From the Boston Pops show by the Charles River to watching huge fireworks shows on the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts has no shortage of Independence Day celebrations no matter where your vacation rental is. Here are our 10 best Fourth of July family vacations in Massachusetts.

1. Boston

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As one of America’s most historic cities, Boston has a huge celebration every year on Independence Day. Even if your vacation rental is in a Boston suburb, it is worth the drive to see the fireworks show. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is on July 4th, 2017 and will feature performances from Leslie Odom Jr., Andy Grammar, and Melissa Etheridge. Additionally, the Boston Pops will perform, there will be a Military Flyover, and a 20-minute fireworks show.

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2. Barnstable

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Barnstable, which is a city on Cape Cod, has a large annual parade through the city. The parade includes large floats, dogs, motorcycles, and more. This year’s parade is on Tuesday, July 4th at 9 am. The parade route begins on Railroad Avenue and ends at Village Hollow.

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3. Plymouth

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This year’s Fourth of July celebration theme in Plymouth is “Salute to Super Heroes”. Plymouth’s festivities include a 5k, parade, and fireworks show. The parade is on July 4th and begins at 9:30 am in Mayflower Business Park. The fireworks begin around 9 pm on the Plymouth Waterfront.

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4. Chatham

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Chatham is a coastal town on Cape Cod. The annual parade attracts more than 20,000 people and is one of the oldest in the country. This year’s parade theme is “Chatham for the Holidays”. The route begins at the intersection of Shore Road and Mainstream and ends at the intersection of Crowell Road and Tip Cart Road.

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5. Salem

Salem, Massachusetts is known for more than its’ history of witches. The annual fireworks show launches over the beautiful Salem Harbor. This large celebration also includes a kid’s play area and a concert.

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6. Natick

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Natick’s theme for this year’s Fourth of July festivities is “Young at Heart”. There will be a pancake breakfast on July 4th, 2017 from 7 am to 12 pm at the First Congregational Church. Additionally, the 62nd annual parade begins at 9 am at Wilson Middle School and continues down Route 27.

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7. Amherst

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Between a pie eating contest, hot air balloon rides, face painting, bounce houses, and a carnival, your kids certainly won’t get bored at a Fourth of July in Amherst. The celebration also includes a clown, fireworks, raffles, and climbing walls!

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8. Northampton

The Northampton Family Fourth Celebration is being held on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 with a rain date for Sunday, June 25th. In addition to food, drinks, and live music, there will also be a bean bag toss, fireworks, a bounce castle, and carnival prizes and games.

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9. Provincetown

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Located on the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown’s Fourth of July celebrations go from June 30th through July 4th. The parade on the Fourth begins at 11 am and goes down Commercial and Franklin Street. There are also fireworks at dusk over the Provincetown Harbor, which is viewable from any of the bayside beaches.

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10. Burlington

Burlington’s annual celebration includes a parade and fireworks. The parade begins at 11 am on Cambridge Street and ends on Winn Street. To view the fireworks at 9 pm, grab a seat at Simonds Park or on the Burlington Town Common.

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