Some 4th Of July Celebrations Still On In Massachusetts

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — While dozens of Independence Day celebrations have been canceled across the Commonwealth this year, some communities are still finding a way to celebrate in a safe way.

Starting at 9 p.m. on July 4th, the skies over Mashpee will be lit up with fireworks, coming from the Willowbend County Club.

"This July 4th is like no other in recent memory," said David Southworth, owner of Willowbend. "Those living around our community can watch the spectacle from their backyards while others across the Cape and throughout Massachusetts can enjoy all the amazing starbursts live on their computer, tablet or smartphone."

Before the fireworks celebration, at 5:25 p.m., there will be a socially-distanced flag raising ceremony at Willowbend, involving a US Marine Color Guard led by retired US Marine Corps General and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford Jr

There will also be members of the Mashpee Police Department present, led by Chief Scott Carline, and Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Executive Director Dan Magoon. The ceremony will be hosted by WBZ sports legend Bob Lobel.

According to the Patriot Ledger, there will also be bells ringing out on the morning of Independence Day across Hingham and Hull.

At least ten churches are planning to take part by ringing their bells at 10 a.m., the traditional start time of the Hingham parade. The town is asking residents to grab a bell and join in on Saturday morning.

The Boston Pops will be releasing a special virtual show on the 4th of July, entitled "A Boston Pops Salute To Our Heroes." The musical and visual celebration will air at 8 p.m. locally on WHDH-TV, and nationally on Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio, and on the Bloomberg website.

The U.S. Department of Defense will also be holding a military jet fly-over across several east coast cities, including Boston.

According to the DOD, multiple aircraft will fly over the USS Constitution in Charlestown and then over Fenway Park, making their way over the center of the city at approximately 4 p.m.

Five waves of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps jets will take part, including the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters, and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters.

The USS Constitution will be holding its own Independence Day celebration, with a 21-gun salute and a public trivia contest streamed on its Facebook page. Those with correct responses will win the 21 rounds.

Adapting to the new restrictions due to the pandemic, the House of Blues in Boston is sporting a brand new outdoor deck, which is open Thursdays through Sundays through October.

On July 4th, the venue says The Lansdowne Deck will be hosting a summer BBQ cookout from noon until 11p.m. The event will be 21+ only, seating is first come first served for parties of up to 6 guests total.

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