4th of July Happenings

It’s hard to believe that the Fourth of July is around the corner! Now, we have no intention of rushing this summer at all – but at the same time, it’s worth a little advance planning to pull off a great 4th of July celebration with friends and family. Here’s what is going on around Watertown this upcoming Independence Day:

Of course, the quintessential Fourth of July event in this area is the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. Every year, the Boston Pops concert and accompanying fireworks display attracts nearly half a million people to the Esplanade along the Charles River. The production is so grand and so gorgeous that it is also telecast nationwide. This year, the Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart have announced that music superstars Melissa Etheridge and Andy Grammer will join them for both the July 3 and July 4 concerts.

The July 4th concert on the esplanade begins at 8:30pm and ends at 10:30pm. The fireworks display will start directly after the concert, wrapping up by 11pm. If you’re hoping to watch the concert at the Hatch Shell, we suggest getting down there early to claim your spot. Otherwise, the fireworks can be seen throughout the city, and the Cambridge side of the Charles features sound towers, food concessions, restrooms, and excellent views. This is a Boston tradition that must be experienced at least once!

Newton Community Pride, a private, non-profit organization, helps to organize and sponsor Fourth of July festivities for the town of Newton. There is a kids’ morning that includes foot races, a teddy bear parade, and ice cream, an open air market and amusement rides, as well as music and dancing for all to enjoy. Fireworks are set off in the evening and, for the past twenty-seven years, have been free to the public.

Watertown does not hold it’s own fireworks display. However, the town’s location and close proximity to Boston and surrounding towns provide easy accessibility to neighboring towns, including Waltham, Lexington, and Burlington, with Fourth of July fireworks displays.

If battling the fireworks crowds isn’t your thing, fire up the grill, throw on some burgers, and light up some sparklers. We won’t judge!