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Where to go south of Boston for the Fourth

A sampling of fireworks displays, concerts, road races, parades, and other happenings in the south suburbs during this Fourth of July weekend.

Bridgewater: Bridgewater will hold a parade July 4 at 10 a.m. beginning at Bridgewater State University and proceeding to the center of town. Immediately following the parade, the Bridgewater Arts and Music Festival will begin on the quad at the university. The festival will include art, live music, dance, food, and children’s events and will end at 3 p.m. Fireworks begin at Legion Field at 9:30 p.m. and

Brockton: The Brockton Fair will run from Thursday, July 2, to Sunday, July 12. Independence Day events include fireworks, live music, a demolition derby, and 4H competitions.

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Canton: Canton’s 48th annual road race will take place on July 4, starting and ending at the Canton Town Club. A 5-mile race begins at 9:30 a.m. and a 2-mile fun run kicks off at 9:35 a.m. .

Dedham: A 4-mile race to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will take place July 4, honoring Sally Naser, a girl battling a rare bone cancer. Awards, beverages, grilling, and entertainment will follow the race. Registration opens at 7 a.m.; the race begins at 9 a.m. in Fairbanks Park.

Duxbury: The parade will take place July 4 at 2 p.m. beginning at Halls Corner before proceeding down Washington Street to Duxbury High School. The town’s celebrations also include a parade awards ceremony and road race July 4 and a beach party, holiday concert, and holiday breakfast on July 5.

Foxborough: Patriot Place will host the sixth annual Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 Road Race and a fireworks spectacular on July 3. A 5K race starts at 6 p.m., a 10K race takes off at 7 p.m., and fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.


Freetown: The Freetown Parade and Fireworks Committee will host a fireworks display July 3 at Hathaway Park. The following day, a parade will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hingham: There will be a 4.47-mile road race on July 4 beginning at Hingham Middle School at 7 a.m., as well as a parade at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Salute To Our Veterans.”

Kingston: Kingston starts the fun early with children’s activities, “Kingston’s Got Talent,” and a music festival on July 3. Independence Day activities include a fun run, farmer’s market, children’s activities, a parade, and, of course, fireworks.

Marion: Marion’s fireworks are tentatively scheduled to take place July 4 at Silvershell Beach. The fireworks committee is looking for donations to support the event.

Mattapoisett: Mattapoisett will celebrate Independence Day with a 5-mile race starting on the waterfront at Shipyard Park.

Middleborough: The 86th annual Fourth of July Parade will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning at the Pratt Free School. The route runs through north Middleborough. Meanwhile, a carnival will take place July 1-5 at Peirce Playground. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. July 4.

Plymouth: This year’s July 4th theme is “Sights and Sounds of Summers Past,” and events on July 4 will include a parade, an old-fashioned band concert, fireworks over the Plymouth waterfront, and a 5K race.


Quincy: Adams National Historical Park will hold several events on July 4 to celebrate Independence Day, including an interactive reenactment of the Second Continental Congress, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a showing of “Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play.”

Randolph: Randolph will hold its annual Night Before the Fourth parade on July 3 at 7 p.m. A fireworks display will follow the parade, which begins at the Higashi School and ends at Randolph High School.

Scituate: The Satuit Concert Band will perform July 3 at the Scituate Harbor Bandstand from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Sharon: Sharon’s Independence Day Celebration will be held July 3 at Memorial Park Beach. Scheduled events include a bicycle and doll carriage parade, food trucks, events organized by the recreation department, live music, a pie-eating contest, and fireworks.

Stoughton: There will be a fireworks display at Stoughton High School at 9:30 a.m. on July 3 and a parade on July 4 at 10 a.m.

Walpole: The annual Night Before the Fourth event on July 3 will include a parade at 6 p.m., a fair behind the fire station, and fireworks in the town center at 9:30 p.m.

Weymouth: Weymouth’s Fourth of July celebration will be held July 3 at George Lane Beach. The event will feature live music, vendors, activities for children, and a fireworks display. There will be a free shuttle service from the McCulloch Building/Whipple Senior Center starting at 5 p.m.


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