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Book Travel with America The Beautiful Top Massachusetts Events for 2014!

When it comes to special events, fairs and festivals, Massachusetts  has something for everyone. Whether it's honoring food, history, heritage, or one of the four seasons, Massachusetts'  celebrations are known for their authentic charm. The following is just a sample of the events taking place year round.

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Boston Marathon

April 21, 2014  -  Boston, Massachusetts

The 118th running of the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's most prestigious road racing events. The 26 mile, 385 yard Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity and method of gaining entry into the race.  For more information visit:

Boston Harborfest

July 1-6, 2014  -  Boston, Massachusetts

Harborfest is a favorite yearly destination for 4th of July festivities. It is a six-day Fourth of July Festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution: the historic City of Boston. Now in its 28th year, Harborfest is considered to be the largest patriotic celebration in the nation with visitors enjoying more than 200 activities during the Festival. Over 200 daily events are concentrated in Boston's historic downtown and waterfront districts, with sponsored Main Events on Boston's City Hall Plaza.  For more information visit:

Boston Pops 40th Anniversary Fireworks Spectacular

July 3 & 4, 2014 -  Boston, Massachusetts

This is America’s premier Independence Day Celebration where over 500,000 event-goers come together each year.  Nationally known this Boston Pops concert and fireworks display takes places at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, which is an outdoor concert venue next to the Charles River in downtown Boston. The famous concert and fireworks display at the Hatch Shell is one of Boston’s most famous and popular events. The live performance by the Boston Pops Orchestra and appearances by various special guests is televised nationwide.  For more information visit:

Barnstable County Fair

July 21-27, 2014  - East Falmouth, Massachusetts

The Barnstable County Fair has been an annual summer tradition on Cape Cod for 168 years. The Fair is a place where families can spend the day together and share experiences they can only experience at the Barnstable County Fair. There are animal shows, 4-H demonstrations, petting zoos, horticulture displays, rides, games, live music, arts & crafts, food and commercial vendors with various arts and crafts for sale.  The Fair features the best in wholesome family fun and entertainment. More than 85,000 people attend with an anticipated 90,000 this year. The Barnstable County Fair is a great place to get up close and personal with the farm animals, enjoy a world of fun foods and the thrill of Rockwell Amusements Midway rides.  For more information visit:

Lowell Folk Fest

July 25 - 27, 2014  -  Lowell, Massachusetts

The Lowell Folk Festival strives to present the very finest traditional artists from across the country. Festival stages reverberate with the sounds of traditional music more often heard in homes, social clubs, dance halls, and annual celebrations. The largest free folk festival in the USA, with continuous music on six outdoor stages, takes place in July in downtown Lowell. A family friendly event, the Lowell Folk Festival has presented an international array of folk music, ethnic foods, craftspeople and artisans, as well as kid’s activities to enthusiastic New England audiences every summer for over 20 years.  For more information visit

Marshfield Fair

August 15 - 24, 2014  -  Marshfield, Massachusetts

More than 138 years old, and drawing more than 180,000 visitors, the Marshfield Fair offers an exciting mix of entertainment for the whole family, from agricultural and horticultural displays, exhibits and demonstrations, to the family midway and music events.  Highlights of the fair include the demolition derby and tractor pulls.  For more information visit:

Tanglewood Jazz Fest

August 2014  -  Lenox, Massachusetts

The Tanglewood Jazz Festival is held on Labor Day weekend at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  Artists who have appeared in the past include Miles Davis, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole, Ahmad Jamal, Donal Fox, Nancy Wilson, Roy Haynes, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Charles, Hiromi, and many more. For more information visit:

Topsfield Fair

October 3 - 13, 2014  - Topsfield, Massachusetts

The colorful and often exciting history of Topsfield Fair began in 1818 when the Essex Agricultural Society, the non-profit organization that owns the Topsfield Fair, was officially granted a charter on June 12th of that year.  America’s oldest agriculture fair, the Topsfield Fair began 186 years ago when a group of local farmers met to further the interests of the agricultural community of Essex County. Today the fair offers everything from livestock to Midway, opening parade and sand sculpture. Highlights of the fair include the opening parade, Giant Pumpkin Contest, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, the Bee Building and the Rabbit Barn.  For more information visit:

Head of the Charles Regatta

October 18-19, 2014  -  Boston, Massachusetts

The world's largest two-day rowing event, Head Of The Charles Regatta was first held in 1965. "Head" races, a class of regattas, are generally three-miles-long boat races the winners of which are awarded the honorary title of "Head Of The Charles."  Today, more than 7,500 athletes from around the world compete in 55 different race events. The Regatta now attracts up to 300,000 spectators during the October weekend. For more information visit:

First Night

December 31, 2014  - Boston, Massachusetts

First night Boston is the largest New Year's Eve event in North America. Celebrating the arts and showcasing Boston's cultural and artistic communities through over 250 exhibitions and performances by both local and internationally recognized artists, activities start at 1pm and run to midnight.  Highlights of the festivities include the Boston Pops Symphony Hall concert broadcast live on video screens on City Hall Plaza, and the fireworks display over the harbor.

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For 118th Running of the Boston Marathon!  
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The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon hosted by several cities in Greater Boston in eastern Massachusetts. It is always held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April. The reace began  in 1897, inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events. It is one of six World Marathon Majors.  Since 1897, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has managed this event. Amateur and professional runners from all over the world compete in the Boston Marathon each year, braving the hilly New England terrain and varying weather to take part in the race.  The event attracts 500,000 spectators each year, making it New England's most widely viewed sporting event. Though starting with 18 participants in 1897, the event now attracts an average of about 20,000 registered participants each year, with 26,895 people entering in 2011.[4] The Centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 established a record as the world's largest marathon with 38,708 entrants, 36,748 starters, and 35,868 finishers

State's highest point with panoramic views of five states; 45 miles of trails. Massachusetts' first state park; 2.5 mile strenuous hike to 35 campsites (no car camping). Inspirational location for Herman Melville and Henry David Thoreau