Fourth of July festivities
HIGHLAND’S HORRIBLES PARADE. Thursday, July 4, 8 a.m. registration followed by parade from 9 to 11 a.m. in Danvers. Parade starts at Seaboard Products, corner of Beachwood and Collins streets. Part of Danvers Family Festival. All are welcome to dress up, and decorate wagons, bikes and floats, or just march in festive Fourth of July attire. Prizes awarded for different categories. Refreshments for participants. www.danversfamilyfestival.com.
FARMS-PRIDES HORRIBLES PARADE. Thursday, July 4, 8 a.m., parade route starts at the corner of Oak and West streets and, after making a loop, ends in front of the Hastings House on Oak Street in Beverly Farms. www.beverlyfarms.org.
IPSWICH TOWN PARADE. Thursday, July 4, 9 a.m., decorate bikes, trikes and wagons at Winthrop School, 325 Bay Road, South Hamilton. Parade float participants and antique cars should arrive at 9:15 a.m. Parade starts at Winthrop at 10 a.m., then proceeds up Manning Street to High Street, toward East Street to Water Street, ending at Town Hall for a ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Excerpts from the Declaration of Independence will be read, followed by old-fashioned children’s races. www.town.ipswich.ma.us.
READING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. Thursday, July 4, 9 a.m., Salem Common. Join Mayor Kimberley Driscoll for a reading of the Declaration of Independence. 978-745-9595 or www.salem.com.
GERRY 5 VFA HORRIBLES PARADE. Thursday, July 4, 10 a.m., parade starts in the National Grand Bank parking lot, 91 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Free admission. Joan Champlin, 781-631-3264.
BACK BAY PARADE. Thursday, July 4, 11 a.m. to noon, Back Bay Neighborhood in Danvers. 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.