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Bitter Pill plays a record release show at The Stone Church on Saturday. photo by Peter Scheibe

Top five things to do: July 1-4

Art, Music, Top Weekend Events

Fourth of July weekend brings all kinds of fireworks to the Seacoast. Here are some of the top things to do.

‘New England Printmakers’ at the NHAA

Among the highlights of the Art’ Round Town gallery walk in Portsmouth on Friday is a juried printmaking exhibition at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery. “New England Printmakers,” featuring work by NHAA members and non-members, opens with a reception from 5-8 p.m. Learn more here. above by Kirk Carter

Concerts by the Bridge: Midnight BBQ

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The next installment of The Dance Hall’s Concerts by the Bridge series will bring some frenetic New Orleans-style swing to John Paul Jones Park in Kittery. Midnight BBQ, a local outfit helmed by singer and guitarist Stu Dias, will take the outdoor stage and get folks moving on Saturday from 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Learn more here.

Summer in the Street in Portsmouth

Pro Portsmouth is bringing its annual Summer in the Street concert series back to downtown Portsmouth this year. First up is the Seacoast Wind Ensemble, a community group dedicated to the traditions of the John Philip Sousa era. They’ll offer a free outdoor performance in Market Square on Saturday from 5:30-9 p.m. Learn more here.

Bitter Pill record release at The Stone Church

Local band Bitter Pill, beloved for their uniquely sinister brand of “rhythm and bluegrass,” will unveil their third album, “livin aint cheap, dyin aint free,” with a record release party at The Stone Church in Newmarket on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. ($15). That follows two Church shows on Friday: Portland-based acts The Jason Spooner Band and Palomino Motel from 6-9 p.m. ($15), and rock bands Looms and Modern Fools at 10 p.m. ($10). Learn more here.

Fourth of July fireworks & celebrations

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Parades, fireworks, and other Independence Day celebrations will take place across the Seacoast this weekend. Portsmouth will hold its annual fireworks display on Sunday at 9:15 p.m. over South Mill Pond, across from City Hall. For a roundup of other regional festivities surrounding the Fourth of July holiday, click here.

See the full calendar for more local events.