The Fourth of July: 5 Ways

Five 4th of July festivities across New Hampshire that go far beyond just fireworks.

For the City & Sea [The Seacoast]

Spend the holiday on the beach and in the city. With Hampton and Portsmouth full of festivities and located side-by-side, you can make the most of this year’s Independence Day holiday. Admire the stars and stripes lighting up the sky at Leary Field in Portsmouth from 8-10 p.m. on July 3rd  and on the 4th,  head to Hampton Beach to catch a show and find a spot on the sand before it gets dark to watch  the fireworks display that lights up the Atlantic starting at 9:30 p.m.

An Old-Fashioned Celebration [Hanover]

Return to simpler times and celebrate the holiday at the annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration that kicks off at 10 a.m. on the Dartmouth Green in Hanover. The fun-filled day is a true throwback Thursday complete with family-friendly games, pony rides, handmade crafts, face painting, a pie eating contest, three-legged races, and a water balloon toss. Plus, a parade that the whole family (even your pets) can participate in! 

The Lake’s Week-Long Lineup [Ossipee]

 This grand Fourth of July celebration isn’t just a one-and-done, but a week-long lineup of festivities during Ossipee’s Old Home Week. The 4th is full of activities from free community events at Constitution Park, to the patriotic parade, and of course, fireworks set to go off at dusk. Whether you’re watching from the boat or floating on the dock, you won’t want to miss this show.

A Great North Fourth [Pittsburg]

 There’s not a moment to spare at this day-long celebration  Starting at 10 a.m. on July 6th, the Great North Woods Riders ATV club gets the party started with a scavenger hunt the whole community can take part in. While you check items off your list, browse the nearby flea market and discover hidden gems and local crafts. Get the whole family involved at the Family Fun Competitions from 2-5 p.m. and then refuel with a BBQ hosted by the Pittsburg Key Club with live music on the green. End the night watching the firework show at 9:30 p.m.

The All-Star Independence Day [Gorham]

Be a part of history at New Hampshire’s longest running 4th of July celebration that spans five days at Gorham Common. The week-long schedule is packed with concerts, carnival games, rides, a kiddie parade, classic car show, and an At-Your-Leisure golf tournament. Don’t miss the Tim McGraw tribute band on July 5th at 7 p.m., or the fireworks come nightfall on Independence Day.