16th Annual Phillips House Car Meet

Salem, MA, Car Meet

Join Historic New England and the North Shore Old Car Club for the Annual Car Meet, where vintage and antique vehicles are displayed on historic Chestnut Street. See the Phillips family’s collection of carriages, two Pierce-Arrows, and a Model A Ford.

Please call 978-744-0440 for more information.

Essex Street Fair

Fun for all ages this street festival has something for everyone. Crafts, jewelry, paintings, stained glass, and other unique items will be featured along the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall.

5th Annual Bridge & Back 10K Road Race

The races starts at 8:00am on Charter Street and the post party will be held at the Tavern on the Square in Salem. The race crosses over the Salem/Beverly bridge and back! The first 400 runners to register will receive a short sleeve tech shirt from Brooks. Entry Fee: $25. For further information email: dougbollen12@yahoo.com. All proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. For more info visit www.salemroadraces.com

Salem Willows Firemen’s Muster

This is a free event at the Salem Willows featuring hand pumped fire engines built in the 1800s competing to see which crew can play the longest stream. If you’re brave enough you can try pumping!

An antique hand pumped fire engine muster where crews pump their machines to see who can shoot the longest stream of water. This is the oldest organized sport in the United States.

The first firemen’s muster was held on July 4th, 1849 in Bath, Maine. It was a competition among crews with hand pumped fire engines to see who could shoot the longest stream of water. The tradition has been kept alive into the 21st century; every year on a Saturday close to July 4th, another muster is held in Bath.

On November 20th, 1890, the New England States Veteran Firemen’s League was founded in Boston. Musters were held all over New England, often attracting 50 or 60 entrants.

There are two classes of machine: A and B. The class is determined by the size of the cylinders. Each machine is allowed 15 minutes on the pumping platform to shoot as many streams as their crew can manage.

A suction hose goes into the water tank, which is kept full from a hydrant or a tanker truck. The foreman stands on top and keeps an eye on optimal wind conditions. The pipe crew handles the nozzle and aims the powerful spray down the line of red resin paper that is the playing field.

The judges measure the farthest flung dime sized drop of water to determine who wins each class.

At the end of the day, the foremen of the winning machines are ceremoniously dunked in the water tank.

Salem Heritage Days 2017

Celebrate the past and the present during the annual Salem Heritage Days. Featuring food, fun, and activities for all ages, highlights include the Essex Street Fair, Tour-A-Truck at the Salem Willows, the Ice Scream Bowl on the Common, and the Car Show on Chestnut Street.

Heritage Days 2017 Events:

August 1
National Night Out – Salem Heritage Days Kick-Off!
Teddy Bears Picnic Youth Concert

August 2
Dance Enthusiasm Performance
Movie on the Common

August 4
Salem Maritime Festival Kick-Off Concert

August 5
Salem Maritime Festival
Salem Willows Clown Day
Wild Fish Open Water Swim Festival
Salem Willows Firemen’s Muster
6th Annual Bridgin’ G.A.P.S. Festival

August 6
5th Annual Bridge & Back 10K Road Race
Salem Maritime Festival
Tour-A-Truck
6th Annual Bridgin’ G.A.P.S. Festival
Salsa Sundays at Peabody St. Park

August 7
Salem Pizza Tasting
Salem Community Concert Band & Community Jazz Band
The Paul Madore Chorale Summersing

August 8
Shelter to Showpiece House Tour
Story Time at the Witch House
Ice Scream Bowl

August 11
Kids Night at Salem Common

August 12
Essex Street Fair
Ice Cream Social with Woman’s Friend Society
Berklee Summer Series Concert

August 13
Essex Street Fair
16th Annual Phillips House Car Meet
S.C.E.N.E.’S Sunset Hang
Salsa Sundays at Peabody Street Park

Salsa on the South River

Come and bring your friends and families, learn to dance Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Kizomba and other styles of dancing. This event is free and open to the public so come and have some fun!

Shelter to Showpiece House Tour

Come tour the historic houses at the Peabody Essex Museum and experience three centuries of Salem. (Tour free with museum admission to out-of-town patrons and free to Salem Residents – Space is limited – First come first serve). All patrons must check in at admission desk prior to tour. For more information contact the PEM at 978-745-9500.

Ice Cream Social

The Woman’s Friend Society will host their annual Ice Cream Social fundraiser. Come enjoy delicious ice cream sundaes by Treadwell’s while listening to live music in the garden. In case of rain, the event will be held inside this historic house. Cost is $5 per adult and $3 per child.

Shelter to Showpiece House Tour

Come tour the historic houses at the Peabody Essex Museum and experience three centuries of Salem. (Tour free with museum admission to out-of-town patrons and free to Salem Residents – Space is limited – First come first serve). All patrons must check in at admission desk prior to tour. For more information contact the PEM at 978-745-9500.

Witch City Spring Triathlon

The swim is a 1/2-mile counter clock wise swim in Salem Harbor, the 13-mile bike has been redesigned through Salem, Marblehead, and Swampscott and the 3.1 mile run takes you down the Marblehead bike path. Entry fee: Individual Age Group: $75; Relay Team: $135. Proceeds benefit the Salem YMCA. Registration begins at 5:30AM. For more information, log onto: www.bnsfitness.com

Kids Night on the Common

The Salem YMCA will transform the Salem Common into a paradise for children with moon bounces, rides, games, and arts & crafts. $5 per child will pay for unlimited rides. For more info, contact Salem YMCA at 978-744-0351.
(No rain date if cancelled because of weather.)

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