Market Square Day was first celebrated in 1978. Created to mark the renovation and beautification of Downtown Portsmouth – and in particular Market Square – the Festival continues to grow in popularity and is often referred to as the unofficial start of Summer on the Seacoast, enticing an estimated 50,000 to enjoy this destination festival in Downtown Portsmouth.
The event features regional artists, music and dance, the history of the City and the members of the business community. The downtown area is transformed into a pedestrian-friendly space as streets are closed from 9:00am through 4:00pm. Entertainment stages, craftspeople, businesses and food vendors greet the thousands of Seacoast residents and visitors to the area.
The day begins with the Market Square Day 10K Road Race, which winds its way through the streets of Portsmouth. Pro Portsmouth, Inc. has produced the festival for over 40 years –and like the event itself, celebrates their anniversary each year on this most festive of occasions.
For details, go to: https://www.proportsmouth.org/MarketSquareDay.cfm