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.
Come see the film version of the Broadway hit! “American history in that peculiarly American dramatic forum: …the musical comedy.” – Wall Street Journal Don’t miss it!
Regent Theatre, Arlington
Sat, July 1st thru Mon, July 3rd
Taking place June 30 – July 4, the 2023 Boston Harborfest is a family-friendly event that includes historical reenactments, live music, parades and a fireworks display over Boston Harbor on July 1st.
Downtown Crossing, Boston
June 30-July 4
Start the Independence Weekend festivities Saturday, July 1, 2023, onboard a Charles Riverboat cruise to view the spectacular fireworks for Harborfest. The two-hour event from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (boards at 7:45 p.m.) will include a cruise featuring the best views of the downtown Boston skyline and fireworks in the harbor. There is a full bar on board where guests can purchase drinks and light snacks. Board at CambridgeSide (directly outside of the Food Court). Tickets are $65 for Adults, $60 for Seniors/Students/Military, and $55 for children. Cruise is rain or shine. To purchase tickets, visit https://charlesriverboat.com/tours/4th-of-july-cruises.
Charles Riverboat Company, Cambridge
July 1, 8-10 p.m.
Celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4th on the Valiant, a Charles Riverboat anchored in the Charles River with magnificent views of the Fireworks celebration from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. (boards at 6:15 p.m.). Sit back and relax while enjoying cocktails, dessert, and a spectacular view of the fireworks display over the city skyline. The event features a fully open bar included in the ticket price (beer, wine, liquor and non-alcoholic beverages for guests that are 21+ plus a dessert buffet.) Tickets are $225 per adult; board at CambridgeSide (directly outside of the Food Court). Event is rain or shine. To purchase tickets, call (617) 621-3001.
Charles Riverboat Company, Cambridge
July 4, 6:30-11 p.m.
The Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular is slated to take place at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade starting at 8:00pm. Keith Lockhart will lead a program featuring the Boston Pops orchestra with special guests (TBA).
DCR Hatch Shell, Boston
July 4, 8-11 p.m.
Join us in a special July 4th celebration of Independence Day and our Military Community. Welcome USS Constitution back to the Navy Yard from its historic cruise in Boston Harbor and join in the activities and events throughout the day! Come leave a “Huzzah!” message of cheer for Navy recruits, try your hand at Constitution-themed minigolf, participate in a service project, and enjoy a fun-filled day at the Museum and Charlestown Navy Yard.
USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown
July 4, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Celebrate America’s birthday in style at one of Boston’s historic hotels—and the Official Hotel of the Boston Pops. The beloved orchestra is performing their annual July 4th Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, and the 110-year-old Fairmont Copley Plaza is bringing out all the stars and stripes exclusively for Fairmont Gold guests on the holiday.
Fairmont Copley, Boston
Cape & Islands
Parade flows down Clinton Ave. and around Trinity Circle, ending by the MVCMA Cottage Museum where a treat will be waiting! All are welcome. Line up on West Clinton Avenue at 9:45 a.m. with decorated bikes, scooters, and strollers! Parade is at 10 a.m.
West Clinton Avenue, Oak Bluffs
July 4, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
The town of Aquinnah will hold its 22nd annual Fourth of July Parade and Community Picnic on Tuesday, July 4.
Decorate your car; all floats welcome. Floats line up at 10 a.m. on Moshup Trail at Old South Road. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and travels around Aquinnah Circle. Prize will be awarded for the Best Float! Tune to WMVY (88.7) for a special parade soundtrack.
The second annual Aquinnah Community Picnic begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Vanderhoop Homestead. Food is provided, but everyone is welcome to bring something to share (not required). This year we will have a tent, two grills, picnic tables, kites, bubbles and hula hoops!
Moshup Trail, Aquinnah
July 4, 11 a.m.
Quintessential parade through the center of Edgartown with bands, floats, classic cars and a sense of history! Start time is 5 p.m. at the Edgartown School and the parade will make its way down Main street.
Main Street, Edgartown
July 4 at 5 p.m.
Come to Felix Neck for an alternative celebration. Spend the night in the quiet woodlands as we walk in search of everyone’s favorite insect, then gather by the fire for s’mores and stargazing. All ages welcome.
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Edgartown
July 4, 8-9:30 p.m.
Arrive early for a good viewing spot.
Edgartown Harbor, Edgartown
July 4, 9 p.m.
Described as ‘perfect’ by John Legend and ‘hypnotic’ by Blake Shelton, Cara Brindisi is bringing her talent to the stage at Cristoforo Colombo Park! A Worcester local and contestant on NBC’s The Voice, season 22, Cara has been writing, recording, and performing original music for the entirety of her career. Learn more about her here.
East Park (Cristoforo Colombo Park), Worcester
June 29th (Rain date: Friday, June 30th)
Join us in celebration of Independence Day! Experience fife and drum music, cannon demonstrations, games, a parade, and more. Hear special readings of poetry and the Declaration of Independence. Join in a game of base ball, or watch a toy hot air balloon take flight.
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
July 1-4, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Principal Conductor Myron Romanul presents an admission-free Independence Day Holiday Patriotic Pops Concert with Fireworks on Monday evening, July 3, 2023 at 7:45PM in Worcester’s Institute Park, 82 Salisbury Street. Vocal soloists are soprano Jane Shivick and baritone Christon Carney. Master of Ceremonies is former Worcester City Councilor Gary Rosen. Rain date is Tuesday, July 4.
Institute Park, Worcester
July 3, 7:45-9:40 p.m.
North of Boston
Civic Days Block Party on Main Street, Fitchburg. Enjoy music and family activities at the Upper Common, as the city launches its Fourth of July celebration.
Main Street, Fitchburg
July 3, 4-10 p.m.
Fireworks from the top of Rollstone Hill, Fitchburg. Celebrate the Fourth with a fireworks display that can be seen from almost anywhere in the city, as part of Fitchburg’s Civic Days party.
Rollstone Hill, FItchburg
July 3, 10 p.m.
Civic Days Parade on Main Street, Fitchburg. The celebration begins on Summer Street and proceeds to the city’s Upper Common, with fire trucks, bands, clowns and much more!
Main Street, Fitchburg
July 4, 10 a.m.
South of Boston
Stephen’s Field, Plymouth
July 4, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Plymouth 4th of July Parade – 9:00 am start – From Cordage Park, 10 Cordage Park Circle – NEW LOCATION! The parade will leave Cordage Commerce Center by taking a left onto Route 3A South/Court Street. The route follows Court Street which becomes Main Street and then Main Street Extension before turning left onto Water Street and finishing in front of DCR Pilgrim Memorial State Park at the bottom of Coles Hill.
On the Plymouth Waterfront – America the Beautiful, National Anthem – Food trucks – Novelty items as well as popcorn and cotton candy will be available throughout the day and evening from our roaming vendors.
July 4, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
A community celebration. Featuring, music, vendors, and fireworks.
Beacon Field, Greenfield
Jul 1, 2023, 4-10:30 p.m.
Join us for the Town of Amherst’s Annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display at UMass Amherst McGuirk Stadium on Saturday, July 1st. Festivities will start at 5:00 PM with a fireworks display starting at dark. The rain date for this event will be Saturday, July 8th at the same time and location.
Bring a blanket, the folding chairs, we’ll have food and beverages for sale – we want you to sit-back and relax, get a bite to eat, listen to some music and CELEBRATE at this annual tradition. This event is FREE and food, beverage, and novelty items will be available for purchase.
July 1, 5-9:30 p.m.
The South Hadley fireworks are held annually at the Michael E. Smith Middle School located on 100 Mosier Street.
The 2023 fireworks date is Saturday, July 1 with a raindate of Sunday, July 2. People are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or chairs and plenty of bug spray! Being on school grounds, alcohol and tobacco products are not allowed.
July 1, 6-9 p.m.
The Fireworks at East Longmeadow are on July 3rd at 9:30 p.m. at the East Longmeadow High School. Parking is expected to be limited and the public is encouraged to carpool or walk to the high school.
The East Longmeadow July 4th Parade is set to start at 10:00am on July 4th and begins at East Longmeadow High School, then moves onto Maple Street through the center onto North Main Street. It continues onto Mapleshade Avenue to Elm Street where it ends at Hanward Hill.
Join us for a friendly, family, fun, and safe day in keeping with the spirit of the holiday in beautiful downtown Monson, Massachusetts!
Those of you who know us are aware that we appreciate you and enjoy your crafts and wares.
Six Flags New England, the Thrill Capital of New England, and Coca-Cola are throwing the biggest July 4th celebration in New England, July 1 to July 4.
You invited to celebrate America’s Birthday at New England’s largest theme park. The property will be transformed into red, white and blue while offering thrills, Americana treats, Patriotic songs, and nightly firework displays.
Six Flags New England, Agawam
July 1 – July 4
With State Permitted Fireworks blasting off at night fall 9 p.m. this Music & Arts Festival is an all day event starting at 12 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m.
You can expect to find a large variety of food trucks and tents – catering to every taste and style. Local businesses and dispensaries, craft vendors, live art, beer tent, all day live music, and tons of immersive experiences like Fire performers, Glass blowers, led hoops and flow workshops, professional Massages, Tarot Card Readings, face painting, community murals, Glow Paint tents, corn Hole, games, Raffles and much more.
Franklin County Fairgrounds, Greenfield
Jul 2, 12-10 p.m.
This free concert by Westmoreland Town Band. Will be held in the Blue & White Room starting at 3 p.m.
Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield
July 4, 3 p.m.
On July 4th, Star Spangled Springfield will be back in Riverfront Park and all eyes will be to the skies at 9:30pm as Fireworks by Grucci’s launches pyrotechnics from the Memorial Bridge.
Star Spangled Springfield celebrates Independence Day with family-friendly entertainment, a flyover by the 104th Figther Wing, and a dazzling fireworks display. The activities are held in Riverfront Park. The fireworks are displayed from the Memorial Bridge and can been seen for miles and the music can be heard on Mix 93.1FM.
Since 1991, the Spirit of Springfield has been presenting Star Spangled Springfield. Festivities were first held in Court Square. It has included concerts by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, the 215th Army Band of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, the U. S. Air Force Band of Liberty and several other local bands.
In 2010, the festivities were moved to Riverfront Park where many gathered to view the fireworks display that is produced annually by Fireworks by Grucci.
Riverfront Park, Springfield
July 4, 6-10 p.m.
Fireworks are an integral part of America’s Fourth of July celebrations all over the country, and our local show in North Adams is one of the most prestigious in Western Massachusetts. Our celebration draws thousands of viewers from the Capital region of New York State, Southern Vermont, and Berkshire County. For an evening of all-American fun, grab some tickets to the annual 4th of July Steeple Cats game, and stick around for the fireworks, which start immediately afterward, at approximately 9:30pm.
Noel Field, North Adams
July 4, 9 p.m.