Great 4th of July Celebrations in New England

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Photo Credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Plan an amazing summer family getaway this year during the independence day 4th of July celebration. The historical region of New England is rich in tradition and encompasses the states of Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maine.

These states are among some of the most visited in the country as they offer some of the most spectacular Fourth of July celebration events.

If you’re planning a July vacation to enjoy one these magnificent holiday displays read on. New England Inns and Resorts would like to share the following destination to visit that offer a mixture of fun, fireworks, delectable food, and great music. Looking for the perfect play to stay? Plan on booking early as the summer season is popular. Use our accommodation finder sorted by destination to find the best lodging New England has to offer.

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Boston, Massachusetts

Every July 4th bucket list includes Boston, or Bean town, as it is known by its residents. Boston attracts thousands of visitors each year for its Fourth of July celebrations which are televised across the U.S. The highlight of the evening is no doubt the free concert performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra on the Charles River Esplanade.

The grand finale is a heart-warming recital of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” accompanied by the firing of real cannons and the ringing of church bells around the city. Pull up a chair and set up a picnic to get the most of out of the stunning riverside fireworks and musical performance. Boston Events Calendar

Boston Fireworks Photo: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism
Boston Fireworks Photo: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

Bristol, Rhode Island

History in the making! If you’re visiting New England on the 4th of July, travel over to Bristol, Rhode Island to witness the oldest Independence Day event in the U.S. This city has been hosting its iconic Fourth of July events for a record setting 233 years. Treat your family to lively floats, marching bands, and lots of cheering and flag-waving along the route. Your evening will end with a thrilling New England fireworks display over Bristol Harbor. Bristol Events Calendar

East Woodstock and Enfield, Connecticut

Celebrations for everyone. Residents of East Woodstock have dubbed their celebration the “Fourth of July Jamboree,” which is marked by a range of exciting activities including music, parades, a traditional pie-eating contest, and barbecued chicken. Should you visit Enfield in Connecticut for the Fourth of July in New England, you may be able to participate in the spaghetti-eating contest or witness a performance by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Events in Woodstock and Enfield

Eastport and Freeport in Maine

Fun for the entire group! Make your family getaway truly memorable with the New England fireworks displays in Eastport and Freeport, Maine. Eastport celebrates with an extravaganza that lasts several days and features events such as the Grand Independence Parade, various contests, complimentary tours aboard a U.S. Navy ship, and an antique car show.

The city of Freeport offers a three-day celebration complete with musical performances by live bands, road racing contests, and parades. Of course, the finale always includes a magnificent display of fireworks.

Gorham and Portsmouth in New Hampshire

The classics never go out of style. If you’re destination is New Hampshire for the Fourth of July in New England you can enjoy a wide range of traditional events such as the annual carnival, car parades, horse-drawn wagons, and the classic chili and chowder cooking contest.

However, if you’re looking for the best Fourth of July celebrations in New England for your children, you must visit Portsmouth. Child friendly events such as potato sack races, kite flying, treasure hunting, and live performances by actors in costumes are not to be missed. Events in Gorham and Portsmouth

Montpelier and Stowe in Vermont

Vermont has its own brand of New England fireworks and festivities. Montpelier is well known for its exciting pool parties, parades, and vehicle races. Stowe, on the other hand, celebrates with a dunking booth with politicians, the Carnival at Mayo Farm, clowns, magic displays, and face painting. All in all, it’s the perfect location for a family getaway. Events in Montpelier and Stowe

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