How to Have a Sparkling Nantucket 4th of July

No one does Independence Day quite like our (typically) quiet Atlantic Island. If you’re ready to unleash your inner kid and have the best time ever, you’ll want to attend the annual Nantucket 4th of July. Spend your summer day strolling the all-Americana cobblestone streets and join in the festivities during the island’s one-of-a-kind event. Start planning your holiday today!

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Everything You Need to Know About Celebrating a Nantucket 4th of July

It’s time to start planning your ultimate Nantucket 4th of July today! From all-American amusement to sunny days on the shore, you are guaranteed to have your greatest Independence Day yet!

  • Downtown Independence Day Festival

Nantucket holds the trophy for small-town America with its quaint shops, white picket fence-lined cottages, overflowing flower boxes, and nostalgic cobblestone streets. Combine that with red, white, and blue and a warm ocean breeze and it makes for the perfect spot to celebrate the 4th of July!

The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. on the 4th and ends with a grand firework show over the harbor when the sun goes down. Shop the downtown storefronts and grab a bite to eat at some of our favorite restaurants. There is a little something for everyone to enjoy this July! 

  • Main Street Water Fight

Grab your Super Soaker and head down to Main Street for the ultimate water fight! Kids and adults alike are welcome to join in on this time-honored tradition. Whether you’re on team Nantucket Fire Department or the Boynton Lane Reserves, you are in for a splashing good time! The water fight starts at noon, and remember, water balloons are strictly prohibited in order to protect our waters. 

Local tip: If you don’t want to get wet, stay far away from Main Street from noon to 2 p.m. on the 4th. Check out our Vacation Guide for ideas of things to do on the other side of town!

  • Nantucket 4th of July Fireworks

Nantucket’s 4th of July firework show begins at 9 p.m. after the sun has set over the Atlantic. Bring your blanket or lawn chair out to Jetties Beach and watch the stunning show illuminate the waters below. Once it’s over, pack up and make the short trip back to your cozy stay at the Periwinkle Inn

Watch the Fireworks Pop From Periwinkle Inn

Tashtego room Periwinkle InnA summer visit to the island isn’t complete without a stay at Periwinkle Inn. Save your spot in the Tashtego Room and enjoy a harbor peek, a plush queen-size bed, Egyptian cotton linens, Turkish towels and bathrobes, and a beach bag with everything you’ll need for a day in the sand. 

The island fills up quickly on holiday weekends, so don’t forget to book directly to earn the best price with the friendliest service. Skip third-party sites and book with ease when you book online or call us directly. We can’t wait to celebrate this Independence Day with you in Nantucket!