July 6, 2024

Summer in Salem 2024 – Maritime Heritage, Music, Food and more

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Summer in Salem 2024 is in full swing, and Destination Salem has a list of suggested events that will entertain all interests in the coming months. From the sounds of the Jazz and Soul Festival to the sights of the Maritime Festival, the next months will be lively in Salem. The restaurant scene in Salem is diverse and plentiful, and walking tours will help orient visitors to the city’s landmarks. For those who want to look at the Heritage Trail before a trip to Salem, a new virtual tour puts the viewer on the streets of Salem.

Tour by VRtical Media

“Just like other times during the year, Salem has a unique slate of summer events,” said Stacia Cooper, Assistant Director at Destination Salem. The community hosts events that engage visitors from local towns to countries across the world.

Below is a list of suggested events:

The Salem Witch Trials 1692 opens at Peabody Essex Museum

Saturday, July 6
This ongoing installation tells this story through court documents and authentic historic objects presented as tangible fragments directly tied to people in Salem and nearby communities in the late 17th century. A handwritten petition, a carved loom, a walking stick — each illuminates an aspect of individuals who lived through Salem’s witch trials and serves as a reminder of the real people impacted by these harrowing events.

2nd State Holiday year and 6th year Black American Heritage Flag of 1967 Flag Raising

Friday, July 19, Noon, Riley Plaza
The Black American Heritage flag, designed in 1967 by Melvin Charles and Gleason T. Jackson, military veterans, will fly for Negro Election Day 284th year.

2nd State Holiday Year and 284th year Negro Election Day Celebration and Parade

Saturday, July 20
On the third Saturday of each July, as has been the custom for decades, crowds converge on Salem Willows Park for an event with history tracing back to the 1700s. The Negro Election Day celebration features an educational component, a parade, live music, games, and general family-oriented revelry and reunions.

Salem Maritime Festival

Saturday, August 3
All are invited to the second annual Salem Maritime Festival at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site on Derby Street. This event is free, open to the public, and includes the 2nd Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta.

Salem Heritage Days

Saturday, August 3 through Sunday, August 11
This event celebrates the past and the present of Salem heritage. Featuring food, fun, and activities for all ages, highlights include National Night Out, Ice Cream Bowl, live music, outdoor films, and more.

Salem Ancestry Days

Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10
Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate their ancestral and immigrant connections to Salem, Massachusetts during our Salem Ancestry Days celebration. The weekend will feature lectures, tours, research opportunities, and information on the people who connect us all to Salem.

Salem Jazz and Soul Festival

Saturday, August 17
The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is returning to enchant the North Shore with its 18th season. Happening at the Salem Willows Bandshell, this free concert will be full of soulful melodies and jazz rhythms that promise a day of unforgettable musical bliss and community.

NEW! Salem Heritage Trail 360 Virtual Experience

Free and open daily year-round
Navigate your way through Salem’s history with the Salem Heritage Trail. Step into Salem, MA, year-round with the new 360 Virtual Experience. Immerse yourself in the streets of Salem, learn about our history, and plan your upcoming trip as if you were here. Click the link below to start exploring. https://salemheritagetrail.vrticalmedia.digital/

Visit www.Salem.org or contact Destination Salem at any time for more information on everything happening in Salem, Massachusetts.

About Destination Salem
As the destination marketing organization for the City of Salem, Destination Salem cooperatively markets Salem as one of Massachusetts’ best destinations for families, couples, and domestic and international travelers who are seeking an authentic New England experience, cultural enrichment, American history, fine dining, unique shopping, and fun. Stay connected with us on social media @DestSalem. For more information, visit Salem.org.

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Most known for the Witch Trials of 1692, Salem is an eclectic New England destination where you will discover 400 years of remarkable people and the impact they have had on the American story. Delicious Cuisine. Unique Shops. Engaging Tours. Unmatched History. Looking for information on all things Salem, MA? Stop by the Destination Salem Visitor Information Center and talk with