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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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Past Events


Cape Ann Big Band at the Shalin Liu
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
7 pm
Rockport
August 30, 2015
Click for details on Cape Ann Big Band at the Shalin Liu This diverse 17-piece big band entertains and delights audiences with danceable music infused with jazz, swing, New Orleans street bands, soul, and rock n’ roll that will bring you back in time. more  
Rockport Legion Band Concert - Back Beach Bandstand
Back Beach at the American Legion Bandstand
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Rockport
August 30, 2015
Click for details on Rockport Legion Band Concert - Back Beach Bandstand Enjoy a free concert provided by the Rockport Legion Band on the Bandstand at Back Beach. more  
31st Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival
Gloucester Harbor
Gloucester
September 4, 2015 - September 6, 2015
Click for details on 31st Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival The 31st Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival will be held September 4th - 6th 2015 more  
Della Mae
Shalin Liu Performance Center
8 p.m.
Rockport
September 4, 2015
Click for details on Della Mae Della Mae is a bluegrass foursome that pushes the boundaries of the genre while still keeping true to its homespun roots. more  
Rockport @ Night 2015
Downtown
Rockport
September 4, 2015
Click for details on Rockport @ Night 2015 Every First Friday night, from MAY 1st through OCTOBER 2nd galleries and shops will open their doors from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. (and sometimes even later) for a “Rockport @ Night” event. more  
Film Premiere: Darkness and Light
Shalin Liu Performance Center 37 Main Street
7 p.m. (Artist Talk: 6:30 p.m.)
Rockport
September 10, 2015
Click for details on Film Premiere: Darkness and Light  Rockport's very own, Thi Linh Wernau, presents the east coast premiere screening of her documentary film, "Darkness and Light." Wernau interviews 11 wounded veterans and marines, through the lens of her photography series, "You. Are. Beautiful." more  
TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water
Throughout Essex County
Essex County
September 18, 2015 - September 27, 2015
Click for details on TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water Hike, Bike, and Sail during the 14th annual Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water. Experience the natural beauty, cultural resources and American heritage found in the Essex National Heritage Area, encompassing all of Cape Ann and located just n more  
Rockport @ Night 2015
Downtown
Rockport
October 2, 2015
Click for details on Rockport @ Night 2015 Every First Friday night, from MAY 1st through OCTOBER 2nd galleries and shops will open their doors from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. (and sometimes even later) for a “Rockport @ Night” event.
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11th Annual Rockport HarvestFest
Downtown Rockport
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Rockport
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  
33rd Annual Essex Clamfest
Shepard Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Essex
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  
Dine Out Cape Ann
Cape Ann
October 25, 2015 - November 5, 2015
The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Dine Out Cape Ann for two consecutive weeks, October 25-29 and November 1-5, 2015. Come and taste the best of Cape Ann's restaurant scene. more  
Candy Making Demonstrations, Tuck's Candy Factory, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
7 Dock Square
Rockport
November 28, 2015
Click for details on Candy Making Demonstrations, Tuck's Candy Factory, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tuck’s Candy Factory, 7 Dock Square, 9:30 am- 4:30 pm. Free demonstrations of candy-cane, ribbon candy, and sating stick making. Come in and watch and sample! Enter the drawing for a 6-foot candy-cane! more  
Candy Making Demonstrations, Tuck's Candy Factory, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuck's Candy Factory
7 Dock Square
Rockport
December 5, 2015
Click for details on Candy Making Demonstrations, Tuck's Candy Factory, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Free demonstrations of candy-cane, ribbon candy, and satin stick making. Come in and watch and sample! Enter the drawing for a 6-foot candy cane! more  
Santa's Arrival in Rockport and Tree Lighting
T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor
and Dock Square
3:45pm
Rockport
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
Rockport
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
Rockport
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  
Candy Making Demonstrations, Tuck's Candy Factory, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuck's Candy Factory
7 Dock Square
December 12, 2015
Click for details on Candy Making Demonstrations, Tuck's Candy Factory, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Free demonstrations of candy-cane, ribbon candy, and satin stick making. Come in and watch and sample! Enter the drawing for a 6-foot candy cane! more  
Scandinavian Jul Fest, 9 am - 1 pm
Spiran Hall (corner of School St. and Broadway)
Rockport
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  
Seaside Village Open House Weekend
Downtown Rockport and Beyond
Rockport
December 12, 2015 - December 13, 2015
Click for details on Seaside Village Open House Weekend Featuring holiday fairs and shows, strolling musicians, and Holiday Hayrides drawn by a team of Belgian draft horses. Find unique gift ideas and refreshments in the shops throughout downtown Rockport.
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70th Annual Christmas Nativity Pageant
Dock Square and Main Street
5pm
Rockport
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  
Candy Making Demonstrations, Tuck's Candy Factory, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuck's Candy Factory
7 Dock Square
Rockport
December 19, 2015
Click for details on Candy Making Demonstrations, Tuck's Candy Factory, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Free demonstrations of candy-cane, ribbon candy, and satin stick making. Come in and watch and sample! Enter the drawing for a 6-foot candy cane!
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  
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