Celebrate Independence Day Boston Style

Our nation turns 245 and Boston knows how to celebrate!

Anywhere you go in Boston, you can see sites from the Revolutionary War that birthed our nation. Boston is where the fight began and, 245 years later, the city celebrates the United States' birthday. Here's what to do on the Fourth of July this year in this historic city. 

Boston Pops Firework Spectacular

The Boston Pops are still evaluating the Covid-19 situation and plan to announce the "Boston Pops Firework Spectacular" soon. This free concert and fireworks show is held on the Esplanade on the banks of the Charles River. The entire spectacle opens with the 104th Fighter Wing from Barnes Air National Guard Base zooming overhead in F15 Eagles. Besides the acclaimed Boston Symphony Orchestra, there will be a bevy of other high-profile performances. Two "America's Got Talent" veterans, Boston's own Amanda Mena and The Texas Tenors, will perform too. Other performances include Queen Latifah, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus and Arlo Guthrie's tribute to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. So grab a blanket and some snacks and enjoy an evening of music and fireworks.

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The Fourth with the Boston Pops (©Travis Dove/The Boston Globe)

U.S.S. Constitution Annual Sail

Line up along the Boston Harbor and watch the historic U.S.S. Constitution shiver away from the pier and out onto the water. The impressive 204-foot wood hull first launched back in 1797, making it the oldest commissioned warship in the world still sailing the seas. She'll leave the inner harbor at 10:45 a.m. and sail out to Castle Island, where she'll perform a 21-gun salute. She'll then circle back around the island towards the North End and exchange cannon fire with the Boston Coast Guard Base. After the display of arms, she'll return to the museum to rest for another year. Castle Island and the shore around the harbor are the best spots to witness her voyage.

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The Mighty U.S.S. Constitution (©Greg M. Cooper) 

Boston Harborfest

Boston Harborfest is a week-long celebration of both the city of Boston and its patriotic heritage. Each day there is something new to do and experience. On July 1, local artists will display and sell their work at Downtown Crossing from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. There will also be live music from July 1 to July 3. Every trip to Boston needs chowdah! Chowderfest is back by popular demand on July 2nd from noon-2:00 p.m. Sample some of the best chowder recipes in the city, and then vote on your favorite. Finally, it wouldn't be July 4 in Boston without the annual flag-raising ceremony at City Hall Plaza. The ceremony begins bright and early at 9:00 a.m. sharp. After the flag-raising, the Fourth of July parade will head to Granary Burial Ground, where wreaths and flowers will be laid on soldiers' graves. The parade then continues its route to the Old State House.

SoWa Open Market

The award-winning SoWa Open Market is the trendiest place to get produce, locally-made wares, art and delicious food. The art market houses a carefully curated array of local artisans selling handmade goods, jewelry, clothing, photography, ceramics and so much more. The farmer's market is where all of the best local farms come to share their bounty. Bakers sell tasty treats, and you can stock up on meats, vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. Enjoy an evening of art with the SoWa First Friday series (July 2nd). Artists, galleries, shops and showrooms throw open the doors to the public from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Shop small, dine at one of the fantastic restaurants, talk to the artists and enjoy an evening of culture in the SoWa Art and Design District.

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First Fridays at SoWa (Courtesy)

Boston Children's Museum

The Boston heat in July can be brutal. Take the kids indoors for some fun and adventure at the Boston Children's Museum. There are more than 20 exhibits for kids to explore and learn more about the world around them. Kids can get creative in the hands-on Art Lab. Explore-a-Saurus lets kids search for fossils, follow the evidence to make conclusions about these prehistoric creatures and get up close and personal with life-sized animatronic dinos. The Boston Children's Museum is the first LEED-certified building in the city and one of only a handful of certified museums nationally. The Green Trail helps kids understand what a green building is, how to build one and how they help the environment.

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The Explore-a-Saurus Exhibit (Courtesy Boston Children's Museum)

Savenor's Butcher Shop & Market

For many, July 4th is about backyard barbecues and time with friends and family. Get everything you need for grilling at Savenor's Butcher Shop and Market. For more than 75 years, Savenor's has provided Boston with the finest quality meats and groceries. Such illustrious figures have patronized it as the Kennedys, Rockefellers and even Julia Child. It sells only the best meats while simultaneously honoring the animal and the craft. The prime ground beef is perfect for burgers, or go for one of the exceptional cuts of steak. There are 17 different types of sausages to choose between, or you can work with the butcher to customize your own perfect blend.

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Expertly Butchered Meats (Courtesy Savenor's Market)