Things to Do in Boston 4th of July 2016 Weekend

Going to be in Boston for the 4th of July weekend? Check out our picks for fun activities, events, and more to celebrate our nation’s birthday in the beautiful historic city of Boston.

If you’re looking for things to do in Boston 4th of July 2016, check out our list of the best local activities and attractions, including…

  • Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
  • Boston Harborfest
  • Walking tour of The Freedom Trail
  • A Fenway Park Tour
  • and more…

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Please note, the special events taking place at these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included on the Go Boston Card.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – Charles River Esplanade

July 4, 2016

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By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Gearhiser [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Each year the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is the centerpiece of Boston’s 4th of July celebrations.

A free, fabulous live music extravaganza with orchestral performances by the renowned Boston Pops and accompanying vocal performances by local and national stars begins at 8:30 pm Monday, July 4th, on the Charles River Esplanade.

The fireworks themselves will be shot from a number of massive barges that float in the middle of the Charles River. Expect a stunning, half hour-long display of colorful fireworks, set off to finely choreographed music. Keep an eye out for special red, white, and blue fireworks! Bring a camera to capture a few shots of this iconic Boston event.

We recommend any spot along the Charles (it’s a little bit easier to find a seat than at Boston Harbor) or, if you can manage, a spot on Harvard Bridge or the bridge that leads into Paul Revere Park in Charlestown. The annual 4th of July fireworks display draws nearly half a million people to the area.

There’s also a free concert on Sunday, July 3rd at 8:30 pm (although it won’t have any fireworks along with it!)

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Boston Harborfest 2016 – Boston Harbor

July 1 – 4, 2016

The city’s most historic 4th of July festival pays tribute to Boston’s colonial and maritime heritage.

You won’t want to miss out on the 2016 Boston Harborfest. This popular local festival is filled with tons of fun and patriotic, exciting events and things to do like revolutionary re-enactments, free concerts and tours, museum exhibits, cruises, and more.

Most events are being held (you guessed it) on the famous Boston Harbor waterfront. There will also be many participating Boston attractions in the historic downtown area of the city.

Walking Tour of The Freedom Trail


You could also opt to explore the wealth of historical attractions in Boston – after all, the city played an integral role in the American Revolution and our move towards independence.

Take a walking tour of the Freedom Trail to retrace the footsteps of our early patriots and important historical landmarks, including the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, the Old South Meeting House, and the Old State House Museum.

A Fenway Park Tour

July 1 – July 4, 2016

For those of you baseball fans out there, there’s no better time to catch up on America’s greatest pastime than on America’s birthday weekend.

Enjoy a long home stretch of the Boston Red Sox as they play back-to-back series agains the Angels and the Rangers, both of which are sure to be exciting.

Enjoy special ballpark attractions designed to honor the 4th, and take advantage of the hopefully beautiful weather to sit back and relax at one of baseball’s most historic stadiums.

If you’d like to see more of the stadium, then check out a Fenway Park tour!

Summer in the City – Boston Harbor Hotel

June 9 – September 9, 2016

This free festival hosted at the Boston Harbor Hotel lasts all summer long and features a top-notch selection of music and movies the whole family can enjoy. Music ranges from soul to blues to jazz and more, and classic movies are shown each Friday.

This 4th of July weekend, you’ll see An Affair to Remember on Friday before. Enjoy live waterfront entertainment and al fresco dining at one of the most beautiful hotels in the entire city.

Outdoor Activities

Ride a bike along the river!

Ride a bike along the river!

There are also plenty of festive Boston attractions and things to do during July 4th weekend celebrations. Since July in Boston will be quite warm, you’ll enjoy spending much of your day outdoors.

Check out a Boston bike rental and cruise along the Charles River bike path to watch the firemen and celebration officials set up the fireworks.

You’ve probably seen the famous duck boats on television or in a movie but never had the chance to see them in person. You can remedy that problem and have a quacking good time by going on a Boston Duck Tour.

The tour will take you by some of the top sites in the city including Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, Bunker Hill, Battery Wharf and of course, the Charles River.

Or, enjoy a bit of the water yourself with a USS Constitution Cruise through the Boston Harbor.

Remember to Save on Attraction Admission

Boston is New England’s prime destination for Independence Day festivities. So come celebrate the 4th of July and be part of the holiday magic in the place where it all began!

Remember, many of these great attraction options are included on the Go Boston Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Please note, the 4th of July events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go Boston Card.

Consider adding a few of these fun options to your summer vacation itinerary.

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