Frequently Asked Questions

May 29, 2021

Why will there be no fireworks this year and where do we stand with those?
It was agreed by all, including the Amherst Fire Chief, that Souhegan High School was not an adequate facility to hold fireworks viewing in a safe, socially distanced way, or via folks watching from vehicles for the very large crowds we typically have on July 3rd. Thanks to Atlas Fireworks, our contract is extended and the fireworks intended for 2020, will extend to 2022. In other words, we will not need to pay for fireworks until next year.
What is the theme of the reverse parade this year?
The theme this year is “America’s Superheroes!” The Amherst Fourth of July Committee wanted to honor all of the local “Superheroes” who have been on the front line helping our community for more than a year. We welcome nurses, doctors, those in the service field, grocery store workers, teachers and others to join us by participating in our reverse parade. Come with a sign or “float” to be recognized. Email to reserve a space. We celebrate YOU!!!
What is a reverse parade?
A reverse parade is when parade participants stand in stationary locations along a driving loop (in this case, the Souhegan High School loop), and parade viewers drive slowly through to view, wave to and enjoy the events!
What will be happening with booths typically set up on the Village Green on the Fourth?
The Fourth of July Committee is hosting a “virtual green.” We invite you to virtually visit our Virtual Town Green page to learn about some of the local organizations that do so much for our community, and find out how you can help support them! All of the groups on the Green are local nonprofits, raising money and awareness for their good works.
How is the Fourth of July funded?

The Fourth of July celebration is funded one-third by the town of Amherst, and two-thirds by the fundraising efforts of the many volunteers who help organize and execute the festivities. The town budget is $8,000 while the committee raises approximately $16,000. We typically spend a total of approximately $24,000 each year for the 3rd and 4th of July celebration.

How are committee members feeling about this decision?
We are so thankful to hear from folks in town that they love and appreciate the Amherst parade and festivities! We do too!! The thing that most do not realize is that this parade does not just happen overnight, nor do the fireworks, town green activities, sound system and national anthem, politicians, food and vendors, etc. It is a huge undertaking that takes months of planning with many, many moving parts. We made this decision with our volunteers, town officials, CDC guidelines and current data.
How can I get involved?
We welcome reverse parade participants! Email the committee at to reserve a space today. We also welcome volunteers to join our committee! Finally, take part in the house decorating around town! Decorate your house to celebrate the Fourth!