Friday, July 4
Beverly: Farms-Prides 4th of July Horribles Parade, 8 a.m., 4th of July Horribles Parade steps off from the corner of Oak and West streets. The parade proceeds up West, goes right onto Hale, left onto High, left to Haskell, left to Everett, left back to Hale, right to West and a final left back onto Oak where it will disband in front of the Hastings House. Rain or shine. www.beverlyfarms.org.
Salem: New location: Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence, 9 a.m., Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square, W. Following the singing of the national anthem by select members of the Glee Club of the North Shore YMCA, the document will be read by Dann Maurno. Bob Kendall will provide piano music, and John Howard will lead the audience in singing. Coffee will provided by the Salem Common Neighborhood Association.
Marblehead: Marblehead Festival of Arts, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., venues throughout downtown Marblehead, with arts exhibits, model boat building, writers world, performing arts and en plein air painting. Visit www.facebook.com/Marblehead.Festival.of.Arts for weather updates as events may change. Satellite parking at Marblehead High School. www.marbleheadfestival.org.
Beverly: Ryal Side Parade & Ceremonies, 10 a.m., corner of Western Avenue and Bridge Street. The Ryal Side Civic Association will sponsor its annual Fourth of July Parade, which starts at the corner of Western Avenue and Bridge Street, and proceeds down Bridge Street onto Kernwood Avenue, then ends at Obear Park. All children welcome to participate. Following the parade will be an opening ceremony, then children’s activities. Prizes and ribbons awarded in categories of costumes, bikes, carriages and floats. Judging begins at 9 a.m. Free to all children. Rain or shine.
Hamilton: Two-Town Fourth of July Celebration, 10 a.m. to noon, Patton Park, Bay Road. Two-town Independence Day celebration includes a bike parade, musical entertainment, bouncy house, cow pie bingo (weather permitting) and other festivities. In case of rain, there will be no outside activities; all activities will take place inside the Community House. www.communityhouse.org.