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Yankee Homecoming

An Honored Newburyport Tradition

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Yankee Homecoming is a week of innovation, talent and energy that fills Newburyport, Massachusetts each summer.  2017 festivities will be take place July 29th – August 6th.  Featuring a broad range of events and exciting things to do, this annual celebration offers fun and exciting events for all.  Local Newburyport residents and thousands of visitors descend upon our lovely city, allowing performers, artists, vendors and small business owners a chance to shine. Check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for details of all major events.

From downtown entertainment, fireworks and more, there is no shortage of family-friendly activities to explore throughout the week, including free waterfront concerts, theatrical performances and a variety food vendors serving the best New England bites.

Whether you’re 1 or 100, a tween or a parent, you’ll create long-lasting memories that keep you smiling until next year.  So lather on the sunscreen, grab your lawn chair and leave your cares at the door, to best experience Newburyport’s Yankee Homecoming festival!

History of Yankee Homecoming

In 1958 Newburyport held their first Yankee Homecoming, welcoming and encouraging Newburyport natives and visitors to return to Newburyport for the week long celebration honoring historic landmarks still standing.  Although there were 29 New England towns that originally hosted Yankee Homecoming celebrations, Newburyport is the only city that still continues the tradition today.

The idea for Yankee Homecoming was originated by local New England artist Jack Frost as he was determined to restore appreciation for the beauty and heritage of New England.  Frost worked with Joe Mathers and George Cashman to gain approval from Newburyport city officials.  George became the first chairman and he made certain that the date for the annual celebration coincided with the August 4th birthday of the US Coast Guard.  This was very important because Newburyport is the birth place of the US Coast Guard.

Rich with tradition Yankee Homecoming continues to be a thriving celebration that makes Newburyport unique, promotes our local economy and provides our families, friends and community an opportunity to come together to experience many special events.  Newburyport is committed to celebrating Yankee Homecoming traditions and and proud of how our annual celebration continues to strengthen each year.  Check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for details of all major events.

The Yankee Homecoming Committee consists of many dedicated volunteers.  This annual celebration is all possible due to extensive planning and volunteer efforts that start long before Yankee Homecoming festivities take place each year.

Enjoy Discounts & Support the Fireworks

If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community, you can support the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks using the form on the right side of this page to purchase or renew 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 is 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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