A list of events for the whole family to enjoy Independence Day - the whole weekend!

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    The Fourth of July Car Cruise and Parade will take place on Thursday, July 4 at 9 am.

    Classic and antique cars and vehicles gather at Fairhaven High School for the raising of the Big Flag at 8:30 am. They will then depart to cruise through town at 9 am, ending with a ride south on Green Street to Fort Phoenix. At Cushman Park, a parade of floats and marchers will step off to follow the car cruise to the fort for the annual Independence Day Ceremony. Free.

    The Fort Phoenix Independence Day Ceremony and Cannon Salute will take place on Thursday, July 4 at 10 am.

    The ceremony will feature a brief history of Fort Phoenix presented by Tourism Director Chris Richard. There will then be a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Charles K. Murphy Sr., chairman of the Fairhaven Board of Selectmen. The flag will be raised as the National Anthem is played. Following the flag raising, the fort’s five 24-pound Seacoast Defense cannons will be fired over the harbor by the Fairhaven Village Militia. Free.

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    Fall River

    See the city of Fall River, MA fireworks display in honor of the 4th of July from the deck of the USS Massachusetts BB59. This is the best place in the city to see this event.

    Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased from the gift shop at the museum. Gates open at 7:30 PM.

    No bags, backpacks, coolers, alcoholic beverages, and other restrictions apply. Please visit or contact the museum gift shop to purchase tickets and to get more details. Calls for more information can be made to 508-678-1100 ext 101 or 121."

    The fireworks will start at 9 pm. Free viewing is available at Bicentennial Park and Heritage State Park.

    There will also be five food trucks down by the Fall River carousel. Mad House Grill, Avo’s Feast, Del’s Lemonade, a classic Ice Cream Truck, and a Sausage Truck - all should be ready to serve by 7 pm.

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    Fireworks Spectacular: Wednesday, July 3 at 9:30 pm

    "Celebrate your independence following the Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 5K, 10K and Kids Fun Run with a Fireworks Spectacular at Patriot Place. The fireworks show begins at approximately 9:30 pm, lasting more than 20 minutes. The fireworks can be seen in the shadow of Gillette Stadium throughout Patriot Place’s North Marketplace and parking lots. Parking is free.

    PLEASE NOTE: We welcome families and their picnics. No open flames or grills are allowed. Tents will be permitted."

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    The fireworks festival will be held at Hathaway Park, Water Street, Assonet (near the former The Assonet Inn) beginning at 6 pm on Wednesday, July 3. Fireworks will go off at approximately 9:30 pm.

    The parade will be held on Thursday, July 4. Lineup begins at 9 am, and the parade begins at 10 am. The parade lines up at the KRR baseball fields on Narrows Road and follows Narrows Road to South Main Street to Water Street and ends at Hathaway Park.

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    The Parade will kick off on Thursday, July 4 at 9 am at the corner of Spring and Main Streets.

    The fireworks are returning this year and will be on Friday, July 5 at 5 pm at Silvershell Beach.

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    The 90th North Middleborough Fourth of July Parade parade will take place on Thursday, July 4 at 10 am from Pratt Free School, North Middleborough. There is never a theme. No preregistration is necessary. Floats should arrive well before 9 am to Pratt Free School for staging. No throwing of candy, treats, or spraying of silly string from parade floats allowed - it's a safety concern for all. See you on the 4th of July!

    Each summer the Middleborough Park Department hosts the Annual Carnival at Pierce Playground featuring games, rides, and fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.

    Wednesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 7. Proceeds go to the Fireworks and park programs.

    Carnival hours:

    July 3 - 6 to 10

    July 4 - 2 to 10

    July 5 - 6 to 10 (Fireworks at 10 pm)

    July 6 - 6 to 10 (Rain date for fireworks)

    July 7 - 6 to 10

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    New Bedford

    Celebrate Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks display over New Bedford Harbor! Presented by Mayor Jon Mitchell and the City of New Bedford, the fireworks spectacular will take place overlooking state pier on Thursday, July 4th at 9 pm.

    New Bedford’s Fourth of July fireworks display will be staged from a barge located off State Pier in New Bedford Harbor. Spectators planning to watch the display are encouraged to park downtown. Lower Union Street (east of Water Street) will be closed to vehicle traffic and will be the best spot in the Downtown New Bedford area for pedestrians to view the fireworks display.

    State Pier will NOT be accessible during the fireworks and there will be no parking on State Pier on the evening of July 4th.

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    Onset / Wareham

    The Blessing of the Fleet will kick off on Saturday, July 6, at 10:30 am. For those of you interested in this event, spectators can view the parade of boats from the Onset Pier while taking in all the festivities.

    "Participating boaters will parade their vessel on a route that will form between the islands near red nun 14, then proceed inbound to the face of the Onset Pier where your vessel will be blessed by our local priest. All mariners are encouraged to decorate their vessel. Let's see your creativity! Patriotic, pirates, dance party!!! Yes, we have great prizes for best-dressed vessel and crew.

    To participate in the Blessing of the Fleet please email us: OnsetBOTF@gmail.com or feel free to message us at the official Onset Bay Blessing of the Fleet facebook page. Please provide us with your contact information, vessel name, and registration number.

    We look forward to seeing everyone at The Onset Bay Blessing of the Fleet!

    TIME TO BE DETERMINED...Children of all ages are invited to participate in some fun activities to celebrate Independence Day! As in the past, we will be hosting a Pet Parade, A Doll Carriage Parade and a Bicycle Parade. Sign up sheets will be made available that morning on the Pier. Awards will be given for best presentation. For more info contact us at onsetvillage@yahoo.com or call 508-295-7072"

    "The 2019 Wareham-Onset Fireworks display will be held on Saturday, July 6 at approximately 9 pm. Rain date is Sunday, July 7.

    FREE PARKING at Hynes and Lopes Fields off of Onset Ave


    Onset Pier parking will be strictly handicapped after 5:00 p.m.

    Street closures begin at 6 pm. to local traffic. Roads closed at 7 pm.

    Keep your eyes open for our "donation stations" located near Hynes Field, Dummy Bridge, and Stonebridge. Our fundraising merchandise booth will be at the corner of Onset and Union Aves. We would like to keep this tradition alive and we need your help to make this happen. If you enjoy the show, please donate when you can.

    There will be trash barrels around and a dumpster on the Pier. Please use them! Volunteers will also have trash bags available for you to use. You may either "pack it out" or find a dumpster. Any help we can get with trash pick up is greatly appreciated, especially off the beach!

    Please respect each other, whether you live here or are just visiting. We love our little Village, and hope you will, too!

    PLEASE STAY TUNED HERE OR ON OUR WEBSITE at www.onsetbay.org for up to date info.

    We still need volunteers for this event! Please contact us at onsetvillage@yahoo.com for more information"


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    The Fireworks Thrill Show at Seekonk Speedway will take place on Saturday, July 6 from 5-10 pm.

    "Check out the best Fireworks on the East Coast as the Speedway celebrates Independence Day with a BANG! Troy City Tactical Spectator Drags, Car and Truck Enduro races and Drags, Powder Puff Race, Crazy Figure 8 Races plus GROUND SHAKING FIREWORKS ...Kids under 5 are FREE, Kids 6-12 are only $12 and Adults $25...always FREE parking!"

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    The 4th of July Parade will be Thursday, July 4 at 10 am. Starts at the corner of Main road and Hix Bridge road and proceeds North and ends at Westport High school around noon. Main Road will be closed to all Traffic at 9:15 am depending on traffic. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY IF YOU WANT TO WATCH PARADE OR DROPPING ANYONE OFF. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY.”

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