What: The Esplanade Fourth of July Celebration
Where: The Esplanade, Boston
When: All Day on the Fourth of July
Why: Celebrate Our Country's Birth with Music and More
The Fourth of July in Boston is spectacular. People begin to gather in the early hours of the morning with blankets, food, and water at the Esplanade so they can get a front row seat to a sensational Fourth of July extravaganza including the spectacular Boston Pops concert and dazzling fireworks show.
If you want to watch the show from the "best seats" on the grass in front of the Hatch Shell, you have to get there early and be prepared for a long day of waiting for the show. The waiting can be enjoyable if you dress for the weather, bring friends along, and plan to play games, read, people watch, take walks, picnic and relax as you wait. Bring plenty of snacks and lots of water. Some rain gear or a tarp might be helpful since on a muggy Fourth of July rain may fall.
For families with young children, I suggest arriving later in the day and finding a spot on the other side of the Charles River in Cambridge or down below the Hatch Shell towards the Fenway area on the Boston side. There you'll be able to hear the music and watch the fireworks though you'll miss the front row seats of the concert. The day seems too long to me for young children, yet many families plan well, bring the children, and have a great day.
Real adventurers may want to rent a boat and travel up the Charles to see the fireworks from the river. That takes planning and patience as many do the same.
I'll never regret spending a Fourth of the July at the Hatch Shell--it was an experience I fondly look back on, and may repeat some day. In the meantime, my celebrations on the Fourth of July mainly include the backyard cook-out, local parade, nearby swimming, and town fireworks--a good ol' fashion Fourth of July.
Note: Sadly we know that around the world large events are sometimes met with danger. Hence, as with any event and a crowd this large, it's important that you keep a close eye on your children and surroundings, and heed the policy and directions of local officials.