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July 4th in Boston

July 4th still won’t look like what we’re used to pre-pandemic, but there’s a lot more happening this year than last year!

THE BOSTON POPS AT TANGLEWOOD-FIREWORKS ON THE BOSTON COMMON

The Pops Independence Day concert will take place at Tanglewood, located in Lenox in Western Massachusetts instead of here in Boston at the Hatch Shell.  The summer event is still free with several special guests including Mavis Staples and Jon Batiste and the concert will feature all their traditional favorites including “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” complete with live cannons and bells. The concert will be streamed live on Bloomberg TV and Radio, as well as locally in Boston on WHDH-TV Channel 7, from 8 to 11 pm. The concert will be available to stream on Bloomberg.com and on Bloomberg’s mobile and Apple TV platforms for 24 days after the live performance.

The concert begins at 8:00pm followed by The Boston Fireworks Spectacular which will happen about 10:30pm over Boston Common and is free for all to attend.

PADDLE DOWN THE CHARLES RIVER

While we won’t be sitting on the banks of The Charles River to view fireworks, take advantage of seeing Boston and surrounding towns from a different perspective on a kayak or canoe.  Paddle Boston rents canoes and kayaks from seven different launch locations including Allston/Brighton, Kendall Square, Condon Shell in Medford, Newton’s historic boathouse and Nahanton Park, Somerville’s Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, and Waltham’s Moody Street Dam.

VISIT BOSTON’S FREEDOM TRAIL

Take a step back in history by walking Boston’s Freedom Trail to truly appreciate the meaning of Independence Day.  Action Tour Guide provides audio tours of Harvard Yard, the Boston Harbor Waterfront and Boston’s Freedom Trail prepared by local guides, filled with exciting stories and historical facts.

VISIT THE U.S.S. CONSTITUTION MUSEUM

The U.S.S. Constitution Museum is open! Plan a visit to learn about “Old Ironsides”, maritime culture, naval service, and the American experience. Advanced tickets are not available but the museum is open from 10:00am-5:00pm.

SEE BOSTON BY WATER

See Boston from a different perspective – by water – on a Historical Boston Harbor Sightseeing Tour or a Sunset Cruise.

BBQS ARE ON!

Traditional July 4th BBQs full of friends, family, and plenty of grilled food and festive libations are back!

Don’t have a backyard to grill up your favorite 4th of July foods?  Order a take out feast from one of our favorite, local BBQ restaurants including The Smoke Shop, Sweet Cheeks, or Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen.

Visit our Personal Admin services page to see how we can help make your 4th of July celebration a success. Happy July 4th and stay safe!