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Town of Amherst Annual 4th of July Fireworks

Event Details

July 4, 2019

McGuirk Alumni Stadium

Room: Field to the south of the Stadium off University Drive

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available

The Town of Amherst Amherst plans to hold another fun, exciting, family-friendly fireworks event featuring;
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Your Favorites Foods
Six Flags Characters
Carnival Rides and Games,
Beer Garden and more on

Activities start at 5:00 p.m. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m.. 

Since 1850, Amherst has been proud to celebrate Independence Day. For over 160 years, our community has come together to engage in classic traditions such as the pie-eating contest, live bands, carnival games, and most importantly, to watch the spectacular fireworks display. 

The event now includes much more than the fireworks, which start at 9:30 p.m. All kinds of activities start at 5 p.m. Children can play carnival games and take rides, get a bite to eat from any of Poppies’ Concessions stands, and even ride in the Remax hot air balloon. A new addition this year, adults (21 years+) can enjoy the beer garden, which will feature craft beers and ciders from local breweries.   

Atkins Farms presents the Blueberry Pie Eating Contest, a special July 4th tradition. On the main stage at 8:15 p.m., the Amherst Community Band will play up until the Fireworks show kicks off at 9:30. 

*Due to construction on the field behind McGuirk Stadium, this year’s event will take place on the field to the south of the stadium off University Drive. 

Rain date is Friday, July 5th.

Parking is available for a donation of $5. So get there early to beat the traffic! Or you could avoid the hassle of parking and take the bus, thanks to UMass Transit for running special buses for the event. 

A sincere thanks must go out to UMass Athletics, UMass Police, UMass Physical Plant, Hadley Fire Department and Amherst Police. Another special thanks to all of the individuals and businesses who have donated to the event. Without the help of all those listed above, our event would not be possible. 

Important Details:

Rocky Hill road will be closed to patrons entering the event as well both entrances to the Dallas Mall. This will create one point of entry along Stadium Drive. Parking will be available, as always, in lots 11, 22, and 33.

As a result of two serious car accidents last year, Hadley and Amherst PD have decided to close route 116 from route 9 to the UMass exit from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. 

UMass Transit Buses to the Fireworks: 

 

Directions:

From the North: Route 91 South to Exit 25 - At the end of the ramp turn left and follow the road to the intersection - turn right onto Routes 5 & 10 South - go 1 mile, then left onto 116 South, then eight miles to UMass exit - Left at the end of the ramp onto Massachusetts Avenue. Take a right at the first set of lights (usually blinking yellow) and proceed approximately one-quarter mile. The stadium entrance will be on your right.From the South: Route 91 North to Exit 19 (Northampton/Amherst) - Right onto Route 9 and go approximately five miles, just past the Amherst-Hadley town line. Take a left at the lights (just after the Stop and Shop on the left-hand side) onto University Drive. Go through one set of lights and the entrance to the stadium will be on your left.From the East: Mass Pike (Route 90) West to Exit 4 (West Springfield) onto Route 91 North to Exit 19 (Northampton/Amherst) - Right onto Route 9 and go approximately five miles, just past the Amherst-Hadley town line. Take a left at the lights (just after the Stop and Shop on the left-hand side) onto University Drive. Go through one set of lights and the entrance to the stadium will be on your left.From the West: Mass Pike (Route 90) East to Exit 4 (West Springfield) onto Route 91 North to Exit 19 (Northampton/Amherst) - Right onto Route 9 and go approximately five miles, just past the Amherst-Hadley town line. Take a left at the lights (just after the Stop and Shop on the left-hand side) onto University Drive. Go through one set of lights and the entrance to the stadium will be on your left.

Event Category

Special/Other