Fourth of July: Fireworks and fun in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont


Want to know where you can let freedom boom and view some awesome displays of fireworks in celebration of the Fourth of July? Here's a roundup of the firework displays we know of in Bennington and Berkshire counties*:

Berkshire County, Mass.


Fireworks display following the 8 p.m. James Taylor concert at Tanglewood. Gates open at 5 p.m.

North Adams:

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


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

Other observances:


Fourth of July Celebration with music and barbecue from 1:30 to 5 p.m. July 4, Shakespeare & Company, 71 Kemble St., Lenox. Reading of The Declaration of Independence by company actors, invited dignitaries and guests at 3 p.m.


Sunday, July 3, Precision & Pageantry Drum & Bugle Corps competition, 7 p.m., 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

July 4 Pittsfield Independence 5K at 9:30 a.m. from Wahconah Park, 105 Wahconah St. Runners should be at the park by 8:30 a.m.

The Pittsfield Parade will step off at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 4, from the South Street/East and West Housatonic streets intersection ending at Wahconah park, via North Street. This year's theme is "Music & Dance Through the Years."


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

11 a.m. Hometown Parade, 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.

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

North Adams:

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

Bennington County, Vt.


Fireworks will go off at dusk — between 9 and 9:30 p.m. — at Willow Park, off Park Street, on Monday, July 4.

North Bennington:

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


The Town of Manchester will host a fireworks display, set to famous movie soundtracks, starting at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park located at 340 Recreation Park Road in Manchester Center. Rain date is Saturday, July 9.

Other observances:


The pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., free of charge. The Misty Blues will entertain the crowd on Applejack Field before the fireworks from 5:15 to 8:45 p.m.

* This list was compiled at press time, Tuesday, June 28


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