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Dates:Monday, July 1, 2024 - Thursday, July 4, 2024
Hours:Parade at 9:00am
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults

boston 4th of july events activities  parade photoResidents and visitors are invited to view the City of Boston's official commemoration, enjoy the Boston Pops Spectacular televised performances, and participate in Boston Harborfest programming.

In addition, Bostonís historic sites, museums, and other tourist attractions are excited to offer additional fun and educational ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Boston.

On July 4, Mayor Wu will lead an updated version of the City of Bostonís traditional Independence Day commemoration and parade.

After a speaking program, the parade steps off City Hall Plaza at 9:00 a.m., passing Granary Burial Ground, then continuing through Downtown Crossing to the Old State House for the traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.

There will be parade viewing available along the route and in Downtown Crossing.

Parade Route
The parade route is as follows:
Step off from City Hall Plaza
Process down Tremont Street
Halt for honors at Granary Burial Grounds
Reform and take a left on School Street
Left on Washington Street, and
Stop at the Old State House where the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company reads the Declaration of Independence from the balcony.

Boston Harborfest
In addition to the City of Boston official commemoration and parade, the City will also co-sponsor and host Boston Harborfest and the Boston Pops Spectacular.

Boston Harborfest is a proud summer tradition celebrating Bostonís maritime and revolutionary history from July 1 - 4. Activities include historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, boat tours, live entertainment, fireworks, and much more!

Boston Pops Spectacular
On July 4 from 8 - 11 p.m., the Boston Pops 4th of July Spectacular televised program will be broadcast live on Bloomberg TV and radio and on WHDH-TV Channel 7. Enjoy a Boston Pops musical performance and fireworks show from home.


Boston Harborfest Fireworks
On July 3, at about 9:15 p.m., the Boston Harborfest fireworks display will be launched above Boston's Inner Harbor from Long Wharf. Residents and visitors will be able to view the fireworks from most areas along Boston's Inner Harbor. There are no official public viewing areas.

Boston Pops Fireworks
The Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular will include a on Sunday, July 4, at about 10:30 p.m.

The entire program will be broadcast live on Bloomberg TV and radio and locally in Boston on WHDH-TV Channel 7.

There are no official public viewing areas. But, the fireworks will be visible from Parade Ground (corner of Charles and Beacon), Frog Pond, and other areas with sightlines to the Boston Common.
View the map.

Illegal fireworks pose significant dangers to the safety of our residents and their property. If you hear or see fireworks being displayed in your neighborhood, please call 311 and report them using the Noise Score app so that the City of Boston can track them.

To learn more about fireworks safety in Boston, please visit



Various Locations - see listing, Boston, MA map


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