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

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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.

Lenox:

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.

Pittsfield:

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:

Lenox:

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.

Pittsfield:

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."

Williamstown:

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.

Bennington:

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.

Manchester:

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:

Manchester:

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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