Boston Weekend in Review: Pops, Sailabration and a Brewing Dinner

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One of the country’s biggest fetes was held right here in Boston this weekend as more than a half million people gathered for the Boston Pops July 4th performance on the Esplanade. There were a variety of other celebrations throughout the city to honor America’s independence. Here’s a look back at the weekend’s best events.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

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On Saturday, the 42nd Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular was held at the Charles River Esplanade. Some of the highlights included the 20th anniversary performance of Keith Lockhart conducting the orchestra preceded by Navy SEALs parachuting with an American flag from an airplane during a flyover, a live concert with Sons of Serendip and a grand finale of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture played in sync to a massive fireworks display.

Restaurant dante
Restaurant dante

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If you couldn’t make it to the fireworks celebration and were looking for something a little more intimate, diners headed over to Restaurant dante in Cambridge for a 4th of July brewing dinner. Chef/owner Dante de Magistris and Jack’s Abby Brewing created a five-course dinner that included dishes like antipasto misto with prosciutto, mozzarella in carrozza, grilled calamari, pepperonata, tomatoes, giardiniera paired up with a Leisure Time wheat lager; lobster “amatriciana,” (radiatore pasta, guanciale, tomatoes and pepperoncino) paired with a sour wheat lager Berliner, and grilled lamb spiedini eggplant & tomato sauces, cucumber salad, grilled flatbread paired with a double India pale lager, Mass Rising. The restaurant is located right on the Charles River so some of the best views of the fireworks were had from the riverside terrace.

Community Boating
Community Boating

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Community Boating hosted its Fourth of July Sailabration waterfront fundraiser on the Esplanade between the Hatch Shell and the Longfellow Bridge next to the Charles Circle footbridge. This sold-out event was one of the best ways to get up close and personal to the festivities. From here, visitors could see the cannons directly from the dock, view the Pops performance from the jumbotrons and enjoy food and drinks from local Massachusetts vendors, all to benefit their universal access program for individuals who require special assistance and junior programs for kids.

Top of the Hub
Top of the Hub

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For those looking to escape the crowds yet still have a great view of the fireworks celebration, the Top of the Hub was the place to be for its Sky High Fourth of July. Tickets included a one-hour open bar, live broadcast of the Boston Pops performance and a five-course dinner. The dinner got underway at 6:30 p.m. with a menu that included smoked scallops, grilled calamari, jumbo lump crabmeat, filet of beef, artichoke and roasted tomato crusted halibut along with white chocolate mousse blueberry cake.

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