Your Guide to July

The dog days of summer have arrived, but we’re here to help you get through them with the following list of this month’s coolest happenings. See what’s in store for July!

July 4 — Independence Day

Are you ready to celebrate America’s birthday? Here are some fun facts to get you pumped up for the holiday:

  • More than 16,000 official fireworks displays are held across the U.S. each year.

  • Macy’s fireworks show in NYC is the largest in the country.

  • 150 million hot dogs are consumed annually on the 4th.

July 15 — National Ice Cream Day

Take a break from the summer heat by indulging in your favorite ice cream flavor, or get creative with one of these super-easy homemade ice cream recipes! (Bonus tip: July is actually National Ice Cream Month, so if you’re a true ice cream lover, you have all month long to celebrate!)

July 17 — 89th MLB All-Star Game

This year’s Midsummer Classic takes place at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., where the best in baseball will come together to showcase their talents. Play ball!

 

July 22 — Parents’ Day

No matter how old you get, it’s always important to let your parents know you appreciate them. Make sure you’re the favorite this year by doing something extra special for Mom and Dad, and if you’re a parent yourself, take this opportunity to have some you time. You deserve it!

July 31 — National Mutt Day

Did you know mixed-breed dogs make up about 80% of shelter dogs across the country? There’s just as much to love about mutts as there is about purebreds; in fact, mixed-breed dogs tend to be healthier and live longer than their purebred counterparts. So if you’re thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, consider adopting from your local shelter. Can’t adopt? National Mutt Day is a great time to donate or volunteer to help bring awareness to the millions of lovable mutts that need a forever home.

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Your Guide to June

 

Happy June! Are you ready for some summer fun?

Make this June one for the books with the following ideas for a fun-filled month.

Chill with Your Bestie

June 8 — National Best Friends Day

Friends are the family we choose. Do you have a best friend who means a lot to you? Celebrate your friendship by scheduling some time to do something you both enjoy. Whether it’s an epic outdoor adventure or an evening of drinks and good conversation, time spent with your best pal is always time well spent!

Do Something for Dad

June 17 — Father’s Day

Want to create a Father’s Day that dad will remember? This year, trade the cards and grill sets for experiences, like a day at the ball park or a weekend camping trip. Even something as simple as a quiet family dinner can make for meaningful memories that he’ll cherish for years to come.

Kick Off Summer with an Outdoor Shindig

June 21 — First Day of Summer 

It’s officially here! Give summer a proper welcome by hosting an outdoor bash with friends and family. Think backyard barbecue, luau-themed pool party, or outdoor movie night. Don’t forget the food and libations, like this Southern BBQ Chicken and Peach Iced Tea. If you haven’t planned your summer vacation yet, now is the time to start! Get inspired with these 5 Ideas for a Memorable Summer Getaway.

File Your Taxes

June 22 — Take Your Dog to Work Day®

Did you know that bringing your four-legged friends to work can actually boost morale? According to a 2016 survey, 88% of employees agreed, and 85% said it creates a better work-life balance. Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTWD) is a special opportunity to celebrate your love of Fido with like-minded coworkers, while bringing awareness to pet-friendly causes. Need help convincing your employer to host a TYDTWD? Pet Sitters International offers a free toolkit filled with helpful resources.

Pass on Plastic

June 28 — National Insurance Awareness Day

Raise your hand if you’ve: had a birthday in the past year, had a baby, bought a house, or you basically have anything valuable you want to protect. Sound like you? (News flash: It’s all of us.) Make sure the stuff that matters to you is properly insured. Take some time to assess your coverage and make the changes that are right for you. #Adulting

 

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Your Guide to May

As you’re busy juggling your spring to-dos, be sure to check out what’s happening this month … and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.”
– Edwin Way Teale

May 1 — May Day/International Workers’ Day

This twofold holiday celebrates both the spring season and the rights and achievements of working people. So whether you want to spend more time in your garden or stand in solidarity with your fellow workers, there’s no wrong way to celebrate!

If you’re not familiar with this holiday, here are some fun facts to get you up to speed:

  • May Day traditions can be traced back thousands of years to ancient Celtic and Roman cultures, where they held festivals to celebrate the coming of spring.

  • The holiday took on a different meaning in the U.S. in the late 19th century, when laborers joined forces to fight for safer working conditions and an eight-hour work day.

  • The distress signal “Mayday! Mayday!” has nothing to do with May Day, but is actually an adoption of the French word m’aider, meaning “help me.”

May 4 — Star Wars Day

PYou don’t have to be in a galaxy far, far away to get in the Star WarsTM spirit on May 4th. This is a day for fans everywhere to revel in all things Star Wars. From hosting a movie marathon to cosplaying your favorite character to trying weird things like this blue milk recipe, there are a million and one ways to celebrate the beloved saga. Find more ideas at starwars.com.

May 5 — Cinco de Mayo

 

Officially a celebration of Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla, this lively holiday has become a fun and popular way to honor Mexican culture and heritage. Take part in the fiesta by heading to your nearest Cinco de Mayo festival, where you can enjoy traditional Mexican food, dance, art, and other cultural treasures.

May 13 — Mother’s Day

 

Let the moms in your life know they’re loved and appreciated, not just on Mother’s Day, but every day. Whether it’s quality time, a home-cooked meal, or a day at the spa, think of ways you can give Mom a break and make her feel extra special this Mother’s Day.

May 28 — Memorial Day 

On Memorial Day, we pause to remember those who bravely gave their lives for our freedom. Please join me in honoring the memory and sacrifice of our nation’s fallen heroes.

New England Fall Events 

 

New England Fall Events is your best guide for seasonal fun and fall activities.

We have state-by-state guides to the best PYO apple picking, pumpkin patches, hayrides, food festivals, harvest celebrations, and events for the fall season. New England Fall Events makes it easy to create new fall traditions and priceless family memories. This is a guide for New Englanders, by New Englanders.

Slow down and savor New England’s fall culture and traditions by celebrating the orchards, farms, small businesses, seasonal attractions, fall festivals, and local food which are the very fabric of our communities.

Courtesy of http://www.newenglandfallevents.com/

4th of July firework dates, times across Massachusetts

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BOSTON —Here are firework displays being held in Massachusetts communities for the 4th of July.

Note: Some shows may be cancelled due to weather – so keep an eye on the weather report!

June 30

  • Dracut – School Complex at the Gazebo – 9:00 p.m.
  • Somerville – (rain date 7/7) – Trum Field – 9:15 p.m.

July 1

  • Auburn – (rain date 7/2) – Pappas Recreation Complex – 9:30 p.m.
  • Harvard – (rain date 7/8) – approx. 9:15 p.m.
  • Mashpee – Mashpee High School – Dusk
  • Northbridge – (rain date 7/8) – Lassel Field – approx. 9:15 p.m.
  • Taunton – Hopewell Park – 9:00 p.m.
  • Webster – (rain date 7/2) – Memorial Beach – approx. 9:00 p.m.
  • Worcester – East Park – 9:30 p.m.

July 2

  • Acton – NARA Park – 9:25 p.m.
  • Ayer – Pirone Park – 9:30 p.m.
  • Boston — Long Wharf/Inner Harbor 9 p.m.
  • Fitchburg – Rollstone Hill – 10:00 p.m.
  • Greenfield – (rain date 7/3) – Beacon Field – (sometime between 4:00-10:30 p.m.)
  • Halifax – Town Hall Green – 9:00 p.m.
  • Hingham – Hingham Harbor – approx. 9:15 p.m.
  • Lexington –  Center Field Track – approx. 9:30 p.m.
  • Methuen – (rain date 7/8) – Riverside Park – 9:15 p.m.
  • Orleans – (rain date 7/3) – Rock Harbor – Dusk
  • Pepperell – Nissitissit Middle School – Dusk
  • Westfield – South Middle School – Dusk
  • Wilmington – (rain date 7/3) – Wilmington Town Common – 9:30 p.m.

July 3

  • Amesbury – Woodsom Farms – 7-10 p.m.
  • Andover – Andover High School – 9:25 p.m.
  • Attleboro – (rain date 7/5) – Attleboro High School – 9:00 p.m.
  • Foxborough — Gillette Stadium/Patriots Place 9:15 p.m.
  • Freetown – Hathaway Park – 9:45 p.m.
  • Gloucester – Gloucester Harbor – 9:30 p.m.
  • Lynn – (rain date 7/6) – Barge near Red Rock – 9:15 p.m.
  • Manchester by the Sea – Singing Beach – approx. 9:15 p.m.
  • Middleborough – Pierce Playground – 10:00 p.m.
  • Milford – Plains Park – 10:00 p.m.
  • Millbury – Windle Field – 9:00 p.m.
  • Nantucket – (rain date 7/5) – Jetties Beach – 9:00 p.m.
  • Needham – Memorial Park – 9:00 p.m.
  • North Andover – North Andover Middle School – 8:00 p.m.
  • Randolph – Randolph High School – 9:15 p.m.
  • Rutland – Memorial Field – 9:20 p.m.
  • Sharon – Memorial Park Beach, Lake Massapoag – 9:30 p.m.
  • South Hadley – (rain date 7/5) – Michael E. Smith Middle School – 9:30 p.m.
  • Stoughton – Stoughton High School – 9:30 p.m.
  • Swampscott – (rain date 7/6) – Linscott Park – approx. 9:00 p.m.
  • Tewksbury – Location and time TBD
  • Walpole – School St. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Weymouth – George Lane Beach – Dusk
  • Winthrop – Couglin Park – approx. 9:30 p.m.

July 4

  • Barnstable – (rain date 9/3) – Lewis Bay – 9:00 p.m.
  • Beverley Farms – West Beach – 9:00 p.m.
  • Boston – Over Charles River – Approx. 10:30 p.m.
  • Bridgewater – Legion Field – 9:30 p.m.
  • Canton – Irish Cultural Center – 9:00 p.m.
  • Edgartown – Memorial Wharf – 9:00 p.m.
  • Fall River – Battleship Cove – 9:30 p.m.
  • Falmouth – Falmouth Heights Beach – Dusk
  • Hyannis – (rain date 9/3) – Lewis Bay – Dusk
  • Lincoln – Codman Pool – 9:15 p.m.
  • Lowell – Edward A. LeLacheur Park – 9:00 p.m.
  • Marblehead – Marblehead Harbor – approx. 9:00 p.m.
  • Millbury – (rain date 7/5) – Windle Field – 9:00 p.m.
  • Nahant – (rain date 7/5) – Bailey’s Hill Park – 9:00 p.m.
  • New Bedford – Waterfront and Historic Downtown – 9:00 p.m.
  • Newton – (rain date 7/5) – The Fessenden School’s athletic fields – 9:00 p.m.
  • North Adams – Joe Wolfe Field – 9:30 p.m.
  • Plymouth – Plymouth Waterfront – approx. 9:00 p.m.
  • Provincetown – Provincetown Harbor – approx. 9:00 p.m.
  • Salem – Salem Maritime National Historic Site – 9:15 p.m.
  • Salisbury – Salisbury Beach – 10:15 p.m.
  • Springfield – Riverfront Park Springfield – 9:30 p.m.
  • Wakefield –  Time and location TBD
  • Waltham – (rain date 7/5) – Leary Field – 9:15 p.m.

July 8

  • Groton – 7/8 – Town Field – 9:15 p.m.
  • North Attleboro – 7/8 – North Attleboro High School – 9:15 p.m.

July 9

  • Clinton – 7/9 (rain date 7/10) – Clinton High School and Middle School – approx. 9:00 p.m.
  • East Brookfield – 7/9 – Connie Mack Field – 9:30 p.m.
  • Uxbridge – 7/9 – McCloskey Field – 9:00 p.m.