Independence Day Event Schedule

Independence Day Events Schedule on blue background with red and white stars
Independence Day in Wakefield is filled with events and entertainment all day long!
These events are organized and managed by local organizations: The West Side Social Club and the Wakefield Independence Day Committee. If you have questions about an event or the schedule, please connect with a representative from that group.

Community Events

Sponsored by the West Side Social Club

7:00 a.m.        Fishing Derby Registration
Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and the Derby takes place from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. The event is open to children ages 2 to 14 years old. All individuals under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

8:00 a.m.        Pet Show Registration 
Registration for the Pet Show starts at 8:00 a.m. and the Pet Parade begins at 8:30 a.m. on the Upper Common.

8:30 a.m.        Cart, Tricycle, and Scooter Parade Registration 
Registration takes place at 8:30 a.m. and the Cart, Tricycle, and Scooter Parade begins at 9:00 a.m. on the Upper Common.

9:30 a.m.        Doll Carriage Parade Registration
Registration takes place at 9:30 a.m. and the Doll Carriage Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on the Upper Common.

10:30 a.m.    Bicycle Parade Registration
Registration takes place at 10:30 a.m. and the Bicycle Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. on the Upper Common.

12:00 p.m.    Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
Stop by the Spaulding Street Playground from noon to 4:00 p.m. for photo ops and swag at this iconic vehicle. Parade t-shirts will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the Wakefield Independence Day Committtee.

12:00 p.m.    Diaper Derby and Races
Babies not yet walking can participate in a Diaper Derby crawling race followed by children’s races (toddlers through 12 years old) and adult races. The events will be held on the Lower Common.

12:30 p.m.    Canoe and Kayak Race Registration
Registration takes place at 12:30 p.m. at the head of the Lake and the races begin at 1:00 p.m. The race moves across to the Lower Common. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied an adult.

Wakefield’s 75th Fourth of July Parade

Sponsored by the Wakefield Independence Day Committee

5 p.m.        Parade begins
Celebrating 100 years! The parade begins at the Lakeside Office Park.  It travels down North Avenue, turns left to Church Street, right onto Common Street, and straight through to Main Street. The parade concludes at the Galvin Middle School.


Sponsored by the West Side Social Club

6:00 p.m.        Buckley Brothers Band
Enjoy great music on the Lower Common with the sounds of the Buckley Brothers Band.

9:00 p.m.        Dan Clark, the Singing Trooper
Clark, who has made appearances with the Boston Pops and at Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics games, will bring his talents to the Lower Common.

9:30 p.m.        Fireworks
Relax and enjoy the dazzling show by the Lake.