Yankee Homecoming 2014: Volunteer - YOU Make the Difference

Well Yankee Homecoming 2014 is complete and our volunteers have proven again –

YOU did make the difference

It is hard to believe but we have completed another amazing year of Yankee Homecoming for all of the visitors and residents of Newburyport. The reason for this success is the hard work and dedication of the 100+ volunteers who went above and beyond. You’ve certainly proved this year’s theme could not have been truer.

As someone who grew up loving Yankee Homecoming, this event is something I have always wanted to be part of, but never imagined leading. This year we brought awareness to all of the civic and community volunteer organizations, who are trying to increase their membership. In the end, we all came together for a cause and when it was all over, provided one fantastic show for thousands and thousands of people, despite the weather that failed to dampen our party.

We experienced our first hole in one at the Golf Tournament (Congratulations Paul Mahoney, your shot helped bring a bigger fireworks show). We brought back the Lighted Boat parade, where we saw twenty-four boats participate and we may have actually had one of the biggest concerts in memory when Beatlejuice filled the Waterfront from end to end with another outstanding performance. To top it all off one of the most amazing fireworks outside of Boston I have ever seen. (Thank you to all who contributed to our last minute effort).

We could not have accomplished so much without some special groups. I would like to not only thank every volunteer, but also the Yankee Homecoming Board of Directors for their support and guidance through the past year; our major sponsors – Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, Dunkin Donuts, ReMax on the River and Align Credit Union, along with the businesses and contributors, who without your generosity, this would not be possible. I would like to also send a special Thank You to the Grecos’ and Starboard Galley Restaurant for allowing us to have our meetings, providing a special discounted menu for our volunteers upstairs before the meeting and for their continued support in running the Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament each year.

The goal this year was to demonstrate that volunteers do make a difference to Yankee Homecoming, as well as other organizations in Newburyport.

Well mission accomplished. THANK YOU!!!!!

Michael Volpone
2014 Newburyport Yankee Homecoming
General Chairperson

Featured Events


SUPER SATURDAY • AUGUST 2nd @ 9:15pm Bring your blanket or chair, sit and relax, listen to the concert and get ready for the oohhhs and aaahhhhs. A spectacular fireworks display is being planned for your enjoyment. Come early and enjoy the evening! This year’s display is once again being produced and managed by AtlasMore…

Fishing Tournament

9th Annual Yankee Homecoming Striper Tournament Saturday, June 21, 2014 7:00am to 3:00pm at Ring’s Island Marina, Salisbury, MA Sponsored by The Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank All proceeds to benefit the Newburyport Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Display CASH PRIZES will be awarded for the two longest Striper caught from land, dock or a boat atMore…

Family Day at Maudslay

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2nd from 10am til 2pm Family fun, Entertainment, and Activities for all ages at Maudslay State Park. Activities for kids of all ages, more demonstrations on the main stage and a focus on having activities for family members ages 1-100! Check back soon for Stage performance times, event times and a list ofMore…

SATURDAY, JULY 26th from 5-9pm Location: Waterfront East Parking Lot Ferry Wharf Newburyport, MA 01950 The 2014 Yankee Homecoming Brewfest Fundraiser is 100% Sold Out. We thank you in advance for your support of Yankee Homecoming and look forward to seeing you on Saturday! As a reminder this is a 21+ event. Ticket and IDMore…

Olde Fashioned Sunday

You can always count on a fun-filled day of events during the opening day of Yankee Homecoming on the Bartlet Mall and this year will be no exception! 2014 Olde Fashioned Sunday promises to be a lively day packed with music, entertainment, Shirley’s General Store, and a variety of food vendors. The Olde Fashioned SundayMore…


******* August 3, 2014 12:15 PM, High Street The past 57 years Yankee Homecoming, and the people of Newburyport all come together to watch a parade on the first Sunday in August. The streets lined with families, friends, and visitors have made this parade a long time favorite summer tradition. The parade kicks off aroundMore…

Heritage Tours

Click a day to jump to that section. Saturday, July 26 Joppa Day9 am to 4 pm People’s Methodist Church, Purchase Street Visit and learn about the history of Joppa through artifacts, decoys, sneak floats, photographs, postcards and paintings. Enjoy a bowl of fish or clam chowder while hearing about stories of growing up inMore…

Downtown Entertainment

Downtown Entertainment provides a non-paying performing opportunity where a performer will have an opportunity to showcase their talent to the massive audience that attends Yankee Homecoming daily. YHC estimates that roughly anywhere from 6-8,000 people are attending Yankee Homecoming at any given moment throughout the day during the week long festival. Yankee Homecoming seeks outMore…

Waterfront Concerts

What could be better than grabbing some take out at one of the many wonderful restaurants downtown then setting up a lawn chair or blanket by the picturesque waterfront to listen to some world class music from regional stars.More…