Festivities marking the nation's 240th birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Tuesday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.
A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.
The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are Monday night practice (no fireworks) and Tuesday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops. MBTA usually runs free after the July 4 concert. More information here.
Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual free celebration with music and activities, with food available for purchase, beginning at 1:30 with a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 3 p.m.
James Taylor and his All-Star Band is returning to Tanglewood for July 3 and 4. A fireworks display over Stockbridge Bowl follows the concert on July 4.
North Adams The SteepleCats will face off at 6:30 p.m. against the Valley Blue Sox at Joe Wolfe Field, followed by the annual fireworks display at around 9:30 p.m
The annual Fourth of July Parade begins at 10 a.m. — rain or shine — at the corner of South and West Housatonic streets and ends at historic Wahconah Park. This year's theme is "Celebrating Our Heroes," featuring Pittsfield Police Officer Darren Derby as this year's grand marshal and the Rev. Peter Gregory as honorary grand marshal.
There will be parking restrictions in place along the parade route with adjacent side streets being utilized for by police for staging. Restricted parking signs will be in place throughout the route and staging areas on July 3 and enforced on July 4 starting at 6 a.m.
The staging area includes West Housatonic Street from Center Street to South Street, South Street, Wendell Avenue, Bartlett Avenue, Broad Street, Taconic Street, Pomeroy Avenue north of Broad Street, East Housatonic Street and the included area.
The parade route includes South Street, Bank Row, Park Place, North Street, and Wahconah Street.
A "Precision & Pageantry" drum corps show will be held to benefit the Pittsfield Parade Committee on Sunday, July 2, at 3 p.m. at Wahconah Park. Tickets are $15, $20 at the door. More information here.
The Pittsfield Suns take on the Brockton Rox beginning at 7 p.m. Fireworks follow the game.
Williamstown hosts the annual July 4 parade beginning at 11 a.m. from Southworth Street and marching to Spring Street for a community barbecue. The annual BBQ at the bottom of Spring Street starts at noon.
Williams College will hosts the annual July 4 reading of the Declaration of Independence by actors from the Williamstown Theatre Festival at 1:30 p.m. New this year will be a selection from "What to a Slave is the Fourth of July," a speech by Frederick Douglass, which will be read by an actor. The event is free and open to the public.
Actors will read from the second floor outside balcony of Sawyer Library. Visitors should gather on the library quad west of the library and between Schapiro and Hollander halls. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place inside the Library.
The Clark Art Institute features a concert with Across the Pond at 6:30 and fireworks start around 9:30 at Taconic Golf Course.
MassDOT encourages safe travel during the upcoming July 4 holiday. Before traveling, drivers are encouraged to check the live Traffic Cameras web page for a look at current traffic. More information on holiday travel can be found here. Download MassDOT's GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions
All MBTA service will be free after 9:30 p.m. on the 4th. All subway, busses, and trackless trolley will operate on a Sunday schedule; subway service will then operate at rush-hour levels of service beginning at 2 p.m.
For travelers visiting the Cape, consider the train! The CapeFLYER train will be running on a Saturday/Sunday schedule for July 3 & 4. Visit www.capeflyer.com for complete schedules and ticket information.
Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m., Tuesday, July 4, through 5 a.m., Wednesday, July 5. The plazas serving free coffee include 11 service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6 in Barnstable, and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.
All RMV offices will be closed Friday July 4 in observance of the holiday.
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