boston 4th of july events

Dig out your Red, White, and Blue and get ready for 4th of July fireworks in Boston! Independence Day is here and we know you want to live it up. We’ve looked for the most up to date information for each and every event but you always want to double check the details before you go.

Read on for our guide to 4th of July events in Boston:

Boston Harbor Fest – Enjoy six full days of programming from July 1 through 7 with different activities each day! There will be live music, a chowder cook off, Parade of Lights, a Fireworks show, and much more. On Tuesday, July 2, you can get on a boat for a harbor cruise and enjoy a fireworks show, the Harborfest Lighted Boat Parade, great food, and more with this special deal. Find the full schedule of activities here.

Boston By Foot – Celebrate Independence Day with a walking tour of Boston’s history. “Footloose on the Freedom Trail” and “Ben Franklin: Son of Boston” are day time tours. “Dark Side of Boston” begins at 6 pm.

Old State House – Learn about the days leading up to the 4th of July with history and tours at Old State House. Don’t miss the reading of the Declaration of Independence at 10 am.

Trum Field – Somerville is having a pre-party on June 27 with live music and a fireworks spectacular. Check out the event here. You can catch the same show at Prospect Hill Park, with an awesome view.

Christopher Columbus Park – A fun afternoon awaits you at the park! Enjoy fun, games, Uncle Sam on Stilts, a children’s parade, and more. The event is totally free and open to the public on June 29 from 12 noon to 4 pm.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – Held at the Hatch Memorial Shell, this family-friendly party is free and open to the public. The music starts July 3 but the fireworks are only on July 4. Find headliners and more info here.

City Hall Plaza – Boston’s Official Independence Day Commemoration begins with the 4th of July Parade and the Signing of the Declaration of Independence. Find all the details here.

Rose Kennedy Greenway – Enjoy a live-cast version of the Boston Pops without the crowds. It’s like a drive-in without the cars! Check out their calendar here. You can catch the same show at MIT.

Wollaston Beach – If you’d rather spend your 4th on the beach, you can do that while catching a fireworks show! Get there early for best seating and bring your own picnic. The show starts at 10:30 pm.

Castle Island – While they don’t have their own July 4th event, you can spend the afternoon here and commemorate July 4th with history. Stick around after 6 pm so you can catch the Boston Pops Fireworks as well as spectaculars from neighboring towns.

Waltham – There are two ways to celebrate Independence Day in Waltham this year. Enjoy a family-friendly event from 10 am to 2 pm at Prospect Hill Park with fun activities and food and drinks. At Leary Field, you can enjoy live music and a fireworks display. Find all the details here.

Newton – You can spend all day in Newton and leave feeling very patriotic. Kids activities run from 10 am to 12 noon, with a Teddy Bear Parade, free ice cream, and more. There will be an afternoon market, music and dancing, craft vendors, food and drinks, and more. The evening ends with a fantastic fireworks display. Find more information here.


Don’t forget…you can charter a boat from any of the awesome boating companies on the Boston Harbor and enjoy the Boston Pops Fireworks display from the open water!


Do you know of any other Boston-area 4th of July events going on this year? Tell us about them in the comments below: