what to do with the kids for the upcoming 4th of July



The Brockton Fair kicks off Friday, June 29th and runs through Sunday, July 8th.  It’s one of America’s oldest fairs with thrilling rides, demolition derby, live music (8pm nightly), fireworks and more! Fireworks light the sky June 30, July 3, 4 & 7 at 10:45 p.m. Fair hours vary and are online. Admission is $8 per adult and $2 for kids 12 and under – cash only. http://www.brocktonfair.net/index.html


Friday, June 29:

The Children’s Museum in Easton is participating in the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program which means admission is free today! The MIT Museum and the Concord Museum are also free to visit today.  http://www.highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays


Summer Family Movie Nights are back at Forge Pond Park in Hanover! Tonight the gates open at 7:00 p.m. and you can watch The Sandlot on a giant 32 foot screen! Bring your dinner, lawn chairs and blankets, food and beverages for sale by Mom on the Go food truck and The Juice Barn. The movie is free, voluntary donations appreciated, 100% of the proceeds to benefit Hanover Build the Boards to fund the building of two multi-sport rinks in the center of town.  https://www.facebook.com/events/2094559617491202/


Saturday, June 30:

It’s open barnyard time at Weir River Farm in Hingham! Nutmeg the pony, Billy the goat and the other barnyard regulars are excited to see you at the farm! You can brush a goat, make a barnyard craft, pet a chicken and more! You can talk to a friendly farmer and learn more about life on the farm. You can also take a walk on one of the many trails and experience all that Weir River Farm has to offer. You can visit the barnyard every Saturday – rain or shine – from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Park at 140 Turkey Hill Lane. Cost is $5 for member kids and $10 for nonmember kids – adults are admitted for free. Click HERE for more details.

Are you ready for an insect investigation? Then head to the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary at 137 Bartlett Road in Plymouth from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. today. Kids 6 and older will learn about creeping, crawling and flying critters. Did you know that over 50% of species in the world are insects? Before you go on a bug hunt you will get to make your own device that allows you to safely capture insects to observe them up close! You’ll meet in the parking lot at 60 Beaver Dam Road and wear appropriate footwear for light hiking and potentially muddy spots. Registration is required by calling 508.927.1200 and the cost is $5 for member kids and $8 for nonmember kids – adults free.  Click HERE.


And later that night, at Tidmarsh, you can take part in another program called fantastic fireflies! Summer is officially her and with it comes one of nature’s most brilliant light spectacles: the flight of fireflies! But did you know that those blinking lights are more than just for show? They’re a language! Kids up to age 18 are invited to join the crew at Tidmarsh to unlock the secrets of the fireflies and enjoy a guided walk in the sanctuary after dark, from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. You must register for this event: adult and child members cost is $5 and nonmembers $7. Call 508.927.1200. Click HERE.  


It’s the 12th annual Kidsfest & Life’s a Beach Festival at Wollaston Beach today from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Kick off summer at this Beach Bash featuring the Boston Circus Guild trapeze artists, acrobats and jugglers, as well costumed storytellers, performing pirates, a community art project by environmental artist Robin Reed and mandalas in the sand inspired by intertidal artist Andres Amador, Larry the Lobster touch tank, inflatable obstacle courses, limbo, sack races, a dance party, free boat rides and more! This free event is on the beach at the intersection of Quincy Shore Drive and West Elm Ave. Free admission. Free parking. Sponsored by Discover Quincy, Friends of Wollaston Beach, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, the City of Quincy and MA Department of Conservation & Recreation.  https://www.facebook.com/events/273907469846786/


Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center celebrates strong families today during its inaugural free Family Fun Fair at Cavanaugh Stadium in North Quincy from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. today. This family event is full of activities from arts and crafts, face painting, family games, a petting zoo, watermelon eating contest and bouncy house. Enjoy free ice cream (while supplies last) and a chance to meet Wally the Green Monster and Sparky the Dog.  https://bcnc.net/upcoming-events/familyfunfair


Fireworks will light the sky tonight in Halifax as Family Fun Day arrives on the Town Green from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. There will be a bike decorating contest, games, music, a baby contest, a cake decorating contest, pie eating contest, food a petting zoo and so much more! The night events are across the street from the town hall starting at 6:00 p.m. with more food and fun as well as the fireworks display at 9:00 p.m.  https://www.facebook.com/events/172038080129244/


Don’t forget to celebrate the 4th annual Braintree Day today! The “Stars and Stripes” parade will step off at 11:45 a.m. from the RMV parking lot and will head north on Hancock and Washington Streets, ending at the Hollis Elementary School. Then head to the high school athletic fields for a food truck rodeo at 2:00 p.m. with activities including pony rides, inflatable obstacle courses, bungee trampolines and a petting zoo throughout the afternoon. DJ Crazie Eddie Kelley plays summertime favorites before the Aldous Collins Band takes over at 4:30 p.m. and then the Zac Brown Tribute Band – ZBTB – at 7. Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m.


Sunday, July 1:

Admission is free to board the USS Salem today in Quincy. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  http://www.uss-salem.org/museum/visitor_information.htm


The Plymouth Antiquarian Society’s Pilgrim Breakfast is today from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at the 1677 Harlow House (119 Sandwich Street) for an old-fashioned New England breakfast. Costumed volunteers will serve fishcakes, baked beans, cornbread, and more. Wandering singers will share tunes popular in the 17th century and the historic house will be open for tours. A local tradition for 85 years — a perfect addition to your 4th of July weekend! Admission: $12.50 individuals; $10 members; $45 families (2 adults and up to 3 children) To reserve your place, call 508-746-0012 or visit www.plymouthantiquariansociety.org by PayPal. Please provide your preferred arrival time. All proceeds benefit the preservation work of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.


Duxbury Celebrates the 4th of July with events beginning today including the pancake breakfast at Cornerstone Lodge from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. The South Shore Bay Band performs a free concert outside of Holy Family Church from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  https://www.duxbury4thofjuly.com/july-events


Hingham Harbor is the place to be for the annual July4th Community Celebration of fireworks, hosted by the Hingham Lions for 25 years! The fun starts at 3 with family activities, live music and a beach BBQ.


The Abington Summer Concert Series is off and running and today’s concert at the Nisby Bandstand features GinaMark at 6:00 p.m.  http://abingtonsummerconcerts.webs.com/2018-schedule  


Tuesday, July 3:

Weymouth fireworks will be held today at the George Lane-Wessagusset Beaches with family fun beginning at 5:00 p.m. and the fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m.  https://www.weymouth.ma.us/community-events-committee/pages/community-events


The Middleborough Park Department hosts their annual carnival at Peirce Playground featuring games, rides and fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July! Tuesday the fair runs from 6 – 10 p.m., Wednesday from 2 -6 and from 6 – 10, Thursdays from 6 – 10, Friday from 6 – 11 with fireworks and once again Saturday, July 7th from 6 – 10 p.m. https://www.middlebororec.com/activities/carnival


Randolph celebrates the 4th with fireworks tonight at 9:30 p.m. at the high school.



Wednesday, July 4:

Bridgewater celebrates the 4th of July beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the parade beginning at Grove Street. 11:00 a.m. arts and music at the Bridgewater State University quad; rides, food and music at Legion Filed begin at 5:00 p.m. with the fireworks at 9:30. http://www.bridgewaterma4th.com/index.html


Duxbury’s 4th of July Parade starts at 2:00 p.m. in Halls Corner and travels down Washington Street to the high school. Road race in the AM. https://www.duxbury4thofjuly.com/july-events


Hingham’s annual 4th of July parade begins at 10:00 a.m. after the annual road race at 10:00 a.m.  https://www.hingham-ma.gov/678/4th-of-July


Plymouth celebrates July4th with a road race in the morning and the parade stepping off from Mayflower Business Park in North Plymouth at 9:30 a.m. The Plymouth Phil concert on the waterfront at the DCR Pilgrim Memorial State Park begins at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks are at 9:15 p.m. http://july4plymouth.com/


Saturday, July 7:

Onset-Wareham Fireworks held at Onset Beach at 9:00 p.m. https://www.onsetbay.org/



Ongoing Ideas

The Highland Foundations very popular Free Fun Fridays campaign kicks off on Friday, June 29th. This program offers no-cost admission to many cultural hot spots across the state, each Friday through August 31st. http://www.highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays


Been to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton? Children under 12 are admitted for free and everyone is admitted for free Thursdays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Admission is free for Brockton residents! www.fullercraft.org 


The Children’s Museum in Boston costs $1 to enter Fridays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.! Current exhibits include Explore-a-Saurus where you can assume the role of scientist and explore the evidence, the science and the features that make dinosaurs so compelling. You can touch and measure a fossil footprint and learn what clues it gives about a dinosaur’s size. You can manipulate a full-size model and learn how they moved and rearrange bone puzzles to learn about dinosaur anatomy.


Check out the fun events & activities at the Boston Museum of Science: www.mos.org.


Visit the New England Aquarium: www.neaq.org.




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