’Tis the season for red, white and blue, and as Independence Day draws closer, celebrations are on tap in Attleboro, Foxboro, Cumberland, Pawtucket, Providence, Boston and Fall River.
Attleboro will host its annual fireworks show at the Attleboro High School and Brennan Middle School complex after the sun sets on Tuesday, July 3, with a rain date set for Thursday, July 5.
But the party continues from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday with the annual Kidz 4th Fun celebration at the Poncin-Hewitt Recreation Complex. The event will have music courtesy of DJ Nate Adams, a patriotic bike parade, races and games for children and their parents, sprinkler fun (bring your swimsuits, kids) and complimentary hot dogs, chips and beverages.
Foxboro will hold its ninth annual Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 road races and fireworks show on Tuesday, July 3, at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium to benefit One Mission, a pediatric cancer support foundation. The festivities will kick off, however, on Sunday and Monday, July 1 and 2, with a Health and Wellness Expo and free family activities.
On Tuesday, a Kids Fun Run will start at 3 p.m., a 5K race at 6 p.m. and the 10K at 7. The fun run allows children ages two to 12 to run a lap inside Gillette Stadium before finishing at the 50-yard line. New this year, each participant will get a superhero cape to wear while they run.
The 5k and 10k races also finish in the stadium where runners will enter through a Patriots inflatable helmet. The big screens will show participants as their names are called over the PA system when they cross the 50-yard line to receive their commemorative medals.
The festivities will end with a bang when fireworks go off at about 9 p.m.
Cumberland will host its 92nd annual Arnold Mills Parade and Road Race on the July 4, with this year’s theme being “Celebrating our Heritage.” The four-mile road race, which began in 1969, is open to all and will start at 9 a.m. at the North Cumberland Fire Station.
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Nate Whipple Highway, close to the North Attleboro line, and again go heavy on creativity. There will be fire trucks, antique and custom cars, bands, clowns, bicycles, patriotic walkers, floats and “Rhode Island’s dancing cop” Tony Lepore. Festivities will conclude with the Concert on the Green at 1 p.m. at the Arnold Mills United Methodist Church, with music by Nightlife Orchestra.
Celebrations at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket will take place on July 2 and 3 with patriotic fireworks after the PawSox take on the Rochester Red Wings. The first pitch is at 6:15 p.m. on both nights and the fireworks will go off immediately after the games.
The Independence Day Celebration in Providence will take place July 4 at India Point Park. This free event will have a food truck corral with more than 15 local vendors and a bike parade beginning at 6 p.m. at Providence City Hall. There will also be live entertainment by the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast and other “surprise guests” beginning at 7, followed by a fireworks display over Narragansett Bay at 9:15.
The classic Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will take place on July 3 and 4. The Boston Pops Orchestra will perform at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade at 8 p.m. on both nights accompanied by guest performers Rachel Platten, Rhiannon Giddens, Indigo Girls, Rita Moreno, Natalie Cortez and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. The program will be the same on both nights except for a fireworks display over the Charles River on the 4th.
Battleship Cove in Fall River is another option for the Fourth that will require more time in the car, but could be well worth the trip. The city will have its fireworks display on July 4, and Battleship Cove is offering viewing from the decks of the USS Massachusetts. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks will begin around 9:30. Tickets are $10 and available at the museum’s gift shop or online at www.battleshipcove.org.