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If you want to celebrate Independence Day with a traditional fireworks show, but don’t want to make the trek into Boston for the renowned show, the North Shore area has you covered with plenty of fireworks shows and activities scheduled for the holiday.

(And if you are excited about the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, know that the concert starts at 8 p.m. with fireworks shooting off at 10:30 p.m. Esplanade gates open at noon, or you can view the spectacle from your couch on Bloomberg Television or Boston’s WHDH-TV.)

July 2 


Kick off the holiday with a fireworks display at Riverside Park in Haverhill. The event begins at 5 p.m. with performances by two live bands before the main attraction hits the skies.

When: 9:15 p.m.
Where: Riverside Park, 162 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill
Rain date: July 5

July 3


Andover launches its holiday weekend with a fireworks show on Monday night at the local high school. If you need more holiday spirit, come back out on Tuesday for a pancake breakfast and parade.

When: 9:20 p.m.
Where: Andover High School, 80 Shawsheen Rd., Andover
Rain date: July 5

Salem, New Hampshire

Tuscan Village in Salem, New Hampshire will kick off a day of festivities beginning at 12 p.m. with live music, food trucks, and activities for the kids. 

When: 9:00 p.m.
Where: Tuscan Village, Salem, NH 
Rain date: No rain date but Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH is scheduled to have fireworks on July 4th


Gloucester’s July 3 fireworks are an institution in the city, lighting up the sky after a waterfront concert on Stacey Boulevard and the annual Gloucester Horribles Parade (which kicks off at 6 p.m.). Families are welcome to set up blankets and enjoy a full evening of Independence Day celebrations, with parking located at the Gloucester high school. 

When: 9:30 p.m.
Where: Stage Fort Park, 1 Hough Ave., Gloucester
Rain date: July 8


Marvel at fireworks over Nahant Bay from a spot at Red Rock Park, on King’s Beach, or along Lynn Shore Drive in Lynn or Humphrey Street in Swampscott. Festivities will begin at Red Rock park with live music starting at 7 p.m. and fireworks a couple hours after. 

When: 9 p.m.
Where: Red Rock Park, Lynn Shore Dr., Lynn
Rain date: TBA


Manchester offers a small town Fourth of July celebration at its traditional best. A concert kicks off the evening at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks after dark. The beach parking lot will be reserved for handicapped parking, so plan accordingly. If your holiday excitement spans more than just a day, enjoy the annual parade on July 4 and the Red, White and Blue Breakfast on the 30th. 

When: 9 p.m.
Where: Singing Beach, Manchester
Rain date: July 5

Beverly Farms/ Prides Crossing

Thousands of people flock to West Beach and the surrounding waters each year to watch the traditional fireworks show and see flares illuminating the shoreline. A wristband – $20 ahead of time, $25 day-of – is required to enter the beach for viewing. More details are available online.

When: 9:15 p.m.
Where: West Beach, 121 West St., Beverly
Rain date: July 5

July 4 


Salem’s fireworks spectacular will be accompanied by music from the 42-piece Hillyer Festival Orchestra. Come around 4 p.m. to secure a seat and enjoy a lineup of events including live music from the DITTO Band and kids’ activities. 

When: 9:15 p.m.
Where: Derby Wharf, 160 Derby St., Salem
Rain date: July 12


Come down to Salisbury beach at 7:30 to enjoy an oceanfront performance from local band Joppa Flatts and stay for the 20-minute fireworks display. The fireworks also close a three-day event of music, food, and sand castle building on the beach. 

When: 10:15 p.m.
Where: Salisbury Beach
Rain date: No rain date, but Salisbury hosts a fireworks show every Saturday throughout the summer.


Back after a two-year hiatus, Marblehead’s annual fireworks show returns this year. At 9 p.m. a series of flares will be set off, illuminating the harbor, followed by fireworks.

When: 9:15 p.m.
Where: Marblehead Harbor, ideas for good viewing spots available online 
Rain date: July 5


Wakefield’s fireworks show tops off a day of festivities including a fishing derby; pet, doll carriage, and bicycle parades; canoe and kayak races; and a visit from the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile. The town’s 75th Independence Day Parade steps off at 5 p.m. and live music begins at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks.

When: 9:30 p.m.
Where: Over Lake Quannapowitt
Rain date: No rain date