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The American Revolution began in New England, and July 4th is celebrated with fervor and spectacle everywhere—especially on New England's beaches.



America's War of Independence began at Lexington and Concord in 1775, so New Englanders know something about patriotism.

Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is celebrated on the day itself (not the nearest weekend), with parades, fireworks displays, speeches, picnics (especially at the beach), and cookouts everywhere.

The weather is usually hot, the beer cold, and the food plentiful. Lobster is plentiful, at the lowest prices of the year.

Almost every city and town organizes a patriotic parade, various civic groups sponsor picnics and fairs, and everyone celebrates independence and summertime.

Boston puts on a particularly spectacular display, with an elaborate fireworks show over the Charles River coordinated with a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade.

The traditional finale is the playing of Tchaikowsky's pyrotechnical 1812 Overture, complete with the firing of real brass cannons, all computer-coordinated with the fireworks display.

Wherever you are in New England on the Fourth of July, it's easy to get into the spirit and enjoy the national holiday.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Color Guard, Concord MA

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