Why Boston is the Best City to Celebrate the 4th of July

If you are looking for a great place to celebrate Independence Day look no further than Boston. It doesn’t get much more patriotic than celebrating the birth of our nation in this historic American city. Here’s a look at some of Boston’s best holiday events that you won’t want to miss this year.

Boston Harborfest kicks off on June 30 and runs until July 4 with the annual opening ceremony being held at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, boat tours and live entertainment. In 1982 there were 35 activities over the course of three days. Now in its 36th year, Harborfest is considered the largest patriotic celebration in the nation with visitors enjoying more than 300 activities during the festival.

Boston HarborfestPhoto Credit: Boston Harborfest

For one of the best views of the city, book a 4th of July skyline lunch or dinner cruise aboard the Odyssey. (Brunch, lunch and dinner cruises will be held all weekend long from June 30 to July 4).

Odyssey CruisesPhoto Credit: Odyssey Cruises

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum is hosting events on July 1, 2 and 3 complete with interactive performances as well as food and drinks available in Abigail’s Tea Room.

Boston Tea Party Ships and MuseumPhoto Credit: Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

Even though the Tall Ships have moved on from Boston, you can still set sail on Boston Harbor with a sunset, harbor or fireworks sail aboard the Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships Boston to experience sailing on Boston’s classic schooners. Here, you will help hoist the sails, take a turn at the helm and enjoy some great views of the Boston Harbor Islands. After your sail, you can even stay the night in one of their shipboard cabins.

Boston's Tall ShipsPhoto Credit: Liberty Fleet

On the 4th of July, there is no better place to celebrate than at the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular held every year at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade. Hundreds of thousands of attendees will gather this year to check out Leslie Odom Jr, of Hamilton: An American Musical fame along with headliners Andy Grammer and Melissa Etheridge and the Boston Pops.

Boston PopsPhoto Credit: Boston Pops

Each year on the 4th of July, the USS Constitution made its journey from the Charlestown Navy Yard to Castle Island accompanied by the USCGC Eagle, but it has been out of the water the past two years for a massive restoration project. On the evening of July 23, the world’s oldest commissioned warship better known as Old Ironsides will return to the harbor, so be sure to mark your calendars for this historic event.

USS Constitution MuseumPhoto Credit: USS Constitution Museum