4th of July in Boston - 2024

Attend the best birthday party in the country!  Boston celebrates the 4th with spectacular fireworks, historical reenactments & more! 

July 1 - 4, 2024

Annual Boston Harborfest Celebration 

Taking place late June through July 4, the 2024 Boston Harborfest is a family-friendly event that includes historical reenactments, live music, parades and a fireworks display over Boston Harbor prior to July 4th.

Boston Harborfest


Thursday, July 4, 2024

2024 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 

The Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular is slated to take place at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade starting at 8:00pm. Keith Lockhart will lead a program featuring the Boston Pops orchestra with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and R&B/soul singer Darlene Love, along with headliner Broadway star Kelli O'Hara ("The King and I", "Kiss Me Kate"), and the Americana group The Mavericks.  Special guests also include the Singing Sergeants from the United States Air Force Band.

The concert ends at 10:30pm with a fireworks display from 10:30-11pm (subject to change).

Please note: Rehearsals on July 2 and 3 are closed to the public. Gates will open to the public at 12 noon on July 4. Alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis are prohibited on the Esplanade per Mass DCR rules.

Pops performance with band and singer on large stage in Boston MA

July 4th Weekly Events

Heart of the Freedom Trail Guided Walking Tour May 30

This 1 hour tour is the perfect introduction to Boston’s Revolutionary history! Visit some of the key sites along the world-famous Freedom Trail in this engaging, one-hour guided walking tour. Journey into the past as you hear stories about events that took place in the Old State…

Road to Revolution Guided Walking Tour May 30

Explore the makings of a revolution! From the Boston Massacre to Paul Revere’s midnight ride, the birth of the American Revolution happened on these very streets. Hear the extraordinary stories preserved in the meetinghouses, halls and homes of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods. On…

Throw Tea into the Boston Harbor! May 30

Experience life at sea aboard an 18th-century sailing vessel as you join a Son of Liberty and take part in the “Destruction of the Tea”! Throw tea into the very same body of water where the Boston Tea Party took place over 240 years ago. Take part in a multi-sensory experience…

Revolution's Edge Jun 07

Revolution’s Edge takes us to the afternoon of April 18, 1775, hours before the signal lanterns would shine from Old North’s steeple. With war on the horizon, Old North’s Loyalist rector, the Rev. Dr. Mather Byles Jr., is pushed to ‘resign’ his post. As Byles and Cato (an African…

Macy's Great American Fashion Show Jul 01
  • Macy's Downtown Boston

The Macy's Fashion Show in Boston, MA is a highly anticipated annual event that showcases the latest trends and styles from renowned fashion designers. Held at the prestigious Macy's store, this glamorous affair attracts fashion enthusiasts, industry professionals, and curious…

Boston Harborfest Fireworks Jul 02
  • Long Wharf – Boston Inner Habor

Visible from several vantage points along the Inner Harbor, the Harborfest Fireworks return to provide a spectacular display for all to enjoy. The fireworks will be launched from a barge at Boston’s Long Wharf. Best vantage points include: Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park Fan…

USS Constitution: 21-gun Salute Jul 03
  • Castle Island, South Boston

On July 3, cheer on USS Constitution’s Independence Day underway and celebrate our Military Community at the free Huzzah! Salute to Service Block Party! Constitution will depart Charlestown Navy Yard, cruise through Boston Harbor, and pass Fort Independence in South Boston at…

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Jul 04
  • DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade

The Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular is returning for 2024! The Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular is slated to take place at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade starting at 8:00pm. Keith Lockhart will lead a program featuring the Boston Pops orchestra with Rock and Roll Hall…

Guided Tour: Footloose on the Freedom Trail Jul 04
  • Massachusetts State House

A Boston tradition! Footloose on the Freedom Trail is a 3-hour guided walking tour of the entire Freedom Trail from the Boston Common and Massachusetts State House to the U.S.S. Constitution offered every Independence Day. Walk the 2.5-mile route with us on this patriotic tour…

Reading of the Declaration of Independence Jul 04
  • Old State House

The Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Boston, MA is a cherished tradition that brings history to life. Held annually, this event gathers crowds in historic locations such as Faneuil Hall or the Old State House to witness the powerful words of the founding document…

Freedom Trail

The famous Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick trail through Boston’s historic neighborhoods that tells the story of the American Revolution. 

Action Tour Guide offers a GPS self-guided audio tour of Boston's Freedom Trailfully narrated mobile apps available for download.

Freedom Trail Map

Map of the Freedom Trail

Reading of the Declaration of Independence 

You can hear the Declaration of Independence read from the balcony of the Old State House —by the current Captain Commanding of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company—just as it was read to the citizens of Boston on July 18, 1776.

You can attend this year's reading at Harborfest on July 4, 2024. Or experience past readings of The Declaration of Independence through this link on YouTube.


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