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Fourth of July Festivities in the Metro-Boston Area

Fourth of July is a fantastic time to get outside and enjoy your locale. Whether it be with the kids, the dogs, or a cooler of drinks and a barbecue, the metro-Boston area has it all.


This year's Spectacular keeps alive several of the Boston holiday traditions including the Pops' now classic Independence Day rendition of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," which features real cannons and the live ringing of area church bells.

And, of course, The Spectacular will be capped off by a magnificent fireworks array that fills the skies above Boston with a stunning exhibition of color and breathtaking pageantry. It is best to arrive early (before noon) if you wish to find a good place to sit.

July 3rd

  • 7:30PM Dress Rehearsal Concert begins
  • 9:00PM Concert ends

July 4th

  • 6:00PM Local Radio broadcast begins (WBZ AM 1030)
  • 7:00PM Local TV broadcast begins (WBZ-TV)
  • 7:30PM Concert begins
    • Grammy award winner Susan Tedeschi
    • Singer/songwriter Howie Day
    • Ayla Brown
    • Ellis Hall
  • 9:30PM Fireworks begin
  • 10:00PM Concert & Fireworks finish

Where to Watch the Boston Fireworks

  • Harvard, Longfellow, or BU Bridges
  • Grassy lawn in front of MIT on the Cambridge side of the river
  • Bunker Hill, Charlestown
  • From a harbor cruise like Boston Seaport Boat Charters, Boston Yacht Charters, or Liberty Clippers
  • Prospect Hill Monument, Somerville
  • Larz Anderson Park, Brookline

Needham - Memorial Park

Fireworks dusk, July 3rd

  • Food stalls
  • Pony rides
  • Face painting
  • Family entertainment

Grand Parade - 9 am, July 4th

  • Food stalls
  • Flea market
  • Old fashioned baseball game
  • Children's games

Newton- Albemarle Field, Watertown Street, Route 16

Open Air Market, 1-9 pm

  • Handmade and International Crafts
  • Food Vendors
  • Children's Activities
  • Amusement Rides
  • Live entertainment in the gazebo featuring performances by:

Music & Dancing with the Bo & Bill Winiker Band - 6-9 pm

  • Bring blankets and lawn chairs
  • Food vendors
  • Crafters
  • Novelties

Fantastic Fireworks - 9 pm,  by Newton's own Tony Gentile, Maser of Fireworks

Walpole - Near the Walpole Fire Station

Parade - 6 pm

Fair - immediately following parade

Fireworks - 9:30 pm