The Fourth of July is Thursday, and celebrations are happening all weekend long! We’ve rounded up everything from fireworks to special events just for you! Happy Birthday, America! (Check back, as this list may be updated.) 


Are you having a backyard cookout for the Fourth? The Daily Market can help you with the meat you’re grilling, including hot dogs, hamburgers, steak tips, and more!

Beer + wine for your July Fourth celebrations

American Provisions will make sure that your July Fourth celebration has the perfect selection of wine and beer. AP Dorchester also offers meat and cheese boards and desserts!

Boston Harborfest

Boston Harborfest, one of the country’s largest Fourth of July festivals, returns to Boston Harbor and Downtown Boston for its 42nd edition July 1-4. The long-running festival, celebrating Boston’s revolutionary history and its everyday vibrancy, will feature dozens of events and activities, including live entertainment, historical re-enactments, integration with U.S. Navy Week, fireworks, and more. The latest event schedule is now available at

Take a history walk – Taxes, Freedom, Independence

“Taxes, Freedom, Independence” what have these meant along Boston’s waterfront and beyond? Join Friends of the Boston Harborwalk and Liz Nelson Weaver, Tuesday, July 2 at 5:30 p.m. for a one-hour tour of the Wharf District to explore Revolutionary War themes. The tour begins promptly at the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center on the Greenway. Registration required.      

Baby, You’re a Firework

On Tuesday, July 2nd, head to the Seaport District to see fireworks along the water via HarborFest around 9:30 p.m. Spots to watch – the Barking CrabEnvoy’s Outlook rooftop or Cisco Brewers Pop Up. For a romantic pick – head to Mastro’s Ocean Club.

Turn it around

USS Constitution is scheduled to go underway from Charlestown Navy Yard on July 4th at 10:00 a.m in honor of Independence Day! USS Constitution’s cruise will be viewable from the Boston Harborwalk, Castle Island, and Charlestown Navy Yard. There will fire a 21-gun salute viewable from Fort Independence on Castle Island at approximately 11:30 a.m. While you’re out at Castle Island, you might as well get some lunch or ice cream at Sullivan’s! The turnaround will commemorate the 248th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

At 8pm on July 4th, the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will take place along the Esplanade, with a concert performance at the Hatch Shell. Musical guests include Darlene Love, The Mavericks, Kelli O’Hara + more. The fireworks display over the Charles River begins at 10:30 pm but you’ll want to arrive when the event gates open at 12pm to secure a spot. Godspeed. Heading to the Esplanade?  Read this first! 

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