Spectators at the Hatch Shell have to deal with crowds, limited space, extra security, and long lines when leaving.
We consulted with locals and checked out websites that discussed alternative spots.
You may not be front and center at the Esplanade to watch the Boston Pops at the Hatch Shell, but all you really need is a boom box and a good perch.
Here’s a list of places with some great views of the fireworks that you probably did not know about or wish we had not revealed.
Note: This year’s Boston Pops fireworks event will take place on July 3 due to weather. Next
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.
Tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. but visitors might to get in line much earlier because only the first 500 people are allowed in. Next
On the Red Line
Board the Red Line at either Kendall Square or Charles/MGH just before the fireworks start. Train conductors will probably slow down to watch the display from the Longfellow Bridge.
Board the Red Line train at either the Kendall Square or Charles/MGH stations at just the right moment and experience the fireworks up close in an air-conditioned environment.
If the train reaches the next stop before the fireworks end, just board it in the opposite direction. Another plus: Don’t worry about wading through packed train stations after the fireworks show because you’ll already be boarded.
Get a spot on Castle Island, and you’ll also be able to see fireworks from three other towns. Next
Bunker Hill is a great place to watch the fireworks—and the location has the added bonus of being historically significant.
Perhaps consider climbing the Bunker Hill monument. But if you make it up the 294 steps of the tower, you’ll find a cramped viewing room and small windows. Next
Prospect Hill in Somerville has a good view of the Boston skyline. Next
Wright’s Tower in Medford also is good perch for the celebration.
Each is a secluded spot with a commanding view of the Boston skyline.
While the park is open, please, don’t climb the actual tower as it is locked for public safety reasons. Officials will arrest anyone who trespasses. Next
Museum of Science
The Museum of Science holds a Fourth of July event for members every year, and has one of the best views of the fireworks from its garage rooftop.
It ends with a live broadcast of the Boston Pop’s performance and one of the best views of the Charles River during the fireworks on the garage rooftop.
Pictured: Hannah Finn, 5, of Andover holds her flag before the start of a fireworks display on the roof of the garage of the Museum of Science during the 2008 Fourth of July celebration. Next
Charter a boat
Nab a spot on the Charles River in a rented boat, canoe, or kayak.
Speakers are set up by MIT, and there’s a great view of the fireworks over the Charles from the Cambridge side of the river.
Pictured: Fireworks viewed from the Sloan Building at M.I.T. over the Charles River. Next
Catch Boston’s fireworks from Wollaston Beach in Quincy. Next
Robbins Farm Park
Watch the fireworks against the Boston skyline from Arlington’s Robbins Farm Park. Next
Use your networking skills to find a roof deck or tall office building in Back Bay or Beacon Hill. This is the view from Beacon Street. Back to the beginning
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