Organizers are preparing for the celebrations next week on Cape Ann.
The Gloucester Fund and gimmesound.com will present a free concert on Gloucester Harbor next Wednesday, July 3, from 5 to 11 p.m. when once again the Cape Ann Big Band, directed by Carlos Menezes Jr., will join Runaround for its sixth annual Runaround Fireworks Extravaganza.
Ringo Tarr’s mobile stage will be set up near the Blynman Bridge, also known as the Cut Bridge, at the corner of Western and Centennial avenues, which organizers say is a perfect place to view the parade, fireworks and then dance under the stars and lasers.
Guest vocalists include Rene Dupuis, Nathan Seavey, Steve Russo, Mari Martin, and Carolyn Seavey. During the evening, the music will range from Glenn Miller to Van Halen.
The music begins at 5 p.m. with a band to be announced. There is a break at 6 p.m. for the Horribles Parade. The music resumes at 7 p.m. with Cape Ann Big Band and Runaround after parade. The fireworks over Gloucester Harbor are scheduled at 9:30, followed by a laser light show at 10 p.m. by RK Lighting Design, a provider of light shows in New England.
Then dance with Runaround under the stars and the lasers. The event is free to the public.
The following day on the Fourth of July itself, Rockport hosts its annual Firemen’s Parade And Bonfire.
The parade steps off at 6 p.m. from the high school on Jerden’s Lane before ending at Back Beach, where the Rockport Legion Band Concert will perform at 8:30 p.m. The bonfire starts on the beach at 9 p.m.
Coastal garden tour
The Rockport Garden Club’s 2013 Coastal Gardens Tour will be held Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The 10 stops on this year’s tour feature several water gardens, cottage gardens bursting with color, dramatic use of local granite as hardscape, and crafted gardens overlooking the sea. An expansive garden on the ocean will host an optional luncheon and a sale of original artwork and note cards created by local artists. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 by calling 978-546-2896, 978-546-1638, or 978-546-5988 or online at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.rockportgardenclub.org for more information.