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Throughout July
Summer Nature Classes
Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, N.J.
A fun hands-on way to learn about the natural surroundings at the Jersey Shore. Through discovery, science, games, trips and more, explore a new theme each week, working to promote a desire to preserve the earth's diversity of life. Dates and prices vary. 609-368-1211.   www.wetlandsinstitute.org

Throughout July
From Sea to Shining sea: 200 years of Charting America's Coasts
Various sites through New England, CT, NY & NJ.
In recognition of the 200th Anniversary of the Survey of the Coast (NOAA's predecessor), NOAA and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service have teamed up to create this exhibit, which celebrates the history and accomplishments of the nation's first federally funded science agency. Visit the website for specific information.   www.sites.si.edu

July 1-11
Great Hudson River Paddle
Hudson River, N.Y.
Up to 30 paddlers and guides will travel from Albany to New York City over 10 days to celebrate the water trail and the diversity and heritage of the riverside communities. Festivals will be held at a number of places along the route. Events will range from on-the-water demonstrations to exhibits about Hudson River ecology and local culture.   www.hrwa.org

July 2-3
Parade and Sandcastle Contest
Ocean Park, Old Orchard Beach, Me.
Celebrate the Fourth of July with a parade and band concert. Check out square dancing or take part in the 19th annual sandcastle contest. 207-934-9068.   www.oldorchardbeachmaine.com

July 3
Portsmouth Fireworks
Leary Field, Portsmouth, N.H.
Come see the annual fireworks show that draws thousands of spectators from around the region. 9:15 p.m. Free.   www.portsmouthnh.com

July 3-4
Cape Ann Independence Day Celebration
Manchester and Gloucester, Ma.
Two historic waterfront towns celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, parades, bonfires, concerts and more.    www.capeannvacations.com

July 4
Independence Day 1856
Washington Irving's Sunnyside, Tarrytown, N.Y.
A full day of live entertainment, including dramatic presentations, rousing speeches, period music and traditional country dancing for everyone. Play "town ball" (19th-century baseball) with our costumed guides. Enjoy house tours and ice cream demonstrations throughout the day. Bring a picnic or buy food in the Courtyard Café. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, $12; children (5-17) $6; children under 5, free. 914-631-0081.   www.hudsonvalley.org

July 4
Long Branch, N.J.
Oceanfest is a combination music festival and arts-and-crafts show with games, rides, entertainment and food—all on the oceanfront promenade.    www.longbranchchamber.org

July 4
Celebration of America
Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, N.H.
A real old-fashioned Fourth of July, complete with a children's parade, traditional games and crafts, historic garden tours, music, living history, food and fun for all. Noon-5 p.m. Tickets, $7.50. 603-433-1100.   www.strawberybanke.org

July 4
Independence Day
Mystic Seaport, Ct.
Go back in time and experience an authentic 1870s Fourth of July celebration. No hoop skirt or handlebar moustache required. Discover an earlier spirit of independence with special ceremonies, a children's parade and an old-fashioned spelling bee for kids. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with admission. 888-973-2767.   www.mysticseaport.org

July 4
Lobster Races
Bar Harbor Athletic Field, Park Street, Me.
Watch local businesses put their lobsters to the test in a high-speed crustacean race. Proceeds benefit the Mount Desert Island YMCA Scholarship Program. Noon. 207-288-3511.   www.mdiymca.org

July 4
Fireworks Over Frenchman Bay
Bar Harbor Pier, Me.
End the day with the spectacular display of fireworks over Frenchman Bay at the waterfront in downtown Bar Harbor. 9 p.m. 207-288-5103.   www.barharbormaine.com

July 4
Bristol Fourth of July
Bristol, R.I.
The annual Bristol Fourth of July celebration, established in 1785, is the oldest continuous celebration of its kind in the United States. Highlights include the 222nd Fourth of July Parade and the annual fireworks display.   www.july4thbristolri.com

July 6-7
16th Annual Shake-a-Leg Wall Street Corporate Challenge Cup
Newport, R.I.
Business leaders compete aboard the legendary America's Cup 12-Meters. Each team raises $30,000 for the opportunity to participate, which goes to Shake-A-Leg-Newport's programs for people with spinal-cord injuries and nervous-system dysfunction. Spectating free from Goat Island and the Newport Bridge. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 401-846-5549.   www.shakealeg.org

July 6-8
61st Annual Red Grant Regatta
Perth Amboy, N.J.
Raritan Yacht Club. This three-day regatta raises funds for diabetes research and community outreach. There are junior racing events, cruising sailboat races and two days of intense one-design and PHRF racing. 732-826-2277.   www.redgrant.org

July 7
Program Afloat: the Port of New York
South Street Seaport Museum, New York City, N.Y.
Learn about harbor use throughout history and about the port's role in the city's development, while sailing aboard the 1885 schooner Pioneer. Also learn sailing skills, including raising sail, knot-tying and chart-reading. Adults, $30; students & seniors, $25; children (ages 12 and under), $20. 212-748-8786.   www.southstseaport.org

July 7
Whale of a Day Family Festival
Town Bank, N.J.
This annual street festival features art and antiques, a book sale, activities for kids, local entertainers and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 609-889-0571.   www.capemaybeach.com

July 7
Annual Museum Birthday
Portsmouth, N.H.
The Children's Museum celebrates its 24th birthday with cake and ice cream, as well as special performances and party games. All included with regular $6 museum admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 603-436-3853.   www.childrens-museum.org

July 7-8
45th annual Wickford Art Festival
Wickford Village, R.I.
Wander around this historic town and view a huge collection of artwork by local artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.    www.wickfordart.org

July 8
Fourth Annual Race to the Bottom
Ashler Lodge, Rockport, Ma.
This unusual race begins with teams making a "boat" out of cardboard and other wacky items that are included in a prepackaged kit obtained with a donation of $100. All proceeds for this event are used to help children in the community. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 987-546-6788.   www.ashlerlodge.org

July 9-13
Schooner Fame Day Camp
Salem, Ma.
Campers will raise and lower the sails, trim the sheets, take the tiller, serve as lookouts and get plenty of practice taking bearings, plotting courses, interpreting charts, making log entries and tying knots. They'll also learn about the privateers, fishermen and traders who have been making history on Salem Sound for 400 years. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call for prices. 978-729-7600.   www.schoonerfame.com

July 11
Family Dusk Paddle: River Mammals
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Ma.
Explore the Ipswich River at dusk. Bring your family for an evening paddle in a canoe and learn more about the river and some of its inhabitants. Basic instruction will be provided, along with all equipment. Participants must be able to swim; children between 6 and 16 welcome. 6-8 p.m. Adults: members, $12; nonmembers, $14. Children: members, $10; nonmembers, $12. 978-887-9264.   www.massaudubon.org

July 13
Third Annual Maine Windjammer Parade
Rockland Harbor, Me.
An entire fleet of windjammers sails within a stone's throw of the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. Spectators may view the parade from anywhere along the mile-long breakwater. Immediately following the parade, many of the windjammers will anchor next to the jetty inside Rockland Harbor for the evening. Participants in the parade will include traditional sailing ships ranging from the Lewis R. French and Stephen Taber, America's two oldest working coasting schooners built in 1871, to the Angelique and Heritage, the two newest vessels, built specifically for windjamming. 2-4 p.m. 800-807-9463.   www.therealmaine.com

July 13-14
Cape Cod Bay Bass and Bluefish Tournament
Northside Marina, East Dennis, Ma.
This tournament, which benefits Dream Day on Cape Cod, has categories for men, women, children and teams, both commercial and recreational. Entry fee: $275 per boat of 4; $45 for each additional person.   www.sboacc.org

July 14
30th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival
Huddy Park, Toms River, N.J.
Sponsored by the Toms River Seaport Society and Museum, this show will feature Barnegat Bay Sneakboxes and Duck Boats, as well as classic boats 25 years or older. Also check out flea markets, marine vendors, model boats, artists, music, boat rides and food. 732-349-9209.

July 14-15
North Atlantic Blues Festival
Rockland, Me.
 Featuring over 15 blues artists from around the world. There will be a blues "club crawl," with over 15 clubs participating, on Saturday night. Gate opens 9 a.m. Show starts 11 a.m. $45 for a weekend ticket. 207-596-0376.   www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com

July 15
Isles of Shoals Adventure by Kayak
Newburyport and Isles of Shoals, Ma.
This all-day trip is designed for experienced kayakers. Participants will be shuttled by powerboat between Newburyport and the Isles of Shoals and will paddle from the boat around various islands and Gosport Harbor. See seals, great black-backed and herring gulls, common terns, black guillemots and a variety of shore- and land birds. An ondeck barbecue lunch is included. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Members, $165; nonmembers, $175. 978-462-9998.   www.massaudubon.org

July 19
Learn to Fly Fish
Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association, Hope Valley, R.I.
Learn the basics of fly fishing on the Wood River at the Barberville Dam. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nonmembers, $10; members, $5, includes the use of a fly rod and reel. 401-539-9017.    www.wpwa.org

July 19-22
24th Annual Black Ships Festival
Newport, R.I.

The  Japanese called foreign ships "Black Ships" and, with one exception, excluded them from Japan until 1854 when Commodore Perry negotiated the Treaty of Kanagawa, the first treaty between the United States and Japan. The Black Ships Festival celebrates over 150 years since the signing of the treaty, which brought the two countries together as trading partners. The Black Ships Festival offers a variety of events that emphasize Japanese art and culture, including origami, martial arts and a Japanese tea ceremony. 401-847-7666.   www.newportevents.com

July 20-22
42nd Annual Yarmouth Clam Festival
Main Street, Yarmouth, Me.
Check out this three-day festival of clams, including a parade, performances, a craft show, an art show, sports contests, a carnival and a variety of other family-oriented activities. 207-846-3984.   www.clamfestival.com

July 21
Lighthouse, Maritime History & Gardiner's Island Cruise
Greenport, N.Y.
Board the Peconic Star II for a cruise on the waters of eastern Long Island Sound and Gardiner's Bay. Learn about the unique maritime history of the area, including that of Plum and Gardiner's Islands. Hear about recent findings regarding the Revolutionary War history of the area and see where the first engagement between British and Continental troops took place. The cruise follows the routes of American and British warships in their 1812-14 naval engagements. 3:30 p.m. Members, $80; nonmembers, $85. 631-477-4121.   www.eastendlighthouses.org

July 21
Delaware Bay Lighthouse Adventure
Cape May, N.J.
Board the Cape May Whale Watcher for a five-hour cruise to view six Delaware Bay lighthouses, including Cape May, Harbor of Refuge, Delaware Breakwater East End, Brandywine, Fourteen Foot Light and Miah Maull Shoal. Food is provided. Departs at 1 p.m. $75 per person. 800-275-4278.   www.capemaymac.org

July 21
13th Annual Fluke Tournament
Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.
The Point Pleasant Elks supports this tournament with $10,000 in prizes. Entry fee $125 per boat of four anglers; $25 for each additional angler.   www.pointpleasantelks.org

July 21
Lobster Ride
Rockland High School, Rockland, Me.
A great bike ride along the Maine coast to benefit the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Distances range from 16 to 100 miles. 8 a.m. Call for fee information. 207-623-4511.   www.bikemaine.com

July 21
Blackburn Challenge
Gloucester, Ma.
Row or paddle 20-plus miles around Cape Ann in occasionally rough and always exciting conditions. Sponsored by the Cape Ann Rowing Club. 6 a.m.-3 p.m. $60.   www.blackburnchallenge.com

July 21-22
Warren Quahog Festival
Burr's Hill Park, Water Street, Warren, R.I.
The Warren Rotary Club celebrates Rhode Island's favorite bivalve at their 19th annual Quahog festival. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 401-247-2188.

July 21-22
Family Camp Out
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Ct.
Pitch your tent, enjoy a barbecue dinner and join all the great activities, including a tour of the farm, a walk to the observatory for a look through the telescope and a show in the planetarium. The next morning enjoy a pancake breakfast served by the SMNC staff. $125 for the first adult or child; $25 for each additional person. 203-322-1646.   www.stamfordmuseum.org

July 22
Mayflower II sails again
Plymouth, Ma.
In celebration of her 50th anniversary the Mayflower II makes history as she sails to Cape Cod Bay. The select 26-person crew is composed of 8 original members. Ride along in front-row seats on Capt. John's Boat. For more information or to make reservations, contact Kim Fleischman at [email protected].

July 25
35th Annual Acadia National Park Outdoor Concert
Blackwoods Campground Amphitheater, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, Me.
An outdoor concert with the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra, Francis Fortier, conductor. Carpooling is recommended due to parking limitations. 8 p.m. Free. 207-288-5744.   www.barharbormusicfestival.org

July 25-29
Museum of Yachting Annual 12-Meter Regatta
Newport, R.I.
A dozen 12-Meters, representing nearly 100 years of America's Cup competition, race in the Museum's Annual 12-Meter Regatta. Great spectating from Fort Adams and Goat Island. 401-847-1018.   www.museumofyachting.org

July 28
Boothbay Boat Builders & Seafood Festival
Shipbuilders Park/Ocean Point Marina, East Boothbay, Me.
Tour famous shipyards, marinas and sail loft and meet boatbuilders and see their boats. Attend lectures about boats and other nautical topics given by regional experts, including author Colin Woodard. Board the sleek 80-foot motoryacht, Lion's Whelp, built in East Boothbay, as well as other famous working and pleasure vessels. Gigantic seafood spread, live music, marine exhibits and demonstrations, nautical art show and sale, popular activities tent for kids. 10 a.m-4 p.m. Tickets $15; children (to 12), free. Sponsored by the Boothbay Region Land Trust, 207-633-4818.   www.bbrlt.org

July 28
34th Annual Boat Show
Meredith Public Docks, N.H.
Meredith, the entrance to the White Mountains and beautiful Lakes Region, offers scenic vistas and lakeside parks and will be a setting for the early lakers and launches of the 1890-1930 era as well as contemporary classics. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.    www.necacbs.org

July 28-29
Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous
Mystic Seaport, Ct.
A dazzling display of high-quality vessels built before 1963. Dressed and in pristine condition, approximately 50 classics create a colorful gathering along the museum's waterfront all day Saturday and Sunday morning. Midday Sunday, the museum's national historic landmark steamboat Sabino leads the vessels in a jubilant, costume- and music-filled three-mile parade down the Mystic River. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free with admission. 888-973-2767.   www.mysticseaport.org

July 29-August 4
U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship
Marblehead, Ma.
Pleon Yacht Club. The nation's top female sailors between the ages of 13 and 17 will be competing for the Nancy Leiter Clagett Memorial Trophy in Laser Radials. This five-day regatta is hosted by US Sailing and marks the 70th anniversary of the event. 401-683-0080.   www.ussailing.org

July 31-August 1
Melville Marathon
Mystic Seaport, Ct.
Never got around to reading Moby-Dick? Well, here's the perfect chance. In fact, someone will even read it to you, in the perfect setting—the last wooden whaleship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan. Celebrate Herman Melville's birthday with a 24-hour marathon reading of his classic novel. Noon-noon. 888-973-2767.   www.mysticseaport.org

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