, costumed children, antique cars, and horses and buggies. There will be plenty of food, with a Pancake Breakfast preceding the parade and a chicken barbecue right afterwards. A variety of snacks will also be available throughout the day. For kids (of all ages), in addition to the clown, there will be a magic show, petting zoo, climbing wall and “sticky wall.” After the parade, visitors will be entertained by the Heritage Pops Orchestra and will be able to watch the traditional Firemen’s Mini-Muster, an art show and a quilt display. Except for the food, everything is free of charge, and of course everyone is welcome.

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Old Fashion 4th of July Parade in the Hilltowns (2007)

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