Boston Fourth of July Events

Fourth of July Events

Fireworks are a classic Fourth of July event. Photo by Mike Halsall

The summer is the perfect time for all of the best outdoor activities: campfires, soaking in the sun at the beach, and mastering s’mores. What better weekend to pack in all of these fun pastimes than Fourth of July Weekend?

Celebrate our nation’s independence by indulging in the things you daydream about all winter long. In addition to all of those fun activities, there are plenty of things planned in Cambridge and Boston this holiday weekend, so you’ll sure to be find something that suits your liking.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

You can’t have the Fourth of July without fireworks! The show put on by the Boston Pops is one of the best and most patriotic in the nation, dating back to 1929. During the two-day event, there will be concerts and a fireworks show on the Esplanade next to the Charles River.

The shows begin at 8:30 pm on both nights and the fireworks begin at about 10:30 pm on the Fourth. Both nights are free to the public.

While it’s ideal to be at the Hatchshell for the concert, it may not be the best place to stay and watch the fireworks show because of the crowd.

Some of the best spots to lounge and watch the pyrotechnics are on the Cambridge side of the Charles River. There are fewer trees on the Cambridge side and while you won’t be able to see the concert, you can hear it and then have a spectacular view of the fireworks afterwards.

No matter where you are in the city, however, you’ll be able to see the fireworks light up the sky.

As one of the premiere July Fourth shows in the country, many people travel into the city to watch the show. If you are visiting the city this weekend, find some great places to stay here. There are many easy ways to get around the city, and those are outlined here.

Boston Harborfest

Fourth of July Events

Boston Harborfest. Photo courtesy of Official U.S. Navy Page

History buffs rejoice. The Fourth of July is more than just an excuse to break out the grill and mix up some sangria—it is the celebration of the independence of our nation!

The Boston Harborfest is a July Fourth Festival dedicated to the colonial history of the city of Boston and the American Revolution.

Since its inception in 1982, the festival has grown from a three-day festival with about 35 activities to a four-day celebration with over 200 activities to enjoy.

Not only is the festival a fun experience for the whole family, it is also very educational through things like reenactments, tours, and concerts.

The opening ceremony is at noon on July 1st, with events all day, every day, until the 5th.

Fourth of July Events: Bar Crawl

Celebrate the Fourth like a true Bostonian… with a drink in hand. Wander around some of Boston’s best watering holes in celebration of the independence of our country. You can purchase either one- or two-day passes for $10 or $15 respectively, and you’ll be singing the Star Spangled Banner all night long.

With the passes, you get access to some of the best bars in Faneuil Hall and the North End.

The crawl begins at Stadium Sports Bar in Faneuil Hall, and from there you can hit the following locations: The Wild Rover, The Place, Durgin-Park, The Hideout, SideBar and the Greatest Bar. The fun begins at 5 pm on the 3rd and doesn’t stop until closing time at 2am.

Whatever you do, fourth of July events are always fun.

[pw_map address= “148 State Street Boston, MA 02109”]

–   Alicia Lazzaro, Contributing Writer