Fourth of July
Celebrate Independence Day
Come celebrate our nation’s independence in Portsmouth and the Seacoast. Our annual fireworks display is sure to wow, and a visit to a local museum will give some insight into our role in the revolution. See below for some fun things to plan!
oin Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge, & Ice Cream Shoppe to grab your treats before the fireworks, and again after the fire works! Kilwins will keep the doors open for as long as the crowd is there
Join Throwback Brewery for their 7th Birthday BBQ Bash on Sunday, July 1st from 12-4pm! Enjoy live music by The Chickenshack Bluegrass Band from 1-4pm while you savor a delicious all you can eat buffet of pulled pork and chicken, as well as limited edition beers! Tickets are $38 for adults and $12 for kids.
City of Portsmouth Fireworks
Don’t miss the City of Portsmouth Fire Works! The annual fireworks display is Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 9:15 PM at the South Mill Pond, located across from Portsmouth City Hall.
The American Independence Museum
The American Independence Museum will be open for tours from 10 am – 4 pm. Docents will be stationed throughout Ladd-Gilman House and Folsom Tavern will be open (with cake!) to celebrate America’s birthday. Visitors can see original drafts of the Constitution and an original printing of the Declaration of Independence. 4th of July themed scavenger hunts will be available for children.
Enjoy a sail aboard a traditional reproduction of the flat-bottom gundalow barges that were once prevalent along local waterways. Use code FOURTH to receive $5 off each ticket.
Prescott Park Arts Festival
It’s movie night at Prescott Park Arts Festival, it’s all the fun of a drive-in (minus your car, of course). Watch the Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman fight to save the earth in the film Independence Day!Movies start at dusk. Dusk changes over the course of the summer, approx. 8:30 PM in July. Get there early, the movie starts as earliest as it’s dark enough though.
“An American Celebration,” now in its 16th year, 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. Offering something for everyone, from a huge assembly of re-enactors and living history performers on July 1st to a 1940s-style swing dance on July 3rd and FREE patriotic family celebrations on July 4th, each day’s events add something new to Independence Day traditions.
More information and tickets for paid admission events are available at StrawberyBanke.org/events. As a Blue Star Museum, Strawbery Banke admits active duty military and their families FREE. Strawbery Banke also admits veterans free.
All events on July 4th are FREE thanks to support from BAE Systems.
Take Flight is offering $10 off your booking with Promo Code “FREEDOM18” for folks who join them on the Fourth of July.
The Port Inn
At the Port Inn welcome cocktails, mocktails, snacks, and gifts will be available for guests on theFourth of July! Book now your stay now.
G. Willikers! Books & Toys
G. Willikers! Books & Toys will once again host a month-long Waldo event, starting July first. Kids, adults and families can search for twenty-five Waldo’s in downtown Portsmouth! Pick up your official Waldo Passports at G. Willikers! 13 Market St. between 7/1/18-7/31/18.