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Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks

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Festivities marking the nation's 240th birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Monday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.

A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.


The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are Sunday night (no fireworks) and Monday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops. MBTA running free after the Monday's concert. More information here.


Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual celebration featuring music, food, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Guests are invited to a ribbon cutting of Shakespeare & Company’s upgraded accessibility features at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at 1:45 p.m., concessions for sale will open at 2 p.m., and the free reading of the Declaration of Independence at 3 p.m.
James Taylor is returning to Tanglewood. A fireworks display over Stockbridge Bowl follows the concert.


North Adams
The SteepleCats will face off at 6:30 p.m. against the Upper Valley Nighthawks at Joe Wolfe Field, followed by the annual fireworks display at around 9:30 p.m

The annual Fourth of July Parade begins at 10 a.m. — rain or shine — at the corner of South and West Housatonic streets and ends at historic Wahconah Park. This year's theme is "Celebrating Our Independence," featuring longtime educator Lillian Quinn as the grand marshal. 
There will be parking restrictions in place along the parade route with adjacent side streets being utilized for by police for staging. Restricted parking signs will be in place throughout the route and staging areas on July 3 and enforced on July 4 starting at 6 a.m. 
The staging area includes West Housatonic Street from Center Street to South Street, South Street, Wendell Avenue, Bartlett Avenue, Broad Street, Taconic Street, Pomeroy Avenue north of Broad Street, East Housatonic Street and the included area. 
The parade route includes South Street, Bank Row, Park Place, North Street, and Wahconah Street.
The Pittsfield Suns game take on the Nashua Silver Knights beginning at 7 p.m. Fireworks follow the game.
Williamstown hosts the annual July 4 parade beginning at 11 a.m. from Southworth Street and marching to Spring Street for a community barbecue. The Capital Brass Band will be playing across from Images Cinema.
A fun run/walk will precede with parade at 9:30 a.m. starting from Berkshire Fitness Company at 16 Water St.
Actors from the Williamstown Theatre Festival will be performing a reading of the Declaration of Independence and the British reply at the lawn next to Sawyer Library at 1:30 p.m.

Want to be included? Send your July 4 celebration information to
MassDOT Travel Safety Tips
MassDOT encourages safe travel during the upcoming July 4 holiday. Before traveling, drivers are encouraged to check the live Traffic Cameras web page for a look at current traffic. More informatin on holiday travel can be found here.
For travelers visiting the Cape, consider the train! The CapeFLYER train will run Thursday, July 3 on a Friday schedule. Visit  for complete schedules and ticket information.
Motorists should consider joining the E-ZPass program ahead of the
Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 pm Friday, July 4, through 5 am Saturday morning, July 5.  The plazas serving free coffee include 11 service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6 in Barnstable, and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.
All RMV offices will be closed Friday July 4 in observance of the holiday.


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