Party Like A Patriot This Fourth Of July

Filed in Things To Do by on June 27, 2009 1 Comment

Yet another Independence Day celebration will be upon us faster than you can say Boom Boom Pow! Bostonians are already planning their festivities, so don’t sit at home alone on America’s birthday. If you’re planning to remain in the city for the weekend, nothing says holiday fun like some explosive pyrotechnics. In fact, the Greater Boston area is ripe with fireworks displays. So grab a folding chair and check out our list of skyrockets in flight!

Boston: Nobody does the Fourth like the Boston Pops. Conductor Keith Lockhart leads the legendary orchestra in this nationally-broadcasted festival of music and fireworks on the Charles River Esplanade. The legendary Craig Ferguson, host of the “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” will be acting as the event’s emcee. Scotland-born Ferguson actually just because an American citizen as of 2008, so his presence is particularly special. Also performing will be notorious singer Neil Diamond, whose music is memorialized in Boston at almost every game at Fenway Park. We’re not sure if “Sweet Caroline” will be on the evening’s playlist, but Neil will be performing some hits with the Pops. Get there early and expect a crowd; on average, a half-million people hit up the Esplanade for this yearly celebration.

Boston: If sitting on a dirty campground that reeks of bug spray and children isn’t your idea of holiday fun, why don’t you look up to a truly Bostonian evening? Way up, as in 52 floors. World-famous Boston restaurant Top of the Hub is hosting an Independence Day Spectacular featuring hord’oeuvres, cocktails, and a five course dinner by celebrated chef Mark Porcaro. There’s no better view of the Hatch Shell’s fireworks display, which guests will view from the top of the Prudential Center. There’s not even a trace of a bargain in this event, however; Tickets cost $200 per person.

Brockton: If your Independence Day celebrations tend to lean towards country fairs rather than city celebrations, the Brockton Fair is back in action from July 1st through 12th. In its 135th year, festivities include a handful of live bands, demolition derbies, motorcycle races, a petting farm, and pig races. That’s right, pig races. Expect boatloads of food vendors and a good ol’ country time. Entrance is $5 for adults, and only $1 for children age 12 and under.

Gloucester: If you love a parade, don’t miss the Gloucester Horribles Parade and Grand Fireworks on Friday, July 3rd. Setting out from Gloucester High School at 6pm, the parade will make its way around a set path and return back to the school. At 10pm, an explosive fireworks display will complete the evening. If you want the best view possible, get a good spot at Fort Stage Park.

Newton: For an all-day event that’s ideal for families, hit up Newton’s Russell J. Halloran Field and Sports Complex. Starting at 10am, your little ones can enjoy everything from a Pet Parade to free ice cream and candy. For that traditional carnival experience, climb aboard the amusement rides and comb the Open Air Markets featuring international dealers and food vendors. There will be music and dancing for all ages, and of course a stellar fireworks display at 9pm!


A contributing writer for, Megan is originally from Connecticut, but has lived in Boston since age 18. She is a frequent contributor to Boston MenuPages, Reinventing Beauty Magazine, Butterfly Diary, and SweetTalk on the Spot. You can visit her website at

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  1. Looks like Boston will have a great 4th as they always do but just in the event you are on the West Coast then San Diego is the place to be on the 4th. Not just for the fireworks but for the first Annual Bikini Contest from July 1-5 so it will be a HOT time for sure.

    Harry Pickett’s last blog post..San Diego Bikini Week Makes For Hot July 4th Week

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