Fireworks, family fun highlight Old Sturbridge Village July 4 celebration
This July 4, Old Sturbridge Village will continue its newest Independence Day tradition an evening celebration capped off by a spectacular 30-minute fireworks display over the countryside at dusk.
After daytime activities end at 5 p.m., OSV will close and reopen from 6 10 p.m., offering music, magic, family games and activities followed by the fireworks display at dusk, sponsored by Country Bank. Beer, wine, sandwiches, snacks, soft drinks and more will be on sale, or visitors can bring their own picnic food. Parking is free; cost for the evening entertainment and fireworks program is $12 per person (children under 3 are free), and is separate from daytime museum admission. In addition, a July 4th buffet will be offered at OSV's Oliver Wight Tavern from 4:30 7 p.m. Rain date for the fireworks is July 5. For all times and details: www.osv.org
Come celebrate America's birthday!
Fife and drum music, militia marching and readings of the Declaration of Independence will be offered during both day and evening festivities. During the day, visitors can also sign a giant copy of the Declaration and take part in a citizens parade and play old-fashioned base ball. Leading up to the evening fireworks, OSV will offer favorite family games: sack races, pie-eating contests, juggling with Lucky Bob the Comedic Juggler magic shows by Robert Olson, and music by Quintebrass and the Heritage String Band.
Old Sturbridge Village is open daily 9:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Admission: $20; seniors $18; children 3-17, $7; children under 3, free. Info.: 1-800-733-1830; www.osv.org. Evening entertainment and fireworks: $12 per person (children under 3 are free), separate from daytime museum admission.
Can't make it to Sturbridge? Here are some local July 4th celebrations!
July 4, 5-10 p.m. Before the fireworks: food, entertainment, hot air balloon rides and more. Fields behind Alumni Stadium at the University of Massachusetts. Information: 413-259-3067 www.lsse.org
July 4th Celebration 6 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. At Holyoke Community College (303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040, 413-552-2485, Map) Free. Rain date July 5. Mayor Michael J. Sullivan encourages everyone to come early to enjoy the music, a variety of food from various vendors as well as children's activities. Fireworks display beginning at dusk.
July 3, 5:30 p.m. Kiwanis Club of Westfield presents Lights of Liberty Fireworks Celebration in Stanley Park. Free.
The Jaycees Summer Carnival runs June 30 July 3. Hours are:
June 30-July 2 :6 1 p.m.; July 3:6 p.m. 12 a.m.. Pay One Price Bracelets will be available nightly.
On July 3 at 10 p. m. the East Longmeadow Jaycees will delight spectators with what promises to be the biggest and the best fireworks display in East Longmeadow history.
Fireworks take place at the Michael E. Smith Middle School. Food, games, music and a great time. southhadley.org.
Star Spangled Springfield. July 2 field show by Spirit of America in Golden Bear Stadium, Western New england college, 8 p.m. July 4 _Court Square, Fireworks at 9 p.m. from the Memorial Bridge w/musical simulcast Mix 93.1, Info: spiritofspringfield.org.