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:

JUNE 29 THROUGH JULY 7: 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. There will be family-friendly festivities and learning through living history with costumed role-players. In addition to a Naturalization Ceremony at 11 a.m., there will be an Old Fashioned Field Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., which includes games for kids and a parade around the museum grounds. Admission is free for everyone on July 4.
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JULY 6: FAIRYLAND AND FORTIFIED FORT 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, $15 per family and kids under 12 are free. Event proceeds benefit The Children’s Center in Wolfeboro.
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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 (such as 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. Regular museum admission rates apply.
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JULY 11-14: HILLSBOROUGH FEST & FAIR

Head to Grimes Field in Hillsborough for this popular, annual event. There are carnival games and rides for the kids, a 5k road race, lawn tractor pulls, cupcake eating contest, car show, children’s muster, a spectacular fireworks show (on Saturday evening), a parade on Sunday and much more. Admission for this event is free, but there is a $10 parking fee.
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JULY 12-14: 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE IN NASHUA

An eclectic group of six students vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter, one speller leaves.
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JULY 13: 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 14: 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 20: 42ND ANNUAL LOON FESTIVAL IN MOULTONBOROUGH

There’s something for everyone at the Loon Festival – crafts and balloons for the kids, slide presentations by loon biologists for the adults, and food, beverages and wildlife exhibits for everyone. Take the Loon Facts quiz and win throws at the dunk tank. Kids will enjoy face painting, music and the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Discovery Table with animal exhibits. This event is free to attend and supports a great mission.
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JULY 18-21: 52nd 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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