Parades, fireworks and concerts will mark Fourth of July celebrations in the Lakes Region, which gets underway tonight with fireworks at Crystal Lake Park in Gilmanton and in Ashland at 9:30 p.m. and another fireworks show in Weirs Beach will be held at midnight Sunday.
Ashland has moved the site of its fireworks display from the L.W. Packard Field to the Ashland Elementary School playing field where larger size fireworks are permitted. Fireworks will be set off Saturday, July 2. 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 parade also kicks off at 10 a.m. near the Gilmanton Academy Building.
In Wolfeboro a parade starts at 10 a.m., then fireworks at dusk over Wolfeboro Bay. A band concert will take place near the town docks preceding the fireworks.
Parades in Moultonborough and Waterville Valley get underway at 11 a.m. while Andover's parade starts at noon. Waterville Valley's fireworks show will be held at dusk.
In Andover, a full day of festivities is planned Monday 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 Lions 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.
In Ossipee, on Monday, July 4th, the parade starts at 10 a.m., with fireworks scheduled for 9 p.m.
Steele Hill in Sanbornton will host a barbecue and live entertainment starting a 3 p.m. with fireworks at dusk.
Sandwich will have fireworks Sunday at dusk at the Sandwich Fairgrounds.
Also on Saturday and Sunday, there will be a craft fair at Gunstock Recreation Area in Gilford which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The M/S Mount Washington cruise ship will hold a fireworks cruise from 7 to 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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