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Independence Day is a Blast in New Hampshire

New Hampshire – Celebrate this 4th of July at one of New Hampshire’s many attractions including Waterville Valley Resort, the M/S Mount Washington, the Mount Washington Cog Rail and more.

The festivities begin on July 3rd aboard the Mount Washington Cog Railway, which celebrates 150 years of railway adventures the highest peak of the Northeast. The Cog was the first mountain-climbing railway in the world and for the 150-year milestone, the railway’s two remaining steam engines will be making 2 special round-trips to the summit. A daylong celebration will also be held at the Base Station, featuring food and beverages, a BBQ truck and birthday cupcakes offered by local partners. Victorian lawn games, fish feeding, live music and a special appearance of Cog Railway’s Peppersass are also part of the program, with fireworks at dusk to wrap up the day. For more information visit or call 603-278-5404.

Independence Day celebrations continue in Waterville Valley. On Thursday July 4th at 11am, everyone is welcome to join the traditional 4th of July Parade, whether it is walking along, helping with the decorations, entering a float in the parade or simply enjoying the line-up as it marches by. In the evening, there will be live music by the Bob Pratte Band in the Town Square from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. To finish off the first day of the 4th of July weekend, Waterville Valley will have its annual fireworks show over Corcoran Pond, at 9:30pm.

The fun goes on in Waterville Valley, with a family Movie Night on Corcoran Pond Friday July 5th. On Saturday, a Family Carnival will provide entertainment from 11 am to 3 pm with games, T-Shirt tie dying, an obstacle course, live music and more. Also on Sunday, at 10am, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will host the Animal Encounter Series featuring live presentations led by expert naturalists. For more details, contact the Waterville Valley Recreation Department at (603) 236-4695.

Or, climb aboard the M/S Mount Washington this 4th of July for an evening of food, fun and fireworks. Every Independence Day the M/S Mount Washington captures the fireworks display over Lake Winnipesaukee created by the lake’s community members. Enjoy an entrée buffet dinner for two featuring live music and dance. Tickets for the three-hour cruise are $59 and include dinner. The ship departs Weirs Beach at 7 pm. For more information visit: or call 603-366-5531.

Lastly, Concord, NH, has a huge fireworks display on July 4th, and it’s free. The Show starts at sundown on Memorial Field. And, the newly minted Hotel Concord has great deals on their suites that face the field, with a stunning view of the fireworks.