Other attractions include the popular pizza-eating contest, the Pet Parade, crafters, food vendors, live entertainment and children’s activities.
Independence Day will come early when fireworks light up the sky on Saturday evening, with an additional display scheduled for the Fourth of July.
For more on the festival, see tomorrow’s Daily News.
Summer concerts in West Newbury
The annual West Newbury Community Bandstand Concert Series continues tonight with a performance by Quintessential Brass.
Upcoming shows include Thomas Machine Works on July 11, Bill Staines on July 18, John Curtis on July 25, The Usual Suspects on Aug. 1, Johnny Girouard and the Boys of Summer on Aug. 8, Way to the River on Aug. 15 and the Merrimack Valley Concert Band on Aug. 22.
The free concerts are held Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8 at the bandstand behind 381 Main St. In the case of rain, shows are moved into the Town Annex.
Food and beverages will be available to purchase, and concertgoers should bring lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, call 978-363-1100 or visit www.westnewbury.org.
Helping kids get in touch with nature
Aspiring park rangers between the ages of 8 and 13 can sign up for the Junior Ranger Hikers program at Maudslay State Park.
The free program starts Friday, July 5, and will be held every Thursday and Friday from 2 to 3 p.m. until the end of the month.
Children will learn about various aspects of the park, explore different trails and learn how to navigate with a compass.
A new segment this year, Junior Ranger Stewards, gives participants the opportunity to improve the park. Activities include assembling a bluebird house, building a turtle barge and planting flowers.
Sessions meet at the park headquarters, 74 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
To register, call 978-465-7223.
‘The Platinum Print’ at NAA
Learn about platinum prints when photographer Robert Pyle gives a talk at the Newburyport Art Association on Sunday at 2 p.m.