3. Nantucket, MA
We love beach towns that offer free activities and July 4th deals for families to celebrate the holiday weekend. In Nantucket you can walk around the quaint town, visit the public beaches, rent bikes or just drive around the island and have casual picnic outside with your kids. Children’s Beach is about as kid-friendly as a beach can get, perfect for families. In town July 4th means a fun festival complete with carnival games, live music, a fire truck water fight and patriotic treats. And don’t forget about the fireworks, which happen on the beach—perfect for a family picnic and viewing party. And with so any bed and breakfasts to choose from, you can even find somewhere to stay that won’t totally break the bank.