Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is pleased to announce that Heritage Days will begin on Thursday, August 1 and continue through August 11, 2019.
Heritage Days begins with some great programs for seniors at the Community Life Center and the first weekend kicks off with the 31st Annual Maritime Festival, featuring live music, harbor cruises, and interactive programs.
“I want to thank all of the organizations, volunteers, and City staff who are involved in putting together all of these events,” said Mayor Driscoll. “Salem is extremely fortunate to have so many dedicated groups to ensure the continuance of Salem’s annual Heritage Days celebration.”
Once again, the Salem Police Department has organized a local celebration for National Night Out, a nationwide initiative designed to promote positive police-community relationships. This event continues to expand and includes police, fire, ambulance, Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC), and Essex County Sheriff’s Department vehicles on the Common, along with K-9 demonstrations. There will be even more organizations, social service agencies, and local businesses offering information and lots of free give-a-ways and free raffle drawings, as well. Kids’ activities include inflatables, games, and arts and crafts. There will also be free pizzas, drinks, and snacks donated by Salem businesses.
Several new events have been added to this year’s schedule, including a performance by Anton the Magician at the Willows Shell on Saturday, August 3rd at 3pm, and the U.S. Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle, docking at the Salem Wharf on Blaney Street and open for tours Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th. The Peabody Essex Museum is also offering two new, free programs: Pastels in the Garden and PEM Pals Summer Garden Party & StoryWalk. History Alive will present a new production, Two Points Off the Weather Bow, that will be free to Salem residents during Heritage Days. In addition, Salem Access Television (SATV) will host a 25th anniversary celebration at the new park at 289 Derby Street, complete with music, food, and drinks to celebrate this milestone. Come by and thank all the dedicated staff members and volunteers for all their efforts to bring community and government programming to the residents of Salem.
Many annual favorites are returning for the Heritage Days celebration, including Tour-A-Truck, the Salem Community Concert Band, the Ice Scream Bowl, the Essex Street Fair, senior events, and the Annual Phillips House Antique Car Meet, among others.
The schedule also highlights all the free opportunities available to Salem residents to visit many of downtown museums and attractions, receive discounts on the Salem Ferry, and discounted tours to Bakers Island Light Station. A complete schedule for Heritage Days is attached and below.