Community-Based Educational Opportunity: 4th of July

American History & Holiday: The Revolutionary War & Independence Day

Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield

The call for revolution in the late 18th-century echoed throughout Massachusetts as the early American colonists sought independence from the British. Massachusetts history is deeply rooted in the history of the American Revolutionary War, from acts of rebellion to the many battles fought on this soil.  Every 4th of July, communities commemorate the patriots of the North American colonies that spoke out against a government that they felt did not truly represent them and their interests. Lasting close to a decade (1775-1783), the American Revolution shaped our country’s early identity as a nation.  The places, spaces, and communities that made up the Massachusetts colony played a major role in the early American cause for Independence.

While visitors to Eastern Massachusetts can walk the Freedom Trail, learn about the Boston Tea Party, or tour the home of Paul Revere, folks in Western Massachusetts can explore the history of the American Revolution by witnessing historical reenactments of major battles, visit memorials to the cause’s courageous soldiers, and commemorate the war for American Independence through community celebrations such as fireworks, parades, annual events, and local resources. Read the rest of this entry »

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: Learning through the Lens of Independence Day

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal:
Learning through the Lens of Independence Day

Hilltown Families and Mass Appeal (a weekday, hour-long lifestyle program on NBC) have teamed up to offer a live monthly segment on WWLP 22News!  Each month, community-based education specialist and Hilltown Families’ Founder, Sienna Wildfield, joins Mass Appeal hosts to talk about ways to engage in your community while supporting the interests and education of your children (and yourselves!).

This monthly segment continued on Monday, June 24, 2019 with Sienna and Danny talking about hos Independence Day can support both interests and education as well as strengthening civic pride and a sense of place.

Click on the video below to view.

  • NATIONAL HOLIDAY: Annual events that celebrate the 4th of July support learning and community values.
  • EVENTS: Look for annual events to engage in, including parades & community firework displays.
  • RESOURES: Notice what community resources support these opportunities, including main streets, town commons, parks, stadiums, and civic organizations
  • SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING: Learn about the world and national history behind fireworks and US celebrations and why we have parades and firework displays. Integrate STEM by exploring the science and chemistry behind pyrotechnics.
  • VALUES: Participating in annual events supports many community values, including civic pride, intergenerational engagement, placemaking, shared history, and sense of place.

Mass Appeal is a live weekday program that airs at 11am on 22News (Springfield, MA).

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!

Click here to find firework displays & parades!

Learning Ahead: Independence Day

American History & Holiday: The Revolutionary War & Independence Day

Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield

The call for revolution in the late 18th-century echoed throughout Massachusetts as the early American colonists sought independence from the British. Massachusetts history is deeply rooted in the history of the American Revolutionary War, from acts of rebellion to the many battles fought on this soil.  Every 4th of July, communities commemorate the patriots of the North American colonies that spoke out against a government that they felt did not truly represent them and their interests. Lasting close to a decade (1775-1783), the American Revolution shaped our country’s early identity as a nation.  The places, spaces, and communities that made up the Massachusetts colony played a major role in the early American cause for Independence.

While visitors to Eastern Massachusetts can walk the Freedom Trail, learn about the Boston Tea Party, or tour the home of Paul Revere, folks in Western Massachusetts can explore the history of the American Revolution by witnessing historical reenactments of major battles, visit memorials to the cause’s courageous soldiers, and commemorate the war for American Independence through community celebrations such as fireworks, parades, annual events, and local resources. Read the rest of this entry »

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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Celebration and Educational Highlights for the Week of July 4th

Fourth of July parades are scheduled in Westfield, Williamstown, Pittsfield, East Longmeadow, Shelburne Falls and Chesterfield on July 4th. Fireworks light up the night sky that same evening in West Springfield, Springfield, North Adams, Agawam and Amherst. Happy 4th of July! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Fourth of July celebrations are abundant this weekend and on Wednesday. Discover parades and places to view fireworks in the region with our 2012 Fourth of July Celebrations & Fireworks resource page.  But fireworks aren’t all the excitement that will be happening this next week.  There are plenty of opportunities for kids to continue learning at the many community-based educational events, or just to be entertained with a slew of kid performances.  Plus several community celebrations will be bringing together an intergenerational crowd celebrating life in Western MA.

COMMUNITY-BASED EDUCATION

On Saturday, June 30th, the Historic Deerfield‘s open hearth cooking program is celebrating its 25th anniversary and families can learn about the history of food and cooking. And on Sunday, July 1st families can learn about the history of the Springfield Armory at Armory Day with activities for families, including live Revolutionary and Civil War-era music and tours of the museum and grounds.  The armory played a very important role to the North during the Civil War – kids can learn about the importance of Springfield by visiting this historic site! Also on Sunday, families can join the Chesterfield Historical Society for a historical bus tour of the town with multiple stops, including discussions and visual aids, part of the Chesterfield’s 250th celebration.

Other educational opportunities for older kids on Saturday, June 30th include: exploring Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area in Florence with naturalist Dr. Josh Rose, identifying species of beetles, bugs, and butterflies.  And in the evening, at Northfield Mountain,  learn all about fireflies, then search for them and collect data for the Museum of Science’s Firefly Watch program.

SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT

This Saturday, June 30th, there are several family entertainment events: Mary Jo Maichack performs stories and songs about sleep, dreams, and stars at the Stockbridge Library; puppeteer Tom Knight presents, “The Garbage Monster and Other Tales” at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst; juggler/magician Scott Jameson leads a juggling workshop for kids at the Mason Library in Great Barrington.  Another fun event to put on your calendar happens on Tuesday, July 3rd when drummer Otha Day shares a variety of percussion instruments with kids, as well as some of the basic principles of percussion at the Milne Library in Williamstown.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS

Three intergenerational community celebrations happening this next week that we want to highlight include Chicopee Fest-of-All at Szot Park with fireworks at dusk on Saturday, June 30thChesterfield’s 250th anniversary celebration with historical tours and a family walk on Sunday, July 1st; and the Montague Center Fire Association will host their annual community bonfire on Tuesday, July 3rd.

To find out more about these events and many more happening all week, check our current list of Weekly Suggested Events.

Suggested Events for June 30th-July 6th, 2012

Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

SUGGEST AN EVENT

Beginning this Sunday, July 1st, the town of Chesterfield will celebrate 250 years with events happening all week, including their hometown 4th of July parade on Wednesday (pictured here) and fireworks on Friday, July 6th! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Suggest 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.

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BEST BETS

Fourth of July celebrations continue this Saturday, June 30th with fireworks in Chicopee, Ware and Westfield! Check our 2012 Fourth of July Celebrations & Fireworks resource page for a full listing of events, parades & fireworks in Western MA!

Saturday, June 30th from 11am-10pm – COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Chicopee Fest-of-All at Szot Park. Music, food and fun activities. Fireworks at dusk. 100 Abby Memorial Drive. Chicopee, MA

Sunday, July 1st from 9:30am-12noon – COMMUNITY DANCE: It’s Community Dance Day at Jacob’s Pillow!  There will be dance workshops throughout the day, to help the community learn about (and learn to do!) new types of dance and movement.  Workshops include tai chi, yoga, swing, and more!  There will also be guided tours of this National Historic Landmark, and picnicking on their Great Lawn.  413-243-9919.  385 George Carter Road.  Becket, MA.  (FREE)

Sunday, July 1st from 10am-4pm – HISTORY: Learn about the history of the Springfield Armory at Armory Day!  There will be tons of activities for families, including live Revolutionary and Civil War-era music, kite flying (bring your own if you have one!), and tours of the museum and grounds.  The armory played a very important role to the North during the Civil War – kids can learn about the importance of their city by visiting the historic site!  413-734-8551.  Federal Street.  Springfield, MA.  (FREE)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the Green River Festival happening July 14th & 15th in Greenfield, MA! Deadline to enter to win is Friday, July 6th

Saturday, July 7th from 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)

Sunday, July 8th at 1pm – PUPPETS: Cactus Head Puppets present “Little Red Riding Hood” at the Eric Carle Museum!  The story is told with both hand and shadow puppets.  413-658-1100.  125 West Bay Road. Amherst, MA  (<$)

BULLETIN BOARD

Goldthread Herb Farm is providing Community Supported Medicine (CSM) Shares to the community… and Hilltown Families has a large share ( to giveaway to one lucky family! Deadline to enter to win is Monday, July 2nd.

CYCLING: MASS MoCA has discovered a way to provide environmentally friendly transportation for its visitors to explore North Adams and Williamstown with- bicycles! The museum now has a fleet of easy-to-ride bikes designed specifically for urban environments. There are even a couple kid-sized bikes! Rental is only $3 per hour- helmet included. There are plans in the works for a paved bike trail to Williamstown in the future. Enjoy a lovely morning touring the museum’s galleries, then head out on a bike into North Adams and explore the town! For more information, visit blog.massmoca.org.

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LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS:
June 30th-July 6th, 2012

SaturdaySunday
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Suggest an Event | Forecast | Museum Passes | Farmers’ Markets | Summer Playgroups
Weekly eNewsletter | Events for Working Parents | Workshops for Parents

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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)

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Discover fun and educational events happening this weekend in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast.

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

BULLETIN BOARD

ADVERTISING & ANNOUNCEMENTS: Deliver your message to a large local family based audience while supporting the work of Hilltown Families. Advertise your event, camp, workshop, fundraiser, business or announcement here in the Bulletin Board section of our List of Weekly Suggested Events.

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.
  • HFVS Podcast

    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!


    WEEKLY LIST OF SUGGESTED EVENTS

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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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    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

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    OTHER LINKS

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