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June 01, 2017
Your Guide To The Coolest Independence Day Events In The Boston Area
Every Independence Day, Boston and its surrounding towns and cities go above and beyond with truly fun and unique events. Whether you prefer the city or stick to the suburbs, there’s tons of local celebrations you’ll want to hit up this July 4th – read on to learn more!
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is the most well-known local event, but you can also celebrate the 4th in Boston proper with the Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Boston Harborfest, a 3-hour guided walking tour around Boston’s most famous historical sites, SoWa’s Red, White, and Brew Party, a rooftop celebration atop the Museum of Science, and the Night Shift Brewing Beach Party.
If you’re north of Boston proper and not up to journeying into the city, you can have a Picnic in the Park in Concord, decorate bicycles in Ipswich, and see one of the state’s largest parades in Wakefield. There’s also the Amesbury Days celebration, which hosts its own music festival, and Acton’s annual Independence Day Celebration. When night falls, take a trip to Marblehead to watch the Harbor Illumination or head to Salisbury Beach for fireworks over the ocean.
For those south of the city, the Bridgewater Arts and Music Festival features an art show, live performances by musicians and poets, a festival, and more. You can also learn about the holiday’s roots with Living History demonstrations and re-enactors at the Oliver Estate, climb aboard the U.S.S. Salem free of charge at the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum, or treat yourself to a free performance from the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Head to Sturbridge’s Old Sturbridge Vilage on July 4th this year for an 1830s Independence Day Celebration where you can watch historical re-enactments complete with a reproduction cannon, be witness to a real citizen naturalization ceremony, play 19th century-style baseball, and sign your John Hancock on a supersized version of the Declaration of Independence. Make sure to catch the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at the city of Worcester’s annual Independence Day Celebration and stop by Fitchburg’s Downtown Block Party – there’ll be a DJ and an obstacle course.
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