Where else would you want to celebrate the nation’s birth than in the nation’s most historic city? Home of the Boston Teaparty and site of the Boston Massacre and opening battles of the Revolutionary War, Boston is a city that knows how throw a national birthday party while honoring its history.
Annual Boston Harborfest
July 2-6, 2014
The party starts with Harborfest, a six day celebration that features Freedom Trail tours, scavenger hunts, Colonial-era re-enactments, tall ship sailing trips, chocolate making and sunset Duck boat tours. Duck boats are re-purposed World War II amphibious personnel transports that now take passengers on tours of Boston Harbor.
Boston Pops Concert on the Esplanade
July 3, 2014
The Boston Pops concert begins at 7:30 pm and plays patriotic music until 9 pm. Having attended this concert many times I can tell you, nothing gets the blood pumping like the Pops’ rousing 1812 Overture. There’s a great sing along too.
Boston Pops Concert and Fireworks Spectacular
July 4, 2014
The Pops concert starts at 7:30 pm again this night but runs until 9:30 pm and that’s when the fireworks take over. The Boston fireworks are usually televised each year but if you’ve never seen them in person, it’s something everyone should do at least once if at all possible.
Independence Day Sail
July 4, 2014
One of the best ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Boston is to board The Roseway for a sail alongside the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel, as she turns herself around. The Roseway is an historic ship that offers two sailing times, one from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm that includes lunch and drinks and another from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm to watch the fireworks. During the lunchtime cruise you can watch the Constitution’s Independence Day twenty one gun salute!
Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival
July 5, 2014
Round out the weekend fun with an open air viewing of Frozen at 5 pm at the Prudential Center’s South Garden. This free event is sponsored by local radio station Magic 106.7 and is always family friendly.
If you really want to get into the Independence Day spirit, why not come to the city where it all began? That’s how I’ll be spending my Fourth of July in Boston.