This day remains one of the most patriotic holidays in America. Those who have lived in or near the lovely, historic city of Boston know just how awesome Fourth of July celebrations are. But some of you in Boston this season come from different parts of the country—or from another country entirely—and maybe don’t know about all these festivities. Although fireworks are a staple tradition that everyone looks forward to, there is so much more going on to celebrate Independence Day.
Here’s a list of some of the festivities in the area:
July 2nd—July 6th (times vary)
Ever wanted to see an historical reenactment of the Revolutionary era? Well now’s the perfect time! This five-day extravaganza is great for residents and tourists alike. Hop aboard ships like the USS Constitution. Take a quiz to see which side you would have aligned yourself with. Walk the Freedom Trail with a “colonial” tour guide for free. Watch the flag raising ceremony and parade. These are only a few of the many (and I really mean many) festivities going on at Boston Harborfest. Not all the activities are free, but many of them are!
For more information, visit www.bostonharborfest.com
Reading of the Declaration of Independence
July 4th (10am-10:30am)
Come and witness a reenactment of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence! As one of Boston’s finest traditions, the Declaration of Independence is read from the balcony as it had occurred on July 8, 1776. This free event is located at the Old State House at State and Division Streets.
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
July 3rd (8:30pm-10am); July 4th (12pm-11pm)
Who doesn’t love some Fourth of July fireworks? Although the fireworks don’t begin until 10:30pm on July 4th, there are musical festivities going on both the 3rd and 4th. If you can’t make it to Boston for the fireworks, fear not! The whole thing is usually televised and available on multiple news stations, and typically followed by a showing of the famous NYC fireworks.
For more information, visit www.july4th.org
There are so many activities going on that it is nearly impossible to list them all, so there is plenty to do in this area to celebrate the holiday.
Enjoy the festivities and Happy Fourth of July!