July Happenings: 4th of July Fireworks, Music, & More!

Most people know that Independence Day in the United States is celebrated on the fourth of July, but did you know many other countries celebrate their Independence Day in July as well.  These include Belarus, Venezuela, Argentina, Belgium, the Bahamas, and the Maldives, plus national days for France and Canada occur this month too. 

Many of these celebrations are recognized with fireworks. In the U.S. the largest fireworks display is the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York City, but there’s no need for you to fight the traffic to get to the Big Apple because right here (in easy to get to and bustling with fun) Western Mass there are LOTS of fireworks and other fun July festivities.

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Including a couple before the calendar flips to July… 
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JUNE 22 (rain date June 23): Northampton Family Fourth, starting at 5pm at Look Memorial Park. This event includes bounce houses, carnival games and prizes, games and wellness activities provided by other non-profits, food trucks selling food and drinks, and live music. Fireworks happen at dusk.

JUNE 28 (rain date June 30): Holyoke’s 4th of July festivities include entertainment, food, vendors, and activities for children at Holyoke Community College beginning at 6 pm with fireworks starting at dusk.

JUNE 30-JULY 4: East Longmeadow Fourth of July Carnival, held at the Center of town, and featuring rides, live music, and food. Special notes: Fireworks on July 3rd and the next day it’s the annual 4th of July parade.

JULY 4:  West Springfield 4th of July Celebration from 11:30am-3pm on the Town Common. Activities hosted by the West Springfield Park & Recreation Department include arts and crafts, competitive and cooperative games, and the chance to see the updated fountain project firsthand! Plus, the W.S. Lions Club will be selling concessions and there’ll be a performance by Jimmy Mazz.

JULY 4: Star Spangled Springfield, hosted by Spirit of Springfield, includes activities in Riverfront Park starting at 6pm. Fireworks are launched from Memorial Bridge at 9:30pm and can been seen for miles with synced music on Mix 93.1.

JULY 4-6: Six Flags July 4th Fest – Six Flags New England will be transformed into red, white and blue while offering thrills, Americana treats, Patriotic songs, and nightly firework displays.

JULY 4: North Adams Fireworks at 9:30pm at Noel Field. For a full evening of all-American fun, grab some tickets to the annual 4th of July Steeple Cats game before the fireworks.

JULY 4-7: Independence Day celebrated at Old Sturbridge Village. Experience fife and drum music, cannon demonstrations, games, a parade, and more. Hear special readings of poetry and the Declaration of Independence, join in a game of baseball, or watch a toy hot air balloon take flight. 

JULY 6 (Rain Date: July 7): Independence Day Fireworks in Greenfield with live music and activities starting at 4:30 pm in Beacon Field. Fireworks display at 9:30 pm over Poet’s Seat Tower 

Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival: July 21st & 22nd, 2023


Food & Brew Festival: On Saturdays and Sundays from July 6-Aug. 11 at Six Flags New England, featuring craft beers and cocktails and food offering from some of the best gourmet foods in town.  

Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival: July 12-13 at Stearns Square in Springfield, a free family-friendly festival of amazing live music over two days.

Dragon Boat Festival: July 20 at North Riverfront Park in Springfield, featuring the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club and Springfield Dragon Rays, rain or shine.  

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Six Flags Waterpark: Time to make a splash at New England’s biggest water park! Ride the waves at Hurricane Harbor or stay cool in one of our exclusive cabanas. Bring your bathing suit and take the plunge! 

Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Show: July 9-14, featuring thousands of vendors in fields along Route 20, Brimfield 

Christmas In July: It’s a weekend of holiday cheer, July 12-14 at Silver Bell Farm, with festive outdoor activities including visits with Santa, Barrel Train rides, the Silver Bell Bounce House, face painting, their famous cider donuts, specialty ice cream sundaes and frozen beverages from the SBF Ice Cream Truck, and more. 

Springfield Comic Con: July 13-14 at MassMutual Center in Springfield. This is our region’s very own comic book convention! The two day show is non-stop comic fun including cosplay, contests, gaming, vendors, artists, comic creators, panels, and more! 

National Ice Cream Day: July 21 from noon-5pm at Atkins Farms Country Market. I scream…You scream….We all scream for ICE CREAM!!! 

Christmas In July 5k + Kids Fun Run: on July 21 bring your Christmas spirit and festive attire and enjoy a double celebration: Christmas in July and West Springfield’s 250th Anniversary. The 5K begins at the Irish Cultural Center at 1:30pm (check-in 1pm, pre-registration required). After the race, cool down with a Jack Frost drink, enjoy music on the patio, and let the kids participate in Reindeer Games. 

National Merry Go Round Day: July 25 from noon-4pm at The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round

Hampden County 4-H FairJuly 27 at Eastern States Exposition, the day features 4-H members’ projects with animals, arts and crafts, growing vegetables, robotics and more

Lots of Baseball!!! Check out both the Westfield Starfires who play at Billy Bullens Field in Westfield and the Valley Blue Sox at Mackenzie Stadium in Holyoke.

Enjoy Outdoor Live Music


Maroon 5: MassMutual Center on July 1 at 8pm 

Jason Mraz: Tanglewood on July 2 at 7pm 

MGM Free Music Fridays: Outside on MGM Springfield Plaza every Friday from 7:30-9pm

Summer Concert Series On The Terrace: Champney’s Restaurant at The Deerfield Inn, every Thursday from 6-9pm

Village Commons Summer Concerts: Thursday nights from 6:30-8pm on the South Hadley Town Common (Rt. 116 & 47 by Mount Holyoke College). Rain date is the following Sunday.

Live music at The Boathouse! Brunelle’s Marina in South Hadley each Friday- Sunday with amazing food and fantastic live music at Just One Moor all Summer Long!

Sommerfest on Fort St.: From 6-9pm every Saturday, hosted by Student Prince in Springfield. Reservations are highly suggested for dinner. 

Summer Concerts at Storrowton Tavern: Thursday nights in July from 7-8:30pm at Storrowton Village Green Gazebo in West Springfield. 

Explore Western Mass this summer!!  Whether you are local or jut visiting, Western Mass is waiting for you! For great rates on overnight accommodations, click here.  

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