As the site of the birth of the American Revolution, Boston isn’t shy about going all out to celebrate Independence Day. While many will flock to the Esplanade to see the fireworks, there are plenty of other fun activities going on around the city this 4th of July. From parades to patriotic pub crawls, see what’s going on around Boston on Independence Day. Next
Celebrate America’s birthday all week long at the 33rd annual Harborfest. This iconic Boston festival has a variety of 4th of July activities scheduled to go down around the city, from a parade at City Hall Plaza on Friday, July 4, to services at the Old North Church on Sunday, July 6.
Check the website for times and details. Next
Cask N’ Flagon Barbecue Specials
62 Brookline Avenue, Boston
The Fenway area restaurant is offering up a barbecue feast for Independence Day. The 4th of July menu items include baby back ribs ($19) and barbecue pork, slow smoked for seven hours and topped with Big D’s sauce ($14.25). Cask N’ Flagon will also be serving a family style barbecue, which includes one whole chicken, a full rack of baby back ribs, half a pound of pulled pork, half a pound of brisket, cornbread, and three sides ($67). Next
4th of July Bar Crawl
Faneuil Hall, Boston
BarCrawls.com presents this year’s 4th of July Barl Crawl. Registration is from 5 p.m.—10 p.m. at Stadium Sports Bar on Thursday, July 3, and will also be available from noon—6 p.m. on Friday, July 4. One day tickets to the event are $10 each, and $15 will get you a two-day pass.
Check out the website for more details. Next
4th of July Drink Specials at Haru
55 Huntington Avenue, Boston
The Japanese eatery has a pair of drink specials for Independence Day this year. Haru will be serving up the Kitty kat, made with sparkling wine, St-Germain elderflower, and a splash of pineapple juice ($13), along with Berries & Bubbles (pictured), made with sparkling wine, rasberry vodka, and strawberry purée ($13). Next
Independence Day at Estelle’s
782 Tremont St., Boston
Head to Estelle’s on July for a special Independence Day menu prepared by executive chef Eric Gburski. New a la carte options include two corn dogs and a pickle, topped with creole mustard and buttermilk ranch ($10.95), and the red, white, and blue shortcake, served with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream ($9.95).
Available from 11:30 a.m.—2 a.m. Friday, July 4. Next
Johnny Tremain Walking Tour
North End, Boston
Take a tour through Boston’s historic past as you relive the adventures of Johnny Tremain, the famed fictitious hero of Esther Forbes’s classic 1943 children’s novel. The 90-minute tour, hosted by Boston by Foot, is being run inconjunction with this year’s Harborfest.
$10 per person, $5 for members.
Tour stars at 11 a.m. Next
Legal Harborside 4th of July Drink Specials
270 Northern Avenue, Boston
Legal Harborside has four special drinks for 4th of July this year, including the Blueberry Collins (pictured), made with blueberry vodka, botanicals, blueberry, almond, lemon, and soda ($10) as well as the French 75, made with sparkler, St-Germain, botanicals, and citrus ($12). Next
Museum of Science
1 Science Park, Boston
Head to the Museum of Science on Thursday, July 3, for a special Independence Day celebration. The night will include fun science activities for children, entertainment for the entire family, as well as a live broadcasting of the Boston Pops event. Weather permitting, attendees will also get the chance to watch the fireworks display over the Charles River from the Museum of Science’s garage roof.
Tickets are $28 each for adults, $17 for children ages 3-11. Kids under 3 are free.
5:30 p.m.—11:30 p.m. For Museum of Science members only. Next
Ned Devine’s 3rd Annual Independence Bash
1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
Head to Ned Devine’s in Faneuil Hall for this year’s Independence Bash. The event will have plenty of Samuel Adams on tap and will feature live music by The Beatdrops.
Pig Roast at Aragosta Bar + Bistro
3 Battery Wharf, Boston
Aragosta will be hosting it’s 3rd Annual Independence Day Pig Roast at The Terrace at the Fairmont Battery Wharf on July 4. The “From the Spit” menu will be served from noon—6 p.m., and will include pulled pork, Italian sausage, baked beans, and coleslaw. Dinner specials will be served from 5 p.m.—10 p.m., and will include pork rillettes, pork belly, and scallops.
Check out the website for more details. Next
Red Sox 4th of July Game
Fenway Park, Boston
Celebrate Independence Day at the ballpark as the Red Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles. Both teams will be rocking special 4th of July caps during the afternoon game. Check out this year’s special caps here.
Game is scheduled to start at 1:35 p.m. Next
Rooftop @ Revere
200 Stuart St., Boston
The Revere Hotel’s Rooftop will be hosting a variety of events this 4th of July weekend. From 11 a.m.—5 p.m. on July 4 and 5, the Rooftop @ Revere will be hosting a Patriotic Picnic, which features items such a pop up oyster bar, watermelon sparkler cocktails, and a picnic basket for two filled with cheeses, fruits, wine, and more. From 11 a.m.—midnight on July 6, the rooftop will be hosting its weekly S&M Sundays Day to Night Party.
Tickets to the Patriotic Picnic are $200, and includes two day passes, a reserved day bed, as well as the picnic basket (must be reserved three days in advanced). The S&M Party is $30 per person between 11 a.m.—5 p.m., and free from 5 p.m.—midnight.
Check the website for more details. Next
Spirit of Boston Dinner Cruise
200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston
Spirit Cruises will be offering a special dinner cruise for Independence Day. Set sail from the Seaport World Trade Center and enjoy a dinner buffet while checking out a view of the harbor. The event will also feature an interactive DJ.
$92.90 per person.
Boarding is at 7:30 p.m. Cruise is from 8 p.m.—11 p.m. Next
Top of the Hub
800 Boylston St., Boston
Top of the Hub will be hosting a special dinner to celebrate the 4th of July. The annual 21+ only event includes an hour of open bar and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a five course menu created by executive sous chef Jason Banusiewicz.
Tickets are $250 per person and must be purchased in advance.
Starts at 6:30 p.m. Next
U.S.S. Constitution Turnaround Cruise
Check out the U.S.S. Constitution as Old Ironsides makes its annual Independence Day turnaround. Boston Harbor Cruises is offering two narrated cruises in order to check out the action upclose, which also includes a special lunch menu. Attendees will also get the chance to see the 21-gun salute off of Castle Island in South Boston.
Check out the website for times and more details. Back to the beginning
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