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""As the state where the Boston Tea PartyBattle of Bunker Hill, and first shots of the American Revolution happened, Massachusetts is a special place to celebrate the 4th of July.

Whether you’re looking for a free event for the family or a way to give back to America’s military heroes, there’s something for you to do in the Bay State this Independence Day.

Free Events and Activities

Wherever you plan to celebrate in the state, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has each region covered. Check out event listings for Greater BostonNorth of Boston, South of BostonCape Cod and the IslandsCentral Massachusetts, and Western Massachusetts to plan your holiday. Here are a few notable, free events that highlight the wide range of activities to choose from this Independence Day.

  • Blue Star Museums — Explore Blue Star Museums across Massachusetts, which offer free admission to active-duty military members and families between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  • Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular — Listen to the Boston Pops perform patriotic tunes like the ”Star Spangled Banner” followed by a fireworks display that lights up the night sky over the Charles River. The Boston Pops concert starts at 8:30 p.m., and fireworks start at 10:30 p.m.
  • Edgartown Parade — Head to the Whaling Church to watch the annual 4th of July parade in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. The event starts at 5 p.m. and is followed by fireworks at dusk.
  • Pittsfield Parade — Catch the Pittsfield Parade in Western Massachusetts. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Heroes.” Festivities start at 10 a.m. at the intersection of South and East/West Housatonic Streets and end at Wahconah Park.

Volunteer to Support Massachusetts Heroes

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), there are more than 349,000 veterans living in Massachusetts. You can mark our  Independence Day by volunteering and assisting local military members. Consider one of the unique opportunities supported by the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS).

Safety Tips for the 4th of July

However you choose to celebrate, make sure safety is a priority. Follow tips from the Department of Fire Services (DFS)Department of Public Health (DPH), and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to stay safe this holiday.

With so many ways to celebrate our nation’s independence, you can enjoy the holiday no matter where you are in the Bay State this 4th of July.

What are your plans for the 4th of July? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting @MassGov.

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