Massachusetts for the 4th of July!

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As the birthplace of the American Revolution, it figures that Massachusetts has some of the best 4th of July celebrations around — endless barbeques, exciting parades, lively festivals, and fireworks aplenty.

So, from Greater Boston to the Berkshires, we’ve put together a list that features a number of those festivities, all of which can be found on massvacation.com/july4!

With the Holiday fast approaching, today on MassFinds, we’ve rounded up a few of Massachusetts’ notable celebrations, along with a quick and easy nod to navigating the state on such a day.

In the Boston area, before you fire up the grill on the 4th, head down to the Harbor for one of the summer’s premier festivals: Boston Harborfest. With more than 220 events, running the gamut from music to historical reenactments to treasure hunts to chowder, you’ll find it all from July 2 through July 7 at Harborfest. Thanks to reduced fares from the MBTA, you can get there at a bargain price, too.

Also in Boston, you’ll find one of the most iconic Independence Day celebrations in the country; the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is a classic American tradition. Keith Lockhart will lead the famed Boston Symphony Orchestra as they perform a free concert in the Hatch Shell next to the Charles River. Renditions of popular patriotic favorites will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display to end Independence Day in style.

Click here for a complete guide to Independence Day Celebrations on the DCR Esplanade.

The Pittsfield 4th of July Parade has been named by USA Today as one of the ten best Independence Day parades and with good reason! Terrific musical acts, lots of balloons, creative floats and a hometown feel make the Pittsfield parade a truly special one. This year’s procession will set off from Park Square at 10 a.m. and come to an end at Wahconah Park.

All fun aside, holiday traffic is never a treat, so if you’re hitting the road to travel to any of these celebrations or one of your own, you can find a roundup of fantastic resources on navigating Massachusetts here.

Additionally, you can find a number of ways to travel from place to place in Massachusetts — including through the air, on the ground and on top of the water — via our Transportation section.

For folks making a journey to see friends and family in a different part of the state, our City/Town Locator can be a very useful tool, especially if the destination isn’t a familiar one. If you’re looking for activities in a new area, regional tourism councils can point you in the right direction.

Do you have anything special planned for this 4th of July? Let us know in the comments below! :)

Lead Photo: Fireworks on Oaks Bluffs

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  • Kim

    Are any of the north boston activities near Newburyport? We’re staying there, up from Buffalo that week!