2. Community patriotism
In Salem, join Mayor Kimberley Driscoll for a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 9 a.m. on Salem Common. Or stop by the two-town Fourth of July celebration from noon to 3 p.m. at Patton Park, on Bay Road in Hamilton, for a 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. For more information, visit www.communityhouse.org.
3. Out with a bang
End your day with a spectacular fireworks display:
- Salem celebrates the Fourth from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Salem Maritime Historic Site, Derby Wharf. Festivities begin with the opening of Kids’ Space, featuring face painting, games, crafts and prizes for children, and live music from Britannica, followed by Julie Dougherty. Opening ceremonies begin at 7:15 p.m. followed by a performance by the Hillyer Festival Orchestra; fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. For more information, call 978-745-9595 or visit www.salem.com.
- Flares will be lit around the perimeter of Marblehead Harbor for the Harbor Illumination tonight at 8:45. At 9 p.m., fireworks will be launched off a barge at the mouth of the harbor. You can watch from Fort Sewall, Chandler Hovey Park and Crocker Park. For details, including parking, and traffic tips, visit www.marbleheadfireworks.org.
- General admission begins at 5 p.m. for non-West Beach members to view tonight's Shoreline Illumination and Fireworks. Tickets are $15 at the gate, and there is no parking at the beach. Parking is also limited along local streets. Alcohol, fireworks, glass containers and coolers are not allowed, and all bags are subject to search on entry. For more information, visit www.beverlyfarms.org.