Berkshire County July 4th celebrations


Fourth of July will be celebrated with a number of fireworks displays, hometown parades and other observances. Here's a roundup of events in Berkshire County and Bennington, Vt.


• Fourth of July Celebration with music and barbecue from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Monday at Shakespeare & Company, 71 Kemble St., Lenox. Reading of The Declaration of Independence by company actors, invited dignitaries and guests at 3 p.m.

• Fireworks display following Monday's 8 p.m. James Taylor concert at Tanglewood. Gates open at 5 p.m.

North Adams

• "The Gettysburg Cyclorama," illustrated lecture depicting the July 3 events that determined the outcome of the famous battle, at 3 p.m. Monday, Department of Conservation & Recreation's Visitors Museum, Building 4, at Western Gateway Heritage State Park, Route 8, 413-663-6312.

• Fireworks immediately following the SteepleCats baseball game against Upper Valley Nighthawks at Joe Wolfe Field, 310 State St., on Monday. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. Rain date July 5.


• Precision & Pageantry Drum & Bugle Corps competition, 7 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at Wahconah Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. General Admission: $15 advance sale, $20 day of show; Box Seats: $20 advance sale, $25 day of show.

• BMC Independence Day 5K precedes the parade at 9:30 a.m. Monday from Wahconah Park, 105 Wahconah St. Runners should be at the park by 8:30 a.m.

• Pittsfield Parade will step off at 10 a.m. Monday from the intersection at South Street/East & West Housatonic streets, proceeding to North Street and Wahconah Street to Wahconah Park. This year's theme is "Music & Dance Through the Years."

VFW Post 448 invites all veterans and non-members to march. Uniforms or military caps are optional and not required. Interested veterans can line up with the Post at 9:15 a.m. on Wendell Avenue, Section 11. Post 448 is offering a free $50 one-year membership for new members.

• Fifth annual fireworks spectacular following Monday's Pittsfield Suns baseball game against Nashua Silver Knights at Wahconah Park, 105 Wahconah St. Game begins at 7 p.m.


• Second annual Run for Independence beginning at Berkshire Fitness Company, 16 Water St., at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

• Hometown Parade steps off at 11 a.m. Monday from Route 2 at Southworth Street to Spring Street. Free community barbecue at the base of Spring Street and free concert by the Capital Brass Band across from Images Cinema.

• Williamstown Theatre Festival actors read the Declaration of Independence and the British reply at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Sawyer Library, Williams College. Founding documents will be on view.

Bennington, Vt.

• Fireworks will go off at dusk, between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, at Willow Park, off Park Street.

North Bennington, Vt.

• Fireworks on Lake Paran will go off on Sunday, July 3. Food, music from Passin' Thru and a "great family friendly time," is promised.


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