LACONIA — Parades, fireworks and concerts will mark Fourth of July celebrations in the Lakes Region.
On Saturday Ashland's July 4th opens with a pancake breakfast fundraiser at The Common Man Restaurant starting at 7 a.m. with the Independence Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m.
There will also be a parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Bristol and Gilmanton's Fourth of July also kicks off at 10 a.m. near the Gilmanton Academy Building. In Wolfeboro, a parade also starts at 10 a.m..
Parades in Moultonborough and Waterville Valley get underway at 11 a.m. while Andover's parade starts at noon.
In Andover a full day of festivities is planned Saturday with a pancake breakfast at 7 p.m., a flea market and concerts throughout the day on the Village Green. Fireworks will be held at dusk.
The fun kicks off in Moultonborough with the parade beginning at 11 a.m. at Blake Road, continuing through town to Old Route 109 and ending at the Lion's Club with a free barbecue for all.
Center Harbor will have a parade at 2 p.m. and there will be band concert at 7 p.m. with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
In Laconia a parade gets underway at 4:30 p.m. which proceeds from Wyatt Park to Opechee Park, where vendors will be set up and local bands will entertain from 5:30 until 10 p.m., when fireworks will begin.
The Meredith July 4th celebration includes a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hesky Park; Meredith Lions Rubber Duckie Race at 4 p.m. at Mill Falls Marketplace. There will be a concert at 7 p.m. with fireworks at dusk.
Crystal Lake Park will open at 6 p.m., in Gilmanton and there will be vendors and live music with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Steele Hill in Sanbornton will host a barbecue at 2 p.m., live entertainment starting a 3 p.m. with fireworks at dusk.
Waterville Valley's fireworks show will be held at dusk.
Also on Saturday there will be a crafts fair at Gunstock Recreation Area in Gilford which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Mt. Washington cruise ship will hold a fireworks cruise from 7-10 p.m. with music by Annie and the Orphans and will return to the Weirs Beach dock following the Meredith Bay fireworks.
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