Salem heritage Days 2016

Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is pleased to announce that Salem Heritage Days will begin on Thursday, August 4 and continue through August 14, 2016.  

Heritage Days kicks off this year at Derby Wharf with a concert by the SqueezeBox Stompers to mark the beginning of Salem’s Maritime Festival. The National Park Service is expanding the Maritime Festival to span over three days this year, filled with entertainment, special programs, children’s activities, demonstrations, harbor cruises, and tours of visiting vessels. 

The 2016 Heritage Days schedule is packed with more than forty different events over ten days, as well as opportunities for Salem residents to visit many downtown museum and attractions free of charge, and discounts on the Salem Ferry and tours to the Bakers Island Lighthouse. “I want to thank all of the organizations involved in putting together all of these events,” said Mayor Driscoll. “Our community is extremely fortunate to have so many dedicated groups helping to ensure the continuance of Salem’s vibrant and fun annual Heritage Days celebration.” There are seven new events added to the schedule this year. They include free performances by traditional English Morris dancers, a performance of the musical Godspell, and Salsa on the South River. The first Salem City Hall Open House takes place on August 4.  Charlie Card and Sheriff’s Photo ID program along with the GO4LIFE event and a lecture by Jim McAllister. Heritage Days also marks the return of the highly popular Witches Cup Bike Race around Salem Common. The schedule also includes all the regular favorites, as well: Tour-A-Truck, 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 among others. 


The Peabody Essex Museum is always free to Salem residents.

The Salem Witch Museum is always free to Salem residents.

The Salem Museum at Old Town Hall is always free to Salem residents.

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

Come visit The House of the Seven Gables during Salem Heritage Days, where our Living History Lab will feature hands-on, family-friendly activities based on Settlement House programs offered in the early-20th century. You might practice your sewing, work on your paper folding skills or play 1915 games. Our activity will change daily and be available from 10:30am – 1:00pm, and from 2:00pm – 4:30pm.

The Salem Trolley* is free to Salem residents through September 30, 2016. *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

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

Pioneer Village will be free to Salem residents on Saturday August 6 th

SALEM SATURDAYS AT BAKERS LIGHT! On Saturday August 6 and 13, Salem residents receive 20% off when purchasing tickets to tour Bakers Island Light Station IN PERSON at the Salem Visitors Center (2 Liberty Street, Salem). Visit for more information. Proof of residence required. Not valid with any other discount(s).

(All of the above require proof of residency)

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