10 secret spots to watch the Fourth of July fireworks

Sure, heading to the Esplanade to see the Boston Pops and marvel at the fireworks sounds like a good idea in theory, but the crowds, limited space, extra security, and long lines may have you thinking otherwise. Here, we found 10 places with great views of the fireworks that you probably did not know about or, perhaps, wish we had not revealed.

Fireworks and the Longfellow Bridge
Fireworks and the Longfellow Bridge —David Kamerman/ Globe Staff

1. On the Red Line

Seriously. If you board the Red Line at either Kendall Square or Charles/MGH just before the fireworks start, train conductors have been known to slow down to watch the display from the Longfellow Bridge. If the train reaches the next stop before the fireworks end, just board it in the opposite direction. Added bonus: Don’t worry about wading through packed train stations after the fireworks show because you’ll already have a seat.

Castle Island Park, Boston
Castle Island Park, Boston —Robert Linsdell / Flickr

2. Castle Island, South Boston

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Get a spot on Castle Island, and you’ll also be able to see fireworks from three neighboring towns.

3. Bunker Hill, Charlestown

Bunker Hill is a great place to watch the fireworks—and the location has the added bonus of being historically significant.

Fireworks over the Back Bay
Fireworks over the Back Bay —Justine Ellement/Boston Globe

4. Prudential Tower

Head to the Prudential Tower Skywalk for the fireworks, but get there early. Tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. on the 4th, and only 500 people are allowed in.

Prospect Hill in Somerville has a good view of the Boston skyline.
The view from Prospect Hill in Somerville. —Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe

5. Prospect Hill, Somerville

Prospect Hill in Somerville has a good view of the Boston skyline, perfect for taking in the action.

Wright’s Tower in Medford
Wright’s Tower in Medford —Christopher Klein for The Boston Globe

6. Wright’s Tower, Medford

Wright’s Tower in Medford also is good perch for the celebration, and offers a commanding view of the Boston skyline. Don’t climb the actual tower, though, as it’s locked for public safety reasons.

Fireworks from the Charles
Fireworks from the Charles —Justine Ellement/ Boston Globe

7. From the water

Nab a spot on the Charles River in a boat, canoe, or kayak. Numerous options are available for rental.

Fireworks viewed from the Sloan Building at M.I.T. over the Charles River.
Fireworks viewed from the Sloan Building at M.I.T. over the Charles River. — Bill Brett/Boston Globe

8. From MIT

MIT sets up speakers so you can hear and see the action. Plus, there’s great views of the fireworks over the Charles from the Cambridge side of the river.

The view from Quincy.
The view from Quincy. — Yoon S. Byun/Boston Globe

9. Wollaston Beach, Quincy

The unobstructed views from Wollaston Beach are perfect for fireworks.

The Boston skyline from Arlington’s Robbins Farm Park.
The Boston skyline from Arlington’s Robbins Farm Park. —Joanne Rathe/Boston Globe

10. Robbins Farm Park, Arlington

Arlington’s Robbins Farm Park offers gorgeous city views perfect for checking out the lights.