Blog :: 06-2017

Thursday Night Picnic Concerts at Castle Hill in Ipswich

A hallmark of Summer on the North Shore! The Thursday night picnic concerts at Castle Hill - Crane Estate - in Ipswich, MA. This year's line-up looks fantastic with everything from the feel good vibes of Entrain to the 60's beats of Help! to our very own Orville Giddings and the country sounds of Herland Brothers and everything in between! Full details on Castle Hill Thursday Night Picnic Series 2017 here.

 Castle Hill Ipswich Crate Estate Thursday Night Picnic Concerts

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Boating Safety by US Coast Guard in Ipswich

First the bad news - in New England 2016, there were 164 boating injuries and 37 boating fatalities – shocking statistics by any measure.

The good news – a primary goal for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary is to reduce this toll - a key element of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary mission is a focus on Recreational Boating Safety.  We provide instruction to boaters at all levels, from the basics to the advanced.  Our classes are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors committed to the highest standards of the U.S. Coast Guard.  

ABS - this beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely.

Within this course, subjects range from a basic boating introduction through safety equipment, typical problems, trailering, fishing, navigation, river boating and boating laws.*

Starting June 19, this course will be delivered in 4 * 2 hour Monday evening classes – right now there are still a few places available at $50 / per person.  If you would like to register, 

– contact Justin Wright at uscg.aux.ipswich.ma@gmail.com

  *  For more course information http://www.cgaux.org/boatinged/classes/2011/abs.php
 **  For the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club location flyer click here
***  For more information on USCG Auxiliary http://www.cgaux.org/

Beyond Fireworks on the North Shore - Independence Day Celebrations

Parades! Concerts! Fiestas! Sails! Many towns on the North Shore are celebrating with day-long, or week-long events to kick off summer and celebrate our independence. Here's a short list of local towns with links to their full event schedules for 4th of July. 

Amesbury Days    
Beverly Farms
Boston Harborfest
Burlington
Cape Ann
Danvers Family Festival
Gloucester
Hamilton
Haverhill
Ipswich
Lannon Fireworks Sail
Marblehead Fireworks & Illumination
Newburyport Rhythm & Roots
Rockport
Salem
Salisbury Beachfest
Swampscott
Wenham
West Beach Illumination Dedication
Wilmington

Please check with towns for any possible date/location/time changes. This list is subject change.

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Fireworks in Massachusetts - 2017

Where will you celebrate your independence?

This list will be updated periodically as we get closer to the first weekend of July. 

Important! This list could be a moving target, especially in the case of inclement weather. Check with town websites to confirm locations/dates/times. North of Boston towns, closer to the North Shore are highlighted below.

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Acton 7/1/2017 9:00 PM Behind Nara Park – 25 Ledge Rock Way ( Rain Date 7/2/2017)
Agawam 7/4/2017 9:15 PM Town Common (No Rain Date)
Amesbury 7/3/2017 9:00 PM Woodsom Farm – 223 Lions Mouth Rd. (Rain Date 7/7/2017)
Andover 7/3/2017 Dusk Andover High School - 80 Shawsheen Road
Attleboro 7/3/2017 9:20 PM Parking lot at Cyril Brennan MS – Rathbun Willard Drive (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Arlington 7/4/2017 10:30 PM Robbins Park: *Fireworks broadcast on the Big Screen
Auburn 6/29/2017 9:30 PM Pappas Recreation Complex – 203 Pakachoag St.
Ayer 7/1/2017 9:00 PM Pirone Park – 36 Bligh Street 7/2/2017

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Bellingham 7/4/2017 9:00 PM Bellingham H.S. – 60 Blackstone Field
Beverly 7/4/2017 9:00PM West Beach  Fee to enter West Beach
Boston 7/4/2017 10:30 PM Hatch Shell on the Esplanade
Burlington 7/4/2017 9:00 PM View from Burlington Town Common or Simonds Park

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Carlisle 6/25/2017 9:30 PM Baseball Field – Church Street (Rain Date 7/8/2017)
Chatham 12/31/2017 Midnight Oyster Pond (No Rain Date)
Chicopee 7/1/2017 9:30 PM Szot Park – Front Street 7/2/2017
Conway 6/16/2017 9:00 PM Field across from 59 Shelburne Falls Rd (Rain Date 6/17/2017)

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Dalton 6/2/2017 10:00 PM Legion Grounds – E. Deming Street
Dalton 6/3/2017 10:00 PM Legion Grounds – E. Deming Street
Dighton 6/3/2017 10:00 PM Rear of Dighton Town Hall – 979 Somerset Ave.
Dedham 6/17/2017 9:15 PM Memorial Field – Eastern Avenue

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East Harwich 7/4/107 9:15 PM 3 Barges off Wequassett Inn – On Pleasant Bay (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Edgartown 7/4/2017 9:15 PM Edgartown Harbor – Oak Bluffs Ave. (Rain Date 7/5/2017) 

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Falmouth 7/4/2017 Dusk Falmouth Heights Beach
Fitchburg 6/18/2017 10:00 PM Coolidge Park Baseball Field – 1000 John Fitch Highway
Fitchburg 7/3/2017 10:00 PM Rollstone Hill – access from Pratt Road 
Florence 6/24/2017 Dusk Look Memorial Park – 300 N. Main St. (Rain Date 6/25/2017)
Foxborough 6/10/2017 9:00pm 9:00 PM Army Field – South Street (Rain Date 6/11/2017)
Freetown 7/3/2017 9:30 PM Hathaway Park – Carleys Way

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Granby 6/10/2017 9:00 PM Dufresne Park – 32 Kendall Street (Rain Date 6/11/2017)
Greenfield 7/1/2017 9:30 PM Poet’s Seat Tower – Mountain Road (Rain Date 7/2/2017)
Gloucester 7/3/2017 8:30 PM Fort Area – Stage Fort Park – 1 Hough Ave. (Rain Date 7/7/2017)

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Halifax 7/1/2017 9:00 PM Halifax Elementary School Field (Rain Date 7/2/2017)
Hamilton 6/25/2017 4-9pm Patton Park Bay Rd & Asbury St (Rain date 6/26/2017)
Hanover 6/24/2017 9:00 PM Ball fields behind Center School – 65 Silver Street
Harvard 7/3/2017 9:15 PM Fruitlands Museum – 102 Prospect Hill Rd. (Rain Date 7/7/2017)
Haverhill 7/3/2017 9:15 PM Riverside Park – 163 Lincoln Avenue (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Holyoke 6/30/2017 9:15 PM MacKenzie Stadium – 500 Beech St.
Hyannis 7/4/2017 Dusk Lewis Beach (Rain Date 9/2/2017)
Hull 6/24/2017 9:30 PM Barge off Nantasket Beach – 109-125 Main Street

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Lexington 7/3/2017 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm Center Field, Lexington
Lincoln 7/4/2017 9:15 PM Codman Field – Ballfield Road (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Lowell 7/4/2017 9:00 PM Pedestrian Walkway – Aiken Street (Rain Sate 7/5/2017)
Lynn 7/3/2017 9:00 PM Barge near Red Rock – 76 Marine Blvd. (Rain Date 7/6/2017)

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Marblehead 7/4/2017 8:45:P.M. Fireworks and Illumination – Marblehead Harbor 188 Washington St.
Marion 7/2/2017 9:20 PM The Kittansett Club – 11 Point Road (Rain Date 7/3/2017)
Mashpee 6/30/2017 9:30 PM Mashpee H.S. – 500 Old Barnstable Rd
Mashpee 7/2/2017 9:30 PM Golf Course – 20 Red Brook Road 
Mashpee 7/4/2017 Dusk Willowbend Country Club – 130 Willowbend Drive
Methuen 7/2/2017 9:15 PM Barge on Merrimack River – Riverside Drive (Rain Date 7/7)
Middleton 6/24/2017 9:20 PM Town Transfer Station – Natsue Way (Rain Date 6/25/2017)
Milton 6/24/2017 10:15 PM 2 Barges in Neponset River – 1 Granite
Monson 6/24/2017 9:15 PM Quarry Hill School – 43 Margaret St. (Rain Date 6/25/2017)

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Nahant 7/4/2017 9:00 PM Bailey’s Hill Park – Bass Point Road
Nantucket 7/3/2017 9:30-10 Jetties Beach (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Needham 7/3/2017 9:30 PM Needham HS Parking Lot, Admiral Gracy Dr (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
New Bedford 7/3/2017 9:00 PM Jetties Beach Barge – 7 Fish Island (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
North Andover 7/3/2017 9:30 PM Hayes Stadium – 495 Main Street (Rain Date 7/8/2017)
North Reading 7/4/2017 9:30 PM Ipswich River Park – 8 Central Street
Northampton 6/24/2017 9:15 PM Look Park Gazebo Area – Look Park Service Road 6/25/2017
Northbridge 6/30/2017 9:00 PM Lasell Field – 171 Linwood Avenue
Norton 6/17/2017 9:00 PM Norton High School – 66 West Main St.

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Ogunquit, ME 7/4/2017 9:15 Beach Street – main beach (Rain date 7/5/2015)
Onset 7/1/2017 Dusk Onset Beach & Bay (Rain Date 7/8/2017)
Orleans 7/2/2017 Dusk Rock Harbor (Rain Date 7/6/2017)

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Pepperell 7/1/2017 9:30 PM Nissitissit Middle School – Chase Ave. (Rain Date 7/2/2017)
Pittsfield 7/4/2017 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain Date 7/8/2017)
Pittsfield 7/21/2017 9:30 PM Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 105 Wahconah St. (Rain Date 7/29/2017)
Provincetown 7/4/2017 9:00 PM MacMillan Pier

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Quincy 6/10/2017 9:00 PM Pageant field Boat Landing – Vietnam Veterans Drive

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Randolph 7/3/2017 9:30 PM Randolph HS baseball field – 70 Memorial Parkway (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Reading 6/17/2017 9:00 PM Baseball field at the Reading Memorial High School – 62 Oakland Road (Rain Date 6/11/2017)

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Salem 7/4/2017 5:00-10:00 PM Derby Street, Derby Wharf
Salisbury 6/24/2017 9:30 PM Salisbury Beach (Rain Date 6/25/2017)
Salisbury 7/4/2017 9:30 PM Salisbury Beach (No rain date)
Salisbury 7/8/2017 9:30 PM Salisbury Beach (Rain Date 7/9/2017)
Salisbury 7/22/2017 9:30 PM Salisbury Beach (Rain Date 7/24/2017)
Salisbury 7/29/2017 9:30 PM Salisbury Beach (Rain Date 7/30/2017)

Sandwich 7/3/2017 9:00 PM Ridge Country Club – 70 Country Club Road
Sandwich 7/4/2017 9:00 PM Old Town Cemetery – Grove Street (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Sandwich 7/14/2017 9:30 PM Town Fair - 365 Quaker Meeting House Road  
Sandwich 12/31/2017 8:00 PM Sanwich Villag
Somerville 6/29/2017 9:15 PM Trum Field – Franey Road (Rain Date 7/8/2017)
South Hadley 7/3/2017 9:30 PM 100 Mosier Street (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Swampscott 7/3/2017 No further details available 

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Turners Falls 7/29/2017 9:00 PM Franklin County Boat Club – Unity Park 

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Upton 6/24/2017 10:00 PM Front field at Nipmuc Regional H.S. – Pleasant Street (Rain Date 6/25/2017)
Uxbridge 7/8/2017 9:00 PM McCloskey M.S. – 62 Capron Street 

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Waltham 7/4/2017 9:00 PM Leary Field – 19 Athletic Field Road (Rain Date 7/5/2017)
Walpole 7/3/2017 9:30 PM Launched from the center pool area on School St.
Ware 6/24/2017 9:00 PM Ware High School – 4 Gould Road 
Webster 6/24/2017 9:00 PM Webster Lake – Memorial Beach Hillside Ave. (Rain Date 6/25/2017)
Wenham 6/25/2017 4-9pm Patton Park Bay Road & Asbury St (Rain date 6/26/2017)
Westborough 6/10/2017 9:00PM 2 Barges on Chauncy Lake – Chauncy Street Boat Ramp
Wilmington 7/2/2017 9:30PM – Wilmington Town Common (Rain Date 7/3/2017)
Winchester
6/3/2017 9:00 PM Manchester Field – 458 Main Street (Rain Date 6/4/2017)
Winthrop/Boston 7/4/2017 from Yacht Northern Lights 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston 8pm 617-951-2460
Woburn 6/17/2017 10:00 PM DPW Yard off N. Warren St. – North Warren Street
Worcester 6/25/2017 9:00 PM Worcester Country Club – 2 Rice Street (Rain Date 7/9/2017)
Worcester 6/30/2017 9:00 PM Bell Hill – 170 Belmont Street (Rain Date 7/1/2017)

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Yarmouth 10/8/2017 8:00 PM Seaside Festival - Seagull Beach, South Yarmouth

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