Events for Amherst's Fourth of July Celebration

The 2017 theme is “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” and the committee expects  lots of floats, small or large, to be in the parade.

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"Chair-i-Table Art" Auction

Talented artists from around the area have graciously offered their time to hand paint beautiful Adirondack chairs to be auctioned online Tuesday July 4th-Tuesday July 18th.


Amherst Fourth of July Celebration 2017


Puppy ParadeChildrens' Bicycle ParadeFire Engines from new...To antique... the Lawrence and YankeeBandsAntique and classic cars, trucks, tractors...Floats of all kindsRevolutionary regimentCivil War regimentThe WheelmenColor guardsMore bandsKrickey the clown and friendsFace paintingFood tablesInformational boothsArt & Photography showGrandstand ceremonies"George Washington" gave an address – who will this year?Chairwomen: Carolyn Quinn, Nancy Head (current), Ann BerginCitizen of the Year Award by Lions ClubAmherst's Museums are openAmherst homes decked out for the Fourth. Take a tour...


















AMHERST – The Fourth of July is special in Amherst.  Each year since 1970 there has been a parade on the Fourth and, at least since 1976, some sort of celebration on the evening of July 3.  The events are run by a town committee of dedicated volunteers with enthusiastic participation by residents.  Townspeople build floats, march in the parade, man booths for various town organizations, and give support as spectators.  It is a time to reconnect with friends and acquaintances and learn what it means to live in a small, friendly community that comes together to celebrate the holiday.

This year’s theme is “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” and the committee is hoping for lots of floats, small or large, to be in the parade.   Marching groups are also encouraged.  This is Amherst’s parade and the more participation by local groups, the more uniquely Amherst the parade becomes!  Politically it should be a quiet year.

The celebration will begin on Monday, July 3, at Souhegan High School at 5:30 pm.  Most of the events will take place on the front lawn area; the stadium with the new artificial turf will not be used.  There will be fireworks sponsored by the Granite State Credit Union, tethered hot air balloon rides, free face painting by Krickey the Clown, rides on the Roaming Railroad, a juggler, taiko drumming by ShinDaiko, and a band concert by the Amherst Town Band.  The Amherst Firemen’s Association will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers and the Amherst Fourth of July Committee will be selling drinks, glo necklaces, ice cream, and slush to raise money for the events.   The rain date for the fireworks will be Tuesday, July 4th; any cancellations will be posted on

In the village on Tuesday, July 4th there will be the parade with bands, floats, antique cars, N.H. Revolutionary and Civil War Regiments, marchers, mini-kars, clowns, and more.  After a two-year absence, the Wheelmen will be returning to delight the spectators.  The Puppy Parade will follow the Children’s Bicycle Parade down Main Street immediately before the main parade.   The town common will bustle with activity:  the Art Show, the Old Fashioned Crafts, children’s games, clowns making balloon animals, booths featuring local organizations, apron ladies with their pockets full of children’s gifts, animals, a reviewing stand ceremony at which the Lions Club president will announce Amherst’s Citizen of the Year, and more!  There should be something for everyone!  This is Amherst’s special day!



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