Things to Do in Boston on 4th of July Weekend

Going to be in Boston for the 4th of July weekend? Check out our handy guide for things to do, events and more to celebrate our nation’s birthday in the beautiful historic city of Boston. From fireworks and whale watching cruises to walking tours and bike rides, you’ll be out and about and all around.

If fireworks aren’t enough for you, there are plenty of other Boston attractions to help make this an Independence Day you won’t soon forget.

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Boston Harborfest 2015 – Boston Harbor

July 1 – 5, 2015

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

If you’re in town and able to start your weekend a little early, you won’t want to miss out on the 2015 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.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – Charles River Esplanade

July 4, 2015

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It truly is an extravaganza.

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 Saturday, 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 Fourth of July fireworks display draws nearly half a million people to the area.

There’s also a free concert on Friday, July 3rd (although it won’t have any fireworks along with it!)

Summer in the City – Boston Harbor Hotel

June – September, 2015

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 Bruce Marshall’s blues concert and Rocky as the classic family film. 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.

If you’re with an adult crowd, a Sam Adams Brewery Tour can be a fun (and slightly boozey) way to spend the day leading up to the Spectacular.

Historical Attractions

Visit the Boston 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.

You’ll definitely get some of the spirit of Independence Day with a trip to Boston Tall Ships. Step aboard the 125-foot Liberty Clipper and you’ll immediately be whisked back to the mid-1800s, when coastal schooners were more widely-used in America than anywhere else.

Boston Tall Ships is a great way experience one of America’s most historically important bodies of water – Boston Harbor. (There was a pretty significant Tea Party there once…)

Have a Great 4th of July Weekend!

So come to Boston to celebrate the 4th of July and be part of the holiday magic in the place where it all began!

Boston is New England’s prime destination for Independence Day festivities and things to do. This only makes sense—Boston is, after all, the cradle of the American Revolution!

Because the Fourth conveniently falls on a Saturday this year, many are looking forward to a long summer weekend.

Remember, you can save up to 55% with an all-inclusive Go Boston® Card, so pick up one today!

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