Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate the Fourth of July? Boston is New England’s prime destination for Independence Day festivities. This only makes sense—Boston is, after all, the cradle of the American Revolution! Because the Fourth conveniently falls on a Friday this year, many are looking forward to a long summer weekend. What a perfect opportunity to spend some time in Beantown while partaking in some of the many Independence Day activities Boston boasts. Make sure to use a Go Boston Card attractions pass to save money on the most historic Boston attractions.
Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade
Boston’s most well-known 4th of July celebration, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, gets better every year. The world famous Boston Pops Orchestra performs at the Hatch Shell on July 3rd and July 4th, treating crowds to the now traditional Independence Day rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, a number of patriotic tunes, and pop music hits from the past few years. The fireworks score will include talented covers of songs like “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel (from the hit movie Frozen) and Katy Perry’s “Roar.” Both the Cambridge and Boston sides of the Charles River offer fantastic views of the 10,000 fireworks which will be set off after the concert. This also means that crowds stake their claim early on either side. If you plan to get a spot in the Oval (the grassy area in front of the DCR Hatch Shell), you’ll need to arrive as early as 9 AM and pass through a security checkpoint, beyond which certain items are not allowed. For more information, visit July4th.org.
Harborfest – Celebrate All Weekend Long!
For Fourth of July fun that goes on and on, stop by Harborfest July 2nd–6th for five full days of patriotic activities and fun events. The city’s most historic Fourth of July festival pays tribute to Boston’s colonial and maritime heritage. Re-enactments, historical tours, concerts constitute just a few of the 200+ activities that take place. While many of the activities are free, some—such as fireworks cruises on the harbor—may cost you a pretty penny.
A Science-centric Fourth of July Jamboree
The Boston Museum of Science knows how to party, and this year you can combine scientific exploration with historic commemoration (plus a whole lot of fun) in an event unlike any other. The Museum invites you to enjoy an evening of science activities, family entertainment, the Boston Pops live broadcast on the Esplanade, and the best view of the fireworks from atop the Museum of Science garage roof. Use your Boston attractions pass to explore the Museum by day for free, then purchase an affordable ticket to the evening event for a Fourth of July to remember.
Top Boston Patriotic Attractions
As the hub of colonial and Revolutionary Era history, Boston features dozens of top attractions that are both educational and fun for families. With a Go Boston Card attractions pass, you’ll be able to walk the Freedom Trail Tour, step inside national landmarks like the Paul Revere House and the Old State House Museum, or simply celebrate one of our founding fathers with the Sam Adams Brewery Tour.