The 2017 Chelmsford Fourth of July Parade. PHOTO BY JOYCE PELLINO CRANE

FOURTH OF JULY: Where to Celebrate

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Here’s a news brief on Fourth of July celebrations around the area.

Although Westford doesn’t have fireworks, many nearby communities do, including Lowell, Ayer, Harvard, Acton, and, of course, Boston on the Esplanade.

Chelmsford’s Fourth of July celebration begins on July 3 at 5 p.m. with the country fair on the Town Common. Festivities continue the next day with the John Carson Road Race at 9:30 a.m., just before the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Stay around afterwards for the continuing country fair and art show inside the Chelmsford Center for the Arts.

Here’s a schedule of the main events in Chelmsford:

Tuesday, July 3

5-11 p.m. Country Fair on the town Common

6 – 8 p.m. Kiddies train rides behind the public garden

7 – 9 p.m. Chelmsford Community Band concert on the town Common

Wednesday, July 4

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Country Fair on the town Common

8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Art Festival inside the Chelmsford Center for the Arts

9:30 a.m. – Annual John Carson 2-mile road race

10 a.m. 51st Annual Fourth of July Parade