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Dates:Sunday, July 4, 2021
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
boston fireworks  4th of july fireworks  pops on the esplanade 2021 photoHOLIDAY POPS 2020
If you are looking for information about the 2020 Virtual Holiday Pops Concert, It will be available to stream from December 10, 2020 - January 9, 2021. You can find more information about how and where to view it here.

Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra are set to entertain at Boston’s annual Fourth of July celebration virtually in 2020.

The 2020 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular live concert is canceled; a special broadcast, both retrospective and new content, to take place on July 4.

Please note:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most large gatherings, including annual festivals, parades, fireworks and concerts are cancelled or will be held virtually through Labor Day 2020. 

This July 4, the Boston Pops will present A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes to pay tribute to the COVID-19 frontline workers and honor those who have lost their lives during the current health crisis, while also celebrating our diverse nation’s founding values of liberty and justice for all. With public gatherings now banned, A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes will be available only on television, radio, and digital media; no live performance will take place.

Featuring newly created content from the Boston Pops and guest artists, as well as traditional Fourth of July favorites and other highlights from recent broadcasts of The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes will air on Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio, and Boston’s WHDH-TV, on Saturday, July 4, starting at 8 p.m. ET.


Stay tuned to see which featured musical guests will be joining conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops next year!

The Boston Fireworks Spectacular will conclude on July 4 with a 21-minute pyrotechnic extravaganza from Grucci Fireworks.

Not up for making the trip into Boston? Many towns will be hosting fireworks displays this year. Find a Fireworks Display near you in MA, and make it an evening to remember.

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will be broadcast on both Bloomberg Television and 7 NEWS WHDH Boston. Can't make it to the big event? You can still tune in to enjoy the show via television, mobile & radio.

Bloomberg Television (DISH: 203 / RCN: 325, 672 / DirecTV: 353 / COMCAST 45, 757 or 844)
7 NEWS WHDH Boston

Boston - 106.1FM / 1330AM | Newburyport 106.1FM / 1450AM | Cape Cod- Easy 99.1FM | Sirius/XM 119 | 92.9-HD2, and 99.1 WPLM-FM

Bloomberg Business App/Iheart App | Stream- |
TicToc by Bloomberg (@TicToc), the first and only global news network built for Twitter, will also livestream the event.

This year’s Spectacular keeps alive several of the Boston holiday traditions including the Pops’ now classic Independence Day rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” which features real cannons and the live ringing of area church bells.

And, of course, The Boston Fireworks Spectacular will be capped off by a magnificent fireworks array that fills the skies above Boston with a stunning exhibition of color and breathtaking pageantry. It is best to arrive early (before noon) if you wish to find a good place to sit.

Find other Fireworks Displays in Massachusetts.

Pack a lunch, water, sunscreen, blankets, and things to keep the kids occupied. Best to take public transportation as parking will be scarce.

What to Bring & What's Allowed
Allowed Items
All personal items must be carried in clear bags only
Pop up tents/canopies with no sides - maximum size 10x10 (no tents/canopies allowed on July 3)
Blankets or tarps no bigger than 10x10
Folding/beach chairs only
Coolers, must be carried in by shoulder strap or single handle (no wheels)
After inspection, small clutch bags/purses may be taken into the venue with the clear bag.

MBTA bus, T, & commuter rail fares will not be collected from 9:30pm to end of service on July 4. MBTA July 4th Service Info

Parking & Transportation Info

Visit this helpful FAQ page for any additional logistical questions.

July 3rd Dress Rehearsal Concert
Oval opens at 9:00am
8:30PM Concert begins
10:30PM Concert ends
Oval access is restricted to the Dartmouth Street-Storrow Drive.
Fiedler bridge closed to foot traffic.


July 4th Schedule of Events:
Oval opens at 9:00am
7:00pm WBZ News Radio AM 1030 broadcast begins
8:00pm Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular broadcast begins
8:30pm Concert begins
10:30pm Fireworks begin
11:00pm Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular ends
*All dates subject to change

Prohibited Items No alcoholic beverages are allowed on any DCR property, which includes the Esplanade, Memorial Drive, Cambridge, or on waterways. Grills, hibachis or other fires are prohibited. No overnight camping. No Bicycles in the Oval. Spectators can stake their claim in the morning on July 4.

No coolers on wheels
No backpacks
No firearms, weapons, sharp objects or fireworks
No glass containers
No cans
No alcoholic beverages
No pre-mixed beverages
All liquids will be carried in sealed clear plastic containers not to exceed 2 liters in size
No grilling, propane tanks or open flames
No unattended bags
No bicycles will be allowed through the checkpoints into the Oval or Island/Lagoon areas. Bicycles are allowed throughout the rest of the venue, but most not be left unattended. Bicycles attached or locked to security fences, poles etc will be subject to removal.

Looking for more July events in Boston? Check out our guide to summer fun for lots more ideas.

Find lots more ideas on fun things to do with kids in Boston.

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*Dress Rehearsal is usually July 3 and the performance is July 4. This year the concert will be virtual, and there are no fireworks.

*Includes all guest artists. *No fireworks.
Gates open at approximately 5:00pm.
8:00PM: Concert begins
10:00PM: Concert ends

*Concert & Fireworks
Gates open at 9:00am
8:00PM: Concert begin
10:30PM: Fireworks begin
11:00PM: Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular ends



Charles River Esplanade, Boston, MA map

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  • Unique Spots to watch Boston 4th of July Fireworks

  • Arnold Arboretum — Over in Jamaica Plain, grab a blanket and head to the top of Peter’s Hill in the Arboretum to peep the fireworks show far away from the Esplanade crowds.

  • Castle Island — Venture out to Castle Island. The park overlooks the Boston Harbor, and if its a clear night, you’ll be able to see other towns’ fireworks along with Boston’s own show on the Esplanade.

  • Great Prospect Hill in Weymouth

  • Wollaston Beach Look northward from this stretch of shore in Quincy and behold a decent view of the fireworks a few miles away.

  • Find 4th of July Fireworks Near Boston

1-starPops Concert
We're in Birmingham Alabama and have no television coverage of the concert & fireworks. Plenty of displays in this area but it's not Boston! Sad day!
5-starplease televise this nationally
We're up here in Alaska. We so look forward to the Boston Pops 4th of July Celebration every year! Someone needs to put this on national television somehow! It's always the best celebration nationwide! Maybe PBS will pick it up and televise it later. They are already doing the Capitol 4th with Bary Manilo, not nearly as good a show!
5-star4th of July Fireworks-Boston
This was a wonderful display. The music was superbly orchestrated with the brilliant bursts of color. My question is, ' who was the female vocalist singing the National Anthem at the end of the display or for the grand finale.' I have a hunch, but would like some verification.


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