As the country celebrates Independence Day this weekend, those living in and visiting Boston will get to experience this patriotic holiday on another level. As the movement for liberty began here, people all over the city make extra effort to display their pride and unity on July 4.
The most notable [and visible] celebration is the Boston Pops July 4th Concerts and Fireworks on the Esplanade. Concerts on July 3 and 4 are in the Hatch Shell, featuring the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at 8:30 PM. The concerts are free to the public, and early morning entrance to reserve a seat is required. For more information, please visit this website.
Fireworks on Saturday are launched at 10:30 PM after the concert. Barges on the Charles River will be holding over 10,000 fireworks to set off for an audience of half a million spectators. The Kendall Hotel is ideally situated just blocks from the Charles River, where guests can enjoy the truly impressive display.
Viewing the fireworks on the water is another option, and several of the local cruise and charter companies offer special July 4 packages. Charles River Canoe and Kayak also rents out boats for those interested in paddling out on their own steam.
The month of July is full activity in addition to the fireworks and concerts this weekend, including many half-price events. Boston Breakers Women’s Soccer at Soldiers Field, the Boston Cupcake Crawl, Oysters and Craft Brews Cruise, and the Romantic City Lights Sail of Boston Harbor. On a special voyage, the French tall ship Hermoine has sailed to America and will be in Boston’s Rowes Wharf on July 11-12. The ship is a replica of the original 18th century frigate, and took 17 years to construct by hand. Discount tickets are available here.
The Kendall wishes everyone a happy Fourth of July this year, as we celebrate the unity and independence of the country.