July makes a grand entrance with Independence Day celebrations in and around Boston, including daytime July 4th festivities and fireworks filling the night sky. The family fun keeps going all month with lots of events and activities, and below are our top 10 picks.
Of course, we have plenty more ideas for enjoying summer sun and fun with your kids: free summer movies, super playgrounds, splashy fun, and nearby beaches. We'll keep adding to our calendar daily and sending our weekly newsletter in time for each weekend, but here's your chance to look ahead for these July favorites and get them on your calendar.
Soak up city history and some lively music at Harborfest. Photo courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Tourism
Boston Harborfest - North End and Waterfront
July 1 - July 7, 2019
There are over 200 daily events that are part of Boston Harborfest, Boston’s Independence Day celebration, including tours of the Freedom Trail and other family-friendly activities.
Moon Landing 50th: One Giant Anniversay - Boston
July 19-20, 2019
Help celebrate the 50th anniversay of the very first moon landing at the Museum of Science. Special events mark the occasion throughout the weekend including hands-on activities, presentations, and special shows.
Ice Cream Float Harbor Cruise - Hyannis
July 10 - August 28, 2019
This Wednesday evening cruise serves up sunset views and Ben & Jerry's ice cream sundaes.
Big Bounce Boston - Boston
July 5-7 & July 12-14, 2019
This inflatable theme park is on a national tour and making a stop in Boston in July. The park includes a variety of inflatables, slides, ball pits, confetti, and a DJ spinning tunes to keep the energy as high as possible.
Titus Sparrow Park Summer Concert Series - South End
July 9 & July 16, 2019
Several favorite kindie bands are playing Children's Concerts in Titus Sparrow Park during the Summer Concert Series this July so bring a blanket and snacks and settle in for a fun time with your little one.
WGBH FunFest - Brighton
July 13, 2019
Is there a better summer combination than ice cream and music? At WGBH FunFest, it's all about the family fun, with ice cream, live musical performances, interactive games, face painting, inflatable rides, and visits from beloved PBS characters.
Sandcastles get elevated to sculptures here. Photo courtesy of Joe Siciliano
Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival - Revere
July 26-28, 2019
Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival, the largest sand sculpting festival on the East Coast, welcomes world-renowned artists and over 500,000 spectators. Hop on the Blue Line to the Revere Beach stop for art, sand, music, food trucks, and fireworks. Be sure to take the kids to the interactive Kid’s Zone and Learning Center.
Lowell Folk Festival - Boston
July 26-28, 2019
The Lowell Folk Festival brings together sounds from all across the world, showcasing West African, Irish, Quebecois, Dominican, Portuguese, Greek and many more types of music.
Circus Smirkus performances are made up entirely of ultra-talented youth performers. Photo courtesy of the event
Circus Smirkus - Marshfield, Waltham
July 22-24, 26-28, 2019
Circus Smirkus is Vermont’s award-winning international youth circus that promotes the skills, culture, and traditions of the traveling circus, complete with breathtaking acrobatics and silly clown acts. There are shows in Marshfield and Waltham at the end of July.
Artbeat 2019 - Somerville
July 13, 2019
Everyone's favorite summer arts fest returns this July with artisan vendors, food, and two stages with live performances.