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Please check with individual websites to confirm July 4th events. Many area celebrations have been cancelled.

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

The National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families acknowledge the hardships faced by both military families and museums due to COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution as it relates to the changing realities of how communities across the nation are experiencing and handling COVID-19, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families have decided to cancel the Blue Star Museums free admission program for summer 2020.

We wish to thank all the museums who registered with the program and look forward to working with you next summer to welcome active military members and their families to your museum in a bigger and better-than-ever program in 2021.

Massachusetts fireworks displays by town. Please note:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most large gatherings, including annual festivals, parades, fireworks and concerts are cancelled or will be held virtually through Labor Day 2020.


Arlington  – July 4th Celebration

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

Boston Harborfest – July 1-7

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 – Ancient & Honorables Artillery Company – Independence Day Parade

Boston – Celebrate Independence Day at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo during Red, White & Zoo on July 6

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

Franklin – 6 day celebration, July 3-7

Milford – Fireworks 10:00 pm Plains Park

Natick –  July 4th Celebration

Needham – 4th of July Festivities

Newton – July 4th Celebration

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

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Acton – Independence Day Celebration

Amesbury – Amesbury Days

Burlington – Parade for the 4th of July

Chelmsford – Independence Day Celebration

Concord – Picnic in the park with the Concord Band

Danvers – Highlands Horribles Parade

Gloucester – Independence Day Celebration & Horribles Parade

Gloucester – Red, White & Beauport

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

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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

Plymouth – Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum to Host “Monumental 4th of July Picnic” and Fireworks

Walpole – 3rd of July Parade & Fireworks

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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

More Cape Cod Events

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Harvard – Summer concerts at Fruitlands


  • Ayer – Parade and Fireworks (July 6)
  • Fitchburg – 4th of July parade and fireworks (July 3-4)
  • Templeton – Reading of the Declaration of Independence (July 4)

Old Sturbridge Village – An 1830s Independence Day 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

Lenox – Norman Rockwell Museum- All American baseball day – July 6

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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