CALGARY EXHIBITION AND STAMPEDE
July 4-13,Calgary, Alberta
Rustle up the family and head west — the Canadian West — to the world-class bash that mixes the thrills of a high-stakes professional rodeo with continuous family events and entertainment, including the festive kickoff Stampede Parade and free pancake breakfasts served daily. www.calgarystampede.com
PHOTOARTS SANTA FE
July 11-20, Santa Fe, New Mexico
This beautiful and historic high-mountain desert region has long been an inspirational destination for artists. A regional collaboration of galleries, museums, and other organizations celebrates the photographic arts with exhibits, workshops, discussions, and lectures. Contact the Santa Fe Council for the Arts (505) 424-1878; www.photoartssantafe.com.
July 1-6, Boston
Set your heading for Boston’s Harborfest, a six-day, 200-event marathon of colonial commemoration (www.bostonharborfest.com). If you’re in town on the 4th, check out the Boston Pops Fourth of July concert and fireworks (www.july4th.org/