Ice cream, jam sessions and fireworks: Here’s what’s happening in Newton on July 4

Thursday is July 4, the holiday on which we celebrate the nation’s Founding Fathers signing the Declaration of Independence 248 years ago.

Newton has so much more to offer on July 4 than the standard fireworks and food (but there will be fireworks and food, so don’t worry).

Here’s a rundown of events in Newton to celebrate Independence Day.

Kids’ Morning

From 10 a.m. to noon, kids ages 3 to 12 and their families are invited to the Newton Centre Bowl, 69 Tyler Terrace St., for a morning of fun and ice cream.

There will also be arts and crafts, a Patriotic Costume Parade, a Grand Pet Promenade, a decorated bicycle parade and more.


From 1 to 10 p.m., the city will hold its July 4 Carnival on Albemarle Field.

This afternoon and evening party will have rides, crafts, food trucks and a 2 p.m. ukulele concert performed by the City Hall Strummers and a 3 p.m. concert by Bay Colony Brass.

At 5:30 p.m., musicians Kat Chapman and Chris Leadbetter will perform on the main stage, and at 7 p.m., the headliner band East Coast Soul will perform.

At a little after 9 p.m., when the sun has just set, the fireworks display will begin.

The events are free, but the food at the food trucks is not. Part of the proceeds from their food sales, however, will go back to the city to help fund cultural events.