With many stunning firework shows on the waterfront, Massachusetts is an excellent place for Fourth of July family vacation. The Boston Pops show, Boston Harborfest and hundreds of more festivals, historic reenactments, concerts, art shows, and races take place all over Massachusetts on the 4th of July Weekend.
Boston has a rich heritage, and this is reflected in its huge Independence Day celebrations. The most awaited event is undoubtedly Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, one of the best in the country. The Boston Pops Orchestra based in Boston plays patriotic, light classical and popular music. Other performers include stars like Leslie Odom Jr., Melissa Etheridge, and Andy Grammar. An impressive Military Flyover is followed by a 20-minute pyrotechnic show. On July 4th, Boston also hosts the Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence, a tour focused on Ben Franklin, Heart of The Freedom Trail Walking Tour, and Road to Revolution Walking Tour.
Historic Salem starts celebrating with a reading of the Declaration of Independence at Salem Commons. Further celebrations include kids activities and attractions at Maritime National Historic Site and other Salem's numerous historical sites. In the evening, the whole city gathers at Derby Wharf for a concert and the annual fireworks over the harbor.
The town of Wakefield has an annual 4th of July Parade that begins in the afternoon at the Lakeside Office Park. The parade travels down North Avenue, turns left onto Church Street, then right onto Common Street, and then heads straight to Main Street. The reviewing stand is located at the Americal Civic Center on Main Street. After the parade finishes at the Galvin Middle School, you can join festivities and watch fireworks at night.
Wilmington has an annual Fun on the Fourth festival that includes lots of entertainment, a carnival and cushions amusement from 6 pm to 10 pm. There is also a festive KanJam at high school tennis courts, a Firecracker 5K Race at 6:30 pm, and a spectacular fireworks display.
Plymouth has a different theme for 4th of July festivities every year, like “Salute to Super Heroes.” The celebration usually features a parade, a 5K run, and a fireworks show. The parade takes place in Mayflower Business Park at 9:30 am on July 4th. Spectacular fireworks over the waterfront end the day at 9 pm.
Cape Cod is very festive on Fourth of July with parties and fireworks all around the coast. Barnstable has a massive annual parade at 9 am in downtown that includes large floats, motorcycles, marching bands, dogs, bikes, and more. The parade starts on Railroad Avenue and ends at Village Hollow.
Provincetown hosts four-day festivities that culminate on the Fourth with a parade that begins at 11 am along Commercial and Franklin Streets. After dark, fireworks light up the Provincetown Harbor. Bayside beaches are an excellent place to watch the firecrackers light up the night sky.
Bridgewater holds the Bridgewater Arts and Music Festival on July 4th, starting at 10 am. It is located on the scenic grounds of Bridgewater State University. The festival features lots of art demonstrations and vendors, live music, dance, delicious food, children's events like face painting, circle drumming, train rides, petting zoo, puppets, sand art and field games. There is also a parade and firework show to cheer the crowds.
Natick has an annual Fourth of July celebration featuring a pancake breakfast from 7 am to noon at the First Congregational Church. Simultaneously, the annual 4th of July parade begins at 9 am at Wilson Middle School and travels down Route 27.
Worcester holds festivities at East Park on Shrewsbury Street in the afternoon. There is Kids Korner and food vendors. A flag raising ceremony at 7:40 pm is followed by the concert of Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra or other classical music. A fantastic fireworks display is launched at 9:30 pm.
Amherst has an elaborate program to celebrate Fourth of July that includes a pie eating contest, hot air balloon rides, and lots of kids' activities like face painting, clowns, bounce houses, a carnival with rides, raffles, and climbing walls. The day ends with a fireworks display.
Pittsfield 4th of July celebration features a baseball game and other traditional activities. The annual Parade marches from the corner of South and West Housatonic streets to Wahconah Park starting from 10 am. The staging is usually set on West Housatonic Street from Center Street to South Street, Bartlett Avenue, Broad Street, Taconic Street, and Pomeroy Avenue. The parade is followed by a show featuring drum corps and other performers at Wahconah Park. The local baseball team The Pittsfield Suns start the game at 7 pm, and the night ends with a fireworks display.