Ipswich: Town Parade, 8:30 a.m., decorate bikes, trikes and wagons at Winthrop School, 325 Bay Road, South Hamilton. Parade starts at Winthrop at 10 a.m., then proceeds up Mineral Street, then right on High Street, left on County Street, right on Hovey Street, right on Water Street, then along Ipswich River ending at Town Hall for a ceremony at 10:45 a.m.
Salem: Reading of the Declaration of Independence, 9 a.m., Salem Common. Join Mayor Kimberley Driscoll for a reading of the Declaration of Independence. 978-745-9595 or www.salem.com.
Danvers: Back Bay Parade, 11 a.m. to noon, Back Bay Neighborhood. The Back Bay Parade will assemble on the corner of Damon and Porter streets at 10:30 a.m., followed by the parade start at 11 a.m., which will travel through local neighborhoods. Wear costumes; bring decorated doll carriages, bicycles and wagons; take an antique car out for a spin; walk as a Boy Scout, Girl Scout or sports group; make a float; carry a sign; or simply enjoy watching the parade. Mary Jo O’Connell, 978-774-7572.
Hamilton: Two-Town Fourth of July Celebration, noon to 3 p.m., Patton Park, Bay Road. Two-town Independence Day celebration includes a bike parade at noon; opening ceremony at 12:15 p.m. with the Military Color Guard and patriotic tunes by Essex County 4; a cookout by Hamilton-Wenham Rotary Club; artisans; music; monkey bridge; ice cream; cow pie bingo; bouncy house; face painting; children’s games, activities and rides. To participate in the bike parade, meet at the Methodist Church by 11:45 a.m. www.communityhouse.org.
Hamilton: Boat parade, 1 p.m., around Chebacco Lake. Attendees are invited to participate in the Chebacco Lake & Watershed Association’s annual July Fourth Boat Parade, which meets at 1 p.m. in front of the Centennial Grove beach for a slow cruise around the entire lake. Awards will be given for the most patriotic and creative entries. All decorated boats will get a prize. Spectators are invited to cheer on the parade from shore. www.chebaccolake.org.