Celebrate the Fourth of July in Wareham

Jun 27, 2023

Paint the town red, white and blue this Fourth of July with parades, boats and antiques. 

Start your Independence Day weekend off with a scavenger hunt at Swifts Beach. Pick up a $5 scavenger hunt form at the kid’s bingo at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 30 at the clubhouse, 38 Pleasant Street. There will be an ice cream social at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 2, also at the clubhouse, where the completed sheet can be turned in.

The annual Blessing of the Fleet will return to Onset Pier, 186 Onset Avenue, Saturday, July 1 at 10 a.m. A priest from St. Margaret’s Church in Buzzards Bay will sprinkle holy water onto a parade of passing boats, decked out in their finest patriotic regalia. Prizes will go to the best-dressed boats.

Immediately after the blessing, there will be a parade of bicycles, pets and dog carriages for families to participate in. Like the boats, participants are encouraged to dress their bikes, tykes and fur babies in their Fourth of July best. Registration for the parade is free and begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. In the event of rain, the Blessing of the Fleet will be moved to Sunday, July 2.

Put on your best flag-adorned outfits for the Fourth of July parade hosted by the Swifts Beach Improvement Association. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4 at the clubhouse, 38 Pleasant Street.

Celebrate America’s birthday with local history at the Wareham Historical Society 45th Annual Antique Faire on Tuesday, July 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Antiques will be at the Village Green (Center Park) on Main Street and in the Methodist Meeting House, 495 Main Street. The admission gate is at the corner of Main Street, across from the Meeting House. Entry costs $5.00 for adults and children 12 years and under are free. The Fearing Tavern tour is included in the admission fee and will be open from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.