So many ways to celebrate Fourth, or to just have some family fun!

Thursday, July 4 

Boston Harborfest. Various times and locations, Boston. Through July 7. Enjoy hundreds of activities at Boston’s best landmarks during one of the country’s largest Fourth of July festivals. See historical reenactments, take part in Freedom Trail walks, Boat Tours, and delight in live entertainment, fireworks and more. Indulge at Chowderfest or watch a promenade of festively-lit boats light up the Inner Harbor and seaport. It all kicks off with an opening ceremony at Boston’s Faneuil Hall. Admission to most events is free. bostonharborfest.com.

Cars of Summer. Green Hill Park, 50 Skyline Dr., Worcester. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Saturday. Three days of family fun at one of the biggest car shows in Central Mass. Check out hundreds of classic and custom vehicles, enjoy live entertainment, costume characters, food trucks, an on-site petting zoo and kids' zone. Adults $10, kids under 12 are free. facebook.com. 

Independence: 4th of July. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Take part in a citizens’ parade, play 19th-century style ‘baseball’, march with the militia, watch cannon and musket demonstrations, make a tri-cornered hat, and sign onto a giant Declaration of Independence. Free with admission. Adults $28, youths $14, ages under 4 free. osv.org.

Fourth of July: Kids Morning. Newton Centre Playground, 81 Tyler Terrace, Newton. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Enjoy a grand pet parade, decorated doll carriage promenade, teddy bear parade, foot races, and ice cream courtesy of Cabot’s Ice Cream. Recommended for ages 3 to 12. Free. newtoncommunitypride.org.

On the Harbor: July 4th Underway Cruise Spectacular. USS Constitution Museum, Boston Harbor, Boston. 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Enjoy first-class views of this historic event, as you cruise alongside the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, hear thrilling tales, and enjoy great food, sights, and breezes. Members $89, nonmembers $99. ussconstitutionmuseum.org.

Open Air Market & Amusement Rides. Albemarle Field, 250 Albemarle Rd., Newton. 1-9 p.m. Enjoy a craft fair, food trucks, children’s activities, and fun festive activities. Free. newtoncommunitypride.org.

Millbury Lions Club 4th of July Carnival. Windle Field, Canal St., Millbury. 6-11 p.m. Rides, games, food and family fun at this annual summer celebration. Fireworks at dusk. Admission is free. millburylions.org.

Summer Concert Series. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. 7:15-9 p.m. Gather on the lawn for our annual Summer Concert Series, featuring food vendors, The Concord Band, fun, and together time. Member carloads $15, walk-ins $5; nonmember carloads $20, walk-ins $10. fruitlands.org.

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Friday, July 5 

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Come to the Discovery Woods to experiment and explore through a nature-based activity based on the season and weather. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

The Snowy Day ‘Pop-Up’ Storytime. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 10-11 a.m. A story-time filled with fun songs, FREEZE POPS, and lots of friends. Geared for ages 7 and under. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.

Cold as Ice: Exploring a 300lb Block of Ice. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Get ready for a cold day in July as we experiment with different types of salt as you explore the unique characteristics of the solid state of water. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Made in the Shade Storytime. Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 10:30-11 a.m. Join us in Bobbie’s Meadow for an interactive story-time under the apples trees with blankets provided. Free with admission. Adults $9, youths $6, ages under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

SummerFest. Rapscallion Brewery, 195 Arnold Rd., Fiskdale. 12-10 p.m.  The brewery celebrates the release of its summer beer at this family- and- dog-friendly festival with live music, food trucks and disc golf. Free. facebook.com. 

Summer Friday Nights Free. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Explore the Discovery Woods and museum, enjoy treats from the VeeBop’s Ice Cream truck, and collect food donations for Open Table of Concord and Maynard, and the Acton Food Pantry. Free. discoveryacton.org.

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Saturday, July 6 

Your Everyday Companion: Journal-Making for Families. Concord Museum, 54 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bring your family to learn about Henry David Thoreau and create your own handmade journal to use as you explore nature. Free with admission. Adults $5, youths $3, ages under 5 free. concordmuseum.org.

Jack’s Adventure in Space. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Columbia Point, Boston. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Bright Star Touring Theatre brings an out-of-this-world adventure through the solar system exploring the origins of planet names and fun facts about each planet’s special path around the sun. Register ahead. Free. jfklibrary.org.

WAM Family Tour. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Explore the museum galleries with your family on a docent-guided discovery store, featuring fun facts, stories, and time together. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $16, youths $6, ages under 4 free. worcesterart.org.

East Brookfield Independence Day Celebration. Connie Mack Field, 122 Connie Mack Dr., East Brookfield. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. A car show, crafters, carnival, and petting zoo are some of what you'll find at this day-long celebration, that ends with a fireworks show at dusk. Free. facebook.com. 

New Bedford Folk Festival. Purchase Street, New Bedford. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Enjoy seven sound stages, a dedicated family area, 90-plus juried arts and crafts vendors, fantastic food, and the best established and emerging performers from across New England. $30, children under 12 free. newbedfordfolkfestival.com.

SummerFest. Rapscallion Brewery, 195 Arnold Rd., Fiskdale. 12-10 p.m.  The brewery celebrates the release of its summer beer at this family- and- dog-friendly festival with live music, food trucks and disc golf. Free. facebook.com. 

Space Jam. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2 p.m. Basketball superstar Michael Jordan teams up with the Looney Tunes in this family-favorite animated-live action feature film. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

Blue Man Group 6th Annual Drum-Off. Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston. 5 p.m. Boston’s Blue Man Group comes to the Lawn on D as drummers from across New England showcase their talent, trying their hand at being crowned the best during this family-friendly event and winning the unique opportunity to play with the Blue Men and their band. Free. blueman.com/bostondrumoff.

Family Film Festival: Lego Movie 2. Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 6 p.m. Enjoy entertainment, children’s activities, giveaways, and this animated adventure following Emmett and friends on a new Lego adventure. Free. prudentialcenter.com.

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Sunday, July 7 

Friday Sundays at WAM. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy courtyard games and take part in Art Cart activities in the galleries. Free. worcesterart.org.

First Sunday Free. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy free admission all day to explore the galleries, and make your own cards or prints inspired by ‘Jacques Menagerie’. Free. museumofrussianicons.org.

New Bedford Folk Festival. Purchase Street, New Bedford. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Enjoy seven sound stages, a dedicated family area, 90-plus juried arts and crafts vendors, fantastic food, and the best established and emerging performers from across New England. $30, children under 12 free. newbedfordfolkfestival.com.

Helping Wildlife for Families: Hummingbirds. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 1-3 p.m. A hands-on introduction to ruby-throated hummingbirds, the only hummingbird species found in Massachusetts. For ages 8 and up. Register ahead. Member adults $9, children $6; nonmember adults $13, children $8. massaudubon.org.