19th Century Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 2018

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Take a visit to the living history museum in Sturbridge Massachusetts this Fourth of July and see how the holiday was celebrated in the 19th century. March in a citizen's parade, play 19th century baseball, march with the militia, and have the kids make a tri-cornered hat or sign a giant copy of the Declaration of Independence. All the modern day festivities will be available too like summer BBQ food and beer and wine for a picnic on the Common. But that's not all - play farm yard games, see the firing of an old cast-iron cannon and much more! +discover


June 30 - July 4, 2018 

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John Adams declared that the signing of the Declaration of Independence should warrant a "Great Anniversary Festival" that included "Bonfires and Illuminations" from coast to coast, from now until forever. So every year since 1777 we celebrate with festive fireworks celebrations to honor America's Independence. 

2018 Fireworks Schedule:

  • June 29 - July 4th / Rutland / Memorial Field / More Info
  • June 30 / Webster / Memorial Beach / Webster Lake / More Info
  • June 1 / Auburn / Pappas Recreation Complex / 203 Pakachoag St. / Starts at dusk      
  • July 2 / Worcester / Cristoforo Colombo Park (East Park) / 9:30 PM / More Info
  • July 3 + 4 / Millbury / Windle Field / (Rain date: July 5th)           
  • July 7 / East Brookfield / Connie Mack Field
  • July 4 / Sturbridge / Old Sturbridge Village / 9:30 AM - 5 PM   
  • July 7 / Uxbridge / McCloskey M.S. – 62 Capron Street / 9 PM / More Info 

BBQ, Hike, and Swim at a Local Park

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Central Mass is full of nature, hiking trails, forests and lakes. You don't have to travel far to experience the outdoors on a beautiful summer weekend. We suggest Purgatory Chasm for a day of hiking, climbing on rocks; Douglas State Forest or Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides for a full day of swimming, hiking and BBQ; or Buffumville Lake for nearby disc golf, swimming, hiking and BBQ. Also check out our list of local hikes.

Cheeseburger Challenge

July 4, 2018

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photo credit: ERB Photography

Be a part of choosing the next burger to be added to The Fix Burger Bar menu with this fun amateur chef challenge, all-you-can-eat cookout, and Worcester Bravehearts baseball game. Be sure to use the promo code "cookout" to get a ticket to the baseball game AND the all-you-can-eat buffet ticket for just $10! +get tickets

Carnival Rides, Games and Food!

July 4, 2018

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The annual Millbury Lions Club Carnival is a fun family event with all your classic carnival festivities - cotton candy, rides, games, fried dough, ferris wheel and fireworks! The carnival runs every night from July 1 - 4 with fireworks in the evening on July 3 and July 4 starting around 9:45 PM. 

And If You're Not Into Fireworks...

Head over to Musical Bingo at Teddy G's Pub in Sturbridge from 7 PM - 9 PM or Karaoke at Whiskey on Water in Worcester from 9 PM - 2 AM. Rock out to some heavy metal at Ralph's Rock Diner or just relax with a "Nirvana Fitness" or Yin Yoga class.