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How to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Boston

Where better to celebrate the Fourth of July than Boston? The city is a veritable outdoor museum of American history, from the country’s oldest public park to a Revolutionary War site. Here’s how to celebrate the Fourth of July in America’s oldest, most historic city.

See the fireworks

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is the place to be on the Fourth of July in Boston. The center of the action is the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade. Additional viewing screens will be set up along the Charles River, on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and across the river on Memorial Drive in Cambridge so fans can see this year’s headliner, Grammy-, Emmy-, and Golden Globe-award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Queen Latifah. 

Celebrate by the harbor

Harborfest is the week-long Fourth of July celebration with guided walks, American Revolutionary War reenactments, and the Boston Tea Party scavenger hunt. Don’t miss the live music, boat tours, and Chowderfest — an annual celebration returning on July 2 that lets you sample chowder from Boston’s best restaurants.

Walk the Freedom Trail

Take in more than 250 years of history on Boston’s Freedom Trail. The 2.5-mile-long walk covers 16 nationally significant historic sites from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. See sites such as the Paul Revere house, shop in the historic Faneuil Hall, and hop aboard the 1797 USS Constitution — the oldest commissioned warship afloat.

Ready to celebrate the Fourth of July in Boston?Follow in the footsteps of America’s founders when you reserve your stay at The Whitney Hotel.