Best Places to Celebrate 4th of July in Boston

4th of July Fireworks Over The City of Boston

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum wishes you and your family a safe and eventful 4th of July in Boston. We created this page to help visitors plan a great celebration while on vacation in Boston. We’ll offer you some local tips on the best places to watch the fireworks and celebrate America’s Birthday!

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will be operating with our standard business hours of 10am-4pm during the holiday and tours begin every 30 minutes. We hope you take advantage of the holiday to visit our brand new museum and interactive theater experience.

Here are some local tips on the best places to celebrate:

Boston Harborfest
Celebrate the 4th of July for an entire week with the annual Harborfest from July 2nd through 6th. There will be more than 200 events during the festival, over half of which are free. Bring your family and friends to enjoy this unforgettable event.

USS Constitution Turn Around
Each year on the 4th of July, the USS Constitution makes its journey from the Charlestown Navy Yard to Castle Island accompanied by the USCGC Eagle. Also known as “Old Ironsides,” the annual voyage celebrates the world’s oldest commissioned warship. Additionally, several boating companies offer cruises to follow the USS Constitution through the harbor.

Explore The Freedom Trail
The annual Footloose on the Freedom Trail event is a 3-hour guided walking tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail from Boston Common to the USS Constitution. Learn about the city’s rich history up close and experience this one-of-a-kind patriotic tour for the 4th of July. General admission tickets are $20 per person.

Revelry at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
Celebrate Independence Day on July 2nd, 3rd and 5th at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum! Guests can experience a bustling colonial wharf through hands-on activities, games and interactive performances as part of Boston’s famous Harborfest. Perfect for all ages, food and drinks will also be available in Abigail’s Tea Room. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

4th of July Concert on the Charles River Esplanade
This popular outdoor event is exciting for all ages. The Boston Pops perform a beautiful rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” that includes real cannons and live ringing of church bells. Stick around after the concert for a spectacular fireworks show. There are restricted access points and public transportation is recommended.