Blog :: 07-2016

Homes are Selling Faster Nationwide

Massachusetts is in the RED...a good shade of red! I'm surprised to see that we are surrounded by slower-selling states, in fact we are the only New England state with homes selling in the 30-day-or-less clip! Nearly 50 percent of sold properties nationally were on the market for less than a month! Full story from the National Association of REALTORS here.

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Fireworks Displays and Celebrations North of Boston & Beyond

North of Boston FULL TOWN celebration list including parades, illuminations, concerts, fireworks, etc. Be sure to verify before heading out.

NORTH OF BOSTON

Fireworks - Local

Amesbury (July 3) — Woodsom Farm – 223 Lions Mouth Road, at 9 

Beverly Farms (July 4) — off West Beach, 103 West Street, at 9:15 

Gloucester (July 3) — Fort Area, Stage Fort Park, 1 Hough Avenue, at 8:30 

Haverhill (July 3) — Riverside Park, 162 Lincoln Avenue, at 9:15 

Lynn (July 3)  -- Barge near Red Rock – 76 Marine Blvd. at 9:00

Manchester (July 3) — Manchester, off Singing Beach, Beach Street, at 9:15 

Nahant (July 4) -- Bailey’s Hill Park – Bass Point Road at 9

Salem (July 4) — Derby Wharf, Derby Street, at 9:00

Salisbury (July 2) -- Salisbury Beach 10:15

Swampscott (July 4) -- Swampscott pier near kings beach at 9:00

Town Celebration:

Acton – Independence Day Celebration

Amesbury - Amesbury Days

Burlington – Parade for the 4th of July

Chelmsford - Independence Day Celebration

Concord – Picnic in the Park

Concord – Declaring Independence

Danvers – Back Bay Parade

Danvers – Highlands Horribles Parade

Dracut – Concert & Fireworks

Gloucester – Independence Day Horribles Parade and Fireworks

Lexington – Annual Fourth of July Events

Lincoln – Red, White & Blue Dance

Lincoln – Independence Day Celebration

Lowell – Lowell Fireworks 2016 and Independence Day Celebrations

Manchester  – Independence Day Parade

Marblehead Fireworks & Harbor Illumination

Pepperell – Fourth of July

Rockport  – Independence Day Celebration

Salem – Fireworks Spectacular from Bakers Island Light

Salisbury Beach – July 4th Celebration

Sudbury – Annual Fourth of July Parade

Wilmington – Fun on the Fourth

Fireworks displays by town...

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Acton 7/2/2016 9:25 PM Behind Nara Park – 25 Ledge Rock Way (No Rain Date)
Andover 6/3/2016 8:00 PM O’Brien Field (Parcel 7) – Merrimack College (Rain TBA)
Andover 7/3/2016 9:20 PM Andover H.S. – 80 Shawsheen Road (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Attleboro 7/3/2016 9:20 PM Parking lot at Cyril Brennan Middle School – Rathburn Willard Drive (Rain Date 7/5/2016 )
Auburn 7/1/2016 9:30 PM Pappas Recreation Complex – 203 Pakachoag St. (Rain Date 7/2/2016)
Ayer 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Pirone Park – 36 Bligh Street (Rain Date 7/3/2016)

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Bellingham 7/4/2016 9:00 PM Bellingham H.S. – 60 Blackstone Field (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Beverly 8/7/2016 9:00pm Lynch Park (Beverly Homecoming Days finale)
Boston 7/4/2016 8:30pm Pops Concert – 10:30pm Fireworks Hatch Shell Esplanade
Braintree – 6/25/2016 Braintree High School Soldiers Salute at 9:30pm & Fireworks at 10:00pm
Bridgewater 7/4/2016 9:30 PM Legion Field – 200 South Street (Rain 7/5/2016)
Burlington 8/6/2016 9:00pm as a part of Celebrate Burlington

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Canton 7/4/2016 9:15 PM Irish Cultural Ctr. – 200 New Boston Rd
Chicopee 6/25/2016 9:30 PM Szot Park – Front Street (Rain Date 6/26/2016)

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Dalton 6/3/2016 10:00 PM Legion Grounds – E. Deming Street (No Rain Date)
Dalton 6/4/2016 10:00 PM Legion Grounds – E. Deming Street (No Rain Date)
Dighton 6/4/2016 10:00 PM Rear of Dighton Town Hall – 979 Somerset Ave. (Rain 6/5/2016)
Dracut 6/30/2016 9:00 PM Dracut H.S. – 1560 Lakeview Ave. (Rain Date 9/1/2016)

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East Harwich 7/4/2016 9:15 PM 3 Barges off Wequassett Inn – On Pleasant Bay (Rain 7/5/2016)
Edgartown 7/4/2016 9:15 PM Edgartown Harbor – Oak Bluffs Ave. (Rain 7/5/2016)

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Fitchburg 6/19/2016 10:00 PM Coolidge Park Baseball Field/1000 John Fitch Highway (No Rain Date)
Freetown 7/3/2016 8:00 PM Hathaway Park – Carleys Way (Rain Date 7/9/2016)

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Gloucester 7/3/2016 9:30 PM – Grand Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor
Greenfield 7/2/2016 9:30 PM Poet’s Seat Tower – Mountain Road (Rain Date 7/3/2016)

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Halifax 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Halifax Elementary School Field – Plymouth Street (Rain 7/9/2016)
Hanover 6/25/2016 at Dusk for Hanover Days
Harvard 7/1/2016 9:15 PM Fruitlands Museum – 102 Prospect Hill Road (Rain Date 7/8/2016)
Haverhill 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Riverside Park – 162 Lincoln Avenue (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Hingham 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Button Island – Hingham Harbor – 3 Otis Street (Rain 7/3/2016)
Holyoke 7/1/2016 9:15 PM MacKenzie Stadium – 500 Beech St. (No Rain Date)
Holyoke 7/22/2016 9:15 PM MacKenzie Stadium – 500 Beech St. (No Rain Date)
Hull 6/18/2016 9:30 PM Barge off Nantasket Beach – 109-125 Main Street (Rain 6/19/2016)

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Leominster 6/11/2016 9:30 PM Doyle Field – Parking lot next to tennis courts – 115 Priest Street (Rain Date 6/12/2016)
Lexington 7/2/2016 9:30 PM Lexington H.S. Baseball Field – Worthen Road (Rain 7/5/2016)
Lincoln 7/4/2016 Music & BBQ at 7:30pm, with fireworks at 9:15pm ($20/parking)
Lynn 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Barge near Red Rock – 76 Marine Blvd. (Rain Date 7/6/2016)

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Manchester 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Barge 300 yards off Singing Beach – Beach Street (Rain 7/5/2016)
Marblehead 7/4/2016 9:30 PM Barge in the Harbor – Commercial Street Wharf (Rain 7/5/2016)
Mashpee 7/1/2016 9:30 PM Mashpee H.S. – 500 Old Barnstable Rd (Rain Date 7/2/2016)
Methuen 7/2/2016 9:30 PM Barge on Merrimack River – Riverside Drive (Rain Date 7/8/2016)
Middleborough 7/3/2016 10:00 PM Battis Field – Pierce playground – Jackson Street (Rain 7/5/2016)
Millbury 7/3/2016 9:45 PM Lot behind True Value – Howe Avenue (Rain Date 7/4/2016)
Milton 6/25/2016 9:45 PM 2 Barges in Neponset River – 1 Granite (Rain Date 6/26/2016)
Monson 6/25/2016 9:15 PM Quarry Hill School – 43 Margaret St. (Rain Date 6/26/2016)

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Nahant 7/4/2016 9:00 PM Bailey’s Hill Park – Bass Point Road (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Nantasket Beach (Barge) 6/19/2016 – 109-125 Main Street
Needham 7/3/2016 ~9:00 PM (at dark)
Newton 7/4/2016 9:00pm at Halloran Field & Sports Complex Albemarle Rd.
New Bedford 7/4/2016 9:00 PM Barge in New Bedford Harbor – 7 Fish Island (Rain 7/5/2016)
New Bedford 7/9/2016 9:15 PM Walsh Athletic Fields – 328 Parker St. (No Rain Date)
North Andover 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Hayes Stadium – 495 Main Street (Rain Date 7/9/2016 )
North Reading 7/2/2016 8:00 PM Ipswich River Park – 8 Central Street (7/3 OR 7/4)
Northampton 6/25/2016 9:15 PM Look Park Gazebo/Look Park Service Road (Rain 6/26/2016)
Northbridge 7/1/2016 9:00 PM Lasell Field – 171 Linwood Avenue (Rain Date 7/2/2016)
Norton 6/18/2016 9:00 PM Norton High School – 66 West Main St. (Rain Date 6/25/2016)

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Oakham 7/1/2016 9:30 PM Barge on Lake Dean – 203 Bechan Rd. (Rain Date 7/2/2016)
Orleans 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Barge off Rock Harbor Beach – Bay View Drive (Rain 7/3/2016)

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Pepperell 7/2/2016 9:30 PM Nissitissit Middle School – Chase Ave. (No Rain Date)
Pittsfield 6/10/2016 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain 6/18/2016)
Pittsfield 6/2/2016 9:30 PM,Pittsfield Cemetery Property 05 Wahconah Street (Rain 6/4/2016)
Pittsfield 6/24/2016 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain 7/16/2016)
Pittsfield 7/22/2016 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain 7/30/2016)
Pittsfield 7/4/2016 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain 7/6/2016)
Pittsfield 7/8/2016 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain 7/16/2016)
Provincetown 7/4/2016 9:00 PM MacMillan Pier (Rain Date 7/5/2016)

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Quincy 6/11/2016 at 9:30pm. Flag Day celebration at Pageant Field, Merrymount Park
Quincy/Weymouth 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Barge off Wessagusset Beach – 555 South Street (Quincy) – Wessagusset Road (Weymouth) (Rain 7/5/2016)

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Randolph 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Randolph H.S. baseball field – 70 Memorial Parkway (Rain 7/5/2016)
Reading 6/11/2016 9:00 PM Baseball field at Reading High School – 62 Oakland Road (Rain Date 9/3/2016)
Rutland 7/3/2016 9:20 PM Behind DPW Garage – 17 Pommogussett Road (Rain 7/5/2016)

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Salem 7/4/2016 ~9:15pm at Derby Wharf
Salisbury 7/2/2016 10:15pm (as well as each summer Saturday preceded by a free concert)
Sharon 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Barge on Lake Massapoag – 50 Beach Street (Rain Date 7/10/2016)
Somerville 6/30/2016 9:15 PM Trum Field – Franey Road (Rain Date 7/7/2016)
South Hadley 7/3/2016 9:30 PM 100 Mosier Street (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
South Yarmouth 6/24/2016 8:00 PM South Middle Beach – South Shore Dr. (Rain Date 6/26/2016)
Stoughton 7/3/2016 9:30 PM West School Athletic Complex – Pearl Street (Rain 7/8/2016)
Swampscott 7/4/2916 ~9:00pm Swampscott pier near kings beach

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Taunton 7/1/2016 9:00 PM Hopewell Park – 15 Hamilton Street (No Rain Date)

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Waltham 7/4/2016 9:15 PM Leary Field – 19 Athletic Field Road (Rain Date 7/5/2016) (Concert & festivities begin at 7:30pm)
Walpole 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Joe Morgan Memorial Field – 220 School Street (Rain 7/6/2016)
Ware 6/25/2016 9:00 PM Grenville Park – 79 Church Street (Rain Date 6/26/2016)
Westfield 7/2/2016 9:15 PM South Middle School Field – 30 W. Silver Street (Rain 7/5/2016)
Westford 6/25/2016 9:15 PM Barge on Long Sought-For Pond – Downs Rd. (Rain Date 6/26/2016)
Weymouth 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Barge off Wessagusset Beach – 555 South Street (Quincy) – Wessagusset Road (Weymouth) (Rain 7/5/2016)
Winchester 6/4/2016 9:00 PM Manchester Field – 458 Main Street 6/5/2016
Woburn 6/18/2016 10:00 PM DPW Yard off N. Warren St. – North Warren Street (No Rain Date)
Worcester 7/1/2016 9:30 PM East Park, Shrewsbury Street

Fireworks displays by date:

July 1, 2016

Auburn 7/1/2016 9:30 PM Pappas Recreation Complex – 203 Pakachoag St. (Rain Date 7/2/2016)
Brockton 7/1/2016 10:45PM at the Brockton Fair
Harvard 7/1/2016 9:15 PM Fruitlands Museum – 102 Prospect Hill Road (Rain Date 7/8/2016) 
Holyoke 7/1/2016 9:15 PM MacKenzie Stadium – 500 Beech St. (No Rain Date) 
Mashpee 7/1/2016 9:30 PM Mashpee H.S. – 500 Old Barnstable Rd (Rain Date 7/2/2016) 
Northbridge 7/1/2016 9:00 PM Lasell Field – 171 Linwood Avenue (Rain Date 7/8/2016) 
Oakham 7/1/2016 9:30 PM Barge on Lake Dean – 203 Bechan Rd. (Rain Date 7/2/2016) 
Taunton 7/1/2016 9:00 PM Hopewell Park – 15 Hamilton Street (No Rain Date) 
Webster 7/1/2016 at 9:00 PM at Memorial park
Worcester POSTPONED UNTIL 7/2/2016 9:30 PM East Park, Shrewsbury Street 

July 2, 2016

Acton 7/2/2016 9:25 PM Behind Nara Park – 25 Ledge Rock Way (No Rain Date) 
Ayer 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Pirone Park – 36 Bligh Street (Rain Date 7/3/2016) 
Boston Harbor 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Long Wharf (Boston Harborfest) 
Greenfield 7/2/2016 9:30 PM Poet’s Seat Tower – Mountain Road (Rain Date 7/3/2016) 
Halifax 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Halifax Elementary School Field – Plymouth Street (Rain 7/9/2016)
Hingham 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Button Island – Hingham Harbor – 3 Otis Street (Rain 7/3/2016) 
Lexington 7/2/2016 9:30 PM Lexington H.S. Baseball Field – Worthen Road (Rain 7/5/2016)
Methuen 7/2/2016 9:30 PM Barge on Merrimack River – Riverside Drive (Rain 7/8/2016)
North Reading 7/2/2016 8:00 PM Ipswich River Park – 8 Central Street (Rain 7/3 OR 7/4) 
Orleans 7/2/2016 9:00 PM Barge off Rock Harbor Beach – Bay View Drive (Rain 7/3/2016)
Pepperell 7/2/2016 9:30 PM on the Field behind Varnum Brook (No Rain Date)
Salisbury 7/2/2016 10:15pm (as well as each summer Saturday preceded by a free concert)
Westfield 7/2/2016 9:15 PM South Middle School Field – 30 W. Silver Street (Rain 7/5/2016) 
Worcester 7/2/2016 9:30 PM East Park, Shrewsbury Street (POSTPONED FROM 7/1)

July 3, 2016

Amesbury 7/3/2016 9:15PM at Woodsom Farm on Lion's Mouth Road
Andover 7/3/2016 9:20 PM Andover H.S. – 80 Shawsheen Road (Rain Date 7/5/2016) 
Attleboro 7/3/2016 9:20 PM Parking lot at Cyril Brennan Middle School (Rain Date 7/5/2016 )
Brockton 7/3/2016 10:45PM at the Brockton Fair
East Harwich 7/3/2016 9:15 PM 1 Barge in Pleasant Bay – On Pleasant Bay 
Freetown 7/3/2016 8:00 PM Hathaway Park – Carleys Way (Rain Date 7/9/2016) 
Gloucester 7/3/2016 9:30 PM - Grand Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor 
Haverhill 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Riverside Park – 162 Lincoln Avenue (Rain 7/5/2016) 
Lynn 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Barge near Red Rock – 76 Marine Blvd. (Rain Date 7/6/2016) 
Manchester 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Barge 300 yards off Singing Beach – Beach Street (Rain 7/5/2016)
Middleborough 7/3/2016 10:00 PM Battis Field – Pierce playground – Jackson Street (Rain 7/5/2016) 
Milford 7/3/2016 10:00pm (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Millbury 7/3/2016 9:45 PM Lot behind True Value – Howe Avenue (Rain 7/4/2016)
Needham 7/3/2016 ~9:00 PM (at dark) 
North Andover 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Hayes Stadium – 495 Main Street (Rain Date 7/9/2016)
Randolph 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Randolph H.S. baseball field – 70 Memorial Parkway (Rain 7/5/2016)
Rutland 7/3/2016 9:20 PM Behind DPW Garage – 17 Pommogussett Road (Rain 7/5/2016) 
Sharon 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Barge on Lake Massapoag – 50 Beach Street (Rain Date 7/10/2016)
Somerville 6/30/2016 9:00pm at Trum Field 
South Hadley 7/3/2016 9:30 PM 100 Mosier Street (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Stoughton 7/3/2016 9:30 PM West School Athletic Complex – Pearl Street (Rain 7/8/2016)
Walpole 7/3/2016 9:30 PM Joe Morgan Memorial Field – 220 School Street (Rain 7/6/2016)
Weymouth/Quincy 7/3/2016 9:15 PM Barge off Wessagusset Beach – 555 South Street (Quincy) – Wessagusset Road (Weymouth) (Rain 7/5/2016)
Winthrop 7/3/2016 9:15pm, Coughlin Park, Point Shirley

July 4, 2016

Arlington 7/4/2016 (Big screen viewing of Boston Pops Concert & Fireworks) 6pm; 8:30pm Concert viewing & 10:30pm fireworks viewing
Bellingham 7/4/2016 9:00 PM Bellingham H.S. – 60 Blackstone Field (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Boston 7/4/2016 8:30pm Pops Concert - 10:30pm Fireworks Hatch Shell Esplanade
Bridgewater 7/4/2016 9:30 PM Legion Field – 200 South Street 7/5/2016 
Brockton 7/4/2016 10:45PM at the Brockton Fair
Canton 7/4/2016 9:15 PM Irish Cultural Ctr. – 200 New Boston Rd 
East Harwich 7/4/2016 9:15 PM 3 Barges off Wequassett Inn – On Pleasant Bay (Rain 7/5/2016)
Edgartown 7/4/2016 9:15 PM Edgartown Harbor – Oak Bluffs Ave. (Rain 7/5/2016)
Hampton Beach, NH 7/4/2016 9:30 PM
Lincoln 7/4/2016 Music & BBQ at 7:30pm, with fireworks at 9:15pm ($20 parking)
Lowell 7/4/2016 ~9:00PM at LeLacheur Park (gates open at 7pm - admission is free)
Marblehead 7/4/2016 9:30 PM Barge in the Harbor – Commercial Street Wharf (Rain 7/5/2016)
Millbury 7/4/2016 9:45 PM Lot behind True Value – Howe Avenue (Rain 7/5/2016) 
Nahant 7/4/2016 9:00 PM Bailey’s Hill Park – Bass Point Road (Rain Date 7/5/2016)
Newton 7/4/2016 9:00pm at Halloran Field & Sports Complex Albemarle Rd.
New Bedford 7/4/2016 9:00 PM Barge in New Bedford Harbor – 7 Fish Island (Rain 7/5/2016) 
Pittsfield 7/4/2016 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain 7/6/2016)
Provincetown 7/4/2016 9:00 PM MacMillan Pier (Rain Date 7/5/2016) 
Plymouth 7/4/2016 ~9:00-9:15PM Plymouth Waterfront
Salem 7/4/2016 ~9:15pm at Derby Wharf 
Salisbury 7/4/2016 10:15pm (as well as each summer Saturday preceded by a free concert)
Springfield 7/4/2016 9:30pm Riverfront Park (next to Memorial Bridge). Concert @7pm. 
Swampscott 7/4/2916 ~9:00pm Swampscott pier near kings beach
Wakefield 7/4/2016 9:30PM 
Waltham 7/4/2016 9:15 PM Leary Field – 19 Athletic Field Road (Rain Date 7/5/2016) (Concert & festivities begin at 7:30pm)

Traveling? Here are some suggestions from OnlyInYourState for what they think are extra spectacular. MassVacation breaks it down by region, which I find pretty handy. Northshore Magazine says these are the best fireworks displays.