Fourth of July
Salem really is a great place to go 365 days of the year. The Fourth of July is no exception. Throughout the day there are numerous family activities as the Fourth coincides with Nathaniel Hawthorne's Birthday. The House of Seven Gables hosts Living History Labs to learn about history through a set of experiments on various Saturday and Sundays in July, check the website for details and specific times.
Various cruise companies offer opportunities to see the fireworks from the harbor. Although we have not done this option, I have heard great things about it. We have always participated in festivities across from the Custom House (176 Derby Street). The activities usually begin around 5:00 p.m. with free face painting, games, and crafts. According to Salem.org, a little after 7:00 p.m., there is a flyover by the Massachusetts National Air Guard and the National Anthem is performed. Soon after, a two hour Orchestra concert (this year performed by the Hillyer Festival Orchestra) ensues. Around 9:00 p.m., the fireworks begin (launched from Derby Wharf) and accompanied by the orchestral music. The City spares no expense when it comes to these fireworks. I personally believe they are the best in the North Shore area.