Fourth of July Celebrations in Central Mass

Independence Day is exciting for any number of reasons. This year, Central Massachusetts offers many ways to celebrate and commemorate the holiday.


The town of Auburn starts the evening off right with music, food, and activities in theme. Come on out to Pappas Recreation Complex on Pakachoag St. and enjoy face painting, a rock climbing wall, train rides and several other family-oriented events. The celebration runs from 5 pm to 10 pm on Thursday, June 29 with fireworks starting at 9:30 pm. And it’s free!


If you’re looking for a patriotic night filled with memorable events and town pride, look no further than Worcester on the 30th of June, at 4 pm and onward. Just a day after Auburn’s celebrations, the event is sponsored by Fallon Health in Cristoforo Colombo Park on Shrewsbury Street. Highlights will include activities, games and food, as well as an appearance from Worcester Bravehearts’ mascot Jake the Lion. Also look forward to a flag raising and an orchestral performance from the acclaimed Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, the latter of which will be led by conductor Myron Romanul. This last element is just one aspect of what makes the occasion so special. Experience vibrant scores of the ages and today, performed as if in counterpoint with the fireworks illuminating the skies.

Rain date is to be July 1.


Venture out to Webster on Saturday, July 1 for their annual festival on Lake Chaubunagungamaug. Memorial Beach Park is typically a relaxing enough place to be, and the fireworks occurring later on will add to the wistful quality of the afternoon and evening. The general time frame for Webster Lake’s annual independence day celebration will be from noon and onward. Rain date is July 2, cost to attend is $5 per car.

Northbridge Annual Fireworks Display

Town of Whitinsville also has an event to speak of: On Friday, June 30, come on out at 6 pm for a chance to celebrate the holiday with no damage to your wallet. A firework display begins at 9:15 pm, which will take place at Northbridge Middle School, Lasell Field, 171 Linwood Ave.


Old Sturbridge Village goes colonial for the Fourth of July, with patriotic events and live musical performances on the Common. Visitors can enjoy a summer barbecue with beer and wine, along with 19th-century-inspired sports and “Farm Yard Games”. A reading and signing of the Declaration of Independence will take place on all four days, from July 1-4, and overall the Village is a leisurely and historical way to spend the holiday(s). Hours are 9:30-5 pm.


Independence Day in Rutland is also one for the books. “It’s A Rutland Thing” takes place from July 1-4 this year, and these three days are filled with activity. Much of this is free, in various locations throughout Rutland. Events, food, music, and of course fireworks, are all highlights of Rutland’s observance. Fireworks are on July 3 at 9:20 pm in the evening.


Shrewsbury’s Parks and Recreation Department holds their annual 4th of July celebration on the day itself. Live music, face painting, and other games will take place all day in addition to a decorated bicycle and doll carriage parade for children around noon. Later on, visitors can enjoy a cookout, which includes vegetarian options. The event itself will be from 12-4 pm in Dean Park, 805 Main St., Shrewsbury. Bring $8 for unlimited access to events or call 508 841 8503 for more info.


Another option is Uxbridge’s Premeer 4th of July Celebration at McCloskey Field. Premeer Real Estate sponsors an event running from afternoon to late evening on July 8, 4pm-9pm. Look forward to fireworks, food, music and more!


Town of Fitchburg holds a parade on July 4th. Known for its community involvement, the town will begin its parade at 10am and march from Summer Street and into the Upper Common. Whether you’re viewing as a spectator or in the parade itself, this is one to attend!

ArtsWorcester’s Fifth Annual One

To celebrate the Fifth Annual “One,” ArtsWorcester has announced their summer exhibition to be held later on this week. Selected by art juror Roger Hankins, six artists will be recognized in honorarium, with works eclectic in theme and scope. Among them are

  • Tess Barbato, $4000, oil on canvas
  • Lawrence DeJong, ECCLESIASTIC ARCHITECTURE, Fr., archival lambda c-print from film
  • Madge Evers, Untitled, mushroom spores on paper
  • Amanda Kidd Schall, Prude I, mixed media print
    with etching, monotype, and chine-collé
  • Tyler Vance, Self Portrait in Armor, oil on panel,
  • Sarah Williams, Vase (a bit of a mess), porcelain

Originally founded as the Cultural Assembly of Greater Worcester, ArtsWorcester has supported local artists for 38 years. Vibrant and historical in location and scope, ArtsWorcester is no stranger to creativity. This event is held at their usual location of 660 Main Street in Worcester. Support your local artists and be inspired! Refreshments sponsored by deadhorse hill.

The entire collection amounts to 144 works of art. These are to be on view this Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12-4 pm, and by appointment through June 15.

Dining Review: Leo’s is a classic that doesn’t disappoint

Any discussion of Leo’s Ristorante that doesn’t acknowledge its place in history as one of the original Shrewsbury Street dining landmarks is like taking visitors on a tour of Worcester and bypassing Turtle Boy or taking them to the base of George Street without challenging them to a race to the summit.

Steal the Style: Paper flowers

I have been planning my best friend’s baby shower for a couple months now. And, of course, Pinterest is my go-to, but it gives me both extreme joy and anxiety. I pin away for hours, fully knowing I will never make the recipe, get the $400 coat or paint my furniture bright pink.

PulseBrew: Warm weather beers

The weather is changing, and most of us can be found at social gatherings, around pools or on the patio of our favorite local watering hole. I have taken special care to choose five beers that craft beer drinkers will enjoy, as well as those who typically do not enjoy craft beer. Here are some of my favorites – all locally brewed and readily available nearby. Cheers!