Amesbury Days Summertime Community Traditions

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Amesbury Days Events, Massachusetts Summertime Traditions

Summer Memories in Amesbury

This year’s Amesbury Days festivities will take place from June 28, 2024 until July 4, 2024, with multiple exciting events each day. The current summertime tradition is passed down from a town festival in 1899 that manifested as a one day outing for the town’s mill workers. However, this popular and well-loved town tradition has now evolved into a multi-day, multi-event celebration for everyone, ending on the Fourth of July. 

Eight days long, Amesbury Days boasts many different events spanning from the family friendly Pancakes at the Pines, to the 21+ Brewfest, with any range of community-based celebrations in between. These events culminate in a lively firework show on the Fourth of July, complete with live music and food vendors. For information about specific events, you can visit the Newburyport Events Calendar to learn more about the details of the impressive happenings that Amesbury Days features.

Amesbury Days successfully brings together the community in celebration, while also attracting visitors from nearby towns and cities, much like Newburyport’s own Yankee Homecoming in August does. These town traditions offer an exciting look into both communities.

Amesbury and Newburyport’s festivities also have in common the significant contribution of volunteers to make the events possible: a non-profit organization, Amesbury Days is brought to fruition by the hard work of their 100% volunteer workers, who put in the effort all year round to help deliver these affordable and exciting events to the community every summer. It is thanks to the effort of these volunteers that Amesbury is bursting with lively music, food, and fun all of this week. 

If you are interested in helping out with Amesbury Days events, you can also become a volunteer, or if you are just looking for more information about these festivities in order to enjoy them with the community, you can visit the Amesbury Days website to learn more.

Newburyport.com Correspondent, Lilly Baumfeld

Amesbury Days 2024

Various Locations
Amesbury, MA

Email
AmesburyDaysWebsite@gmail.com

June 27th – July 4th

Volunteer to help with Amesbury Days!

Thursday 6/27
Kids Day in the Park
Annual Cookout
Block Party

Friday 6/28
Brewfest

Saturday 6/29
Yard Sale
5K Run/Walk
Golf Tournament

Sunday 6/30
Pancacks at the Pines
NE Racing Drones
Pride Celebration

Monday 7/1
Employee Appreciation Lunch
Line Dancin’
Music in the Millyard

Tuesday 7/2
Kids Night in the Park
Barewolf Trivia

Wednesday 7/3
Game of Skate Night
Comedy Night

Thursday 7/4
Fireworks

Visit the Events Calendar for details.

4th of July weekend in Newburyport offers many fun things to do! Experience the best shopping and dining that the North Shore has to offer and relax on Plum Island Beach. Check the Newburyport Events Calendar for details. If you’re looking for great places to watch the 4th of July fireworks, view our Newburyport VIP recommendations below for exceptional North Shore and Seacoast, NH venues.

Why doesn’t Newburyport host fireworks on the 4th of July? For locals this is

a simple question to answer. The Newburyport fireworks are launched each year during the annual Yankee Homecoming celebration. Mark your calendar for the 2024 Yankee Homecoming fireworks on Saturday, August 3rd, and view our Newburyport VIP recommendations for 4th of July fireworks and displays.

Riverside Park, Haverhill, NH – 9:15 pm MONDAY, 7/1

If you have other plans on the 4th of the NH to catch their fireworks display on Wednesday, July 3rd may be perfect for you! Located just a few blocks from downtown Portsmouth, South Mill Pond, across from City Hall, is a lovely spot to watch the festivities. As in years past, the city is planning for a family friendly event and please take note that it is alcohol-free and dogs are not allowed. The rain date is Wednesday, July 2nd.

South Mill Pond-Portsmouth, NH – 9:15 pm WEDNESDAY, 7/3

If you have other plans on the 4th of July but enjoy a greaat celebration , NH to catch their fireworks display on Wednesday, July 3rd may be perfect for you! Located just a few blocks from downtown Portsmouth, South Mill Pond, across from City Hall, is a lovely spot to watch the festivities. As in years past, the city is planning for a family friendly event and please take note that it is alcohol-free and dogs are not allowed.

Woodsom Farm – Amesbury, MA – 9:30 pm Thursday, 7/4

Fireworks in Newburyport’s neighboring city, Amesbury, on the 4th of July are the finale for the 125th annual weeklong celebration known as Amesbury Days. Arrive early with your blankets and chairs to enjoy live music and a selection of food vendors starting at 6 pm. If it is necessary to postpone the festivities due to weather, the rain date is Saturday, July 6th. 

Hampton Beach, NH – 9:30 pm Thursday, 7/4 

Fireworks are planned for the 4th of July on Hampton Beach. Fireworks are held all summer long on Hampton Beach but the display for the 4th is extra special. If you decide to go early, there is plenty to do and see along the busy boardwalk including many restaurants, shops and arcades.  Live music at The Sea Shell Stage starts at 7 pm. You may also witness one of the area’s most stunning sunsets.

Haverhill, MA – 9:30 pm Thursday, 7/7/4 

Fireworks are planned for the 4th of July on Hampton Beach. Fireworks are held all summer long on Hampton Beach but the display for the 4th is extra special. If you decide to go early, there is plenty to do and see along the busy boardwalk including many restaurants, shops and arcades.  Live music at The Sea Shell Stage starts at 7 pm. You may also witness one of the area’s most stunning sunsets.

Salisbury Beach, MA – 10:15 pm Thursday, 7/4

Visit Salisbury Beach, just across the Merrimack River from Newburyport to enjoy live music by Scott Brown & The Diplomats at 7:30 pm and the fireworks display at 10:15 pm. If you’re an animal lover, make sure to arrive early to check out the Salisbury Beach Pet Parade from 6-7 pm on the Broadway Loop. The Salisbury Beach Fireworks are launched from a barge You can also enjoy a beautiful view of these fireworks from the North Point of Plum Island Beach. Note, Plum Island parking lots reach capacity quickly over the holiday weekend.

Newburyport and Plum Island Beach are an excellent choice for 4th of July weekend! In addition, to great shopping and dining, check out Newburyport Whale Watch or brush up on your maritime history at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Visit the Newburyport Art Association or just chill on Plum Island Beach. If you’re in search of picturesque places to stay, we’ve got you covered! Whether you’re from the local area or planning a visit, consider downloading the Newburyport App for quick access to the Newburyport Events Calendar and Things to Do. Foodies and shoppers should check out the Newburyport VIP Discount Card for savings at many local restaurants, shops and places to stay.

The 2024 Newburyport Lantern Festival, will be held on Saturday, June 29th at the Bartlet Mall, Frog Pond in support of GNOCA, Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness. This special event starts at 6:30 pm with lantern decorating, the ceremony begins at 8:15 pm and lanterns float at 8:30 pm, just prior to dusk.  If necessary, the rain date is Sunday, June 30th at the same time.

Lantern Festival is open to everyone who would like to experience this peaceful tradition. This well-attended ceremony is in the Asian tradition of remembering family and friends and making wishes for the future. Come decorate, light, and float lanterns on Frog Pond. Decorating materials and calligraphers will be available. Lanterns can be purchased at the event for a suggested donation of $10 and there are lots of markers and stencils available to help decorate. Lanterns can also be purchased in advance at Greetings by Design.

Over the years, Newburyport Lantern Festival participation has grown significantly from approximately 100 participants the first year to more than 2,000 participants in subsequent years. All are welcome to attend this special ceremony and encouraged to bring: blankets, chairs and picnics to experience this collective, reflection as lit lanterns freely float along the water in the twilight.

GNOCA, a volunteer organization, was founded in 2011. Its mission is to honor and improve women’s lives by promoting earlier detection, enhanced recovery and greater survival rates for ovarian cancer. GNOCA (www.ocawareness.org) seeks to increase awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, to provide support services for women and families affected by ovarian cancer within the Greater Newburyport area, and to help fund ovarian cancer research.

Aside from direct assistance to local patients and their families, proceeds from GNOCA events go to Ovations for the Cure (ovationsforthecure.org), a nonprofit organization, in their promotion of knowledge of the disease, concrete hope and support for those already diagnosed, and significant scientific advancements leading to the cure. Each year, over 19,500 women in America are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but with a keener awareness of the subtle, earliest symptoms of this insidious disease, a 93 percent five-year survival rate can be achieved. If you would like to help support GNOCA, donations are greatly appreciated.

Another important GNOCA 2024 event is the September 22nd run/walk in honor of Jackie Poor and Paula Holm. Register now or sponsor a runner/walker. For questions about events, or to learn more about GNOCA, please call Deb Green, at Greetings by Design, 978-225-6700, or email info@ocawareness.org.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary urgency or frequency
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Fatigue and/or fever
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Unexplained changes in bowel habits

UAV Look Drone Video of the 2015 Newburyport Lantern Festival

Newburyport Pride will feature a series of events starting on Wednesday, May 29th in addition to the Newburyport Pride Art Exhibit at the Peg Center for the Arts, a great opportunity for the city to show its true colors. All are invited to participate in these welcoming North Shore Pride Month festivities; a collective local effort designed to unite and expand the celebration far beyond the Newburyport community. In addition to the Newburyport Pride Events, many other local businesses and organizations are also hosting events throughout Pride Month.

For LGBTQ+ people, “community” might mean, at minimum, acceptance, inclusion, respect, and equality. In Newburyport, all people are valued, but Newburyport Pride in the Port goes beyond the mere minimums and truly celebrates the local LGBTQ+ community and welcomes visitors.

There is a plethora of ways that organizations and businesses are showing the love: restaurant events, dance parties, inspirational speakers, entertainment, store specials, music, teen activities, a parade, beach party, and even special NBPT Pride Merch. Newburyport Pride has something for everyone, so you can bring the kids, the grandparents, and even the pooches. Check out the Newburyport Pride events’ summary below and visit the Newburyport Events Calendar for more detailed information about these events.

Newburyport Pride Month 2024 Events: 

  • NBPT Pride How to be a LGBTQ+ Ally Wed. 5/29 at Nock School from 7-8:30 pm
  • NBPT Pride Sunset Club kick-off Thurs. 5/30 from 5-8 pm
  • NBPT Pride City Hall Flag Raising Ceremony w/music and special guests Fri. 5/31 from 4-5:30 pm
  • NBPT Pride Big Gay Comedy Show at Phoenix Room, Fri. 5/31 from 8-10 pm – SOLD OUT
  • St. Paul’s Church Pride Prayers & Blessing of the Parade at St. Paul’s Sat. 6/1 from 10:30-11:30 am
  • NBPT Pride Parade thru NBPT & Festival in Brown Square on Sat. 6/1 from 12-4 pm
  • Paddle Inn Pride Parade After Party Fundraiser at The Paddle Inn, Supporting The Point Foundation, Sat. 6/1, from 1-5 pm
  • NBPT Pride Melissa Ferrick Concert at the Firehouse, Sat. 6/1 from 8-10 pm
  • NBPT Pride Workout with Fuel in Brown Square, Sun. 6/2 from 9-9:45 am
  • NBPT Pride Drag Brunch Show at Barewolf Brewing, Sun. 6/2, from 11-1:30 pm – SOLD OUT
  • NBPT Pride Pawrty Hosted by Sweet Paws Rescue at Riverwalk Brewing Sun. 6/2 from 12-4 pm
  • NBPT Pride Its Only Life After All” presented by NBPT DOCUFEST and the Screening Room, Sun. 6/2 from 7-8:30 pm
  • NBPT Pride Queer Here Art Exhibit at Peg Center for Art Activism from Fri. 6/7 at 11 am – Fri. 6/28 at 5 pm.
  • NBPT Pride Makerspace Meet-Up at Tinkerhaus, Thurs. 6/13 from 7-8:30 pm
  • Amesbury Community Theater presents, Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche – 6/13 & 6/14 at 7 pm and 6/15 at 2 pm & 7 pm
  • NBPT Pride Drag Queen Story Hour at the Peg Center for Art & Activism, Sat. 6/15 from 11 am – 12 pm
  • Pride in the Port – Sunset Cruise – hosted by REsurge CoWorking on the Merrimack River – Sat. 6/15 from 7-10 pm

For quick visibility to Newburyport Pride Events, download the Newburyport App and select, Events Calendar. Just search, “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store and download the free app. If you are unable to make it to Newburyport in person, you can view some of the festivities on the Newburyport.com Live Web Cams, also accessible through the Newburyport App.

Pride Month is meant to encourage LGBTQ+ people to be proud of who they are (in a world that can often make that difficult), and that’s certainly important, but the Pride in the Port event is also meant to show LGBTQ+ residents and visitors that Newburyport is proud to have them. As Mayor Sean Reardon said, “We are committed to being a city that is welcoming to all, and to creating…safe spaces and positive experiences for all…people.”

For more LGBTQ+ and Pride resources, check out: Newburyport Pride, Newburyport Public Library, Newburyport Youth Services, and NAGLY (North Shore Alliance of GLBTQ Youth).

2023 Newburyport Pride Speech by Governor Maura Healey at the Flag Raising Ceremony

2022 Newburyport Pride in the Port Celebration

Plum Island Light House/Newburyport Harbor Light

Guide Us Through the Channel

Plum Island Light House, Newburyport MA

The Historic Plum Island Light House

The Plum Island Light House also know as the Plum Island Light or the Newburyport Harbor Light, has a very interesting history. It was first lit in 1788 with a lantern burning whale oil. And it was the 13th lighthouse to be constructed in the U.S..  It was needed to guide boaters into the treacherous mouth of the Merrimack River and into Newburyport Harbor. The strong currents and shifting sands at the mouth of the harbor present a serious challenge to boaters to this day.

Newburyport Harbor was very active and important to the U.S. for whaling, fishing, shipbuilding, and trade. There were many ships coming in and out of Newburyport Harbor. Before the lighthouse was built, fires on the beach in Plum Island were used to guide mariners. It was the business people of Newburyport in the 1780s that paid to build the Plum Island Lighthouse. President George Washington appointed the first keeper of the Plum Island Lighthouse, Abner Lowell. And three generations of Lowells served as lighthouse keepers at the Plum Island Lighthouse.

There were storms that damaged and original Plum Island Lighthouse. In addition, shifting sands meant that the Lighthouse had to be moved several times.

The current lighthouse dates from 1898. Since 1927 the lighthouse has been powered by electricity. The last keeper left the Lighthouse in 1951 when the light was automated. Today the lighthouse flashes a green light to guide boaters.  It is still very important to have this lighthouse in operation to guide boats safely through the turbulent area where the Merrimack River meets the Atlantic Ocean.

The Plum Island Lighthouse is located across from the Park River National Wildlife Refuge at the northern section of Plum Island.

Today the lighthouse is owned by the City of Newburyport. Friends of Plum Island Light lease it from the City and care for it. The grounds are open to the public. The Friends of Plum Island Light offer periodic public tours inside the Plum Island Lighthouse.

The picture perfect Plum Island Lighthouse is one of the great lighthouses to visit in New England and the North Shore.  It’s a “must see” for any lighthouse enthusiast and worth the visit if you are in the Greater Newburyport area. For more general information on Plum Island attractions visit our Plum Island Beach page and check out our Plum Island Parking article for parking lot information.

Directions:

From the Newburyport Harbor Range Lights on Water Street in downtown Newburyport, continue east on Water Street for 1.3 miles, where Water Street will become Plum Island Turnpike. Follow the turnpike for 1.8 miles to Plum Island, and then turn left on Northern Boulevard. Continue on Northern Boulevard for 1.3 miles to the northern end of the island, where you will see the lighthouse on your left.

Plum Island Light House

263 Northern Boulevard
Newburyport, MA 01950
FriendsofPILight@gmail.com

The Friends of Plum Island Light maintain the lighthouse and host lighthouse tours.

2024 Plum Island Light Tours:

Reserve a 15 minute time slot between 10 am – 12:45 pm by sending an email to FriendsofPILight@gmail.com

May 25th
June 22nd
July 27th
August 24th
September 7th
September 28th

Each 15 minute time slot is limited to 5 people and only one person in the group needs to sign up. Reserve a time in advance and be aware that there aren’t any rain dates. All attendees must be a minimum of 5 years old and at least 42 inches high, and be wearing sturdy shoes.

A suggested donation of $5 per person is greatly appreciated to help care for the Plum Island Lighthouse. If tours are fully booked, sometimes there might be opportunities to book a private tour, depending on various factors such as availability of volunteers.

Visit Newburyport for Art on Bartlet Mall 2024, Saturday July 27th and Sunday the 28th from 10 am – 4 pm on the corner of High Street and Pond Street. Hosted in the picturesque outdoor setting of Bartlet Mall, this free Newburyport art exhibit has been a cherished Yankee Homecoming annual tradition since 1982. Featuring a broad range of works from local and regional artists, Art on Bartlet Mall contributes to Newburyport’s vibrant arts scene, by expanding broader awareness and discovery of Newburyport as a destination for art enthusiasts near and far. Relax and enjoy this fun summer art exhibit whether you prefer to browse, search for the perfect gift or purchase a new work of art for your home.

Art on Bartlet Mall demonstrates Yankee Homecoming’s commitment to supporting the local arts by: showcasing local artists, promoting cultural engagement and appreciation for the arts, and encouraging community collaboration through the expansive awareness opportunities and connections enabled from the diverse Yankee Homecoming attendees and numerous local businesses and organizations.

Sunday, the 2nd day of Art on Bartlet Mall coincides with another major Yankee Homecoming event, Olde Fashioned Sunday. This fun family event also takes place on Bartlet Mall but the event activities are spread out, leaving plenty of space for the art exhibit.

While experiencing Art on Bartlet Mall, take a stroll along the Bartlet Mall walking path, a highly photographed scenic spot surrounding the tranquil Frog Pond. If you’re a fan of history and or architecture, consider taking a tour of the stunning historic Superior Courthouse Building, built in 1805. This beautiful example of Newburyport historic architecture is one of the oldest active courthouses in the United States and is only open for public tours once per year, during Yankee Homecoming. Check the Newburyport Events Calendar on 7/28/24 and 8/3/24 for details.

If you work up an appetite after visiting Art on Bartlet Mall, a visit to the Greek Food Festival is an excellent choice or visit one of the the many wonderful restaurants in downtown Newburyport. If you are a live music fan make sure to stick around for the Sunday night Waterfront Concert.

If you appreciate dining and shopping in our local community, you can support the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport VIP Card. The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at many local restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal can be donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device. The Newburyport App includes a direct link to the Newburyport Events Calendar making it simple to stay in the know about events and happenings in Newburyport and surrounding towns.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands 2024

Support Local Musicians

Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands

2024 High School Battle of the Bands

High School Battle of the Bands is an exciting annual Yankee Homecoming event that provides strong opportunity for increased exposure and recognition for aspiring young local musicians. Each year local high school students from Newburyport and surrounding towns help kick off Yankee Homecoming week as they compete in the annual Battle of the Bands competition. The 2024 concert competition will take place on Saturday, July 27th starting at 6 pm. Bands perform on the Waterfront Park stage competing for cash prizes and a variety of high visibility and paid performance opportunities including the chance to be the opening act, during one evening of the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert Series.

Battle of the Bands has grown over the years both in terms of band participation as well as fan following and concert attendance. Thank you to Cheryl Munick who has done an outstanding job as the Yankee Homecoming Chair for Battle of the Bands and Cheryl is also Chair of the very popular Waiter & Waitress Races

Come cheer for and support these up and coming local bands as they compete for the High School Battle of the Bands title. If you’re interested in participating, applications must be received by midnight on July 19th. View the 2024 registration form for complete Yankee Homecoming Committee rules and regulations. View the 2024 Battle of the Bands prize details below.

As part of the Battle of the Bands competition rules, one band is accepted on a first come first serve basis from bands who’s members attend school or live in the following cities/towns: Amesbury, Groveland, Merrimack, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury and West Newbury. Bands and solo acts from outside of the local community are eligible to apply after June 27th, up to a maximum of 10 bands/solo acts.

2024 BATTLE OF THE BANDS PRIZES:

First Prize Bands: 
Featured opening act at a Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Yankee Homecoming Parade, Sunday August 4th

Second Prize Bands: 
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Market Square Stage, Saturday August 3rd

Third Prize Bands:
$100 Cash

First Prize Acoustic Solo/Duet: 
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Market Square, Saturday August 3rd

Second Prize Acoustic Solo/Duet:
$100 Cash

2023 Battle of the Bands Highlights

Battle of the Bands 2023 showcased 10 bands all with exceptional talent and supportive fans, family and friends who braved a sever wind and rain storm. It was an amazing evening despite the weather!

2023 Band Winners:
1st: Catching Arrows  @catchingarrowsband
2nd: Hyperdrive  @hyperdrive_newburyport
3rd: Stagecraft  @letsplaymusicnh

2023 Solo/Duet Acoustic Winners:
1st: Eloise Kirkpatrick  @eloisekirkpatrick
2nd: Trisha & Thara  @trishaandthara

1st Place Band – Catching Arrows  @catchingarrowsband

2nd Place Band – Hyperdrive  @hyperdrive_newburyport

3rd Place Band – Stagecraft  @letsplaymusicnh

1st Place Solo Acoustic – Eloise Kirkpatrick  @eloisekirkpatrick

2nd Place Duet Acoustic – Trisha & Thara  @trishaandthara

2022 Battle of the Bands Highlights

2022 Bands Winners:
1st: Vibe Check
2nd: Dune Dogs
3rd: Catching Arrows

2022 Solo Acoustic Winners:
1st: Georgia Siegfried
2nd: PC Walker & Charlie Grossman

2022 High School Battle of the Bands 1st Place Winner – Vibe Check

2022 High School Battle of the Bands in the Yankee Homecoming Parade

2021 High School Battle of the Bands in the Yankee Homecoming Parade

Whether you have a little Coast Guard in training at home, or you would like to meet the men and women that protect our city, the US Coast Guard Open House has something for everyone. The Merrimack River Coast Guard Station, located in downtown Newburyport at 65B Water Street, will be opening its doors to the public Thursday, August 1st, from 10 am to 2 pm, for a special day of tours and information.

As part of the town’s Yankee Homecoming celebrations, The US Coast Guard Open House offers a special opportunity for locals and tourists to step inside this iconic station. Visitors are welcome to explore the different areas within, all which will be manned by crew members offering information and taking questions. And perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the visit, is the opportunity to step aboard some of the US Coast Guard boats. While the boats will remain at the station, boat enthusiasts will be allowed to explore the decks while learning about special features. Make sure to bring your cameras and snap a pic in the Captain’s seat!

A special boating safety stand will also be set up at the station, offering up information and tips on how to navigate a boat safely. Learn about some of the challenges our local waters present, the hazards of the Merrimack River entrance, and life saving techniques.

For those visiting with little sea farers in tow, the Coast Guard Open House will also have Coastie on hand. The Coast Guard’s robot boat is equipped with navigation, searchlights, a rotating beacon, siren and air horn, sure to impress the little ones. Coastie will interact with young boaters and teach safety rules like “always swim with a buddy in a supervised area”. Watch out though, Coastie is also equipped with a squirt gun that he is known to use to get a laugh from the kids, so don’t be surprised if you get a little wet.

Newburyport, designated one of only 21 Coast Guard cities, is the birthplace of the Coast Guard. The Merrimack River Coast Guard Station is the home to the men and women protecting our waters with search, rescue and law enforcement. This Coast Guard Open House is a great opportunity to meet and interact with the crew of our local station and thank them for their hard work.

For a full list of events happening during Newburyport’s Yankee Homecoming week visit the Newburyport Events Calendar and consider supporting the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks fund by purchasing a Newburyport VIP Discount Card.

The 2024 Yankee Homecoming fireworks are set to make a bang Saturday, August 3rd at 9:15 pm with their annual display over the Merrimack River. Pack up your lawn chairs, bring blankets and snacks and grab a spot in town to watch the sky light up at one of Yankee Homecoming’s biggest and brightest events of the week.

Launched from a barge on the Merrimack River, the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks offer many great places around town to catch an unobstructed view of this illuminating show. Get in on the excitement and grab a spot amongst the crowds on the boardwalk, Route 1 bridge or Salisbury shoreline to hear the cheers of crowds and the sounds of the boats honking. Or make a night of it and set up camp early to dance to the live music of the Salem Boyz, at the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert, beginning at 7:15 pm. Pop into one of downtown’s numerous restaurants to grab a bite to go or stroll through the food stands set up in the square and pick up dinner and treats to enjoy during or after the show. 

If you have a boat, anchoring in the river is a great way to get up close to the show and avoid the crowds. But if you don’t have a boat of your own, you can still hit the open waters for the show. Many local companies offer up special Yankee Homecoming fireworks excursions, from party boats with live music to more low key family oriented atmospheres. Check out Captains Fishing Cruises and Parties and the Yankee Clipper Harbor Boat Tours to name a few.

Letting your little ones stay up late for this special event? Pack a picnic dinner and head to Cashman Park to set up your blanket and chairs along the river. Your tiny spectators can enjoy the playground with other excited kids up past their bedtime while waiting for the festivities to start.

No matter where you choose to watch, come early to claim your viewing spot and enjoy the buzzing downtown area on this special night filled with live music, entertainment, food and shopping. Be sure to check our Events Calendar for any changes or updates do to weather.

If by chance you were searching for 4th of July fireworks, mark your calendar for Yankee Homecoming Fireworks and check out our Newburyport VIP recommendations for excellent firework displays and 4th of July festivities hosted by our local North Shore, MA and Seacoast, NH neighboring communities. 

If you would like to support the Yankee Homecoming fireworks, consider purchasing a Newburyport VIP Card today. The VIP Card gives you discounts EVERY TIME you make purchases at participating local restaurants and shops and you can choose between a Digital VIP Card in the Newburyport App or a Physical VIP Card. Purchase one for $25 or two for $40 and donate $10 of your purchase to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund. Support Local! 

Cruisin’ the 50’s Newburyport 2024

Rev Your Engines For This Spectacular Display

Cruisin’ the 50’s Classic Cars Drive You Wild

Newburyport’s Cruisin’ the 50’s classic car show will be held on Thursday, August 8, from 5 – 8 PM. Once per year, downtown Newburyport steps back into a time of past, transforming our historic downtown into a beautiful pedestrian walkway, lined with impeccably maintained vintage automobiles proudly showcased at this exclusive invitational car show.

This premier classic car show features an exclusive group of 250 specially selected cars from collectors who are invited to participate in the show.  In past years, Cruisin’ the 50’s has featured some high profile vehicles such as the DeLorean that brought us Back in Time from the classic Michael J. Fox movie “Back to the Future.” Another past favorite was the 1948 black Delahaye, hand built in Paris, France and owned by private collector Bruce Male of Swampscott, MA. The Cruisin’ the 50’s Car Show becomes more popular each year and local businesses enjoy being part of the fun! This prior year video features a live 50’s band performing in the Newburyport Bank parking lot as car enthusiasts admire the amazing display of classic cars.

Cruisin’ the 50’s will have you indulging in one gorgeous vintage vehicle after the next, as you walk the historic streets of downtown Newburyport.  If you’re not able to make it to this exciting event, enjoy coverage from our Newburyport.com Live Web Cams.

Cruisin’ the 50’s is a free event open to all and hosted by the Newburyport Chamber. Enjoy beautiful classic cars in the picturesque historic downtown, of Newburyport, MA.  State Street, Pleasant Street and Inn Street will be open to pedestrians only and more stunning antique autos will be parked on surrounding streets as well.  If necessary, Cruisin’ the 50’s will be moved to the rain date for this event, the following Thursday in August, 13h from 5pm until 8pm.

Please note: Classic car participation is by invitation and pre-registration only. For participant information, contact car coordinator Wes Pettengill at 978-465-3140.

*Professional photography by Visual Storyteller and Documentary Photographer Ben Savoie. 

Cruisin' the 50's 2015 - Video Production by UAV LOOK

Cruisin' the 50's Car Show 2022

Cruisin' the 50's Car Show 2017

Things to Do

Top-rated attractions, National Parks and historic tours are among the many things to do in Newburyport.
Joppa Flats Education Center, Newburyport

Joppa Flats Education Center

Explore Newburyport salt marshes, coastal waters and more at the Joppa Flats Education Center (JFEC) located near the entrance of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, Massachusetts. This 52-acre wildlife sanctuary includes not only outdoor grounds, but indoor observation areas, making JFEC a great educational experience all year round.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a historic 231-acre property in Newbury with events and activities for you and your family to enjoy. Much of the land at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is still under active agriculture! Visit the expansive open land and tour the farmhouse to see what life was like in Newbury in the 1690s!

Mini Golf Course at Nunan's, Georgetown

Premier 18 Hole Mini Golf Course for the North Shore

Have you been to Nunan’s lately? Last year, we proudly opened Kallie’s Kones, a full-service ice cream parlor, and Garden Golf, a premier 18-hole, beautifully landscaped mini golf course. Our