If you've chosen one of the many central Boston hotels for your 4th of July vacation, you should be within easy reach of most of the city's large firework displays. These range from spectacular displays over the water to smaller local displays that usually include other types of entertainment, too.
Boston's largest fireworks display is best viewed from the Esplanade overlooking the Charles River. Before the fireworks, there's live music. The 10,000 fireworks can be seen from across the city, but the banks of the river offer the best view. For a front-row seat, book a boat trip with dinner and see the fireworks from the water.
Newton's 4th of July celebrations are lower key than the huge organized displays over the river and have a family feel with a relaxed, welcoming vibe. The day kicks off early with food trucks and amusement rides, and music and dancing picks up in the evening before the day rounds off with fireworks.
Usually taking place the day before the main city display, the fireworks event in Lynn begins with live music before the pyrotechnics light up the night sky. The best viewing point is from Lynn Shore Drive – arrive early to secure your place.
Boston vacation rentals for 4th of July family trips give a comfortable base to return to after a day investigating some of Boston's attractions. Catering to families with children of all ages, most family events start around midday and wind down early in the evening so parents can get the kids into bed before watching the fireworks from their window or balcony.
This five-day festival on Boston's harborside combines history through reenactments or guided walks along the Freedom Trail with evening clam bakes, treasure hunts, and live music. There's always something going on, and most of the activities are free and open to all ages.
One of the oldest fairs in America, this noisy and vibrant fair has all the favorites, including thrill rides, a demolition derby, cattle shows, and chainsaw carving. There are nightly fireworks with live music.
Creative kids will love the wide range of activities on offer at the week-long Marblehead Festival, including making boats and floating them on the pond, kite flying, and sand sculpting. There's also a market featuring the work of local craftspeople and performing arts events all over town.
Be transported back to the 18th century at this famous Boston museum, with games, interactive performances, and costumed guides taking visitors back in time to experience life in a busy colonial port.
There's nothing more American than celebrating with burgers, ribs, and beer. On 4th of July, restaurants in Boston hotels usually offer BBQ classics. However, you could also venture out into the city to find some options for freshly cooked comfort food at its very tasty best.
Take a break from the Freedom Trail to venture into Faneuil Hall for some mouthwatering BBQ at Quincy's Place. Burgers and hot dogs are excellent here, and it's also a good option for an early-morning breakfast before a day of sightseeing.
Boston restaurant Aragosta hosts an annual hog roast event in Seaport. What could be better than tucking into succulent roast pork on the waterside before the fireworks start?
Get to this popular Cambridge restaurant early and grab a seat outside on the patio. Feast on all manner of barbecued food up at its famous brunch and throughout the evening. From your outdoor seat, you might even be able to see the fireworks at the Boston waterfront.