Unlike most other holidays, there is no certain or specific way to celebrate the 4th of July. It’s the wildcard of holidays, and there are a variety of celebratory themes one could choose.
There’s the retreat to a beautiful sandy beach theme for a weekend of water play, sandcastles, and fireworks.
Then there’s the countryside retreat for a weekend of BBQ’s, tractor rides, and fireworks.
And then there’s the staying at home and gathering loved ones around for red, white, and blue treats, shared meals, backyard games, and, of course, fireworks!
Those are just three examples, but truly it’s a holiday to enjoy, however, wherever, and with whomever! In case you need a little help deciding how best to celebrate, we’ve assembled a fun, educational, and unique itinerary for celebrating in the cradle of democracy – Boston, Massachusetts.
It’s easy to forget or lose focus on the reason behind the 4th of July, and Boston is a great city to be reminded AND to have tons of fun. There’s much more than history in Boston. In fact, Boston boasts one of the most iconic and famous fireworks shows in the nation! Without further ado, here is a family-friendly 4th of July Boston itinerary:
The temperatures are heating up in July, but mornings are usually delightfully cool. We recommend using the morning time to enjoy the great outdoors!
- Head out onto the Freedom Trail, a completely free trail that will take you through some of Boston’s most historic sights, all related to our nation’s journey to freedom! The trail is marked by a red-lined route and goes for 2.5 miles to 16 historic sites. Of course, you don’t have to walk the entire thing; you can start and stop wherever you’d like!
- Scavenger Hunt – On the morning of the 4th, head out on a free, patriotic, scavenger hunt through Boston’s iconic market – the Boston Public Market.
- At 10 a.m., you can listen to the Declaration of Independence being read, aloud, from the balcony of the Old State House, just as it was read to the citizens of Boston on July 18, 1776.
As the sun shines a little brighter, it’s time to take to the water!
- Boston Harbor Cruise – Get a tour of the city from the beautiful Charles River. Choose from a number of themed cruises to suit whatever theme you have going for the 4th.
- Watch how pamphlets and newspapers were printed back in Colonial Times at an 18th Century printing demonstration (free). You can even purchase your own copy of the Declaration of Independence!
- For lunch, slurp down some oysters! Don’t worry, we’ve got a few restaurants in mind that have a kid-friendly menu as well. Consider eating lunch at Legal Harborside or Yankee Lobster Co.
Nothing beats the warm Boston summer evenings, and July is the perfect time to enjoy them. Plus, the most exciting aspect of the 4th in Boston happens in the evening!
- Don’t miss the Boston POPS fireworks extravaganza! Taking place at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, this is a free event. Before the firework show takes place, Andy Grammer, Melissa Etheridge, and Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton) will be performing. Afterward, spectators will be treated to 23 minutes of dazzling fireworks. The best place to watch the fireworks is along Memorial Drive on the Cambridge side of the Charles River.
One day, plenty of American independence history, lots of fun, beautiful weather, delicious food, and epic fireworks. Spending 4th of July in Boston will be a 4th you and your family won’t soon forget! If you’re planning on spending a few days in Boston, one of the most economical ways to see lots of sights is with a city pass. There are a variety of city pass options such as a Go Boston Card, Boston CityPass, or a Boston Explorer Pass. You’ll pay one price and then have access to tons of sights. City passes, and other attraction tickets can be found for a celebratory discount at 365 Tickets USA. Use code FIREWORKS5 for 5% off sitewide through July 6th, 2017.
We hope you have a fabulous 4th whether it’s in Boston, your hometown, or anywhere else!