4th of July

girl with fifer, osv (2) OSV Field of Flags130199 sm July 4th parade at OSV 108700

Along with Thanksgiving, July 4th is a holiday Americans can claim all to themselves. There’s no shortage of fun, family oriented things to do in Massachusetts this July 4th. Boston Harborfest is the king of all things 4th of July. With hundreds of events for adults and children, including historic reenactments, live music, food, and patriotic revelries, you won’t run out of things to do. But Independence Day celebrations aren’t limited to Boston. There is a solemn reading of the Declaration of Independence at Old Sturbridge Village; a Blessing of the Fleet with food and live music in New Bedford; art shows in Brewster; a road race on Nantucket and many fireworks displays across the Commonwealth. Don’t miss any opportunity to get out there and have some patriotic fun. Here are just some of the things to do in Massachusetts this 4th of July.



Blue Star Museums Free admission to the military and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Massachusetts fireworks displays by town


Arlington  – July 4th Celebration

Bellingham – July 4th fireworks 9:00 pm Bellingham High School

Boston Harborfest
 – June 28-July 5

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
 – Rehearsal is July 3 and the performance is July 4

Boston – Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Boston – Ben Franklin, Son of Boston tour

Boston – Heart of The Freedom Trail Walking Tour

Boston – Road to Revolution Walking Tour

Boston – Johnny Tremain Kids Tour of Boston

Boston – Freedom Trail Foundation – Changing of the Guard

Boston – Ancient & Honorables Artillery Company – Independence Day Parade

Boston – Boston Harbor Cruises – July 4th Turnaround Spectacular

Boston – Top of the Hub – July 4th 52 Floors Up

Cambridge – Glass House – 4th of July Clambake

Hopkinton – Horribles Parade, July 4, noon, Hopkinton Common

Franklin – 6 day celebration, June 29-July 4

Milford – Fireworks 10:00 pm Plains Park

Natick –  July 4th Celebration

Needham – 4th of July Festivities

Newton – July 4th Celebration

Quincy – 50 Days of Freedom

Southboro – 4th of July parade – July 3, 11:00 am

Westboro – 4th of July fireworks 10:00 pm, Chauncy St. boat ramp

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets
 – July 4th Summer Sale

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Acton – Independence Day Celebration

Amesbury – Amesbury Days

Burlington – Parade for the 4th of July

Cape Ann – Independence Day Celebrations

Chelmsford – Independence Day Celebration

Concord – Picnic in the Park

Danvers – Highlands Horribles Parade

Gloucester – Beauport Hotel – Red, White & Beauport

Gloucester – Beauport Cruiselines – Fireworks Cruise

Marblehead Fireworks & Harbor Illumination

Pepperell – Fourth of July

Rockport  – Independence Day Celebration

Salem – Salem Celebrates the 4th

Salisbury Beach – Fireworks Over the Ocean

Sudbury – July 4th parade

Wilmington – Fun on the Fourth

More 4th of July Fireworks North of Boston

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Braintree -July 4th Celebration

Brockton – Brockton Fair

Edaville USA – Military Appreciation

Fairhaven – Fort Phoenix July 4th ceremony and cannon salute

Fairhaven – 4th of July car cruise and parade

Hingham – Celebrates the 4th

Plymouth – July 4th Events

Quincy – 50 Days of Freedom

Walpole – 3rd of July Parade & Fireworks

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  (Including the villages of Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Hyannisport & West Barnstable) – 4th of July Events

Cape Cod Baseball League –  Summer Schedule

Chatham – Independence Day Parade

Edgartown – Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks

Falmouth – Bike and Carriage Parade

Mashpee – Wampanoag Annual Pow Wow- July 6-8

Nantucket – Independence Day Fireworks

Orleans – 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

Orleans – July 4th Fireworks Cruise

Patriotic Fun – On Cape Cod

Provincetown – Monumental Fourth of July Picnic

Wellfleet – Animals of the sea is the theme

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Harvard – Fireworks at Fruitlands


  • Ayer Parade and Fireworks (July 7)
  • Fitchburg Block Party and Fireworks (July 3)
  • Fitchburg Fourth of July Parade (July 4 )
  • Pepperell 4th of July parade and fireworks (June 30)
  • Templeton – Reading of the Declaration of Independence (July 4)
  • Westminster concert series (July 4)

Old Sturbridge Village – An 1830s Independence Day Celebration

Shrewsbury – 4th of July Celebration

Fitchburg – Great Wolf Lodge – Celebrate Family Fun For The Entire Family At Great Wolf Lodge For July 4th – And All Summer Long!

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Agawam – Six Flags New England – Coca-Cola July 4th Fest

Charlemont – Mohawk Trail Concerts – Free jazz concert

Deerfield – Memorial Hall Museum – Free concert

Greenfield – Independence Day fireworks celebration

Lee Premium Outlets – July 4th Sidewalk Sale

Lenox – James Taylor at Tanglewood

North Adams – 4th of July baseball and fireworks with the Steeplecats

Pittsfield  – Fourth of July Parade

Pittsfield – Pittsfield Suns and fireworks extravaganza

Springfield – Star Spangled Springfield

Williamstown – Free family events

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