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4th of July Fireworks over Gloucester Harbor Independence Day Celebrations
July 3, 2015 - July 4, 2015
Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport
Cape Ann, Massachusetts

Cape Ann Celebrates Independence Day with Free Concerts, Fireworks, Parades, Bonfires, and more.

July 3 (Gloucester)

5:00 p.m. - Free Concert on Stacy Boulevard (Stage adjacent to the Blynman Canal and Drawbridge)

6:00 p.m. - Gloucester Horribles Parade begins

7:00 p.m. (approximately, after the Parade passes) - Concert resumes

9:30 pm - Grand Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor

July 4 (Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport)

10:00 am - Manchester-by-the-Sea Independence Day Parade

6:00 pm - Rockport Firemen’s Parade

8:00 pm - Rockport Legion Band Concert - Back Beach

9:00 pm - Rockport Bonfire - Back Beach

Gloucester Horribles Parade Route:
Start at Gloucester High School
Leslie O. Johnson Road
Centennial Avenue
Stacy Boulevard (Western Avenue)
Rogers Street
Manuel F. Lewis Street
Main Street
Pleasant Street
Prospect Street
Railroad Avenue
Washington Street
Centennial Avenue
Emerson Avenue
Lincoln Avenue
Blynman Avenue
End at Gloucester High School

Manchester 4th of July Parade Route:
Starts at Manchester/Essex High School
Lincoln Street
Vine Street
School Street
Pleasant Street
Pine Street
Central Street
Union Street
Norwood Avenue
Ends at Coach Field Playground

Rockport Firemen's Parade Route:
Start at Rockport High School
Jerden's Lane
South Street
Mt. Pleasant Street
Dock Square
Main Street
Beach Street
End at Back Beach

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11th Annual Rockport HarvestFest
Downtown Rockport
10 AM - 6 PM
October 17, 2015
Click for details on 11th Annual Rockport HarvestFest The annual Rockport HarvestFest celebration features the best of the season in a quintessential coastal New England setting, offering live music, great food, and plenty of activities for families. more  
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
8 PM
October 23, 2015
Click for details on SPYRO GYRA One of the most beloved fusion bands in the world, Spyro Gyra continues to find the sweet spot between jazz, funk, and new age music. more  
33rd Annual Essex Clamfest
Shepard Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
October 24, 2015
The 33rd annual Essex ClamFest will be held from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in Memorial Park in Essex. The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting, a competition that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best chowd more  
Rockport PTO Holiday Fair
Rockport High School
24 Jerden's Lane
November 14, 2015
Featuring 50 Crafters and Artists, Gingerbread Houses, Surprise Jars, Enchanted Gift Shop, Games, Face Painting, Baked Goods, the DECA Spirit Wear Store, lunch and much, much more! more  
Rockport Ambulance Benefit Breakfast
Ellen's Harborside Restaurant
8 AM - 10 AM
November 22, 2015
Come enjoy the incomparable baked stuffed French toast, along with ham, juice and coffee, all for the benefit of the Rockport Ambulance Service, at Ellen’s Harborside Restaurant. A fun and delectable annual community event. more  
Black Friday in Rockport
Throughout Downtown
November 27, 2015
Rockport's merchants will be opening early and staying open for extended hours, offering a delightful, relaxing alternative for your Black Friday holiday shopping. more  
Rockport Small Business Saturday
SHOP SMALL and support local Rockport Businesses
November 28, 2015
Click for details on Rockport Small Business Saturday Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to the businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. more  
Shop Rockport Night
Downtown Rockport
4-9 pm
December 4, 2015
4-9 pm. The merchants of Rockport invite you to an evening of holiday shopping-- a festive evening of special promotions and events. more  
Santa's Arrival in Rockport and Tree Lighting
T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor
and Dock Square
1 - 5 PM
December 5, 2015
Click for details on Santa's Arrival in Rockport and Tree Lighting Santa arrives in Rockport Harbor on a lobster boat, followed by a parade from T-Wharf to Dock Square for the town Tree Lighting festivities. more  
Seashells and Jingle Bells Inn & Home Kitchen Tour, 1-5 pm
Various locations throughout the town
December 6, 2015
Click for details on Seashells and Jingle Bells Inn & Home Kitchen Tour, 1-5 pm This is the 5th year for this fresh, new event featuring a delectable mix of Rockport's finest accommodations and private homes. Visit the beautiful seaside homes and inns of Rockport, all decked out for the holidays. View event for details. more  
14th Annual Christmas in Rockport Holiday Gallery Stroll
Downtown Rockport and Beyond
Noon to 4 pm
December 12, 2015 - December 13, 2015
Click for details on 14th Annual Christmas in Rockport Holiday Gallery Stroll Featuring Rockport's finest artists and galleries. Don't miss this chance to meet Rockport's artists in their studios. Gallery Stroll maps available at information shed and participating galleries. Look for Art Gallery Stroll banners. more  
Rockport's Christmas Stroll Weekend
Downtown Rockport and Beyond
December 12, 2015 - December 13, 2015
Click for details on Rockport's Christmas Stroll Weekend Featuring holiday fairs and shows, strolling musicians, and Holiday Hayrides. Find unique gift ideas and refreshments in the shops throughout downtown Rockport.
Scandinavian Jul Fest, 9 am - 1 pm
Spiran Hall (corner of School St. and Broadway)
December 12, 2015
Click for details on Scandinavian Jul Fest, 9 am - 1 pm Saint Lucia Pageant, children's dancing, Spiran musicians, traditional foods and gifts, holiday greens, and luncheon. Free admission. more  
70th Annual Christmas Nativity Pageant
Dock Square and Main Street
December 19, 2015
Click for details on 70th Annual Christmas Nativity Pageant In the spirit of the holidays, the Rockport Pageant Committee is once again hosting the Annual Christmas Nativity Pageant, in partnership with the Rockport Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. (Inclement weather date December 20) more  
New Year's Rockport Eve
Downtown Rockport
December 31, 2015
Click for details on New Year's Rockport Eve Celebrating the New Year with family, friends, and neighbors. Six hours of continuous entertainment in downtown Rockport. 6 p.m. - midnight. more  
The Stunning Seaside Shalin Liu Performance Center
Pleasant Street Inn, Rockport, MA
The Quarterdeck Inn By The Sea, Rockport
Inns of Rockport

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