Here’s how to celebrate the

Fourth of July:


Fireworks July 4City of Portsmouth Fire Works!

The City’s annual fireworks display is Monday, July 3, 2017, 9:15 PM at the South Mill Pond, located across from Portsmouth City Hall. The rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, July 5th, at the same time.



American independance museum 2014Stop in the  American Independence Museum to learn the impact New Hampshire had on the founding of our country and how the leadership of New Hampshire’s men like John Stark, John Sullivan and Enoch Poor influenced events by studying the Museum’s exhibits about the Revolution.

Be moved by the patriotic fervor of New Hampshire’s first copy of the Declaration of Independence.

Appreciate the bravery of those soldiers striving for American independence (and the origins of recognizing our veterans) by standing just inches away from an original purple heart George Washington awarded during the War. This is one of only a few in the world that exists today!

On the Fourth of July only, enjoy a celebratory cake, served in the gift shop!

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Bring the Kids to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire for Independence Day fun! Let them enjoy the newly opened Dover Adventure Playground!  features a life-size flat-bottomed vintage gundalow boat, a net climber, swings and slides, a 3-story Garrison tower, a climbable Alewife granite fish sculpture, a splash pad and musical instruments. Come play in the playground for free 7am-9:30pm, stop into the air-conditioned Children’s Museum on July 3 or July 5, and then have a picnic in Henry Law Park. Learn more here!


hand and stoneLet FREEdom Ring at Hand and Stone Massage only on Tuesday July 4, 2017. Enjoy a FREE aromatherapy upgrade when you book a massage or a Free hydrating facial upgrade when you book a facial!


Enjoy the special fireworks cruise on July 3rd from 7:30- 10PM on the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company! Watch the fireworks display from the best seat around; the M/V Thomas Laighton.  Viewings from the first and second deck!


Kilwins Portsmouth invites you to grab your treats before the fireworks and then again after the fire works! They will not be closing at their normal time, they will stay open for as long as the crowd is there!


Stroll down to Lit Boutique for a FREE pair of earrings with every purchase the weekend before the fourth through the July 4, 2017!

Join the Players’ Ring for Improv with Stranger than Fiction! Improvisational theatre is made up completely on the spot without the use of a script.  Audience suggestion are used to create everything that will be seen on stage. The results are unexpected entertaining and hilarious.



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Join PortCity Bike Tours on a Historic Bike Tour leaving from the John Paul Jones Carriage House from 10 AM- 2PM. What a great way to celebrate the birth of America by touring on a bicycle!  Come celebrate and hear some history while checking out the points of interest in one of America’s oldest cities.




Rira Irish Pub & Restaurant invites you to join them from 10 AM- 1 AM for for their regular dinner and lunch menu but featuring their special burger: The Yank Burger! Even better, add a 16 oz PBR for $2!



row-34On July 3, 2017- Row 34 will keep the kitchen open longer! After, a beautiful show of fireworks, grab a late dinner at Row 34!


Seacoast Science center outside 2014Take the Odiorne Pointe State Park Military History Walk with Seacoast Science Center on July 4, 2017 at 1:30 PM! Learn about the military years when Odiorne Point State Park was Fort Dearborn, built to protect Portsmouth Harbor during WWII. See photographs from the 1940s and explore the remnants of the fortifications and gun mounts that remain today. Meet at the main entrance of the Seacoast Science Center. Free with Odiorne Point State Park admission.


simon smallFourth of July brings out some great sales at the Mall at Fox Run! They’re open 10 AM to 7 PM. Click here to see the deals of the day (keep checking back, it will be continually updated)!

StrawberyBankeLoveItLogoStrawbery Banke Museum will host it’s 15th Annual American Celebration!

“An American Celebration” is Strawbery Banke Museum’s annual salute to American Independence Day and the joys of summer. Multiple generations make this weekend full of events a Fourth of July tradition, given the opportunity to enjoy the living history museum at a time that American history takes a special spotlight.

At Strawbery Banke, the 15th Annual An American Celebration extends the festivities all weekend long.  Offering something for everyone, from maritime art to a 1940s-style swing dance, each day’s events add something new to Independence Day traditions. Sponsors include: BAE Systems, CPManagement, R.M. Davis, Marshall Rental and Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire. Visit the Strawbery Banke Museum’s website for more details.


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Take Flight Aerial Adventure Course is offering $10 off your booking for July 4th! Use the discount code “4JULY17” anytime between now and July 4th. Enjoy the Adventure!


Throwback Brewery

While celebrating American’s Birthday, celebrate Throwback Brewery‘s 6th Birthday! From 12 PM- 5PM on Sunday, July 2nd,  Throwback will have an ‘all you can eat’ chicken and pig roast with all the fixings, plus a beer on them – all for $36 person – including both tax and gratuity! Kids 12 and under are $10. Also, enjoy the release of NEW beers coming on July 2nd!