Eight Great Things To Do This Fourth of July Weekend – 7/1/21
ONE: Celebrate the Fourth of July at the brand new Tuscan Village in Salem, N.H. The weekend festivities will start as early as 10 a.m. on Friday, July 2, with a free outdoor fitness class and a live DJ after party. On Saturday, July 3, experience live music all day, painters, balloon artists and so much more, finishing with a grand firework show at 9 p.m. at Tuscan Village’s Lake Park. Visit here for more details on the event or check out the Tuscan Village website here.
TWO: Join Western Avenue Studios as they host their first indoor event in over a year. Check out the work of local vendors, enjoy food from a food truck and more at Western Avenue’s indoor Art Market. The event will take place inside the studios building located at 122 Western Avenue this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visit here for more details.
THREE: TONIGHT! Family members of all ages will enjoy a picnic concert at Castle Hill in Ipswich. Guests are invited to pack a picnic supper and enjoy an evening of live music while they explore the grounds and enjoy the newly restored gardens. Tonight’s concert will feature Motown and soul band Soul City. The show runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Click here to register.
FOUR: Concerts at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom are finally back for summer 2021. This Friday night, catch Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime live at this seaside venue. This band is described as one that “[encompasses] the sense of place and purpose long associated with Sublime’s music, [and] continues to channel the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt for some time.” The show starts this Friday at 8 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.
FIVE: Looking to enjoy a new book while you hangout by the pool, lake, or ocean this weekend? Check out “The ‘Peyton Place’ Murder: The True Crime Story Behind the Novel that Shocked the Nation” by local author Renee Mallett. The story takes a deep dive into the real-life crime story that inspired the 1956 novel “Peyton Place” by Manchester native Grace Metalious, and explores what happens when true crime and literature meet. Visit here for more information on the both the novel and its author.
SIX: Kick off the Independence Day weekend by enjoying live music outdoors at the Patriotic Concert in the Park in Merrimack, N.H. This free event, located at Abbie Griffin Park, will feature an evening of patriotic tunes, marches, and other popular selections performed by the Merrimack Concert Association. The concert takes place this Friday, July 2, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
SEVEN: What’s the Fourth of July without some fireworks? Methuen will host its annual Independence Day fireworks celebration at the Loop this Saturday night. Arrive early in the evening to enjoy live music, superhero photo ops, face painting, food, and much more. The fireworks show will start at 9:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
EIGHT: For those looking to venture outside of the Merrimack Valley, check out the Lavender Farm Festival at The Farm at SummitWynds in Holden, Mass. This unique event includes a tranquil experience in the lavender fields, overlooking the pastures with a view of Mount Wachusett. Guests can enjoy lavender treats and drinks, hike in nearby trails, take a spiritual journey through a “lavender labyrinth,” ride a horse or pony, enjoy a self-guided tour of the farm, and much more. Visit here to reserve your spot.
Happening in Haverhill
As local governments rescind COVID-19 restrictions and businesses finally reopen, there’s many exiting things happening around the Merrimack Valley. In this special section, we bring to you the latest happenings from in and around the Haverhill area. Stay posted to learn about fun events happening in the coming weeks.
Haverhill Farmers Market
The Haverhill Farmers Market returned this year for its 43rd season and is running now through October 30. Located at 51 Merrimack Street in downtown Haverhill, the market operates every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., selling farm-fresh fruits, herbs, eggs, vegetables, delicious baked goods, hummus, local wines, meads, honey, fresh breads, handmade soaps, doggie treats, and much more. There is also live music weekly during the farmers market season. Visit here for more details.
Farmers Market Spotlight
Farmers markets provide perfect ways to support local, independent producers while getting out into the community. Here are some we know you’ll enjoy. If you’ve been reading our weekly Wellness Wednesdays newsletter, you’re aware of the benefits derived from eating fresh produce.
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The Farm Market
The Farm Market outside Mill No. 5 in Lowell is now open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors include North of Boston (veggies, fruit, beef, pork), Neighbor’s Acre (microgreens & mushrooms), Bread Obsession, Samira’s Homemade (Lebanese hummus & spreads), Grateful Tastes (jams, jellies & spreads), KRM Chocolates and more. Visit here for details and directions.
Mill City Grows
Based in Lowell, Mass., visit Mill City Grows throughout the summer at any of their outdoor markets, which take place at the Lowell Community Health Center, the Lowell Boys & Girls Club, the Lowell Senior Center and more. Visit here for details on market dates and locations.
Salem N.H. Farmers Market
The Salem, N.H., farmers market opens up Sunday, May 16, in the new Tuscan Village on South Village Drive. They will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here for contact information and to learn more about the vendors involved.
Wilmington Farmers Market
The Wilmington Farmers Market features fun for the whole family, with a children’s craft table, dance and musical performances, hula hoops, ring toss, cornhole and more. The market includes local New England farmers, bakers, meats and seafood, prepared foods and artisans including Lowell’s own Red Antler Apothecary. The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit here for more information.