TWO-TOWN FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION. Thursday, July 4, noon to 3 p.m., Patton Park, Bay Road, Hamilton. 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.
BOAT PARADE. Thursday, July 4, 1 p.m., around Chebacco Lake, Hamilton. 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.
SALEM CELEBRATES THE FOURTH. Thursday, July 4, 4 to 10 p.m., 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 at 7:15 p.m. followed by a performance by the Hillyer Festival Orchestra; fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. 978-745-9595 or www.salem.com.
JULY FOURTH FIREWORKS AND HARBOR ILLUMINATION 2013. Thursday, July 4, 8:45 p.m., around perimeter of Marblehead Harbor, Marblehead. Flares will be lit around the perimeter of the harbor for the Harbor Illumination at 8:45 p.m. About 9 p.m., fireworks will be launched off a barge at the mouth of the harbor. Public viewing at Fort Sewall, Chandler Hovey Park and Crocker Park. For details, including parking, and traffic tips, visit www.marbleheadfireworks.org.