What's Going on for Fourth of July Weekend?
Celebrate American independence with plenty of local (and nearby) events with music, food and of course, fireworks.
Need plans for Fourth of July weekend that don't involve much travel? There are plenty of events going on in and around Newton that you and the family can check out. Here is a sampling:
Where/When: All around town from 5:30 p.m on Friday through 2 p.m. Monday
Why Go: Needham is featuring all sorts of family-friendly and fun activities for the Fourth of July. Kicking things off with a family picnic and concert at Memorial Field on Friday and featuring a variety of activities all weekend including concerts, a parade, a 5K race, a craft fair and fireworks. Check the online schedule for a detailed list with times.
Pricing: Free for events but food and crafts will be available for purchase.
Where/When: The Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington St., Newton on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Why Go: What better way to celebrate the birth of our nation than by revisiting Newton's revolutionary past at The Jackson Homestead and Museum with free admission to their "Newton Gallery" and "Mapping a New Town" exhibitions.
Where/When: Gath Memorial Pool, 256 Albemarle Rd., Newton, and Crystal Lake, 16 Rogers St., Newton, on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to dusk.
Why Go: With the weather forecast predicting it will be hot, the whole family will enjoy a swim at one of the town’s public swimming areas. A baby pool is also open at Gath Pool.
Pricing: Season permits for both swimming areas are $45 for adults, and $20 for students and seniors (ages 62 and over). Daily permits are $6 for residents, $4 for students and seniors and $10 for non-residents.
Where/When: Newton Centre Playground, Tyler Terrace and Centre Street, Newton Center, on Monday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Why Go: Bring your pets, favorite stuffed animals and doll carriages to this celebration for children ages 3 to 12 to participate in the Grande Pet Parade, Teddy Bear Parade, Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade and foot races. There will also be free ice cream, candy and drinks courtesy of Cabot's Ice Cream and Trader Joe's.
Pricing: Free! Cancelled in the event of rain.
Where/When: Russell J. Halloran Field & Sports Complex, 250 Albemarle Rd., Newton, on Monday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Why Go: There will be children’s amusement rides, handmade and international crafts and food vendors all day, music and dancing with the Zaitchik Brothers Band from 6 to 9 p.m., and a fantastic fireworks display by Newton's own Tony Gentile, starting at 9 p.m.
Where/When: Prospect Hill Park and Leary Field. Fair will be Monday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., concert at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Why Go: The day will start off with a family-family event at Prospect Hill Park featuring food, music, animal shows, children's rides and more. Then, as the evening goes on, a concert will be held at Leary Field with the band Profile, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
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