Festivities marking the nation's 239th birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Saturday, 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 Friday night (no fireworks) and Saturday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops. MBTA running free after the Saturday's concert. More information here.
Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual celebration featuring music, food, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
The festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. with a cookout (a la carte pricing) and the Eagles Brass Band playing. At 3 p.m., actors of Shakespeare & Company and invited dignitaries will be reading the Declaration of Independence
Later in the evening, Shakespeare & Company is putting on two performances: "The Comedy of Errors" in the Tina Packer Playhouse at 7:30 (Tickets $20 - $80) and "The How and the Why" in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at 8:30 (Tickets $20 - $60).
James Taylor is returning to Tanglewood. However, tickets are sold out. A fireworks display over Stockbridge Bowl follows the concert.
The SteepleCats will face off at 6:30 p.m. against the Laconia Muskrats 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 Independence," featuring longtime educator Lillian Quinn as the 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.
The Pittsfield Suns game take on the Nashua Silver Knights beginning at 7 p.m. Fireworks follow the game.
Williamstown celebrates its 250th anniversary with the annual July 4 parade beginning at 11 a.m. from Southworth Street and marching to Spring Street for a community barbecue. The Patriot Brass Band will play in front of Images Cinema.
Actors from the Williamstown Theatre Festival will be performing a reading of the Declaration of Independence and the British reply at Chapin Hall at 1:30 p.m.
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 informatin on holiday travel can be found here
For travelers visiting the Cape, consider the train! The CapeFLYER train will run Thursday, July 3
on a Friday
schedule. Visit www.capeflyer.com
for complete schedules and ticket information.
Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 pm Friday, July 4, through 5 am Saturday morning, 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.
offices will be closed Friday July 4
in observance of the holiday.