Kirstan Knowlton: Celebrating Fourth of July

Growing up in southern New Hampshire, my family and I used to celebrate Fourth of July down in Concord. Our church was located right near the field where they would shoot off the fireworks, so it was the perfect spot to park and sprawl out on a blanket.

We would always get there early to claim our space, and once it got dark, I would run around with my friends waving sparklers through the air trying to spell out my name or make random shapes like a heart.

When the fireworks started we would all settle in to watch the show, and of course, everyone couldn’t wait for the grand finale. My favorite fireworks are the ones that burst out into a big ball of color; I know that sounds like every firework out there, but trust me, there is a difference.

When I moved up to the North Country, I was thrilled when I saw that Gorham had such a strong and community-focused Fourth of July celebration. With rides, music, vendors, parades, fireworks and lots of activities, the five-day celebration is full of things to do.

Weather pending, I am really hoping to make it out to see the Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute Show with Dean Simmons on Sunday night. The concert will be held at the bandstand on the Gorham Common and starts at 7:30 p.m. From what I’ve read from his reviews, he is supposed to be really good.

It’s been quite a few years since my days of participating in a parade, but this year I finally got motivated and a group of us from the North Country Rainbow Alliance will be walking in the parade.

You won’t be able miss us; we will be the ones with the rainbow flags handing out stickers and candy. It should be a fun time, and on top of that, the weather looks good.

If you’re planning on heading down to watch the parades, the Kiddie Parade starts at 11 a.m. and the main parade starts at 2 p.m. Both are held on Tuesday, July 4, down in Gorham. Just ask someone who looks like they know what they are doing, I’m sure they will recommend a good spot to sit.

I know that many of you have heard by now that the paper will be going down to two days a week, and this Saturday will be our last weekend edition. I want you all to know that my plan is to continue writing my column and put together a weekender section in Thursday’s paper.

My passion for our local community and all that is has to offer will never go away, and I will continue to work hard to share my love for the area with others.

Kirstan Knowlton writes a weekly column for The Berlin Daily Sun. Her inspiration comes from events and people in the community who continue to work hard to make the North Country one of the best places to live. You can contact Kirstan by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..