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Northeast Massachusetts Fireworks Guide


Our Northeast Massachusetts fireworks guide is new today, June 12, 2018. Our guide covers displays in these Northeast counties: Essex, Middlesex, and Suffolk. We will keep updating the listings all the way through the holiday weekend.

We list every event, big or small that we find. This feature is just part of our comprehensive coverage of the holiday. We also feature concerts, patriotic parades, arts festivals, boat parades, small town decorating contests, barbecues, carnivals, picnics and more on our 4th of July in Massachusetts page.

Northeast Massachusetts Fireworks

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We’ve been working on this list for the past several weeks and we think that we’ve got Northeast Massachusetts Fireworks pretty much nailed down for this year. You might not agree. You might know of some small town fireworks display that we missed. Please write us with your corrections complaints and additions to our listings. We want to hear from you!

We list the rain date for most of the events, the location whether it be at the local school or the town park and we provide a link to the town site or recreation department site so that you can always get more information.

One note of caution, we verify our information and we double-check everything. We do make mistakes and sometimes the event date, time or location changes at the last-minute. We implore you to verify the details of the event, either on the town’s website or their Facebook page before you make a long trip or make big plans. We want to help you and your family have a great holiday!

Regional Fireworks Guides:

Massachusetts: Best Fireworks

Our choices for the best displays in the state

Southeast Massachusetts Fireworks

Norfolk, Plymouth, Bristol, Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket County Fireworks

Central Massachusetts Fireworks

Worcester County Fireworks

Western Massachusetts Fireworks

Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden & Berkshire County Fireworks

Other Fireworks Features:

Massachusetts Fireworks Map, Fireworks Calendar & Fireworks Search

If you can’t find the show you’re looking for here, it probably doesn’t exist!

Cape Cod & The Islands Fireworks Guide

Mashpee, Nantucket, Hyannis and more

MA Fireworks: The Big List

Every town in Massachusetts that has a fireworks display, listed in alphabetical order

How to Photograph Fireworks

Our list of tips on how you can improve your shots of fireworks.

Fireworks Cancellations & News

Our latest updates page for last minute news on cancellations and rain dates


Central Massachusetts Featured Northeast Massachusetts Southeast Massachusetts Western Massachusetts

Find Massachusetts Fireworks Near Me

Find Massachusetts Fireworks on our map, calendar or search box. (Updated July 2, 2017) Map out events near you, see events day by day on the calendar and search for others here. In addition to this, you can check out our geographically oriented features that list all of the events coming up in the next few weeks and throughout the year.

Go2.Guide is committed to publishing in as many different formats as possible, whether it be a list, a calendar, a map, or even a search form. The information has to be easy to find and use because this is our unique service to you.

Find Massachusetts Fireworks on our Map

Our Map features spectacular shows coming up this summer and fall. Most are for the fourth, but some are community celebrations or beach fireworks.

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Find Massachusetts Fireworks on our Calendar

Our Calendar is where you can visualize what’s coming up on each day of the month so that you can plan for your summer trips and great adventures.

Here are some notes about the calendar that we hope you’ll find helpful. We show any day with one event or multiple events in orange so that you can click on the date and look over a list of relevant events for that particular day. On some days, you’ll notice that we’re only showing three events. On those days, you can choose to click on more to get an inclusive list of all of the events for that day. Our calendars should help you find Massachusetts fireworks shows on just about any weekend this summer.

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Find Massachusetts Fireworks with our Search

Our Search helps you find information on events in a different manner. You can also search by keyword, location, activity or interest. Moreover, you can also use the advanced search function to search by keywords and location and dates to get even more relevant results.


Our Other Fireworks Features

Our fireworks features can help you find Massachusetts fireworks displays near you or across the state. These shows are listed by region on each individual page and in order on that list by date.

Best Massachusetts Fireworks
The top shows in the state, our favorites from every region
Northeast Massachusetts Fireworks
Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk County Fireworks
Southeast Massachusetts Fireworks
Norfolk, Plymouth, Bristol, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket County Fireworks
Central Massachusetts Fireworks
Worcester County Fireworks
Western Massachusetts Fireworks
Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden and Berkshire County Fireworks

Find Massachusetts Fireworks by Location

This is a list of event locations that may have fireworks shows coming up in the next month.

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Find Massachusetts Fireworks Notes

Most importantly, our fireworks guides are written to help you find the best information in the least amount of time. To make these features work, we have to do a ton of research, organize them logically into geographical and interest-based categories, and most importantly, publish them in a timely matter. Sometimes, unfortunately, we don’t get the information until the very last minute. We’ve known good sized towns to wait until the day before the actual event to publish the information on the location, time, and pertinent details of the fireworks show.

Finally, if all of this isn’t working for you, and you don’t find the Massachusetts fireworks display that you’re looking for, don’t panic. You can always just drop us a line. Tell us what the problem is and how we can make things easier and better for you. We’re here to help and best of all; we don’t bite.

Featured Photography

How to Photograph Fireworks

Learning how to photograph fireworks is one of the most frustrating things that we’ve ever tried to learn. We’ve taught ourselves and most of what we now know, we learned by trial and error, or more accurately, experiment, refine and repeat. To get the perfect shot of fireworks requires the patience of a saint and the planning of an engineer. We started photographing fireworks a few years back and we’ve made some pretty dreadful mistakes. We’ve also had some great productive sessions. We’ve put together a few tips to get you started on taking better shots of fireworks and included a short tribute to a great fireworks photographer.

How to Photograph Fireworks: Tips from two dedicated amateurs

  1. Do your research online to see if you can find any published photos of the fireworks event that you are attending. Check out the shots and choose the ones that you like best. Once you have the shot or shots that you like, go to Google Maps and try to determine the location. You can use street view and satellite view to pinpoint the area. Very often you can look at the lay of the land and the geographical characteristics and make an educated guess at the exact location. You can even get some free information on the EXIF information. For example, you can find photos on Flickr of the fireworks taken in previous years that will give you the exposure, the ISO and other settings used in really outstanding photos. In this way, you won’t be totally shooting in the dark (haha, I know). That is how we created some of our best shots ever.
  2. Arrive extremely early to choose your spot or to find the location that you picked out on Google Maps. When you get there early, you can ask the show organizers to help you locate the fireworks staging area. You’ll need to know this exact location so that you can point the camera right at it. Then you will need to estimate how far back to set up and what else to include in the frame of your photographs. This entire process can get complicated and drawn out. It also might require a lot of walking to pick out just the right spot. One good idea is to do this the day before the fireworks show. That way you can take some test shots to see what you like best.
  3. Don’t even try to take a photograph of fireworks without a really steady tripod and a remote shutter release cable. This tip alone will make your photographs 1000 % better.
  4. Claim your spot early and spread out. You are going to choose a premium spot to take your shots. You are going to lay claims to this spot hours before the crowds arrive. By the time the first shot goes off, entire families will move in and let their children bump into your tripod. Other photographers or television crews will come and set up in front of you. I know all of this from experience. It has happened to me.
  5. Bring more than one camera if you can so that you can use one for great landscape shots and another one for great detail shots.

How to Photograph Fireworks: Gallery click to see larger version

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Here’s a list of the photographs shown in the gallery above:

  • Brilliant fireworks display featuring a multicolored Chrysanthemum burst of green, purple, red and hints of blue streamers or trails of sparks.
  • Purple Pyro Photo: Purple Chrysanthemum
  • Boston Massachusetts Fireworks July 4th © e2dan/Shutterstock
  • multicolored Ring Fireworks, in green, red, blue and white
  • multicolored Peony burst of gold, white and purple streamers with white or silver star bursts
  • Fireworks at the park with friends by Adam Baker, see below
  • Red & White or Silver Chrysanthemum
  • Brilliant fuchsia or purple fireworks display featuring a white and fuchsia Chrysanthemum burst of streamers
  • multicolored Chrysanthemum burst of yellow, purple, red, green and blue streamers or trails of sparks
  • Big White Chrysanthemum (with red streak and willow streamers?)
  • Patriotic Pyrotechnics Photo: fireworks display featuring a red, white and blue Chrysanthemum
  • Deep Purple & Gold Chrysanthemum Fireworks Shell

How to Photograph Fireworks: Learning from Masters

When I was learning how to photograph fireworks I found the work of Bob Jagendorf. He’s one of my favorite photographers of all-time. His images of the Macy’s Fireworks blew me away when I first saw them. I never studied with him or met him, but he taught me a lot by simply being open and generous. His photos on Flickr list with all of the EXIF metadata there for everyone to study. Especially relevant for our purposes here are the ISO, exposure, and aperture settings. I suggest that you write down the settings of the photographs that you like the most and try them out for yourself. That is exactly what I did to get the results below.

This is the photograph that we found on Flickr:

and this is the photograph that we took as our tribute to Bob:

Shown below is another one of Bob’s fireworks photos. Bob passed away in October of 2013. We deeply regret that he has left us. His work will endure forever because it was and is, brilliant and unique.

Photographing Fireworks: Learn More

See our Other Fireworks Guides:

Northeast Massachusetts Fireworks
Essex, Middlesex & Suffolk County Fireworks
Southeast Massachusetts Fireworks
Norfolk, Plymouth, Bristol, Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket County Fireworks
Central Massachusetts Fireworks
Worcester County Fireworks
Western Massachusetts Fireworks
Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden & Berkshire County Fireworks

How to Photograph Fireworks: Learn by Experimenting at these Massachusetts Fireworks Shows

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