4th of July doesn’t mean fireworks are for everyone
Posted by Tara, Ziptivity’s Metro Boston Community Ambassador
Last year, we went with two other families to the Independence Day celebration in Lincoln. I thought it was a lovely evening – the bucolic setting, noshing and talking with the adults while the kids chased each other and dodged picnickers planted in the grass, followed by a thrilling fireworks display. But when I asked my kids if they had fun (and truly, I expected them to say it one was one the best nights of their lives), my daughter said something like, “I never want to do that again.” She was completely freaked out by the proximity, intensity, and deafening sounds of the fireworks (even through her earplugs). Although it’s a year later, she is still holding her ground: “No fireworks!” I love to celebrate Independence Day, so I have been looking for fun alternatives. If your kids are like mine, and fireworks are not an option, check out these family events in Waltham and Newton:
Waltham 4th of July Celebration: Family Event, Prospect Hill Park, 10am-2pm.
My kids will think the pony rides are reason enough to go to this event, but there will be lots more to do: enjoy the music, watch an animal show, overindulge in food and drinks, and go on free children’s rides. If fireworks are in the cards for your family, head to Leary Field around 5:30pm for the music of Profile, followed by the big show in the sky at 9:30pm.
Newton July 4th Celebration: Kids Morning, Newton Centre Playground at Tyler Terrace, 10am-12pm, Ages 3-12.
Bring the kids and the pets for a Grande Pet Parade. If stuffed animals are the closest things you have to a pet, join the Teddy Bear Parade or the Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade instead. After they stuff their faces with free ice cream, candy and drinks, the kids can burn off their energy in Foot Races. The show must go on, but in this case, the event will be cancelled if there is rain. Call the July 4th Weather Hot Line at (617) 796-1903 if you’re unsure about the conditions.
Newton Community Pride: July 4th Celebration, Russell J. Halloran Field & Sports Complex, 11am-10pm.
Starting at 11:00 over at the Sports Complex, weave your way through the handmade and international crafts, food, and other vendors at the Open Air Market. Or amuse yourself and your kids on the Amusement Rides all day. Dance the night away to live music performed by the Zaitchik Brothers, beginning at 6pm. Then (this is when we will leave), pull out your blankets and lawn chairs for fireworks at 9:00pm!
When all the fireworks are exploding in the sky that night, we will be at home – the children snug in their beds, with visions of pony rides and ice cream dancing in their heads. With Pa in his pajamas and I in my cap, we’ll settle in front of the television for fireworks and a little nightcap.
From ZipNews this week, here are my “Top Metro Boston ZipPicks” for this weekend: (Subscribe to ZipNews here!)
TOP 5 ZipPICKS FOR THIS WEEKEND
- Waltham Library: Play Group, Waltham, Friday, 11am-12pm. For 12 to 36-month-old children and their families.
- Museum of Science: Stargazing at the Observatory, Friday, 8:30pm-10:00pm. Weather permitting.
- Colonial Theatre: West Side Story, Boston, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm.
- Puppet Showplace Theatre: Paul Bunyan Story – Family Workshop, Brookline, Saturday, 10:30am-12:30pm. Pre-registration strongly encouraged.
- Zoo New England: Enrichment Day at Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, Sunday, 10:30am-3:00pm.
SAVE THE DATE!
- Robbins Farm Park: Independence Day Celebration, Arlington, Monday, July 4th, 7-11:30pm.
- JCC of Greater Boston: Welcome Baby! Meet-ups, Arlington, Wednesdays, July 6th through August 3rd , 10am-12pm.
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