So much going on in North Conway NH and surrounding areas of the White Mountains, it’s fair to say that this is THE place to be to celebrate the red, white and blue. Businesses are optimistic about a strong July 4th says the chamber
North Conway, NH – Long considered among the best regions for July 4th celebrations, Mt Washington Valley’s 27 towns and villages will be putting on the star-spangled show for Independence Day for days on end! There’s plenty of family fun, live entertainment, parades, BBQs and games, not to mention a variety of different fireworks shows throughout the Valley. The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce conducted an informal survey among members who unanimously conveyed optimism that the holiday will bring even more people than last year. Weather will be the determining factor, they all agree, yet with so much happening in the Valley, the Mt Washington Valley Chamber is anticipating a very strong July 4th weekend in throughout the Valley.
With the July 4th holiday falling on a Wednesday, lodging properties are seeing strong reservations coming in for the weekend before and the weekend after, says Charlie Mallar of the 1785 Inn. Charlie anticipates last minute reservations for July 3rd and 4th, depending upon the weather.
Marketing Directors from Mt Washington Valley’s attractions weighed in saying that spring and early summer have been strong to date, and they are anticipating a great July 4th weekend in the Valley. Jonathan Rivers from Indian Mound Golf Course told the chamber, “We’re seeing great bookings for the golf course throughout all of 4th of July week, and we’ve been told by many customers that conditions are the best they have ever seen.” “Having July 4th fall midweek will make for a good week for all,” Rivers added.
“Things are just ramping up now but we’re expecting a good summer,” shared Bob Tupper from White Lake Speedway in Tamworth. “Early summer visitors are saying they believe the economy has improved, and as long as fuel prices remain stable, the outlook is very positive! We’re expecting the July 4th week to be strong with two big weekends to balance holiday visitors/traffic,” he finished.
Lauren Hawkins, Marketing Director at Story Land in Glen, NH, told the chamber that if the weather is good, she predicts a strong July 4th holiday. “When the 4th of July is midweek, we see a higher attendance rate,” Hawkins shared. “Our summer has kicked off strong and we are looking forward to a great 2018 season,” she added.
Susan Logan of the Conway Scenic Railroad shared that the “Firecracker Express,” which started in 2015 will run once again this year from Conway Village to North Conway as a great way to avoid trying to find a parking place in North Conway for the fireworks. “Ridership has grown each year as the word gets out that this is a fun way to beat traffic congestion after the fireworks,” said Susan who anticipates another banner July 4th holiday for the train.
With July 4th falling on a Wednesday, Mt Washington Valley’s calendar of red, white and blue celebrations is packed from July 1 – 7. For those seeking a different event just about every day, here’s what’s in store for fireworks and family-friendly celebrations.
Kick off the fireworks in Jackson Village on July 1: Jackson Village and the surrounding communities come together to celebrate Independence Day as they light up the sky with a spectacular firework display Sunday, July 1st starting at approximately 9:00pm. Come claim your spot in Jackson Village Park.
Town of Fryeburg Fireworks on July 1: The 4th of July Parade at 10 AM starting at the Legion Hall. Fireworks start at 9:00 PM. Rain date is Monday, July 2.
“Longest Independence Day Celebration” in Gorham Village, June 29-July 4: Four days of events including live performances, car shows, foods, family games, fireworks and many different parades. They call this the longest July 4th celebration in the country! It’s days of all-American family fun. Highlighted events include Recycled Percussion Performance on Friday, June 29th, Car show at 11:30 at the Gorham Common on July 1 Duck Race on the Androscoggin at 9:30am, Kiddies Parade at 11:00am, Fireworks at 10 pm at Gorham Common area on July 4th. Plus, look for carnival rides on the Midway July 3-7.
Independence Day parade and BBQ in Bartlett Village, July 4th: Start your 4th of July celebrating in Bartlett Village, NH. The Bartlett 4th of July Parade, begins at 11:00am at Precinct Park, ending at Hodgkins Park.
July 4th Parades, Music and Fireworks in North Conway Village: Look forward to a quintessential New England village celebration as the Town of Conway kicks off Independence Day festivities on Wednesday, July 4th with an afternoon parade scheduled tentatively for 1:30pm, followed by the playing of the National Anthem in Schouler Park. Reserve your space in the park with a blanket and a picnic. From 3:45 to 9:30pm, enjoy music provided by local and regional bands, including Motor Booty Affair. The rain date for fireworks is July 5th at 9:30pm. The Conway Scenic Railroad will provide round-trip train transportation from its terminal in Conway to the station in North Conway Village for those who’d like to combine a historic train ride aboard the “Firecracker Express” with the day’s events. The 80-passenger Budd car will pick up passengers in Conway at 6:00 and 7:00pm and will return to Conway at approximately 10:15 p.m., following the fireworks. For more information on special July 4th train fares and schedules, click here. For more information on the events of the day, visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org.
4th of July family fun at Cranmore Mountain Resort : Celebrate Independence Day the Cranmore Way with the best party of the summer! Cranmore’s base area will be transformed into the All-American backyard barbeque with live music from Shark Martin, brews on tap, lawn games, fresh from the grill burgers & hot dogs, and friendly competition. All guests are welcome, and attendees are encouraged to bring the sunscreen. Cranmore will supply the fun!
Star Spangled Spectacular at Bretton Woods, NH, July 7: Saturday, July 7 promises to be a packed day for families at the Bretton Woods Ski Area and Adventure Center. Gates open at 5:00pm so be sure to arrive early to find the perfect viewing spot. The White Mountain Regional High School Jr. ROTC will be collecting a donation of $5 per car which will go toward funding the program. From 5:00-9:15pm, look for fun and games behind the base lodge including a bouncy house, lawn games, face painting, and balloon twisting with Maryanne the Magnificent. Plan to grab dinner at the annual country-style BBQ featuring all-American favorites from corn on the cob to burgers (purchase food a la carte). From 6:00-9:30pm, Rust and Ruin, acoustic duo, will perform toe- tapping tunes (intermission from 7:15pm – 8:00pm), then the highlight of the night begins around 9:30pm with a fireworks extravaganza. For more information: http://brettonwoods.com/july .
Wildcat on Tap, July 7: Wildcat On Tap is a celebration of the summer season. Enjoy local brews from Tuckerman Brewing Co, Moat Mountain Smokehouse and more, plus local music bands like the Jonathan Sarty Band, fun & games, and amazing views. Try out the brand-new 18-hole disc golf course during the Amateur Disc Golf Tournament, and then ride the ZipRider, Scenic Gondola Rides. The Wildcat Ski Team will also be hosting their 5th Annual Wildcat Trail Run event. For a complete schedule of events, go to https://www.skiwildcat.com/event/wildcat-on-tap/.
To plan your July 4th or summer getaway to Mt Washington Valley, visit www.MtWashingtonValley.org or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH). To learn about a summer vacation in New Hampshire, go to www.VisitNH.gov.