Amherst to Host Independence Day Fireworks and Celebration




Join the Town of Amherst’s Annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks display at UMass Amherst’s McGuirk Alumni Stadium on Tuesday, July 2, 2024. Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. with a fireworks display starting at dark.  Rain date is Monday, July 8 – the same time and location.

We’ll have fun for all ages with a new assortment of lawn and pickup games! Bring a blanket and/or folding chairs, sit-back and relax and enjoy our stage performances. Be sure to come hungry- our Food Truck line up is sure to satisfy the whole family. We look forward to celebrating with you at this annual tradition. Restroom facilities will also be available.

This event is FREE! Food, beverage, and novelty items will be available for purchase on site. Donations gratefully accepted.

Free parking will be available on site in UMass lots 11, 22, 21, 33.  Accessible parking is available through lot 10. 

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 

Vendors include:

  •  White Lion Brewing Company Beer Garden for attendees 21+
  • Baby Berk
  • Batch Ice Cream
  • Caravan Kitchen
  • Crazy Arepas
  • Crooked Stick Pops
  • Holyoke Hummus
  • Rock-n-Roll Food Truck
  • Thai Chili
  • Hillio’s Novelties
  • Magic Tree Henna
  • Infinity Lox Permanent Jewelry

Live Entertainment Features:

  • Masala Jazz
  • Amherst Community Band
  • DJ Benny Black

For more information, please contact Amherst Recreation at 413-259-3065 or email

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2 thoughts on “Amherst to Host Independence Day Fireworks and Celebration

  1. Maybe we can host drone celebrations in the future. This is one of the more elaborate examples (1500 drones) of part of a drone show:

    More practical outfits are advertised on YouTube, such as “Firefly” which caters to smaller celebrations. The positive environmental impacts of switching to drones over powerful explosives seems obvious to me. We can leave the sooty smoke behind, and not literally scare wildlife to death. Imagine the draw from out of town, too, supporting our restaurants and food vendors!

    Kurt Geryk

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