Independence Day celebrations in Boston are legendary – from the five day Harborfest (one of the country’s largest 4th of July festivals) to the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. But you don’t need to trek into the city to enjoy the festivities - we’ve got fireworks, parades and carnivals happening right across the weekend in the towns north of Boston. Here’s our realtor’s pick of the best local places to celebrate Independence Day!
Arlington - gather at Robbins Farm Park on 4th of July from 6pm for a free music concert followed by a broadcast of the Boston Pops concert and the fireworks live on the big screen!
Burlington – Burlington’s Independence Day parade takes place at 9:30 on 4th July –but get there early to stake your spot!
Chelmsford – the traditional Chelmsford Parade - one of the state’s biggest - is planned for the Fourth in the town, plus a lively concert on the evening of the 2nd and traditional country fair booths on July 3rd.
Concord – Join the 46th Annual Picnic in the Park from 11am – 4:30pm on the Fourth at Emerson Park. Bring a blanket and enjoy the children’s parade, live music and other family fun activities.
Harvard – Harvard Lions Club will host a fun-filled Independence Day celebration, including antique cars, bike decorating, a parade and field events.
Lexington – the annual Lexington Lions Club 4th of July Carnival is in town from June 30th thru July 4th, with fireworks on evening of Sunday, July 2nd.
Sudbury – the Fourth of July Parade moves off from Union Avenue at 1pm – expect floats and banners from the local community celebrating Independence Day.
Wilmington – The Fun on the Fourth celebration actually kicks off on June 29th, with the opening of the carnival and the Firecracker 5k. The carnival continues through to Sunday, with live music all days and fireworks Saturday and Sunday evening.