Bring your beach blankets and folding chairs to enjoy the 42-piece Hillyer Festival Orchestra on Derby Wharf at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site for a grand celebration of our nation’s Independence Day. Featuring a Pops concert, a Kid Space play area, and fireworks launched over Salem Harbor, this is a quintessential celebration of the 4th of July.
Free children's activities begin at 5:00 p.m. with the opening of the Kids' Space, where little ones can play games, win prizes and get their faces painted.
Live entertainment on the Main Stage begins at 5:00 p.m. The DITTO band will entertain the crowd on main stage. Lead vocalists and guitarists Gary Santarella and Roger Kimball have entertained audiences for over forty years and play mainstream music classics of James Taylor, Neil Young, Harry Chapin, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Beatles, and many others.
Food tents will be on site selling hot dogs, French fries, fried dough, kettle corn, and other fair favorites.
Opening Ceremonies begin at 7:15 p.m. when Mayor Driscoll and other local dignitaries will lead a parade down the wharf accompanied by the Salem Veterans Honor Guard and Salem Boy Scout troops.
The National Anthem will be sung by members of the Salem High School’s a cappella group Witch Pitch?.
Immediately following opening ceremonies Maestro Dirk Hillyer and the Hillyer Festival Orchestra (HFO) will take center stage and perform a program packed with Broadway show tunes and patriotic music featuring soprano Jacyn Tremblay.
For intermission entertainment, we have some talented singers from Salem’s Collins Middle School Chorus.
At 9:15 p.m., Salem ends its Independence Day celebration with a fireworks extravaganza, accompanied live by the Hillyer Festival Orchestra playing the 1812 Overture and other patriotic tunes throughout the entire fireworks display.