Back-to-back fireworks as Manchester celebrates the 3rd AND 4th of July

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MANCHESTER, NH – The city will again celebrate the Fourth of July a day early – on July 3 – with its annual Day Before Independence Day Celebration at Arms Park, followed by a Fourth of July baseball extravaganza as the Fisher Cats play the Portland Seadogs, followed by a spectacular Fourth of July Fireworks display.

(Rain date July 5, fireworks only.)

July 3

The city’s official celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. at Arms Park, by the river, with food vendors on site, followed by music by the 39th Army Band, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. and continue until the fireworks begin around dusk.

Admission is free. Note, there will be no alcoholic beverages, no glass bottles and no pets allowed.

Arms Park will close for vehicular traffic at 6 p.m. Commercial Street will be restricted to pedestrians only beginning at 8 p.m. east and westbound spans of the Notre Dame Bridge (Bridge Street) will be closed to all traffic (foot and vehicular) at 8 a.m. on the day of the event for set up.

Please contact Janet Horvath at City Parks and Rec Department, 624-6444, Ext. 5347, for more info.

July 4

NH Fisher Cats Meet the Portand Sea Dogs for a terrific night of baseball rivalry. Ticketholders are invited to partake of the All-American Buffet – which means all the hot dogs, burgers and chips you can eat, happening all weekend in the pavilion. Your ticket comes with a seat in the pavilion. Space is limited! Get your tickets here.

Also, a musical treat – local power pop band Donaher will be on deck for the NH Fishercats 4th of July pre-game show. First set at 5:30 p.m. and encore, just after the fireworks.


Check out their album and music videos here.

July 4 also happens to fall on Thirsty Thursday, which means $3 domestics and $4 import drafts – 12oz – from the 1st & 3rd Base Concession Stands.

After the game, stick around for NH Lottery’s Megabucks Mega Blast Fireworks Extravaganza, the biggest fireworks show of the season.


Other regional options, depending on where you’ll be celebrating

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, Thursday, July 4, 2019
Located at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade located at 47 David G. Mugar Way in Boston, MA. Concert begins at 8 p.m. and fireworks start at 10:30 p.m. (An official rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, July 3 at 8 p.m. and includes all guests and artists, but no fireworks.)
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Canobie Lake Park Fourth of July Fireworks
July 4 and 5, 2019 | 9:15 p.m.

After you spend the day on the Yankee Cannonball and Boston Tea Party, make sure you stick around for the fireworks shows.
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Concord, NH
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Head to Memorial Field in Concord for family-friendly fun and festivities starting at 6 p.m.; the fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Rain date: Friday, July 5.


Franconia, NH Fourth of July and Old Home Day Celebration and Fireworks
Saturday, July 6, 2019

The parade starts at 1 p.m. the duck race begins after the parade and Beatles tribute band concert begins at 7 p.m. Fireworks will start at dusk.
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Hampton Beach, NH Fourth of July Fireworks
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Watch a fantastic Fourth of July fireworks shoot over the Atlantic Ocean beginning at 9:30 p.m.
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Hobo Railroad’s Fourth of July Family Party Train
Thursday, July 4, 2019

The July 4 train will be decorated in patriotic style and you’ll enjoy hot dogs, chips, an ice cream treat and a beverage along with a party favor aboard the train. Family entertainment aboard the train will also be provided. The train departs at 7 p.m.
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Rochester, NH The Night Before the Fourth
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Spaulding High School will play host to live music, delicious food, children’s games, arts and crafts from 5-9 p.m.
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Strawbery Banke Museum’s An American Celebration
June 29 and July 3-4, 2019

At Strawbery Banke, the 17th Annual An American Celebration extends the festivities all weekend long.  Offering something for everyone, from maritime art to a 1940s-style swing dance, each day’s events add something new to Independence Day traditions. Admission on the Fourth is free, courtesy of Wilcox Industries.
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Waterville Valley, NH Independence Day Celebration, Parade and Fireworks
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Head to Waterville Valley for a fun-filled day including a parade at 11 a.m., live entertainment, family carnival at the Town Square at fireworks over Corcoran Pond at 9:30 p.m.
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Weirs Beach, NH Independence Day Show
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Head to the Weirs boardwalk at 11:59 p.m. for an unforgettable fireworks show.
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