Here are 4 Fun Festivities for the 4th, including a comprehensive guide to fireworks, parades, and music in Boston. Learn how to navigate thousands of people this 4th to get the best seat to watch the fireworks, hear the music and eat to your hearts’ content. Watch as Boston’s patriotic spirit lights up the night sky red, white and blue on Saturday night!
1. Boston Fireworks and Pops Concert
Check out the fireworks over the Charles River, or listen to the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, on both July 3rd and 4th on the Esplanade. The go-to event is free and fun for all ages! Musicians include: the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, Michael Cavanaugh, Melissa Doolittle, Boston-born gospel recording artist Michelle Brooks-Thompson, USO Show Troupe, and Sons of Serendip. The concert begins at 8:00PM both nights, so make sure to get there early to find the best seats towards the back of the Oval (grassy area where the musicians play). Sit towards the right for the best views of the fireworks after the concert. Fireworks begin at 10:30PM, food is cash-only, and fun is not optional. The fireworks are the best in Boston, so even if you can’t make it to the concert, be sure to check out the fireworks from Boston or Cambridge anyway for a show you can’t dare to miss.
— BostonCalendar (@BostonCalendar) July 2, 2015
2. Harborfest 2015
This yearly 4th of July festival from July 1st to 5th features reenactments, historical tours, concerts, parades, museum exhibits, and more with mostly free admission for all ages. A family-friendly environment makes this series of events one of the best places to check out this 4th of July weekend. Sign up for a harbor cruise, take a walking tour, snack on some treats all while watching the flag-raising and parade on the 4th.
3. Parades on the 4th
Other than the parades at Harborfest, Chatham, Barnstable Village, Provincetown and Wellfleet all offer family-friendly and free parades on July 4th! Chatham’s parade goes down Main St. and starts at 9:30AM. Barnstable Village’s parade starts at 9:00AM and ends in a festival with food and games. Provincetown’s parade starts at noon and is the perfect place for some beach fun in Cape Cod. Wellfleet’s starts at 9:30AM and has a classic car parade as well! Each parade is worth checking out if the crowds at Harborfest and Pops Concert are not for you and your little ones.
— Provincetown, MA (@PtownTourism) February 12, 2015
4. Picnic in the Park and more
The Concord Band presents ‘Picnic in the Park’ on July 4th for some free music at Emerson Field on July 4th at 10:00AM. Bring a blanket, basket of goodies, and your family to listen to a great selection of music for a relaxing 4th. After the band plays, and you finish your afternoon picnic in the sun, take a harbor cruise with your family to watch the fireworks over the Charles. Or walk to the Esplanade, get dinner, and dance the night away to the Pops Concert music. Even better; order-in and listen to the concert on CBS Boston’s WBZ News Radio AM 1030 or stream the concert online at www.cbsboston.com. No matter how you celebrate your patriotism on July 4th, Cambridge Realty hopes you have a blast!