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Things to Do in Boston this 4th of July

Posted On: 06/30/2015

There may be no better place to celebrate Independence Day than Boston, MA. While best known for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, Boston Harborfest is much more. Harborfest is a five day event, July 1-July 5, that celebrates the Fourth of July and the American Revolution.

Located downtown and in the waterfront districts, Boston Harborfest has over 200 daily events including concerts, Chowderfest, period reenactments, historical tours and more. Feel free to break out your powdered wigs and tricorne hats!

Firework Shows in Boston

The main event, of course, is the 42nd annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. The Boston Pops Orchestra has performances on July 3rd and 4th; however, the fireworks show is only on the 4th. Concert begins at 8:30 pm and the fireworks kick off at 10:30 pm. Although, you better come early if you want a good view.

Popular spots to watch the fireworks include the Oval (the concert site), The Island Lagoon, along the Charles River, Bu Bridge and Memorial Drive. If you don’t own a boat, a fireworks cruise has also become an extremely popular way to watch the festivities.

The USS Constitution will not be making its annual turn-around cruise in the harbor this year. However, there are several 4th of July cruises and charter cruises available: Charles Riverboat Company, Spirit of Boston, Massachusetts Bay Lines and Odyssey Cruises among others. Check for availability.

Other firework shows include: Ayer Fourth of July Parade and Celebration (Pirone Park - 9:30 pm), Falmouth Fireworks (Beach at dusk), Newton July 4th Celebration (Albemarle Field at 9 pm), Marblehead Fireworks & Harbor Illumination (Harbor - 9:05 pm), Salem Independence Day Celebration (Derby Warf - 9:15 pm) and Star Spangled Springfield (Riverfront - 9:30 pm).

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