The Perfect Fourth of July in Massachusetts!

The Fourth of July is cause for huge celebrations, and there’s nowhere quite like Massachusetts to celebrate it. Since many of the actions leading to our country’s birth took part in Massachusetts, it’s likely the best place in the country to celebrate. Whether you’re seeking out music, a parade, or good food in honor of the Fourth of July, you’ll find it—and more—in the Bay State.

1. Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, Boston, MA

Located on Boston’s Esplanade, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular features music and fireworks, and is an exciting Fourth of July tradition. This year’s music, directed by Keith Lockhart, will feature musical guests Andy Grammar and Melissa Etheridge. It was recently announced that Leslie Odom of “Hamilton” fame will also appear. Those who can’t attend this Fourth of July extravaganza often plan their holiday festivities accordingly, so they can watch it on TV.

2. Independence Weekend Celebration, Sturbridge, MA

From Saturday July 1 to Tuesday July 4, families will have a ball at Sturbridge Village. Their Independence Week program includes marching with the militia, playing baseball a la 19th century, the firing of a canon, and more. On the Fourth of July, there will be a naturalization ceremony for several people, during and after which the Village Singers will regale everyone with patriotic songs. There’s lots of Independence Day spirit at Sturbridge Village. Families will have fun and learn a lot, too.

3. Star Spangled Springfield, Springfield, MA

Located on the waterfront and held from 6-10 p.m. on July 4, Star Spangled Springfield features food, music, fireworks and more. The 215th Army Band of the Massachusetts Army National Guard will play a free concert of patriotic songs in honor of the Fourth of July. Fireworks will be set off at 9:30.

4. Independence Day 2017, Nantucket, MA

Celebrating the Fourth of July on Nantucket Island is akin to going back several decades in time. A feeling of old fashioned family fun fills the air. Fireworks will burst into the night skies on Monday, July 3 at 9 p.m. on Jetties Beach. On Tuesday July 4, Main Street Activities—starting at 9 a.m., kick off with a Reading of the Declaration of Independence. At 10 a.m., festivities on Main Street begin, including: a dunk tank, watermelon eating contest, pie eating contest, and more. A bike decorating contest is held at 11 a.m. Children’s Beach activities include a variety of races, tug of war, and balloon animals. At 6 p.m., the Nantucket Music Chorus Jazz Band will perform at the bandstand. 

5. Salem Celebrates the Fourth, Salem, MA

Located downtown, Salem Celebrates the Fourth includes live music and lots of family-friendly fun for both adults and children. It culminates in the evening with an elaborate firework display. 

6. Small Town: Big Bang 2017, Pepperell, MA

Visit Pepperell on July 1 for their Fourth of July celebration. Small Town: Big Bang 2017 will take place at the Community Center and will include a parade, music, food trucks, and a barbecue. In addition, there will be singing and dancing, racecar rides and fireworks at dusk.

7. Plymouth’s Fourth of July Festivities, Plymouth, MA

The Fourth of July celebration in Plymouth has something for everything.  The festivities occurring on July 4 being with a parade kick off at 9:30 a.m. A waterfront concert featuring patriotic songs starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks that begin at 9:15. 

8. Fourth of July Celebration, Weymouth, MA

Scheduled for July 3, Weymouth’s Fourth of July Celebration takes place at George Lane Beach in North Weymouth. It features live music, an array of vendors, food, and inflatables for kids. The fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

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