Every city celebrates the 4th of July, America’s Independence Day, in proper fashion with lots of American flags, fireworks, picnics and barbeques, burgers and beers, and time spent with family and friends. These traditions have become a part of the fiber of American summers, a way of celebrating our freedom and our country, and something we all look forward to every year. But one of the best cities to spend the 4th of July is right here in Boston.
Known for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, our 4th of July celebration is one sought out by people all around the country. The Boston Pops Orchestra puts on their famous and impressive concert in the Hatch Shell, projecting patriotic, classical, and contemporary music out over the crowds of people set up with their blankets and picnic baskets on the lawn and Esplanade. Folks come to the Esplanade early in the morning to stake out their spot, to reserve their place on the lawn where they can listen to the Pops perform and watch the fireworks explode over the Charles River. If you don’t get there at least a few hours before the concert you won’t get in at all, as the Esplanade fills up fast!
Boston is a fitting place to celebrate the country’s independence because it’s where the American Revolution began! We celebrate with a week-long Harborfest, which offers free and discounted tours, exhibits, and performances that highlight American history in Boston. (For more on the best historic sites in Boston, look here!). You can get a tour of the Freedom Trail, check out the State House, throw tea into the harbor, and climb aboard the USS Constitution, during Harborfest.
One of the greatest 4th of July festivities in Boston though, is the reading of the Declaration of Independence from the balcony of the Old State House, as it has been done every Independence Day since 1776 when we declared our Independence from Britain. After being signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, the Declaration was carried by messenger on horse to Boston. And when it arrived on July 18th, it was read out to the crowds gathered before the State House and they erupted in cheers and celebration. The war was over and we had won our independence!
Take a weekend or a week to enjoy the festivities of 4th of July in Boston, and embrace the history and American pride pulsing through the city! It will be an Independence Day you’ll never forget!