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Dates:Sunday, July 4, 2021
Hours:10:30pm - Fireworks
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:Free see below
boston fireworks on boston common 2021 - new photo2021 Event Info - New Fireworks & Concert Venues

The 2021 Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular to take place at Tanglewood, a music venue in the Berkshires.

Keith Lockhart will lead a live televised and live streamed performance of patriotic favorites from Tanglewood, with special appearances by Jon Batiste, bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and legendary singer Mavis Staples.

The fireworks finale—will still take place in Boston, but from the Boston Common, instead of the over the Charles River - and will also be broadcast as part of the live televised broadcast.

The 2021 Pops concert will start at 8 p.m. and the fireworks will follow at 10:30pm.

*Please note: Tickets for the in-person concert at Tanglewood are now SOLD-OUT. There will also be no fireworks at the Tanglewood concert, and no concert simulcast or sound on the common for this year.

The usual celebration, which was skipped last year due to the pandemic, will return to the Esplanade and Hatch Shell next year when there will be 'adequate time to plan and execute the complex event.'

While the celebration may look different this year, it will still be a special way to celebrate the 4th.

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.

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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Free | Reserved Tickets Available on June 21



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  • Unique Spots to watch Boston 4th of July Fireworks - when it's on the Esplanade

  • 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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