Summertime is the sweetest during the Fourth of July. Family, friends, patriotism, history, and fun all combine to produce one of the nation’s favorite holidays. Few cities in the U.S. take the Fourth of July as seriously as Boston, and if you’ve never visited the city during the 4th, then this is your year to do so!
Celebrating 4th of July in Boston
To ensure you know where, when, and how to celebrate in Boston, we’ve compiled a brief 4th of July guide.
Boston Fireworks and Pops Concert
The crown jewel of celebrations each year is the Boston Fireworks and Pops Concert. On July 4th, everyone is invited to enjoy the spectacular display of fireworks over the Charles River, as well as listen to Queen Latifah, this year’s concert headliner. Other performances include Arlo Guthrie, Amanda Mena, and the Texas Tenors. To plan out your 4th, visit this site to see the full schedule. Choose which performances you want to see where you want to sit and how far the festivities are from your hotel.
Please note, seating is always crowded, an insider tip is to see the epic display on the 3rd of July when it is slightly less packed.
Over the course of 7 days, from July 1-7th, you can enjoy hundreds of maritime-themed activities during Boston’s Harbor Fest. Observe historical reenactments, boat tours, Freedom Trail Walks, live entertainment, and much more. This is among the most popular of Boston’s 4th of July celebrations, especially since there are activities geared towards every age level. Some of our favorites include:
- Chowderfest – eat as much chowder as you can imagine and vote on which chowder is the King of them all.
- Parade of Lights and Fireworks – an elegant promenade of festively-lit boats and a dazzling fireworks display.
- Haborfest Opening Ceremony – Each year, the Harbor festivities are kicked off with a beautiful ceremony in Faneuil Hall featuring Colonial era reenactments and the cutting of the cake.
Reading of the Declaration of Independence
What would it have been like, to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence way back in 1776? We may never know, but it is possible to enjoy a reenactment of the reading. Each year during the morning of July 4th, you can listen to the Declaration of Independence being read from the balcony of the Old State House, just as it was done to the citizens of Boston hundreds of years ago.
Aside from scheduled events and festivities, the entire city of Boston buzzes with excitement and activity before, during, and even after the 4th of July. Simply strolling throughout the city will be incredibly entertaining, and you’ll be treated to vibrant displays of Patriotism around every corner.
One more helpful tip we can offer is to choose centrally located accommodations. Your experience and trip will be much more streamlined if you can walk, or hop on the T, from wherever you’re staying. We invite you to book one of our few remaining rooms for the 4th of July, and we’re more than happy to continue assisting you in planning out the perfect 4th of July itinerary!