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 7th. On Saturday, July 6th from noon – 3 PM, Party on the Plaza featuring captivating musical performances from The Baha Brothers and Primal Funk will be held. There will be more than 200 other events during the festival, over half of which are free. The 32nd Annual Chowderfest to select “Boston’s Best Chowder” will conclude the festivities on Sunday, July 7th.

USS Constitution Turn Around

On the 4th of July from 11:30am-1:00pm “Old Ironsides” will make it’s annual journey from the Charlestown Navy Yard to Castle Island accompanied by the USCGC Eagle. There is a 21 cannon salute to America and a Blue Angel Fly Over. Additionally, several boating companies offer cruises to follow the USS Constitution through the harbor.

Explore The Freedom Trail

Starting at 9 AM on July 4th, you can receive a special tour of the Freedom Trail with a colonial guide. This is an educational and entertaining walking tour to view many historic sites of the American Revolution. The entire trail spans from the Boston Common and Massachusetts State House to the U.S.S. Constitution. If you’re a 5K fan, the Freedom Trail Run starts at 8:30 AM on the same day.

Old South Meeting House & Boston Tea Party Ships

Discover where the Boston Tea Party Began at the Old South Meeting House with a special scavenger hunt daily from 9:30am-5:00pm on July 2nd-7th. This is a great event for kids that includes prizes and mystery clues to find out how the Boston Tea Party Started. After the scavenger hunt, head over to the Boston Tea Party Ships and throw tea into the sea! Experience an interactive tour of the Boston Tea Party Ships and much more. This would be a fun itinerary for a Boston 4th of July Celebration.

4th of July Concert on the Charles River Esplanade

In its 40th year, this popular outdoor event is perfect for children of all ages and adults. The Boston Pops will perform an exciting rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” that includes real cannons and the live ringing of church bells. Stick around after the concert for a spectacular fireworks show. The event officially starts at 8:00pm, however many people start to arrive before 2:00pm for the best seats close to the Oval. There are restricted access points and definitely take public transportation.