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Welcome Back Paul Rose Jr. – Brick & Ash GM & Friend to Many

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Paul Rose, Jr. Newburyport Welcome Back

I think I can speak for the Greater Newburyport Community in saying, welcome back Paul Rose Jr.! Paul is the General Manager Extraordinaire for Brick & Ash. He is an extremely positive person and always willing to do whatever it takes to ensure an exceptional customer experience. Paul truly motivates his staff and he leads by example, always striving for excellent results. Paul likes to compete so it was not surprising that he was very enthusiastic about the Yankee Homecoming Waiter & Waitress Races. 2021 was only the 2nd year for this event, which was designed to help highlight our restaurants and all of the great waitstaff who work hard to provide a positive dining experience. Way to go Cheryl Munick, the Event Chair!

I have a blast volunteering my time each year taking videos and helping advertise the Yankee Homecoming Events and because I have many local restaurant customers, I offered to reach out to owners and managers of my restaurant customers and encourage participation. Of course Paul was on that list. Because Paul leads by example, he rallied his staff and personally participated in the races. Paul didn’t just show up, he crushed it! I offered to come film a practice video prior to the races but Paul was on it! He took a video of staff from the Poynt and he made sure both Brick & Ash and the Poynt were prepared for race day! It was not surprising to see Brick & Ash win top 2021 restaurant, as the cup is awarded based on a combination of overall team spirit, team participation and performance.

Rather than rehashing scary part of the story, I prefer to focus on the fact that we are grateful for Paul’s return. I am not sure exactly what brought Paul Rose Jr. back to our Newburyport community but I am certain there were, lots of positive thoughts, many prayers, great medical care and certainly some strong determination from Paul. Make sure to stop in to Brick & Ash and welcome Paul back and if by chance you would like to help contribute to his medical expenses, a Paul Rose Go Fund Me account was established. Many folks have already donated but for my fellow Instagram lovers who tend to miss things that are only posted on facebook, you can use the Paul Rose Go Fund me link above to donate or share with others. I have also added this to our Newburyport VIP Bio since Instagram doesn’t provide the option for clickable links inside of posts and Go Fund Me is not user friendly with Instagram. Collectively we can help make a difference for Paul and his family. Thanks for Supporting Local!

If you somehow missed the Waiter & Waitress Races, here are the 2021 videos as well as Paul’s practice video for the Poynt.

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Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Morning Workouts – Sponsored by AJH

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Morning Workouts, Newburyport, MA

The Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Morning Workouts are back for another full week of great classes with amazing views of the Newburyport waterfront. These free classes, all put on by local fitness businesses, are a great opportunity to get some exercise and even try a new type of class—there’s something for everyone and every fitness level. Sponsored by Newburyport’s own Anna Jaques Hospital, the waterfront workouts are an entire week of wellness opportunities—a fitting match for a hospital that strives to keep its community healthy.

Located right off the Newburyport boardwalk on the lawn in front of Sea Level Oyster Bar, the Waterfront Morning Workouts take place each morning during Yankee Homecoming week. From bootcamp to yoga, there are a wide variety of classes offered to fit all ages and levels. Classes are free and open to the public, so sample and try as many as you would like. Love a class you take? Continue on your fitness journey by visiting the company’s local studio. The article image features a prior year waterfront workout class hosed by Sarah Oleson Yoga. 

A big thank you to Yankee Homecoming for supporting local and organizing the waterfront workouts. This event helps to promote awareness for local fitness businesses and gives our community a chance to kick off their day with a FREE class that will energize them while enjoying the natural beauty of the Newburyport waterfront.

Sunday-August 1

8 am: The Mom Comm Stroller Bootcamp
A full body workout using your stroller! We will combine strength, barre, core and cardio together with your babe in tow! Babies in carrier and prenatal moms also welcome. No equipment necessary. Little ones should stay in stroller during class; older kids are welcome to come out and participate with us (we understand they get antsy!). Bring your own toys, snacks, entertainment for them! Please bring your own mat and water. Prenatal modifications will be provided. All fitness levels welcome.

9 am: The Mom Comm Family/Adult Bootcamp
A full body workout for the whole crew, combining cardio, functional movement + core to keep you moving, sweating and having fun together. Geared towards kids ages 2+ but all ages are welcome; prenatal mamas and babies in strollers welcome.

Monday-August 2

7:45 am: Motivate Barre Cardio Nutrition
Get the shake on of a classic barre class with small isometric movements and muscle endurance work coupled with the heat of high intensity interval training sets to get our heart rates up and reap the benefits of metabolic conditioning.

9:10 am: YMCA of the Northshore
Muscle and Mat….a hybrid class blending resistance training, body weight movements and mat work all in one.

Tuesday-August 3

8 am: F45 Fitness Salisbury
The F stands for functional training, a mix of circuit and HIIT style workouts geared towards everyday movement.  45 is the total amount of time for sweat-dripping, heart-pumping fun.  We train as a team and the workouts change everyday so you are guaranteed to achieve life changing results.

9:15 am: Awake Minds Power Yoga
Join Meghan Leighton for an All Levels Power Yoga class during Yankee Homecoming. Get ready for a great workout, for body and mind! This is a vinyasa style class where each movement is matched with breath, creating flow throughout the class…A great way to start your day with flow and ease!
*Bring a mat and water bottle
*All Levels welcome

Wednesday-August 4 

8 am: The Dojo Kickboxing – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

9:30 am: Pure Barre Newburyport – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Pure Barre creates long lean muscles through small dance-inspired movements and isometric holds. A fusion of ballet, mat pilates and yoga, outdoor Pure Barre classes focus on strengthening and lengthening your body using just your own body weight! Class will be taught to upbeat music, and fun for all ages and experience levels. All you need to bring is your yoga mat and water!

Thursday-August 5

8:30 am: YWCA Greater Newburyport

9:45 am: Studio Five

Friday-August 6

8 am: F45 Fitness Salisbury
The F stands for functional training, a mix of circuit and HIIT style workouts geared towards everyday movement.  45 is the total amount of time for sweat-dripping, heart-pumping fun.  We train as a team and the workouts change everyday so you are guaranteed to achieve life changing results.

9:30 am: Pure Barre Newburyport
Pure Barre creates long lean muscles through small dance-inspired movements and isometric holds. A fusion of ballet, mat pilates and yoga, outdoor Pure Barre classes focus on strengthening and lengthening your body using just your own body weight! Class will be taught to upbeat music, and fun for all ages and experience levels. All you need to bring is your yoga mat and water!

Saturday-August 7

8 am: Crossfit Full Potential
Join us for a high-intensity 60-minute bootcamp-style class designed to build a bulletproof core while torching body fat.  All classes are led by nationally certified coaches that train you to Reach Your Full Potential!

9:15 am: Sarah Oleson Yoga
International yoga teacher and retreat host Sarah Oleson will guide you through a slow flow vinyasa practice to start your morning off right! All levels welcome.

Sunday—August 8

8 am: Crossfit Full Potential (active recovery class)
Recovery is where athletes make gains. You can train non-stop, but with proper recovery, you’ll get the most from that training. Full Potential’s ACTIVE RECOVERY CLASS is designed to improve your workout recovery in a low-impact setting led by Coach Ginny King.

9:15 am: CREW Barre & Cycle

The waterfront morning workouts are just one part of a much larger celebration—Yankee Homecoming. Be sure to check out our Events Calendar to find all of the fun events happening all week long in Newburyport.

Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts 2021 – Check the Schedule

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts, Newburyport MA

Do you like the idea of relaxing to amazing live music with picturesque water views? Get ready to enjoy some gorgeous Newburyport summer nights featuring awesome live music when you attend the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts. The 2021 concert series runs from Sunday, August 1st  through Saturday, August 7th. Check the concert schedule and read more about your favorite bands below. You will find a few that everyone associates with the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts, and a couple of cool new surprises too. Grab your chairs and blankets and come experience the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts with your friends and family!

You can also enjoy live music from Market Square stage and Waterfront stage during the day. Check the 2021 Downtown Entertainment Schedule or view the Yankee Market Place article for Sidewalk Sales, Craft Show and other details. If you are looking for some fun things to do in Newburyport before the free live concerts we recommend a walk along the boardwalk, a visit to the Custom House Maritime Museum, and shopping at our many inviting local shops.

During Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts and throughout Yankee Homecoming there is delicious food to enjoy from vendors and a wide variety of superb restaurants in Newburyport. Enjoy the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts, a free live music series on the water, a Newburyport tradition!

Sunday August 1st 
7:30-9:00 PM – Cold Spring Harbor

Monday August 2nd 
7:30-9:00 PM – Way To The River

Tuesday August 3rd
7:30-9:00 PM – Country Mile

Wednesday August 4th
7:30-9:00 PM – Fortune

Thursday August 5th
7:30-9:00 PM – Beatlejuice

Friday August 6th
7:30-9:00 PM – Gary Hoey

Saturday August 7th
7:15-9:15 PM – Foreigners Journey

See below to learn more about the 2021 Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts Bands.

COLD SPRING HARBOR
Cold Spring Harbor Billy Joel Tribute Band, has been performing since 2013. Since their foundation, their mission has always been to provide the most accurate and believable Billy Joel tribute show, at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. They are not an impersonation band, but strive to provide realism through learning the correct parts note for note, and even utilizing some of the same sounding equipment that the Piano Man does. At any CSH show, you can expect to hear anything from his gentle love songs to his popular arena rock songs, and everything in between! Be sure not to miss a night to remember! If you LOVE Billy Joel, you HAVE to see this show!

WAY TO THE RIVER

Way To The River is a progressive rock cover band playing all your favorites.  Come join us with Marc Abatiel, Dave Danis, Tim Guldemond an friends Jonathan Danis, Ron Delp, Mitch Getchell, Leo Melanson and Dave Bolander.

COUNTRY MILE
Few New England country acts have had such explosive success as the Country Mile Band.  Their music has been called a “kicking” kind of country.  From their foot stomping covers to their original music they will keep you dancing for sure.  Country Mile Band has gained a solid reputation as New England’s premier country music, dance party and show band.  If you look at the bands experience its not surprise.  The members of the Country Mile Band are no stranger so the performing world with over 75 years combined experience.  This includes playing in symphony orchestras to one man traveling bands.  The chemistry that has evolved from these guys coming together is amazing.

FORTUNE
For well over three decades, Fortune has regularly packed venues throughout New England. Hailing from Peabody, MA, this 6-piece band has long maintained a reputation for smooth three and four part vocal harmonies, dynamic and melodic textures of multiple guitars and keyboards, and a tight rhythm section.   A Fortune show always features the type of songs that “bands don’t try to cover” such as Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, Foreplay/Longtime by Boston, or Won’t Get Fooled again by The Who, as well as many others ranging from Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd to Journey and Yes! The band also has two albums of original compositions – 1993’s FORTUNE and 1996’s STORYLINE, both originally released in Japan.

Over the years, Fortune has been privileged to open for national acts such as Cheap Trick, Kansas, Dave Mason, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Robin Trower, Bad Company, Blue Oyster Cult, The Guess Who, Ben Orr, America, and Jefferson Starship. More recently, Fortune was called to open for Kansas for the fourth time over the past decade.  Fortune is: Bob Vose, Lead vocals; Bill Plourde, Guitar; Chris Lester, Guitar; Steve Baker, Keyboards; Lou Spagnola, Bass; Dickie Paris; Drums.

BEATLEJUICE
Beatlejuice doesn’t mimic the Beatles, they honor them! Widely recognized as the finest interpreters of Lennon & McCartney, Beatlejuice combines wonderful vocals, great musicianship and true respect for their heroes. Playing special tribute to the late Brad Delp will be friends Mike Girard and Joe Holaday (Newburyport’s own) of “The Fools” along with Jim Rogers, Buddy Bernard, Steve Baker, John Muzzy and Bob Squires. This will be an evening of celebration, love and remembrance and the greatest rock ‘n roll music ever written.

GARY HOEY
With a collection of 21 albums it’s no wonder Gary Hoey is listed as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.  The world renowned rock guitarist’s first break came in 1987 when Ozzy Osbourne liked Hoey’s tape enough to fly him to LA for an audition and encouraging him to move to the West Coast. In 1990 Hoey was signed to Reprise Records with a short lived band called Heavy Bones but followed up in 1993 with a solo album and Gary’s cover of “Hocus Pocus” rocketed into the Billboard’s Top 5 Rock Tracks.

He went on to score the successful “Endless Summer II” soundtrack for New Line Cinema and in 1995 started a trilogy of “Ho!Ho! Hoey,” a collection of instrumental Christmas classics that continues each year in his Rockin Holiday shows.  And in 2013’s “Deja Blues” he came home to the blues.  Gary’s release in 2016, “Dust & Bones,” displayed an exuberant fusion of blues and rock. But whatever style he plays, one thing is certain, Gary Hoey is a fiery, charismatic player who connects with the crowd.

Whether he’s playing scorching originals or classic rock covers, his solos are thrilling and reminiscent of Clapton or Stevie Ray in their fiery youth. One thing that remains consistent is Hoey’s impassioned command of the guitar. He can attack his instrument with feral intensity and then play something very soft and achingly beautiful. This ability to mix feeling, phrasing, technique and tone is the true mark of a master guitarist.

FOREIGNERS JOURNEY
“The music and energy of two legendary stadium rock bands come together in one electrifying show! – Featuring 2X Tony Nominated Star of Broadways Rock of Ages and American Idol fame – CONSTANTINE MAROULIS. Their repertoire of note-for-note classics by Foreigner and Journey provide a crowd-pleasing night of unforgettable music, ready for singing along, jumping out of your seat to bounce and sway. From power ballads like “Faithfully,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” and “Open Arms” to anthems like “Hot Blooded,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and “Any Way You Want It,” Foreigners Journey are more than a tribute band. They’re a time machine, and their energy is infectious.”

Yankee Homecoming Cornhole Tournament – Beginner and Competitive

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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Whether you want to get competitive or play for fun, all are welcome to throw bags at the Yankee Homecoming Cornhole Tournament. Yankee Homecoming is partnering up with NBPT Cornhole to bring two tournaments to the festivities—one for beginners and one for players that regularly compete in local leagues.
The Beginners Tournament will take place on August 1st at 12 – 4 pm at the Mall as part of Olde Fashion Sunday. The contest will consist of teams of two competing in a double-elimination tournament. All casual bags players are welcome to grab a partner and compete for bragging rights of Yankee Homecoming’s best beginner team and a cash payout for the top five finishers. If you’ve got a lucky set of bags you can bring your own or borrow a set from NBPT Cornhole. To participate, preregister here and pay the $40 team entry fee the day of the Yankee Homecoming Cornhole Tournament. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Yankee Homecoming Committee.
Those competing in the Beginners Tournament are encouraged to download the free Scoreholio app to track their team’s progress and standing. The app will also notify teams when it is their turn to play.
If you’ve taken your cornhole game out of the backyard and compete in a league, sign up for the Competitive Tournament at the Newburyport Elks on August 7th at 12 -5 pm. Preregister here to compete for the title of Yankee Homecoming Cornhole Tournament champion. Each team must pay $60 to participate, due on the day of the event.
Want to take the leap from Beginner to Competitive for next year? Check out Newburyport’s very own bags league and partner for the tournaments, NBPT Cornhole.
The cornhole tournaments are part of Newburyport’s annual Yankee Homecoming celebration. For a full list of events happening throughout the week, check out our events calendar.

Newburyport Bed Racing – A Favorite Event of Locals!

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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When is Newburyport Bed Racing? Mark your calendar for the 2021 Newburyport Lion’s Club Bed Races on Thursday, August 5th at 6 pm on Federal Street in Newburyport. It’s Official, Bed Races will happen as planned. They will not be moved due to weather. What is Newburyport Bed Racing? It’s a totally fun event during Yankee Homecoming week where folks design and build a bed that is used to race down Federal Street in Newburyport. The starting line is at the intersection of Federal Street and High Street, and the finish line is at the intersection of Federal Street and Water Street across from the Tannery.

You will find that the goals of participants are all different. Some are determined to win the race, others are excited to show off their cool bed creations and some are just busy waving at friends. Bed Racing is a very social Newburyport event. Most of the beds are designed and raced by local small businesses. Some of the creations are entertaining and others are impressive, but in all cases the fans get very excited to cheer for their favorite small businesses as they race or saunter down Federal Street.

All are encourage to come enjoy this event, but if Bed Racing is one of your favorite events during Yankee Homecoming week, then you’re probably from the local Newburyport area as this event is an extremely popular tradition with the Newburyport locals. Bed Racing is an annual event hosted by the Newburyport Lion’s Club. Proceeds benefit the Newburyport Lions Club local charities (eye exams / glasses for the needy, annual Thanksgiving dinner, visual aids for the blind, high school scholarships, local food pantries, etc.).

If you would like to enter the race the registration fee is $30 per bed and you can register up until 6 pm on race day, but you must arrive at 5:00 pm for bed check in. Use the following link for 2021 registration and rules. Contact Frank Bertolino at 978-270-0365 or fpb4kw@gmail.com with any questions. If by chance we have severe weather (not just rain) at race time, then this event will be moved to Friday, August 6th at 6 pm. Enjoy our Newburyport.com 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 video coverage below.

Yankee Homecoming Sidewalk Sales – Shop Local

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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The Yankee Homecoming Sidewalk Sales are an annual Newburyport shopping event that take place each year from Thursday – Saturday of Yankee Homecoming week. The 2021 Sidewalk Sales are scheduled for: Thursday, 8/5 – Saturday 8/7 from 11 am – 6 pm. It is important to note that the Sidewalk Sale hours represent a general guideline and that  hours for each business are different. Some may close at 5 and others will choose to stay open until 8 or 9 pm. There are also a few shops that continue to host Sidewalk Sales on Sunday as well.

Whether you live locally or you’re just planning a visit, this is the perfect opportunity to find great end of the summer deals, all while helping Support Local retailers! The Newburyport downtown shopping area offers a broad range of shops, from clothing and accessories to home decor, children’s fashions, specialty foods, sporting goods and much more. If you’re from the area maybe the Sidewalk Sales can be the inspiration that gets you downtown to discover new shops that you weren’t previously aware of and if you’re visiting from outside of the area, we welcome you and thank you for choosing to visit Newburyport!

While you are out shopping and visiting our Newburyport retailers and restaurants between July 30th and August 8

th, make sure to save your Newburyport shopping and restaurant receipts over $20 so that you can enter the Yankee Homecoming Support Local Content! Take a picture of your receipt and email it to SupportLocal@YankeeHomecoming.com along with the following details: your full name, mailing address and the name of the Newburyport business you would like a gift card from, if you are selected as a winner. Three winners will be randomly drawn on August 10th to receive a $100 gift certificate and there is no limit to how many times you can enter.

If you dine and shop frequently in the Greater Newburyport area, you should consider purchasing/renewing or renewing your Newburyport VIP Discount Card and $10 of your purchase can be donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund. Choose a traditional Physical VIP Card or the Digital VIP Card inside of the Newburyport App and enjoy discounts EACH TIME you use it at participating businesses. Local restaurants and retailers offer discounts as way to encourage folks to shop and dine locally and to build loyalty towards supporting local businesses.

Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Blast Off Saturday

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
Yankee Homecoming Fireworks, Newburyport

The Yankee Homecoming fireworks are set to make a bang this Saturday, August 7th at 9:15 pm with their annual display over the Merrimack River. Pack up your lawn chairs, bring blankets and snacks and grab a spot in town to watch the sky light up at one of Yankee Homecoming’s biggest and brightest events of the week.

With the Yankee Homecoming fireworks going off from a barge in the river, there are tons of places around town to catch an unobstructed view of this illuminating show. Get in on the excitement and grab a spot among the crowds on the boardwalk, Route 1 bridge or Salisbury shoreline to hear the cheers of crowds and the sounds of the boats honking. Or make a night of it and set up camp early to dance to the live music of the Foreigners Journey Band, a high energy band specializing in two legendary stadium rock bands, at the Waterfront Park music series, beginning at 7:15 pm. Pop into one of downtown’s numerous restaurants to grab a bite to go or stroll through the food stands set up in the square and pick up dinner and treats to enjoy during or after the show.

If you have a boat, anchoring in the river is a great way to get up close to the show and avoid the crowds. But if you don’t have a boat of your own, you can still hit the open waters for the show. Many local companies offer up special Yankee Homecoming fireworks excursions, from party boats with live music to more low key family oriented atmospheres. Check out Captains Fishing Cruises and Parties and The Yankee Clipper Harbor Boat Tours to name a few.

Letting your little ones stay up late for this special event? Pack a picnic dinner and head to Cashman Park to set up your blanket and chairs along the river. Your tiny spectators can enjoy the playground with other excited kids up past their bedtime while waiting for the festivities to start.

No matter where you choose to watch, come early to claim your viewing spot and enjoy the buzzing downtown area on this special night filled with live music, entertainment, food and shopping. Be sure to check our Events Calendar for any changes or updates do to weather.

If you would like to support the Yankee Homecoming fireworks, consider purchasing a Newburyport VIP Card today. The VIP Card gives you discounts EVERY TIME you make purchases at 180 local restaurants and shops and you can choose between a Digital VIP Card in the Newburyport App or a Physical VIP Card. Purchase one for $25 or two for $40 and donate $10 of your purchase to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund. 

Annual Yankee Homecoming Parade To March Down High Street

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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The annual Yankee Homecoming Parade will march down High Street on Sunday, August 8th at 12 PM, marking the final official event of Newburyport’s week-long celebration. The parade, which will cover a little over a mile, begins at the intersection of Moseley Avenue and Ferry Road and end at Federal Street.

Along with tons of fire trucks, police cruisers, motorcycles, and vintage cars, spectators will also enjoy floats from local businesses, musical performances, a juggler on a unicycle, and Chinese dragon dancers. Many participants in the Yankee Homecoming Parade also throw candy and other swag to children along the way.

The theme for this year’s Yankee Homecoming, now in its 64th year, is “Reimagined,” focusing on celebrating the long history of Newburyport’s cherished tradition with a strong appreciation to be reunited with family and friends. Many floats and performances will represent this theme in the Yankee Homecoming Parade.

If you’re thinking about joining in the parade instead of watching from the sidelines, there is no fee if your float follows the theme. Non-profit organizations may also join the Yankee Homecoming Parade free of charge. Businesses that would like to participate outside of the theme must pay an advertising fee. All registrations can be done online.

For locals and tourists that would like to enjoy watching the Yankee Homecoming Parade, it’s best to arrive early to find a spot on either side of High Street.  Space fills up quickly and many locals even set up chairs days in advance to claim a larger area for groups.

The Yankee Homecoming Parade is a $15,000 operation, making it the second most expensive event of the week, after the Yankee Homecoming fireworks display.

Newburyport’s Yankee Homecoming celebration lasts an entire week, beginning July 30th and ending with the annual Yankee Coming Parade. To find even more ways to join in the celebrations, check out all of the events listed on our calendar.

Video of 2018 Parade

Yankee Homecoming Market Place – Food, Shopping & Entertainment Schedule

Yankee Homecoming Market Place, Newburyport MA

Experience the Yankee Homecoming Market Place in the heart of Newburyport’s historic and downtown from 10 am to 10 pm daily from August 1st- August 7th.  Eat, shop and be entertained daily in Market Square, and surrounding streets. Follow the scent of the outdoor grilling to the many savory food choices and, explore all sorts of outdoor shopping, crafts and other fun things to do.  Make sure to catch daily entertainment at the Market Square stage as well as the Waterfront stage. Article photograph taken by the the official Yankee Homecoming photographers at Glenn Livermore Photography.

The Yankee Homecoming Market Place offers a wonderful variety of food options so your certain to find something for everyone. In addition to the standard outdoor vendor options of burgers, hot dogs, sausages fries and pizza, you will also find seafood vendors, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican and delicious Greek food as well. Make sure to save room for sweet treats and refreshing, cool treats as well, maybe an Italian Ice, or traditional fried dough.

Grab a seat on one of the benches in Market Square and enjoy live entertainment from the Market Square stage or take a walk down to Waterfront Park to check out what’s happening on the Waterfront Stage. Downtown Entertainment runs daily from 11:30 am – 6 pm, and you can view the 2021 entertainment schedule for both the Market Square Stage and the Waterfront Stage. In the evenings during Yankee Homecoming you can also enjoy the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts.

As part of the Yankee Homecoming Market Place you can enjoy the Market Square Craft Day on Tuesday, August 3rd from 10 am – 7 pm. The rain date is Wednesday, August 4th. Check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for more details on these events.

The Yankee Homecoming sidewalk sales are another great extension of the Yankee Homecoming Market Place. You will find tents with all sorts of great merchandise on the streets surrounding Market Square: State Street, Pleasant Street and Inn Street too. The sidewalk sales run Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 5th, 6th and 7th. The sidewalk sales are a great way to support our local retailers and find some great deals!

While in Market Square the kids can get get their face painted, play on the Inn Street Playground or cool off in the Inn Street fountain! The Yankee Homecoming Market Place runs from 10 am – 10 pm daily in Market Square and surrounding streets.

If you enjoy saving money, make sure to purchase a Newburyport VIP Card, to receive discounts at participating Greater Newburyport restaurants and shops. You can use your VIP Card every time you visit any of the participating businesses and help support Yankee Homecoming Fireworks. Purchase one card for $25 or two for $40 and $10 of your purchase is donated to help pay for our spectacular firework display. Choose if you would like a traditional Physical VIP Card valid until 12/31/21 or a login for Digital VIP Card display in the “Newburyport” App. The digital VIP Card is valid one year from purchase.

If you enjoy using Apps, type “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store and select “VIP Card Discounts” to view participating businesses and discounts. You can purchase directly through the App, for immediate activation, and make sure to select YANKEE HOMECOMING FIREWORKS to receive $10 of your purchase.

Yankee Homecoming Paddle the Port Kayak & Sup River Races

By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in winter 2019.
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Paddle The Port, Kayak and Sup River Races will not be hosted during The 2021 Yankee Homecoming Festival.

This year, Yankee Homecoming will kick off with the fourth annual Paddle The Port, Kayak and Sup River Races on the Merrimac River, on Saturday, July 27. Contestants in the Kayak and Sup River Races must be at Cashman Park to check-in between 8-9 am and the race will start promptly at 9:30. Online registration should be done prior to race day. All registrants will receive an event t-shirt, designed by Paddle Paddle Surf Apparel, and names will be entered into a drawing for tickets to attend the Yankee Homecoming Brewfest, happening that night. Organizers are working hard to make Paddle the Port as fun to watch as it is to participate in, so grab your kayak or stand-up paddle board and join in, or watch from shore and cheer on your favorites; a great time is guaranteed.

Competitors will launch kayaks and stand-up paddle boards into the Merrimac River at the Cashman Park boat ramp off Merrimac Street and after a safety review, paddle up river past Ram Island, Carr Island and around Deer Island, then back to Cashman Park and the finish line for a total of 4.6 miles. This year’s Kayak and SUP River Races has several divisions: kayakers will compete for Elite, Recreational, Tandem, and Over Age 60, first, second and third places, male and female. Stand-up paddle boards will compete for first, second and third places and winners will receive a medal.

New to the Kayak and Sup River Races this year are some complimentary fitness as well as food options to round out the event for both spectators as well as participants.  New sponsor this year, Pure Barre, a boutique barre studio in town, will offer free barre classes throughout the day while. At 11 AM there will be the chance to enjoy a SUP YO Demonstration/ Class. On the culinary front, food trucks on site this year to add ease to your picnic plans. The Sacred Cod with be offering up fresh breakfast items while Flor de Cafe will be nearby with both with fresh hot coffee as well as yummy pastries. If you are in the mood for something a little stronger or cooler on the summer day, be sure and check out Floyd’s Spiked Ice Tea & Lemonade tent.

Race Wire is handling all registrations and providing professional timing for racers. This means that competitors in the Kayak and SUP River Races will get their time and photos sent to them moments after they cross the finish line. Participants come from all over New England to join in this fun and exciting event, and organizers are expecting around 150 competitors. The event also has some new sponsors this year, including REI who will have a tent with give-aways and lawn games in the park. The course should take the average kayaker or stand-up paddle-boarder around 30-40 minutes to complete, so spectators have time to enjoy a picnic lunch by the river and play games while they cheer on the contestants.

Organizers put safety first and enlisted the help of the US Coast Guard to pick the safest time for racers to take on the rushing Merrimac River. On race day, there will be several motor boats in the water to supervise and assist boaters and paddle-boarders who need it. Alcohol is prohibited, and all participants must have a USCG approved flotation device and a race whistle. Inspectors will review all equipment before they allow racers to launch.

 

High School Battle of the Bands – Yankee Homecoming

Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands, Newburyport

Annual Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands

Top Up and Coming Local Bands

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2021 Virtual Battle of the Bands

Typically The Battle of The Bands provides entertainment for opening night of Yankee Homecoming. In 2021 the event will be virtual. Visit The Yankee Homecoming Site for Details.

Each year local high school students from Newburyport and surrounding towns help kick off Yankee Homecoming week as they compete in the annual High School Battle of the Bands. Mark your calendar for Friday, July 26th from 5 – 9: 30 pm. Bands perform on the Waterfront Park stage featuring a collection of family-friendly songs for cash, prizes and the opportunity to be the opening act, Sunday night of the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert Series.

Come cheer for and support these up and coming local bands as they compete for the High School Battle of the Bands title. If your interested in participating, make sure to register by midnight on July 16th. View the registration form for complete rules and regulations.

2019 BATTLE OF THE BAND WINNERS
MULTI-PLAYER BANDS: 

  1. Moxie
  2. Born Yesterday
  3. Catching Arrows

2019 BATTLE OF THE BAND WINNERS
ACOUSTIC SOLO DIVISION: 

  1. Unknown Roads
  2. Madeleine Rubino

First Prize

  • Featured opening act at a Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert
  • Recording session- On the Fringe Studios
  • On-Air interview with Evolvement Radio & recorded song played live
  • $100 Cash
  • Paid performance – Yankee Homecoming Parade

Second Prize

  • Headline performance last Saturday night on our Market Square stage
  • Gift Certificate
  • $100 Cash

Third Prize

  • Paid Performance Sunday August 4th on Market Square Stage.
  • $100 Cash

NEW THIS YEAR:

SOLO/ ACOUSTIC DIVISION (2 or less members)

First Prize

  • Paid performance Sunday August 4th, on Market Square Stage.
  • $100 CASH

Second Prize

  • GIFT CERTIFICATE – TBD

As part of the Battle of the Bands competition rules, one band is accepted on a first come first serve basis from each of the following: Newburyport High, Amesbury High, The Governor’s Academy, Pentucket Regional High, Triton Regional High, The Musical Suite, West Newbury School of Music, and Zach Field Drum Studio. Additional bands are then selected based on contest availability.

Yankee Homecoming Kids Talent Show

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
Yankee Homecoming Kids Talent Show, Newburyport

 

The Kids Talent Show will not be hosted during The 2021 Yankee Homecoming Festival.

Local kids will take to the stage to show off their skills at the annual Yankee Homecoming Kids Talent Show on Monday, July 29th from 11 am to 1 pm at the Newburyport waterfront stage located in Market Landing Park.

From music to dance to poetry to magic, kids of all ages, ranging from grades 1 all the way through 12, are invited to register and perform their talents, whatever they may be, for a live audience in the park. The Yankee Homecoming Kids Talent Show is a non-competitive performance designed to showcase all of the wonderful kids and rising stars that live right here in Newburyport and surrounding towns. Because this is a performance, not a competition, every kid is a winner just by taking the stage, and so all participants will be awarded with goodie bags at the end of the show.

This year, organizers estimate there will be around 15 acts to hit the stage for the Yankee Homecoming Kids Talent Show. Performers will be from professional organizations as well as just individual kids— and include a DJ for a show first. This daytime event attracts, parents, locals, and tourists alike.

It’s so important to do the kids talent show so that we can involve people of all ages in Yankee Homecoming. With kids getting involved at a young age, they’ll certainly participate in future Yankee Homecoming’s and perhaps one day even volunteer for the event,” says Lorraine Mazza, the 2019 Kids Talent Show Chair.

To register for the Yankee Homecoming Kids Talent Show performers must fill out the registration form and return it via mail or email, as instructed on the form, by Friday, July 26th. There is no fee to register. While day of talent may be allowed to join the show, it is dependent on space and not guaranteed.

Newburyport’s Yankee Homecoming celebration lasts an entire week, beginning July 28th and ending with the annual parade on August 4th. To find even more ways to join in the celebrations, check out all of the events listed on our calendar.

Family Day at Maudslay State Park – Free Family Fun

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Family Day at Maudslay State Park will not be hosted during The 2021 Yankee Homecoming Festival. Family Day at Maudslay State Park is a Yankee Homecoming tradition for many families.  It’s easy to see the appeal! Enjoy free games, crafts, live music, and other performances in picturesque Maudslay Sate Park. Family Day at Maudslay State Park is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful location of the park in Newburyport on the Merrimack River. Take in the exquisite gardens, expansive rolling meadows, and the huge pine trees that grown in the park.

Check out all the booths with free fun activities including, pony rides, petting zoo crafts, a touch tank, fingernail painting, temporary tattoos, and more! There will be several opportunities for kids to watch and learn including karate and boating safety demonstrations. In addition, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Coast Guard will be on hand to offer information about boating safety and how to be sure your life vest is the right fit for water activities. You can bring your own life vest and they will help fit it for you.

Local food vendors: Domino’s and Todd Farm Grill will be on site providing an opportunity to purchase food and sweet treats.

Confirmed Businesses/Activities Family Day 2019

5 Dragons Martial Arts Academy – Demo
Alphonse Overhead Door – ring toss
Auxiliary Coast Guard – Coastie, proper life vest fitment
CrossFit Amesbury – Kids crossfit course
Domino’s – Pizza
Dynamic Balance – coloring
Greater Newburyport Families Club – spin art
Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer – nail painting
Mass Audubon-Joppa Flats – touch tanks
Newburyport Cub Scout Pack 21 – water rockets
Relief Parenting – kids yoga
RE/MAX on the River – Hot air balloon
The Dojo – karate demo
The Friendship Connection – sensory activity
Todd Farm Grill – Food
Topsfield Fair – games, planting, crafts

If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community, you can support the Yankee Homecoming Firworks by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport App and VIP Card. The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at 180 restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal can be donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

 

 

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