Whether your Fourth of July activities center around a backyard BBQ, kids’ crafts or Boston’s most epic fireworks displays, this year’s celebration is gonna be a blast. So put on your best red, white and blue attire, and head to the city (or surrounding areas) for parades, live music, historical reenactments and more. Here’s where Boston families can celebrate July 4th this year!

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Boston Harborfest

It’s back! Boston Harborfest, the decades-old tradition celebrating Boston’s harbor and history, makes it 2021 debut with of exciting activities at Boston’s best landmarks. This family-friendly event is one of the country’s largest Fourth of July festivals, and local families can enjoy the opening ceremony in Downtown Crossing, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, boat tours, live entertainment and much more.

Good to know: The Harborfest Fireworks display is scheduled for July 3, 2021.

Dates: Jul. 1-5, 2021
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Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular

Another local tradition makes its return for 2021. Although things will be different, families can still catch the Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular this Independence Day. The live event will take place at Tanglewood, where Keith Lockhart will lead a live (and televised) performance of patriotic favorites, with special appearances by Late Show bandleader, Jon Batiste and legendary singer, Mavis Staples.

Good to know: The corresponding fireworks spectacular will take place at Boston Common this year.

Date: Jul. 4, 2021
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Beyond Boston

Plymouth’s July 4th Fireworks

If you’re looking for an outdoor celebration with a family-friendly feel, head south to Plymouth Rock. It’s where you’ll find a few food trucks and a live performance as a precursor to the evening’s dynamic fireworks display. Plus, this celebration takes place post-holiday so things may be a bit quieter on your drive there and back.

Good to know: Families can also run in the 5K on Jul. 4, 2021.

Date: Jul. 5, 2021
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Lexington Lions’ 4th of July Carnival

Bring the fam to Lexington for a fun-filled 4th of July week. The carnival is in town and families will be able to enjoy rides, games, food and fun at this annual event. Fireworks are scheduled on the early side of the weekend, and families can also catch youth games on Sunday, July 4 at 10 a.m.

Good to know: This fireworks display is scheduled for Friday, July 2 around 9:15 p.m.

Dates: Jul. 1-5, 2021
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Fireworks at Polar Park

It’s time to play ball… and watch fireworks! If catching a game of America’s favorite pastime with your mini Red Sox fans seems like an ideal 4th of July, there's no better place to make it happen the Polar Park. Home of the WooSox (Boston's minor league team), Polar Park will be hosting patriotic-themed fireworks for fans to enjoy from the stands. Grab your tickets to watch the WooSox take on the Scranton Railriders before the show begins.

Dates: Jul. 2-4, 2021
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Amesbury Days Fireworks

After a year hiatus, Amesbury Days is back, bringing together fun and exciting community events to mark the starts of summer. We love the weeklong event that includes a movie night, drone races, live music and a kid’s night. But the most wow-worthy of them all has gotta be the fireworks.

Date: Jul. 4, 2021
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Coca Cola July 4th Fest

Plan your fireworks extravaganza with a side of thrilling rides and Hurricane Ridge waterpark adventures. Take the kids to Six Flags New England for a sun-up to sun-down celebration. In addition to ticket discounts and rides for kids of all ages, families can watch a stunning fireworks display too.

Dates: Jul. 3 & 4, 2021
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Hampton Beach Special 4th of July Display

Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind when you take to the shores of New Hampshire for a beach day followed by a fireworks display. Bring your sand toys and picnic basket and plan to spend the day. Then dress the kids in the jammies just in time for the spectacular main event. We think they’ll be sound asleep before you get to the Massachusetts border after this exciting day.

Date: Jul. 4, 2021
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—Allison Sutcliffe

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