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Posted on: May 2, 2023

Town of Amherst Independence Day Celebration


Join us for the Town of Amherst's Annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display at UMass Amherst McGuirk Stadium on Saturday, July 1st. Festivities will start at 5:00 PM with a fireworks display starting at dark.  The rain date for this event will be Saturday, July 8th at the same time and location. 

Bring a blanket, the folding chairs, we'll have food and beverages for sale - we want you to sit-back and relax, get a bite to eat, listen to some music and CELEBRATE at this annual tradition. This event is FREE and food, beverage, and novelty items will be available for purchase. 

Parking will be available on site, more details coming soon. Parking will be free but donations are welcome.  Restroom facilities will also be available.

More details will be coming soon to this webpage, so check back soon!

  • What: Amherst’s Annual Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks
  • When: Saturday, July 1st festivities start at 5:00 PM, fireworks will be set off upon darkness approx. 9:30 PM (Rain date is Saturday, July 8th)
  • WhereUMass Amherst McGuirk Stadium 

Questions? Contact the Amherst Recreation Department at or (413) 259-3065

Would you like to be a community sponsor? Visit our sponsor page (coming soon) to learn more or contact Recreation Director, Rey Harp at (413) 259-3138 to discuss. 

Would you like to volunteer? Volunteers are needed to assist with the annual fireworks celebration. Roles range from set-up, general help, activities assistant, clean-up and more! Get a behind the scenes peek at the inner workings of the event. To sign-up or learn more, email Hayley Bolton at or by phone at (413) 259-3114 

Interested in becoming a vendor? Click hereIndependence Day Celebration to fill out your information by June 1st. Some of our existing vendors are listed below: 

  • Batch Ice Cream
  • La Mesa
  • Say Cheese!
  • Vinci's Concessions
  • Big T's Jerky House
  • Jackson Effie Coffee Cabin
  • Crooked Stick Pops
  • Hillio's Novelties

Questions? Contact the Amherst Recreation Department at or (413) 259-3065

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