Top 10 events happening in July in NH




Summer is in full swing here in the Granite State and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon. July is a perfect "bucket list" month, so pack your bags and go camping, hit the hiking trails, take a day trip to Weirs Beach or explore Story Land and the Mount Washington Valley.

Here are the top 10 events happening in New Hampshire this month:

JULY 1-4: FIREWORKS, PARADES AND FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS

The month of July starts off with a bang, literally, as more than 75 towns in the Granite State will be holding fireworks displays, Fourth of July parades and family-friendly celebrations. While you can find one of these events in every corner of the state, we highly recommend checking out the Amherst Fourth of July Celebration, Gorham July Spectacular and award-winning New Boston Fourth of July celebration. If you're searching for not-to-miss fireworks, then check out Nashua, Portsmouth, Concord and Manchester's displays.
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JULY 4: AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION IN PORTSMOUTH

“An American Celebration” is Strawbery Banke Museum’s annual salute to Independence Day and the joys of summer and takes place July 1, 3 and 4. Throughout the long weekend, there will be family-friendly festivities and learning through living history with costumed role-players. On the Fourth, there will be an Old Fashioned Field Day which includes games for kids and a parade around the museum grounds. Admission is also free on July 4, courtesy of BAE Systems.
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JULY 6-9: HILLSBOROUGH BALLON FEST & FAIR

Head to Grimes Field in Hillsborough for this spectacular, annual event. There are carnival games and rides for the kids, a 5k road race, lawn mower race (hey, it is NH, after all!), car show, hot air balloon rides, a spectacular fireworks show (on Saturday evening), a parade on Sunday and much more. Our favorite part of the weekend is the Balloon Night Glow on Friday evening. Admission for this event is free, but there is a $10 parking fee.
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JULY 8: 7TH ANNUAL FAIRY LAND FESTIVAL IN WOLFEBORO

Cate Park in Wolfeboro is transformed into a magic land of fairies, gnomes and enchantment for one day as hundreds of families descend upon the park in search of magic and fantasy. In addition to these tiny homes on display, there will be dancing ballerinas, face painting, scavenger hunt and booths selling wands, wings and fairy dust. The cost is $5 per person or $15 per family and proceeds benefit The Children's Center in Wolfeboro.
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JULY 9: FAMILY DAY AT THE WRIGHT MUSEUM IN WOLFEBORO

The Wright Museum is a non-profit educational institution and museum dedicated to World War II that recognizes and honors the contributions and enduring legacy of WWII-era Americans. This museum is multi-generation-friendly and the annual Family Day is one of its most popular events of the year. Kids can enjoy a live animal show, balloon artist and face painting as well as WWII-era re-enactors, viewing military vehicles and tanks. Adults are $12, kids ages 5-17 are $10 and children under 4 are free.
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JULY 11: POLLINATOR PARTY IN HOLDERNESS

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is hosting a Pollinator Party to teach kids about pollinators (like bees, butterflies and caterpillars) who help ensure full produce and fruit harvests as well as a healthy ecosystem. Kids will love learning about native bees at the Kirkwood gardens and talking with local beekeepers about raising honey bees. Adults are $19, Kids ages 6-17 are $9 and children under 5 and Science Center members are free.
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JULY 15: 27TH AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE FESTIVAL IN EXETER

The American Independence Museum's annual festival in downtown Exeter celebrates the nation's Colonial and Revolutionary War beginnings with such exciting offerings as a reenactment of the horseback delivery of the Declaration in 1776; a Colonial artisan village featuring demonstrations of coopering, blacksmithing, basket-weaving, and granite splitting; children's activities and traditional music.
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JULY 20-23: 50TH ANNUAL STRATHAM FAIR

Fair season officially kicks off for the summer and fall with the Stratham Fair, held at Stratham Hill Park on Route 33. You'll find traditional fair favorites, like a pie eating contest, oxen pull, midway rides and games, fried food galore as well as the Miss Stratham Fair contest, live music on the main stage and Magician BJ Hickman on the kids stage. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12 and 65+, and kids 5 and under are free.
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JULY 21-23 AND 28-30: DAY OUT WITH THOMAS IN NORTH CONWAY

People of all ages get pretty excited when Thomas the Tank and Percy roll into the Granite State and head toward Conway Scenic Railroad. Families interested in attending should plan to spend several hours at the Conway Scenic Railroad grounds as they enjoy a fun train ride aboard Thomas or Percy and then visit with Conductor Sir Topham Hatt, take a motorcar ride, play a round of mini golf and watch videos of Thomas episodes. There are also special autism-friendly train rides each Sunday afternoon.
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THROUGHOUT JULY: CIRCUS SMIRKUS PRESENTS THE 2017 BIG TOP TOUR

Vermont's award-winning youth circus is celebrating 30 years of bringing joy and magic to towns in the northeast. These budding circus stars ages 10 to 18 will be in Hanover, Milford, Keene and Bartlett this summer and invite you to their "Midnight at the Museum" themed shows. Shows are filled with aerials, acrobatics, wire-walking, juggling, clowning, live music and brilliant costumes. Shows are held at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (July 17-18: Keene, July 20-21: Hanover, July 23-24: Milford, August 13-14: Bartlett, NH).
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VARIOUS DATES IN JULY: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY IN PETERBOROUGH

Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. In this adaptation of her popular book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander's rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of America's feistiest characters. This musical is perfect for all ages. Performance dates are: July 1, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 21 and 22.
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