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This Fourth of July week, check out some fun outdoor events happening at state parks close to you. Take part in one of America’s largest patriotic celebrations! DCR’s Memorial Hatch Shell 2012 Season is heating up with the July 4th festival. Come join the fun at the Charles River Esplanade in Boston for the fireworks display and 4th celebration. A Boston tradition, this celebration is for the whole family to enjoy.

After the holiday hype, get the kids back on track with the Junior Rangers program going on at parks throughout the state. The Junior Rangers program is a fun and educational way to get your kids outdoors this summer. Children will have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while learning important recreational skills and fostering environmental stewardship. Junior Rangers work alongside of Park Rangers and receive a Junior Ranger Guide to learn skills and earn their Junior Ranger Patch and Certificate. Children will take part in educational activities such as map reading, science experiments and investigations. The programs also feature games, story times, arts and crafts and the opportunities for developing various outdoor leadership skills. All Junior Ranger Programs require pre-registration and are free and open to the public. The Parks hosting Junior Ranger programs starting this week include the Holyoke Range State Park in Amherst, the Wompatuck State Park in Hingham, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Waquoit and the Myles Standish State Forest in South Carver. Please visit the Park websites for more information and how to register. Stay tuned for the Junior Ranger Programs at Walden Pond and the Great Falls Discovery Center coming up next week!

If you’re looking for some outdoor exercise this week, check out the Walking the Blackstone Canal program at Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge this Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Take a step back into time and learn about the historical, cultural and ecological importance of the canal on this interpreter led tour. This walk is great for families and individuals alike. At Nickerson State Park in Brewster, come to check out the Stroll by the Bay walk this Thursday at 5:00 p.m. This is a great walk to get your feet wet while learning about the tidal flats, salt marshes and beach habitats along Cape Cod Bay. The stroll is leisurely fun ideal for the whole family. At the Harold Parker State Forest  in North Andover, join the We Walk the Woods program this and every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. This guided walk is great for families and individuals looking to get some fresh air into their mornings.

Be sure to check out our events calendar for more events this and every week throughout the summer.

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