As the birthplace of the American Revolution, Boston definitely knows how to celebrate Independence Day in style. From fireworks on the Esplanade to patriotic pub crawls, check out some of these fun events going on around the city this Fourth of July weekend.
— Matt Juul/Boston.com correspondent
Celebrate America’s birthday all week long at the 32d annual Harborfest. This iconic Boston festival has a variety of Fourth of July activities scheduled around the city, from a free day of fun for kids on July 3 to the mouth watering Chowderfest on July 7.
Check the website for times and details.
Boston Tea Party scavenger hunt
July 2-7, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
In conjunction with the 32d annual Harborfest, the Old South Meeting House will be hosting a Boston Tea Party themed scavenger hunts throughout the week. Discover how this historic event unfolded and search for clues for a chance to win prizes.
Scavenger hunt included with museum admission.
Boston Pops Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
For almost 40 years, there has been no bigger Fourth of July party in the city than the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. Touted as America’s premiere Independence Day celebration, this year’s massive event will feature performances by Susan Tedeschi, Ellis Hall, Howie Day and more. The fireworks display will follow the concert on July 4 and is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m.
Free to attend
July 4th Celebrations Aboard the Roseway
Hit the high seas aboard the Roseway this Independence Day on one of the World Ocean School’s two special sails. Enjoy a picnic lunch and drinks as you travel alongside the USS Constitution during its annual turnaround or venture out at night to catch an ocean view of the fireworks display over the Esplanade.
$110 per person for the Constitution turnaround sail, $95 per person for the fireworks sail.
USS Constitution turnaround cruise
July 4, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Charles Riverboat Co. will be hosting a narrated cruise aboard the Valiant as the luxury vessel follows Old Ironsides on its annual Fourth of July turnaround. Get a chance to see the Constitution’s 21-gun salute off of Castle Island in South Boston while enjoying the lunch buffet and cash bar.
$100 per person, $85 for museum members.
Community Boating Fourth of July SAILabration
July 4, 4 p.m.
If you’re looking to avoid all the commotion by the Esplanade, grab a scenic view of the Fourth of July celebration aboard Community Boating’s SAILabration cruise. The fund-raiser features a cookout, live DJ, face-painting, a photo booth and more.
Tickets are $125 for adults, $75 for teens ages 15-18 and $35 for children ages 10-14. Kids 9 and under are free.
Top of the Hub Fourth of July celebration
July 4, 7 p.m.
Head to the Top of the Hub for a breathtaking view of the fireworks at the restaurant’s annual Independence Day celebration. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails as you watch a simulcast of the Boston Pops concert before diving into the five course dinner designed by Chef du Cuisine Jason Banusiewicz. The menu includes chilled Maine lobster salad, veal tenderloin, grilled swordfish and more.
$250 per person. Reservation required.
Boston By Foot Johnny Tremain Walking Tour
July 5 and 6, 2 p.m.
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, will have a pair of dates during this year’s Harborfest.
$10 per person, $5 for members.
Paul Revere’s Ride to Freedom
July 6, 8:30 a.m.
Follow the path of Paul Revere’s historic midnight ride with this special bike tour hosted by Urban AdvenTours. Get an upclose look at the Lexington Green, Minute Man National Park and other famous sites as you bike along the 25-mile route. If you can’t make it this Fourth of July weekend, the tour has other dates scheduled throughout the summer.
$125 per person. Road bike, helmet and bottled water included.
IndepenDance PubCrawl Boston
July 6, 3 p.m.
Grab a drink this Fourth of July weekend and checkout some of Boston’s bars with the IndepenDance PubCrawl. Sponsored by PubCrawls.com, the fun starts at 3 p.m. at Stadium Bar & Grill on State Street.
$1 for registration. Check the website for more details.
Seeds of a Nation
July 7, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Looking for a quieter, more picturesque Fourth of July weekend celebration? Head to the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge on July 7 for a floral-filled tribute to America’s birthday. Check out all the botanical beauty found at the 18th century cemetary, which has remained a scenic sight for area gardeners.
$12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.