Heritage Days Salem! Information and schedule.. August 1-9 - Salem MA

Salem Heritage Days by Creative Salem

Mayor Kimberley Driscoll today announced this year’s Heritage Days schedule of events which begin on Saturday, August 1st and continue through Sunday, August 9th.  

Mayor Driscoll stated, “Another week of fun filled activities are in store for this annual tradition.

I want to thank all the event managers that have worked so hard to bring almost forty different activities to choose from during Heritage Days this year.”  

Heritage Days kicks off this year with the 27th Annual Salem Maritime Festival at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Derby Wharf from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The 27th Salem Maritime Festival will host an exciting array of free family fun festivities, including free harbor cruises, traditional craft demonstrations, and children's activities. Come cruise, sail, paddle, and row through four centuries of Salem maritime history. Explore the Friendship of Salem and visiting vessels.  It doesn’t stop there folks, there are also three different events happening at the Willows on Saturday.  Be entertained by the Bridgin G.A.P.S. concert with performances ranging from local and non-local recording artists, live bands, dance groups, poets and other performance beginning at noon and running until 6:00 p.m. The Firemen’s Muster takes place at 12:30 p.m. where crews will compete to throw the longest stream of water with an antique hand pumped fire engine.  Clown Day will be also be happening from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. where clowns will be on hand all day to make balloon figures for your children, get their face painted and let them be entertained by a special performance at 2:30pm.

New this year is the City and the Salem Moose Family Center joining forces to combine Sunday’s August 2nd tour-a-truck event with Public Safety Day that usually happens in September.  Along with all of the kids’ big truck favorites, there will be some music and many new things to do and see.  The Ladies of the Moose will be donating 50 bike helmets to be fitted by the Salem Police Department (first come first serve).

Also new this year, something a bit different, Sail Salem will be hosting the 2015 Optimist New England Championship Sailing Regatta at Winter Island with over 400 young sailors from around the country. Although you may only catch a glimpse of the races from Waikiki Beach or the Willows Pier, the best view will be on spectator boats, so think about booking passage. (for rates and reservations go to Sea-Shuttle.com or www.MahiCruises.com. For more information about the Regatta go to www.sailsalem.org)

Don’t worry, all your favorites are packed into the schedule:  Salem’s Best Pizza Contest, the Salem Community Concert Band; the Ice Scream Bowl; Kids Night on the Common, the Essex Street Fair and the 14th Annual Phillips House Antique Car Meet to name a few.

During Heritage Week there are also four activities just for Salem Seniors: an ice cream social; a barbecue; a wellness fair and a dinner dance.

For our residents, Salem is the perfect place for your STAY-CATION.  Spend a day being a tourist and take advantage of the generosity of our tourist related business community. Many are free to Salem residents all year long like the Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Witch Museum, the Salem Trolley (June-September), and the House of the Seven Gables.  The Witch House will be free to Salem residents during Heritage week and Pioneer Village will be free to residents on Saturday August 1st. The Salem Ferry always has discounts for residents and during Heritage Days the Sea Shuttle, Mahi Mahi Cruises and the Schooner Fame are offering discounts for residents.

As part of the celebration, the City of Salem will double the merchant one-hour validation stamps at both garages, so spend a little bit longer enjoying downtown (some restrictions do apply).


The Peabody Essex Museum is always free to Salem residents.

The Salem Witch Museum is always free to Salem residents.

The House of the Seven Gables is always free to Salem residents.

Come discover The House of the Seven Gables and explore our many historic houses and Colonial Revival gardens. Guests can ‘experiment’ with history in our Living History Lab from 10:30-1:00 & 2:00-4:30 daily. These hands-on activities vary by day and will include 18th -century handwriting, 17th -century food preparation, Colonial toys and carding wool. For more information please visit www.7gables.org

The Salem Trolley* is free to Salem residents through September 30, 2015.

*Salem Trolley - free rides on the Salem Trolley for Salem residents starting June 1st and lasting until September 30th. Residents can receive a Resident Ticket by providing proof of residency at the Salem Trolley Office (8 Central Street). Residents Tickets are only available at the Salem Trolley Office and cannot be purchased on the Trolley itself. The trolley runs daily 10AM-5PM.

The Salem Ferry always offers discounted rates for Salem residents on their ferry ticket (some restrictions do apply). For more info go to http://www.bostonharborcruises.com/salem-ferry/

For Heritage Days Mahi Mahi Cruises will offer residents$5 off any Daily Public Cruise (Residents must have Salem address on ID). For cruise schedule go to http://www.mahicruises.com/

The Schooner Fame is offering 50% off all tickets for Salem residents August 3-4-5-6. Fame will sail at 4 pm and 6 pm on Monday and Tuesday, and at 4 pm on Wednesday and Thursday. For more information please visit http://www.schoonerfame.com

The Witch House will be free to Salem residents during Heritage Days

Pioneer Village will be free to Salem residents on Saturday August 1 st (All of the above require proof of residency)

ALL WEEK SPECIAL (Aug. 1-9) Attention Downtown shoppers- merchant 1 hour validation stamps are worth double at both garages, so spend a little bit longer enjoying downtown. *restrictions do apply (4, 1 hr stamps per visit, valid for a max of 8 hours)