Every heart in the North of Boston rings true for the red, white, and blue on Independence Day! From live readings of the Declaration of Independence to silly “Horribles” parades, lobster bakes, and grand fireworks displays there’s something for everyone!
Fourth of July Events
Beauport Princess 4th of July Cruises
Saturday, July 4 | 11am-2pm and 7-10pm
At 11am, enjoy a wonderful New England lobster bake aboard the Beauport Princess. Take in all the beautiful rich history that Gloucester Harbor has to offer while enjoying music and dancing provided by DJ Scottie Mac.
Later in the evening, dance the night away with their July 4th Party Cruise featuring blues icon James Montgomery.
Danvers Family Festival – Horribles Parade and Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Saturday, July 4 | 9am, 12-1pm
Join the most “horrible” parade in Danvers this 4th of July (parade rain date on July 5). All are welcome to dress up yourselves, your wagons, your bikes, make your own floats, or just march in your most festive 4th of July attire. Later in the day, join your neighbors for a Community Reading of what got the Fireworks started 238 years ago.
Gloucester Independence Day Celebration
Friday, July 3 | begins at 5pm
Kick off your Independence Day celebration with a free concert on Stacy Boulevard in Gloucester and continue with the always fun Gloucester Horribles Parade. The event ends with a marvelous fireworks display over Gloucester Harbor.
Mahi Mahi Fireworks Cruise
Friday, July 3 | 7:30pm
There are limited tickets left for Mahi Mahi’s excellent fireworks cruise! They’ll be heading over to Swampscott for an unparalleled view of the town’s fireworks display. You’ll get your oohs and ahhs as the fireworks shoot across the sky above.
Manchester-by-the-Sea Independence Day Parade
Saturday, July 4 | 10am
Marblehead Fireworks & Harbor Illumination
Saturday, July 4 (rain date July 5) | 8:45pm
Come and see the fireworks show that Coastal Living Magazine continually ranks in the Top 10 Spots to Celebrate the Fourth in the entire country! The Harbor Illumination is scheduled to start at 8:45 PM when flares are lit all around the perimeter of the harbor, creating a magnificent ring of light that sets the stage for the main event: at about 9:05 PM or a few minutes thereafter the fireworks are launched off a barge at the mouth of Marblehead Harbor, which creates ideal viewing opportunities for the public from the parks at Fort Sewall, Chandler Hovey Park, and Crocker Park.
Rockport 4th of July
Saturday, July 4 | 6-9pm
Get into the 4th of July spirit with the Rockport Firemen’s parade followed by the Rockport Legion Band convert on Back Beach. After the concert, warm up with the annual Rockport Bonfire.
Rockport Rotary Club’s Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Saturday, July 4 | 10am
Join the Rotary Club of Rockport in Dock Square for a rousing reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Salem Celebrates the 4th!
Saturday, July 4 | 9am, 4pm
Join Mayor Driscoll on Salem Common to start off Salem’s 4th of July festivities with a live reading of the Declaration of Independence. The celebration continues later in the day on Derby Wharf at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Free children’s activities begin at 4pm with the opening of the Kids’ Space and live entertainment begins at 5pm with LUX. Opening ceremonies begin at 7:15pm when Mayor Driscoll and other local dignitaries will lead a parade down the wharf accompanied by the Salem Veterans Honor Guard and Salem Boy Scout troops and the fireworks extravaganza begins at 9:15pm with a live performance of the 1812 Overture.
Salisbury July 4th Celebration
Saturday, July 4 | 4pm
**For a complete listing of fireworks displays in Massachusetts, please visit BostonCentral.com or WCVB**
Amesbury | Woodsom Farm
Andover | Andover High School
Gloucester | Gloucester Harborwalk
Haverhill | Riverside Park
Lynn | Red Rock Park
Swampscott | Humphrey Street
Marblehead | Marblehead Harbor & Crocker Park
Nahant | Bailey’s Hill
North Andover | Town Common
Salem | Pickering Wharf
Merthuen | Riverside Park
Beverly (part of Beverly Homecoming Days celebration) | Lynch Park