Things to do in Boston for the Fourth of July

What better place to spend Independence Day than America’s birthplace? With so much going on on the Fourth, choosing what to do can be overwhelming. IM Boston is here to help. By water or through music, whether you’re a history buff or a sports fanatic, this article will help you find the perfect Fourth of July plans for you.


This weekend, spending time with family and friends is priority, but what if you got to spend that time dancing and singing along to the tunes of Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato? This duo is hitting the Hatch Shell stage near the Esplanade and will perform alongside the Boston Pops Esplanade orchestra at 9 p.m. on the 4th. The seating for this event is free and on a first come first served basis. The area opens to the public at 9 a.m.

By the Water

The Fourth of July isn’t complete without a traditional fireworks display. Though the famous Boston fireworks can be seen from various locations throughout the city, no view can compete with the view from the water. Don’t let the fact that you don’t own a boat stop you. Many cruise lines and boating companies offer alternatives to allow you to enjoy the fireworks from the waves of the river.

Here’s a list of companies to contact:

  • Boston Harbor Cruises 877-SEE-WHALE
  • Massachusetts Bay Line 617-542-8000
  • Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships 617-742-0333
  • Classic Harbor Line 617-951-2460
  • Entertainment Cruises 866-933-9928
  • Charles River Boat Company 617-621-3001
  • Princess Yacht Charters 617-951-2460
  • Full Moon Yacht Charters 866-65-YACHT
  • Constitution Yacht Charters 617-242-9640
  • Bay State Cruises 617-748-1428

The firework display lasts for 23 minutes and the best place to view them is on the Cambridge side of the river. To enhance your experience, bring a radio so you can listen to the Pops concert prior to the fireworks display.


With all of the barbecues and fireworks, it’s some times easy to forget that historical events are the reason for the day. For all you history buffs, or just those who want to take advantage of the Boston historical experience, the city has plenty planned.

A flag raising ceremony will also take place at City Hall Plaza at 9 a.m. Following the ceremony, there will be a parade to the Granary Burial Ground where wreaths will be laid on patriots’ graves. The parade then continues to the Old State House. Next, and most notably, the Declaration of Independence will be read at 10 a.m. from the balcony of the Old State House. This is the same manner it was read to the citizens of Boston on July 18, 1776.


What’s more American than baseball? Head over to Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox take on the Texas Rangers at 1:34 p.m. on the 4th. Pack up the family or a group of friends and spend the day enjoying some hot dogs, and use this as just another reason to wear red, white and blue.


What are your plans for the 4th? Let us know in the comments!



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