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How to Celebrate July 4th in Boston

The Fourth of July is a great American holiday, so why not spend it in one of the most historically significant American cities?


  • Step 1: Attend opening ceremony Start Boston's week of celebration with the opening ceremony to get yourself in the mood. It takes place a few days before the Fourth of July at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
  • TIP: Make sure you grab a schedule of events because there are a ton of events going on throughout the city during this week.
  • Step 2: Take a Boston tour Take a tour of Boston by water or land and learn about the rich history and see the sights of the city to further get yourself into the patriotic mood.
  • Step 3: Check out USS Constitution Check out the USS Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard to learn about the great ship and how it defended the country.
  • Step 4: Condition your ears Condition your ears for loud noises by checking out the 19th century gun drills that take place at the Charlestown Navy Yard on most days during the week.
  • Step 5: Visit Paul Revere's House Visit Paul Revere's house to learn more about this great American hero who directly influenced the independence you're celebrating.
  • Step 6: Enjoy live concerts Check out the City Hall Plaza from time to time throughout the week to see live music and celebrations.
  • Step 7: Watch the parade Start Independence Day by watching the parade and the flag-raising ceremony at City Hall.
  • Step 8: Attend a Declaration of Independence reading Attend a reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Old State House.
  • Step 9: Watch the main celebration Head to the Esplanade for the famous fireworks and Boston Pops concert celebration to see the orchestra play and witness incredible fireworks.
  • Step 10: Find a bar Find a bar after the show and continue the celebration into the night. Happy Fourth of July!
  • FACT: On New Year's Eve 2006, Portugal set the world record for the largest fireworks display with 66,326 fireworks.

You Will Need

  • Time to spend in Boston
  • Guided tours
  • Stamina
  • Schedule of events (optional)

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