Fireworks are the perfect end to any July 4th celebration. Many towns in the Boston area have cancelled their fireworks displays in recent years because of the current economy, but there are still plenty of options for anyone spending their 4th of July in the Boston area.
Of course, the city of Boston itself is known for its annual 4th of July fireworks and concerts. On both the 3rd and 4th, the Boston Pops will hold a free concert at 8:30 p.m. at the Hatch Shell Oval on the Esplanade. The Oval opens at 4 p.m. on July 3rd and 9 a.m. on July 4th; be sure to arrive early to ensure you get seats. The concert lasts approximately two hours.
The fireworks, also free, begin after the concert, at 10:30 p.m. The fireworks are set off over the Charles River, between the Longfellow and Massachusetts Avenue bridges, but they can be seen for miles. To reach the Esplanade, take the T to the Arlington stop on the Green Line or the Charles-MGH or Kendall-MIT stops on the Red Line. The T is free after 10:30 p.m. on July 4th, but don’t forget that trains stop running between 12:30 and 1 a.m. For more information about July 4th festivities in Boston, check out the Boston Harborfest website.
Boston Area Fireworks
If you want to avoid the craziness of the city, or just want to stay closer to home, consider some of these free Boston area fireworks options.
Braintree. Go to Braintree High School on June 25th at 10 p.m. for an early fireworks display.
Lexington will be hosting a carnival June 30th through July 4th with rides, games, and attractions, in addition to their fireworks on July 2nd after sunset. All events will be held on Center Field off of Worthen Road.
Lynn. Visit Red Rock Park, near Lynn Beach, on July 3rd at 9 p.m. to celebrate the 4th early. Rain date is July 5th.
Newton has many activities planned for July 4th. The Newton Centre Playground is hosting a “Kid’s Morning” from 10 a.m. to noon for children ages 3 to 12. The morning will include a pet parade, teddy bear parade, doll carriage promenade, foot races, and free ice cream, candy, and drinks. Head over to Russell J. Halloran Field (on Albemarle Road off of Watertown Street, off Route 16) for an open air market and rides from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., music and dancing at 6 p.m., and, of course, fireworks at 9 p.m.
Somerville. Just outside of Boston, Somerville will be hosting 4th of July fireworks on July 1st at 6 p.m. at Trum Field.
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