Things to Do for the Fourth of July in Boston

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Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and of course – fireworks! While last year most firework shows and celebrations had to be called off due to the pandemic, this year, some celebrations are able to return. Read on to see what’s happening around Boston this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.

Picnic in the Park

A laid-back day picnicking with family and friends is one of the best ways to spend the Fourth of July, and if you’re looking for a public park to host a gathering the whole family will enjoy, head to Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. This 4.5-acre park occupies a lovely spot along the waterfront with fantastic views of the harbor, a playground, and a rose garden.  If you have young kids, make sure to check out their Independence Day Celebration on June 26th, from 12 to 2 pm, which will include a magician and a storyteller!

Boston Harborfest

Great news! One of the country’s largest Fourth of July festivals is coming back this summer. Organizers of Boston Harborfest are working closely with city and health officials to determine how best to keep the festival safe, so more information and a schedule will be forthcoming soon. In the meantime, we know that this 40-year-old tradition will include historical reenactments, live entertainment, and food to celebrate Boston’s important maritime and revolutionary history. Some highlights include:

·   “Float Your Boat” boat parade – decorate your boat in the spirit of the holiday and join the parade in the Inner Harbor.

·   Live music – the programming will be free and include local groups.

·   Independence Day Commemoration – a solemn wreath-laying on the graves of patriots.

·   Walk the Historic Freedom Trail – stops will have special events and programs and tours will be led by historically costumed guides.

Revere Beach

Cooling off at the beach is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and Boston conveniently has a local beach where you can easily do that! This 3-mile crescent of sand was established as America’s first public beach in 1896. Revere Beach is easily accessed off the Blue Line, which makes it very popular and often crowded, but with the crowds come amenities like bathrooms, concessions, lifeguards, and accessibility. Make sure you stop by Kelly’s Roast Beef for lunch, they have amazing lobster rolls and fish & chips!

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

The Boston Pops Orchestra hosts an annual concert spectacular every Fourth of July. This famous free concert takes place in the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade, so bring a picnic blanket! The night is capped off by a gorgeous firework display over the Charles River. It’s still under consideration whether or not the event will be allowed to happen this year due to the pandemic. But you’ll want to bookmark this event and check back in late Spring for the decision.

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