2018 Fourth of July Celebrations & Fireworks in Western Massachusetts

4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks in Western MA for 2018

From the state where the American Revolution began, families can take part in the multitude of Fourth of July celebrations happening in Western MA! Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA.

Below is our comprehensive list of events, parades, and fireworks celebrating Independence Day throughout Western MA for 2018. Please take the time to confirm events you wish to attend, including time, place, age appropriateness, location, and costs before attending.

Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events every Thursday for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA. Subscribe to our free eNewsletter and have an update sent to your inbox every Thursday!

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2017 Fourth of July Celebrations & Fireworks in Western Massachusetts

4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks
in Western MA for 2017

From the state where the American Revolution began, families can take part in the multitude of Fourth of July celebrations happening in Western MA! Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA.

To follow is a preview of events, parades & fireworks happening to celebrate the 4th of July for 2017. Please take the time to confirm events you wish to attend, including time, place, age appropriateness, location and costs before attending.

Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events every Thursday for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA.  Subscribe to our free eNewsletter and have weekly update sent to your inbox every Thursday! Read the rest of this entry »

2016 Fourth of July Celebrations & Fireworks in Western Massachusetts

4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks in Western MA for 2016

From the state where the American Revolution began, families can take part in the multitude of Fourth of July celebrations happening in Western MA! Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA.

To follow is a preview of events, parades & fireworks happening to celebrate the 4th of July for 2016. Please take the time to confirm events you wish to attend, including time, place, age appropriateness, location and costs before attending.

Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events every Thursday for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA.  Subscribe to our free eNewsletter and have weekly update sent to your inbox every Thursday! Read the rest of this entry »

2015 Fourth of July Celebrations & Fireworks in Western Massachusetts

4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks in Western MA for 2015

From the state where the American Revolution began, families can take part in the multitude of Fourth of July celebrations happening in Western MA! Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA.

To follow is a preview of events, parades & fireworks happening to celebrate the 4th of July for 2015. Please take the time to confirm events you wish to attend, including time, place, age appropriateness, location and costs before attending.

Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events every Thursday for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA.  Subscribe to our free eNewsletter and have weekly update sent to your inbox every Thursday! Read the rest of this entry »

4th of July: Connecting us to History

Day of celebration offers opportunity for families to reflect on history

4th of July means fireworks but also is a time for families to reflect upon the historical significance and meaning of this patriotic holiday

The most patriotic of all American holidays, the 4th of July, is a day filled with history and tradition. With its roots reaching over 200 years back, the holiday’s origin is well known by all – it’s the day when the Declaration of Independence was signed, sparking a revolution and the creation of the United States. Today, we remember the historical significance of the day with parades, readings, and – of course – lots of fireworks.

Community celebrations of the 4th of July will take place all across western Massachusetts, and bring with them not only celebration but also opportunities to learn about our country’s history, and to reflect on the meaning of freedom. Beginning with a morning filled with parades and running right straight through to the end of the very last fireworks show, the region is jam-packed with 4th of July events.

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2014 Fourth of July Celebrations & Fireworks in Western Massachusetts

4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks in Western MA for 2014

From the state where the American Revolution began, families can take part in the multitude of Fourth of July celebrations happening in Western MA! Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA.

To follow is a preview of events, parades & fireworks happening to celebrate the 4th of July for 2014. Please take the time to confirm events you wish to attend, including time, place, age appropriateness, location and costs before attending.

Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events every Thursday for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA.  Subscribe to our free eNewsletter and have weekly update sent to your inbox every Thursday!

Click here to find firework displays & parades!

4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks in Western Massachusetts

2013 Fourth of July Celebrations & Fireworks

4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks in Western MA

From the state where the American Revolution began, families can take part in the multitude of Fourth of July celebrations happening in Western MA! Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA.

To follow is a preview of events, parades & fireworks happening to celebrate the 4th of July for 2013. Please take the time to confirm events you wish to attend, including time, place, age appropriateness, location and costs before attending.

Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events every Thursday for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA.  Subscribe to our free eNewsletter and have weekly update sent to your inbox every Thursday!

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2012 Fourth of July Celebrations & Fireworks

4th of July Celebrations & Fireworks in Western MA

From the state where the American Revolution began, families can take part in the multitude of Fourth of July celebrations happening in Western MA! Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events on June  28th for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

To follow is a preview of events, parades & fireworks happening to celebrate the 4th of July. Please take the time to confirm events you wish to attend, including time, place, age appropriateness, location and costs before attending.

Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events on June 28th for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA.

Saturday, June 23

4-10pm – FIREWORKS: Northampton Family Fourth takes place tonight at Look Park!  There will be live music, family games, food, and, of course, fireworks!  300 North Main Street.  Florence, MA.  (FREE)

5-10:30pm – FIREWORKS: Celebrate Spirit 2012 in Easthampton!  There will be tons of live music, kids’ activities (including the BearFest 2012 BearLand, a rock wall, sand art crafts, etc.), a BMX biking stunt show, and, of course, fireworks!  BYO seating for the show.  Takes place at Galbraith Field.  Taft Avenue.  Easthampton, MA.  (DONATION)

7pm – FIREWORKS: Summerfest happens at Quarry Hill School. Family entertainment leading up to the display at 9:15pm. Rain date: 6/24. Monson, MA (FREE)

Friday, June 29

6pm – FIREWORKS: Celebrate the 4th of July at Holyoke Community College.  Activities for kids, music and food.  Fireworks at dusk. Rain date: 6/30. Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

Saturday, June 30

4-11pm – FIREWORKS: The Westfield Rotary Club sponsors community fireworks  at Stanley Park.  Rain date is 7/6.  413-568-9312.  400 Western Avenue.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: As part of the annual Fest-of-All!  Takes place at Szot Park.  Rain date is 6/31.  Front Street.  Chicopee, MA.  (FREE)

DUSK – FIREWORKS: At Grenville Park, sponsored by the Ware Lions Club.  Walter Drive.  Ware, MA.  (FREE)

Tuesday, July 3

6pm – FIREWORKS: Visit Old Sturbridge Village for an Independence Day celebration!  The event includes opportunities to learn about history (including a reading of the Declaration of Independence), games, live music, and more!  Fireworks take place at dusk.  800-733-1830.  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($)

DUSK – FIREWORKS: Held at Michael Smith Middle School, the event includes games, music, and foods from local vendors as well.  Rain date is 7/5.  100 Mosier Street.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

Wednesday, July 4

6:30am-6pm – 4TH OF JULY: Monson Summerfest happens all day, starting with a pancake breakfast, followed by a day of family fun, including a parade, live music, vintage baseball game, frog jumping contest, and more. Monson, MA (FREE)

10am – PARADE: In downtown Westfield!  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am – PARADE: Through Williamstown!  There will be marching bands, floats, and a picnic at the end!  Spring Street.  Williamstown, MA.  (FREE)

10am – PARADE: Celebrate Independence Day at Pittsfield’s annual parade!  The theme this year is “Movie Classics,” and the parade route moves through downtown Pittsfield.  Pittsfield, MA.  (FREE)

10am – PARADE: In East Longmeadow there will be live music, floats, and more!  Parade route will be reversed from route in previous years.  Maple, Main, Mapleshade, and Elm Streets.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

9:15pm – FIREWORKS: Fireworks on the West Springfield Town Common, following live music and food earlier in the day.  Wendell Road.  West Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: Springfield Fireworks over Grucci Memorial Bridge.  MIX 93.1 FM broadcasts a musical accompaniment.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: Following a Steeplecats game at Noel Field!  413-664-6180.  State Street.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

DUSK – FIREWORKS: Celebrate the 4th at Six Flags New England!  413-786-9300.  1623 Main Street.  Agawam, MA.  ($$)

DUSK – FIREWORKS: LSSE puts on fireworks at McGuirk Stadium at UMass!  Family activities and music take place leading up to the display.  College Drive.  Amherst, MA.  (<$)

Friday, July 6

9pm – FIREWORKS: Celebrate the 4th of July and Chesterfield’s 250th anniversary at the Cummington Fairgrounds with an old-fashion fireworks display. Rain date is 7/7. Cummington Fairgrounds. Cummington, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, July 7th (POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY, JULY 8TH DUE TO WEATHER)

4:30-10pm – FIREWORKS: Celebrate the 4th of July with the city of Greenfield!  There will be music, activities, and vendors, and fireworks at 9:30.  Takes place at Beacon Field and Greenfield Middle School.  Beacon Street.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

2011 Fourth of July Celebrations & Fireworks

2012 Fireworks Listings are HERE


2011 Fourth of July Celebrations & Fireworks in Western MA

From the state where the American Revolution began, families can take part in the multitude of Fourth of July celebrations happening in Western MA!  Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events on July 1st for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

To follow is a preview of events & fireworks happening to celebrate the 4th of July. Please take the time to confirm events you wish to attend, including time, place, age appropriateness, location and costs before attending.

Be sure to check out the Hilltown Families list of Weekly Suggested Events on July 1st for a comprehensive list of family and community events happening in Western MA.

Saturday, June 25th

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: See fireworks in Chicopee as part of the town’s Fest-of-All celebration at Szot Park!  In case of rain the fireworks will take place at the same time on the 26th.  Front Street.  Chicopee, MA.  (FREE)

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: Attend the town of Ware’s annual fireworks display at Grenville Park!  73 Church Street.  Ware, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, June 26th

5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: (Rescheduled from 6/25 due to rain) Attend Easthampton’s Spirit celebration at Daley Field!  There will be fun live music all evening, as well as a BMX bike stunt show.  Fireworks will take place at 9:30pm.  Daley Field Road.  Easthampton, MA.  (FREE)

5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: (Rescheduled from 6/25 due to rain) Northampton Family Fourth Celebration at Look Park with carnival games, petting zoo, tethered balloon rides, live music, food and fireworks at dusk. Florence, MA (FREE)

Green River Festival

Have a bright idea for how a family could spend the day in Western MA? Follow the link and share your day adventures and be entered to win a pair of tix to the Green River Festival happening July 16th & 17th!

Friday, July 1st

6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate the Fourth of July early at Holyoke Community College!  There will be live music, family activities, food vendors, and fireworks at dusk.  303 Homestead Avenue.  413-552-2485. Holyoke, MA (FREE)

Saturday, July 2nd

4-11pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Visit Stanley Park for an early Fourth of July celebration!  Fireworks will take place at 9:30.  400 Western Avenue.  413-568-9312.  Westfield, MA.  (FREE)

6pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Join South Hadley in celebrating the Fourth of July with festivities, including fireworks between 9:15 and 9:30.  The show will take place at Smith Middle School.  100 Mosier Street.  413-538-5017.  South Hadley, MA.  (FREE)

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: See a fireworks display at Wyantenuck Country Club!  Rain date is 7/3.  West Sheffield Road.  413-528-8174.  Great Barrington, MA.  (FREE)

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: Celebrate the 4th early in Greenfield with fireworks at Poet’s Seat Tower!  In case of rain, the display will take place on July 3rd.  Greenfield, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, July 3rd

9pm – FIREWORKS: Visit Old Sturbridge Village to celebrate Independence Day!  Because of the village’s location, there is little light pollution and the fireworks are very visible.  The event is planned to be larger than ever before this year!  1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.  800-SEE-1830.  Sturbridge, MA.  ($$) (canceled due to flooding)

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: Celebrate the 4th a day early in East Longmeadow!  Fireworks will take place at the East Longmeadow High School Athletic Field.  180 Maple Street.  East Longmeadow, MA.  (FREE)

Monday, July 4th

10am – PARADE: The Pittsfield 4th of July Parade celebrate Pittsfield’s 250th birthday with nearly 140 marching units and 7 helim balloons. 413-447-7763. Pittsfield, MA (FREE)

10:30am – PARADE: Celebrate the 4th in Chesterfield with the town’s annual parade!  There are events all day long, but the parade is the highlight.  There will be performers, floats, classic cars, fun for kids, and much more!  Main Road and South Street.  Chesterfield, MA.  (FREE)

12Noon-10pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: July 4th Parade will winding up Route 2 from Southworth Street and continuing onto Spring Street where the Flatbed Jazz Band will be playing at the base of the street and parade goers can enjoy a barbecue.  Following the barbecue at 1:30PM, a reading of the Declaration of Independence will be held at the Williams College Museum of Art. Williamstown, MA (FREE)

5pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Amherst LSSE presents Independence Day Celebration. Activities start at 5pm. Fireworks in the fields just behind UMass McGuirk Stadium at 9:30pm. Amherst, MA (FREE)

6:30pm – BASEBALL: See the Pittsfield Colonials take on the Brockton Rox.  There will be fireworks following the game!  105 Wahconah Street.  413-448-2255.  Pittsfield, MA.  ($)

7:30pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Celebrate the 4th in Springfield with live music all evening at Riverfront Park and fireworks (shot from Memorial Bridge) at 9:30!  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

8pm – FIREWORKS: See the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at Tanglewood!  The Pops’ concert in Boston on the Charles Esplanade will be broadcast live at Tanglewood, followed by a stunning fireworks display.  297 West Street.  413-637-1600.  Lenox, MA.  (FREE) (The fireworks happen live in Boston, broadcasted live in Lenox. Call to confirm.)

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: North Adams will have a fireworks display directly following the evening’s SteepleCats game at Joe Wolfe Field.  87 Marshall Street.  413-663-7333.  North Adams, MA.  (FREE)

Saturday, July 9th

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: Attend a fireworks display at Berkshire Hills Country Club!  500 Benedict Road.  413-447-9429.  Pittsfield, MA.

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: Fireworks display on the Otis Reservior 10th Anniversary. Rain date: 7/16. Otis, MA (FREE)

9:30pm – FIREWORKS: Fireworks over Pelham Lake Park, part of Rowe’s Old Home Day Celebration. Rowe, MA (FREE)

The Wonders of Summer, Family & Community

Making Memories

Real-home-town parades for the 4th of July. (Photo credit: Dana Pilson)

There’s nothing better than a good old red white and blue, wrapped yourself up in an American flag, July fourth holiday. And nothing says July fourth better than a parade and fireworks. This year proved to be one of the best. Our little village puts on a real-home-town parade, replete with sirening fire engines, antique cars sporting American flags, proud selectmen, a tiny marching band, baseball players, prancing miniature ponies, and bringing up the rear, on pony clean-up duty, a former Massachusetts governor driving a golf cart. The whole town turns out — and every year, Daisy and I struggle with the decision: should we march in the parade, or watch? We could march with the library, our CSA, Daisy’s dance troupe, or her school. Or we could sit on the curb and cheer, collecting candy tossed from the floats. Author Elizabeth Winthrop, a part-time Berkshires resident, wrote The Biggest Parade, a children’s book based on the Williamstown parade. The mayor in the story is so concerned with making sure everyone has a role in the parade that there’s no one left to watch!

Spectators clap and cheer the parade on, including Dana and her daughter, Daisy.

This year, we decided to be spectators. Seated on the sidewalk amongst friends and family, we clapped and cheered and held our ears to block out the wailing fire engine sirens. We sprang up to gather candy and waved to the selectmen and all our friends marching with various groups. As usual, we procured a free balloon from the toy store, enjoyed a festive free barbecue, and had a slice of birthday cake proffered by the local coffee shop. These are memories in the making. Each year, we add to the store of July fourth memories, cementing in Daisy’s head what it means to create traditions: not just family traditions, but communal.

In the evening, we usually travel to Bennington, VT, to watch fireworks, even though they start around 9:30pm and we don’t manage to get back home until close to 11pm. Some families might argue that fireworks start too late, there are too many teenagers tossing firecrackers at each other, and the kids need to be in bed. But July fourth comes but once a year. What do I want Daisy to remember: an evening spent like most others? Or the excitement of heading out to the local park, finding a spot on the hill for our blanket and chairs, munching on cold grapes as toddlers race around with sparklers, watching the golden sunset as the stars, moon and planets emerge, and then, finally, after so much waiting, witnessing the magic as the sky lights up with exploding colors?

We have so few opportunities to create lasting visceral memories. Fireworks can hardly be caught on film, you cannot capture the boom that rattles your insides, the crackle and sputter, or the screaming of the twirly whirlies. Words can’t adequately describe the feel of the cool evening grass in your toes, the taste of quickly melting ice cream, the smell of the sizzling sparklers, uttering in unison “ooh, aah, peachy keen,” and then the absolute darkness when the fireworks end and we feel our way back down the hill towards the parking lot. These all must be felt, and experienced using all our senses.

July fourth may be our country’s birthday, but it is also a celebration of the wonders of summer, family, and community. Our family might be small, a tiny unit of three, but it doesn’t mean we can’t make big, rich memories to last a lifetime.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Dana “Dee” Pilson

Dee lives with her professor husband and young daughter in rural Pownal, Vermont, just over the state line from Williamstown, Massachusetts. She is an art historian and has worked in museums in New York City, Boston, and Williamstown. She has been an avid writer since the tender age of eight, filling journals with personal essays and short stories, as well as mounds of poetry, both serious and whimsical. New Yorker by birth, New Hampshire-ite by schooling, and now Vermonter by choice, Dee writes about art and architecture, the environment, books, food, exercise, travel, and green living. Her new blog, “The Power of One,” focuses on issues related to parenting an only child in today’s child-centric world. dpilson@aol.com

Suggested Events 07/03/10-07/09/10

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SUGGEST AN EVENT

Summit Farm in Plainfield, MA has pick-your own organic strawberries, raspberries and blueberries in the hilltowns. Raspberries are ripe for the picking now, and blueberries will be ready mid-July. Call Ed Stockman for harvest schedule: (413) 634-5024. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest an EventIf you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.

DINNER IN THE HILLTOWNS

Friday, July 2nd at Blue House Cafe in Haydenville: Gluten-free and vegan dishes. BYOB. 268-7441

Friday, July 2nd at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield: Garlic Cilantro Chicken with Sauteed peppers and onion – or – Portabello mushroom tacos. Both come with mixed beans, salsa and sour cream. BYOB 628-4003

Friday & Saturday, July 2nd & 3rd at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville: Oven fried chicken and herbed biscuits with Grafton smoked cheddar and honey butter, with Potato salad and Veggie option of Veggie burgers. Watermelon and watercress salad. Watermelon and cucumber mojito. Chocolate semifriedo with blackberry mint sauce. Also available: Sandwiches, salads, soups and pizza (including Gluten-Free pizza!).  Beer & wine available. 268-7757

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Deadline to enter to win: July 11th

Alyssa Pratt-Miranda writes: I think most people in this group have established childcare already (or older children), but I thought I’d post this just in case. Our first baby is due in November and we’d love to look into nanny share options when I have to start up work again in February of 2011. We’re moving to Easthampton in August. I haven’t really thought through the logistics yet so we are pretty flexible with days, times, and whose house the kids would be at. Are there any families in the same situation, or do you know of any expecting mamas in the Noho area who might be interested in talking with us about this? Post replies here.

Deadline to enter to win: July 7th

PEDIATRICIAN: Love your pediatrician? Share the love and let us know. Recommend a pediatrician to families in Western Mass looking for a doctor for their kids HERE.

PAINTBOX THEATER GIVEAWAY: Congratulations to Chrisoula Roumeliotis of Worthington, MA on winning a family season pass for four to the Paintbox Theater Summer Series! – If you did not win tickets, you should still check out this summer theater series. For more info call (413) 585-3220, or visit New Century Theatre at www.newcenturytheatre.org/paintbox.html

Deadline to enter to win: July 7th

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Interested in becoming a Contributing or Guest Writer for Hilltown Families? Have an idea for an on-going column? Have a review or resource you’d like to share? We welcome writings that reflect the positive work and educational efforts activists, families, teachers, and artists work towards and accomplish and how that affects, supports and empowers our families. All writing styles welcomed, including DIY posts. Send your query to hilltownfamilies@gmail.com.

Katie Flanders writes: Any good preschools around the Hilltowns? Thanks! Post replies here.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

This week on the HFVS we will be spinning birthday songs and new tunes by The Sweet Colleens, Coal Train Railroad, Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its!, and Sugar Free Allstars.Tune in on Saturdays from 9-10am, or listen to our podcasts HERE. Encore episodes are aired every Sunday from 7-8am. Families have several ways to tune in to the Hilltown Family Variety Show:

  • Streaming Audio: Surf on over to ValleyFreeRadio.org on Saturday & Sunday mornings and listen to us live via streaming audio.
  • On Your FM Dial: Tune in to WXOJ 103.3FM if you live near Northampton, MA.
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    PODCAST: Listen to the most recent episodes of the Hilltown Family Variety Show anytime you wish! Click here to see our current select of episodes, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast too!


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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 7/3

    Hilltown Family Variety Show6-10am – FAMILY RADIO Valley Free Radio (WXOJ-LP 103.3FM Northampton, MA) offers 4-hours of commercial-free family programing every Saturday, including the Hilltown Family Variety Show and Spare the Rock. Tune in on your FM dial, or listen live via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

    8:30am-12:30pm – FARMERS’ MARKET: On the town green. Ashfield, MA (MARKET)

    9:30am-4:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Open Hearth Cooking Demo at Historic Deerfield.  During the hot summer months, come learn how people in early New England kept cool, and preserved summer produce.  Open hearth cooks will demonstrate how to make cooling beverages including lemonade and switchel (a drink made with molasses, ginger, sugar and water).  See how people preserved summer vegetables like cucumbers or beets.  Drop in anytime. 775-7175 www.historic-deerfield.org Deerfield, MA (FREE w/admission)

    10am – OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: A Wheelie Good Time on the Manhan Rail Trail – Bring Strollers, wagon, bikes, trikes or just your feet for a child friendly stroll along the Manhan Rail Trail with the Easthampton Family Center.  Meet on Payson Ave at the Easthampton Safety Complex. Picnic Snack provided after the stroll. 563-7672 Easthampton, MA (FREE)

    10am-5pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Kick off your 4th of July weekend celebration at Norman Rockwell Museum with their annual family baseball festival. Share a rare inside look at baseball legend Babe Ruth, through a special visit from his granddaughter Linda Ruth Tosetti; enjoy a game of catch with the Troy, N.Y.-based ValleyCats; learn about creating award-winning sports illustrations with artist Graig Kreindler; and enter into a 3D art-making workshop with pop artist Charles Fazzino. Children and teens 18 and under are free, adults free with Museum admission. www.nrm.org Stockbridge, MA ($)

    11am-10pm – 4TH OF JULY: Fourth of July family celebration on the Town Common.  Chicken dinner (11-3), Russian Dancers (11:30), Pioneer Valley Concert Band (1pm) and fireworks in the evening. Call for tickets for Russian Dancers: 896-0506 West Springfield, MA

    12:30pm – MUSEUM ADVENTURES: Chow Time in the aquarium at 12:30pm at the Berkshire Museum. 443-7171 www.berkshiremuseum.org Pittsfield, MA (FREE w/museum admission)

    1pm – SCIENCE STUDIES: Amherst Solar will be set up with their telescopes on the Amherst Town Common all summer.  Stop by with the kids and see Sunspots, Prominences, Limb Darkening and more.  256-6234  amastro.org Amherst, MA (FREE)

    1-5pm – HISTORIC ADVENTURES: Tour the William Cullen Bryant Homestead. Explore the ancestral home of the great 19th-century poet, newspaperman, and essayist, and wander the grounds above the Westfield River. Try the “I Spy” family activity using a hands-on spy pack to discover the Homestead’s secrets. 634-2244 Cummington, MA (>$)

    6pm – 4TH OF JULY: Pre-firework activities at Michael E. Smith Middle School (100 Mosier St.). (Rain date: 7/5) Fireworks at dark. South Hadley, MA (FREE)

    6pm – SPORTS FANS: Take the family out to the ballpark to see a Pittsfield Colonials baseball home game at Wahconah Park. www.pittsfieldcolonials.com Pittsfield, MA ($)

    6:15pm – DANCE: At Jacob’s Pillow, “First Lady of Tap” Dianne Walker, with award-winning performers Derick K. Grant and Tasha Lawson and live music under the direction of Paul Arslanian, showcases a range of tap styles with dancers of The School after their first week of intensive study at the Inside/Out Stage. 243-0745 www.jacobspillow.org Becket, MA (FREE)

    7:30-10pm – NATURE STUDIES: Firefly program at Sheep Hill.  Annual Firefly Hike and Campfire.  The evening will feature campfire stories, S’mores, and the glittering jewels of the summer meadow.  There will be nature crafts for children before it gets dark, and stories by the fire followed by a walk through the darkening meadow to experience the dazzling firefly show. www.wrlf.org Williamstown, MA (>$ donation)

    8:45pm – DRIVE-IN MOVIE: Northfield Drive-In movie theater is featuring ooo as their first show, and ooo as their second show this weekend. (603) 239-4054 www.northfielddrivein.com Northfield, MA ($)

    6pm – 4TH OF JULY: Entertainment at Stanley Park with music and F-15 flyover.  Fireworks at dusk.  Westfield, MA

    Dusk – FIREWORKS:  The following towns have firework displays: East Longmeadow, South Hadley and Westfield.  Click here for details.

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    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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    Suggested Events 07/04/09-07/10/09

    Fireworks in Cummington, MA

    Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield

    SUGGEST AN EVENT

    If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, location, age appropriateness and costs before attending

    4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS & PARADE SCHEDULE

    Click HERE to see the schedule for firework displays and parades happening in the Hilltowns and the Pioneer Valley.

    BULLETIN BOARD

    • July 9 – Fireflies are lightening up the skies.
    • July 10 – Blueberries will begin to ripen, starting with low bush blueberries.
    • July 13 – Listen for Snowy Tree Crickets and Katydids in the evenings.
    • July 20 –  The song of the cicadas on hot summer days start to be heard.
    • August 6 – Look for Yellow Warblers around the thistles.
    • August 19 –  Have a freshwater stream nearby?  Look for scarlet red Cardinal Flowers.

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    Events Happening in the Hilltowns

    Saturday – 07/04

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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.

    4TH OF JULY PARADES

    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

    FIREWORK SCHEDULE FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY 2009

    July 3rd, 2009

    July 4th, 2009

    July 5th, 2009

    July 11th, 2009

    OTHER LINKS

    Web Review: Fireworks, Chemical of the Week

    Chemical of the Week: Fireworks


    This explanation of the chemistry of fireworks discusses the compounds that produce specific colors of fireworks, the production and ignition of fireworks, the reactions (oxidations and reductions) that cause the explosions, fireworks safety, and the origins of gunpowder. From a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Click here to review the site. [(c) LII]

    An excellent site for students of home studies.

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