These events are subject to change with inclement weather. Please check with local town officials to confirm all information for the following events.
Fourth of July Celebration features Family Fun Time from 3 to 6:30 p.m. $5 per wristband, unlimited access to moonbounces, 35-feet inflatable obstacle course, slip ‘n’ slide, water slide and a 65-feet jumbo slide. Train rides for additional fee. Free concert by Beatlejuice. Free fireworks by Atlas Pyrotechnics. Friday, 3-10 p.m. NARA Park, 25 Ledgerock Way. Tickets: Free. 978-929-6640, www.acton-ma.gov/events.
Arlington will again celebrate America’s birthday in style. There will be musical entertainment provided by the Reminisants, refreshments, and a giant screen showing the Boston Pops Orchestra performance and Boston’s fireworks, which start at 8:30 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Robbins Farm Park, Eastern Avenue. Free. www.robbinsfarmpark.org.
Picnic in the Park features fun, food, and family activities. The Concord Band performs at 3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Emerson Field, 51 Walden St. www.concordband.org.
Fourth of July Celebration features food booths, amusements, music, laser show, road races, fireworks. Wednesday: 6-10 p.m., food booths and amusements open; 7-10 p.m., Matt Zajac’s Band. Thursday: 6-10 p.m., food booths and amusements open; 7-10 p.m., Loose Salute (Monkees tribute band); 10 p.m., laser light show. Friday: noon-10 p.m., food booths and amusements open; 1-4 p.m., Tyler Zajac’s Band; 4-6 p.m., Frank Sinatra impersonator; 8-10 p.m., Michael Jackson impersonator. Saturday: noon-10 p.m., food booths and amusements open; noon, children’s parade; 1-2 p.m., children’s entertainment with Vics & Sticks; 2-3 p.m., Jamie Barrett; 3-4:30 p.m., Flippo the Clown (juggling and balloon artistry); 4-7 p.m., Franklin Idol Contest; 7-10 p.m., Groove Doctors Band (local musicians). Sunday: 1-7 p.m., food booths and amusements open; 2-3:30 p.m., parade; 3:30 p.m., Tyler Zajac solo. Franklin Town Common, High Street. www.july4thfranklinma.com.
Spirit of Harvard Fourth of July Celebration. Wednesday: Fireworks at Fruitlands Museum. Cars will be charged $20, with $10 discount if you wear a 2014 Harvard Fourth of July T-shirt, which will be available for purchase at a tent near the entrance. Walk-ins will be charged $5 per person. Admission is free for children under age 12. Music begins at 5 p.m. with Bare Hill Band, No Man’s Land, Background Orcs’ Good Cookin, Alright. Friday: Bike decorating at 10 a.m., parade at 11 a.m. Flag raising and field events immediately follow parade. Beach games at the Harvard Town Beach to follow. Food for both events sponsored by the Lions Club. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road. 978-456-3924, www.harvard.ma.us.
Watch or participate in the annual “Horribles” parade. Friday, noon. Hopkinton Town Common, Route 135, Hopkinton. www.hopkintonma.gov.
Fourth of July carnival and fireworks features rides, games, attractions Tuesday through Thursday 6-11 p.m., Friday 1-11 p.m. and Saturday, 1-10 p.m.. Wednesday: Fireworks just after sunset. Friday: Youth games at 10 a.m. include 50- and 100-yard dash, three-legged race, sack race, costume contests, bubble gum blowing contest, watermelon eating contest. Sponsored by Lexington Lions Club. Hastings Park, Massachusetts Avenue and Worthen Road. 781-862-0500, www.lexingtonlions.org.
Friday: 7:45-8:15 a.m., registration at Town Offices, 16 Lincoln Road, for the Firecracker Run, 2.5- or 4-mile scenic road race. $10-$15 registration fee. 8:30 a.m., race leaves from Town Offices. Winners will be recognized at 12:30 p.m. during Boy Scout cookout. 10 a.m., children’s bike parade at Lincoln Road/Upland Field Road. 10:30 a.m., “Something to Crow About” parade on Lincoln Road, from Ballfield Road the Lincoln Public Library, 3 Bedford Road. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Boy Scout cookout at Pierce House on Weston Road. Noon-7 p.m., town swim at Codman Pool on Ballfield Road. 12:45-3 p.m., mixed-up tennis tournament on Ballfield Road. 7 p.m., concert by Groove Syndicate, barbecue by Firebox, ice cream, fireworks at Codman Pool. $20 per car. Rain date July 5. www.lincolntown.org.
A picnic in celebration of the town’s 300th anniversary features games, face painting, and other family-friendly activities. Saturday, July 12, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Littleton Middle School.
Multi-day Fourth of July celebration. Monday: Concert on the Common at 7 p.m. with Cocobanana Band. Tuesday: Family night on the Common, 4:30-8 p.m., featuring children’s parade, moonbounce, mini-obstacle course, landslide, games, photo booth, glitter tattoos, sand art, bookmobile, slip ‘n’ slide (bring bathing suits). Entertainment by Davey the Clown, the Contessa, Three of a Kind Band, and more. Children’s mini-parade at 6:30 p.m.; decorate your bike, trike, baby carriage, etc. and parade around the Common. Family night rain date Wednesday. Friday: Kiwanis pancake breakfast at St. Paul’s, 7 a.m.-noon. 59th Annual Fourth of July Parade starts at 9 a.m. at the Route 9/27 Plaza and travels down Route 27 to Route 135 in downtown Natick. www.natick4th.org.
Festivities begin on Thursday at 5 p.m. with food, pony rides, face painting and other family entertainment, and music by the Reminisants at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks at dusk. On Friday, the celebration resumes at 8:30 a.m. with a 5K road face, followed by a children’s parade at 8:45 and the Grand Parade at 9 a.m. Afterward there will be more food, a flea market, an old-fashioned baseball game, children’s games, and a pie-eating contest for the kids. Memorial Park, 1174 Highland Avenue. www.needhamexchangeclub.org.
Friday: Kids morning 10 a.m.-noon at Newton Centre Playground, Tyler Terrace. For families with children ages 3 to 12. Grand pet parade, doll carriage promenade, teddy bear parade, foot races, ice cream. Noon-10 p.m. at Albemarle Field, on Albemarle Road in Newtonville, kiddie amusement rides, activities, face painting, craft vendors, food vendors, and free entertainment. 2-6 p.m., the Kapps and the Jesse Liam Band perform rock ‘n’ roll, and a dancing demonstration provided by Boston Ballroom. 6 p.m., the fun and dancing moves to the main stage with the Bo & Bill Winiker Band, including an appearance by 11-year old Newton opera prodigy Clark Rubinshtein. At 9 p.m., Fantastic Fireworks by Tony Gentile. 617-964-5246, www.newtoncommunitypride.org.
Saturday: The parade kicks off at Town Hall at 12:30 p.m. and continues 2½ miles down Main Street to the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Afterward, head to the Town Field to check out vendors and the dance party for kids, which will feature prizes. Food and ice cream will be for sale. The fireworks display begins at dusk at the Town Field after a reading of the names of residents who are currently active in the military, and the singing of the national anthem.
Friday: noon-4 p.m., music entertainment featuring DJ Jimmie Johnson and Crystal Entertainment, inflatable amusements, face painting, and cookout sponsored by Boy Scout troops 227 and 114. There is a decorated bike and doll carriage parade for children age 10 and younger at 12:30 p.m. Event is sponsored by Shrewsbury Parks and Recreation. Dean Park, 765 Main St. www.shrewsburyma.gov/parkrec.
Annual Fourth of July Parade features floats, firetrucks, police vehicles, motorcycles, militia and more. Friday, 1 p.m. Union Avenue. www.sudbury.org.
The Waltham Celebration Committee and Mayor Jeannette A. McCarthy will be hosting two events for this year’s Fourth of July Celebration. On Friday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Prospect Hill Park there will be a family event featuring free children’s inflatable amusements, pony rides, animal shows, music, food, drinks, and more. That evening at Leary Field, Back in Time will be performing at 5:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:30. www.city.waltham.ma.us.
The Recreation Department hosts a Family Day with games, activities, and more. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Victory Field, 35 Orchard St. www.ci.watertown.ma.us.
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Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed the date and location of a July Fourth picnic in Littleton. The picnic, in celebration of the town’s 300th anniversary, is happening July 12 at Littleton Middle School, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.