Logo   July in New England
Independence Day (July 4th) is the big national holiday, after which the summer tourist season is in full swing. Days are warm to hot, and perhaps humid. Nights are warm.



In July, the weather is warm to hot in most of New England, and it may be humid.

Lots of sunny days alternate with some days of rain. It can be foggy along the Maine coast sometimes, however. Lobsters are in season and July is an excellent month for a traditional New England clambake.

Tourists High Season

Early July sees the tourist season in full swing. The seven weeks from July 4th through Labor Day are the busiest time of the year. The beach resorts and islands are often filled to capacity. Reservations for lodgings, flights, ferryboats, etc. are essential.

The Fourth of July

The Independence Day holiday (July 4th), always celebrted on the day itself, is very busy. If it falls on a Friday or a Monday, travel is even busier, as New Englanders have a long weekend for a vacation. More...

Local Events

Boston, Massachusetts

Harborfest, a week of concerts, exhibits and special events culminates in the famous Boston Pops Fourth of July concert at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade in Boston: after Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (with real cannons), a mammoth fireworks display is ignited over the Charles River.

The Berkshires

Tanglewood Music Festival, the summer season of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, brings symphony and chamber concerts and solo recitals to the Berkshire hills near Lenox MA in July and August.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Lee MA, July and August, the region's premier summer dance festival.


Historic Homes Tour, Litchfield CT, one day in mid-July is your only opportunity to tour this beautiful town's historic houses. More...

Rhode Island

Newport Music Festival Chamber music concerts are held in the great mansions in Newport RI.


Bar Harbor Music Festival, Bar Harbor ME, features both classical and popular concerts. More...

Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days, Boothbay Harbor ME, second week, with boat races and cruises. More...


Marlboro Music Festival, Marlboro VT, among New England's oldest and most renowned musical events, continues through August.

—by Tom Brosnahan



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