Where to Watch July 4th 2016 Fireworks Around Boston

The 4th of July never sneaks up on me, because as soon as the first wave of heat from summer hits, I'm making plans about who's backyard we're holding the barbecue in; how many hot dogs and pounds of chicken wings we plan on grilling; what kind of burger theme we should have; and whether or not to try for a red, white and blue décor ice cream cake again, since every year prior has consummated in a patriotic melting mess. Besides all that, the 4th of July always strikes up a fresh appreciation of America's freedom, where amidst the increasing strife growing across the globe, our country has still preserved some of the rights of their citizens. As the food piles start dwindling and people begin looking for a spot to watch fireworks explode across the sky, I am grateful for our country, our freedom, and the relative peace we still possess here. And what more patriotic city to watch fireworks than in the city of Boston? I have a few favorite places to watch fireworks around the city.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at DCR Hatch Shell

Holding Fourth of July concerts since 1973, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at DCR Hatch Shell is the premier Fourth of July celebration in the nation. Each year, 500,000 visitors crowd onto the banks of the Charles River to celebrate Independence Day, beginning with a concert by Boston Pops, the orchestra's annual free outdoor Fourth of July concert, and finishing with a spectacular fireworks show, accompanied by firing cannons and ringing church bells.

Price: Free

General Schedule:

9:00 a.m. Gates open
7:30 p.m. Countdown to Pre-Show
8:30 p.m. Concert begins
10:30 p.m. Fireworks launched
11:00 p.m. Fireworks end

Top of the Hub's Fourth of July Celebration

Head to the Prudential Tower Skywalk for Top of the Hub's Fourth of July Celebration. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'ouevres; an excellent five-course meal, complete with a Fourth of July Blueberry Cake (with Caribbean rum and coconut mousse) for dessert; sky-high panoramic views of the city, and a bird's-eye view of the fireworks spectacular over The Charles River.
For reservations, please call 617-536-1775.

Price: $250 per person

General Schedule:

6:00 p.m. Chef's Welcome Reception, showcasing cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
7:00 p.m. Guest seated for five-course dinner, featuring Executive Chef Stefan Jarausch
8:30 p.m. Simulcast of the Boston Pops concert, live from Hatch Shell below
10:30 p.m. Fireworks Launched, viewable from the Skywalk Observatory

Castle Island

Located in South Boston, Castle Island is another popular spot to view Boston fireworks. Not only will you see a 360-degree view of Boston's fireworks, but if you get to the island early enough, you'll be able to view fireworks shows from three neighboring towns as well.

Price: Free

Marblehead Harbor
Marblehead, a picturesque harbor-front town about 15 miles outside of Boston, celebrates Independence Day with music, art, food vendors, and plenty of family activities. It gets pretty crowded here, so try and make your way to the harbor by 3:00 p.m. on the day of the 4th and stay there for the rest of the evening. For the best views, try Chandler Hovey Park, Fort Sewall, or Crocker Park.

Price: Free

General Schedule:

8:45 p.m. Red flares signal the beginning of the show
9:00 p.m. Fireworks launched

Christina Wong is a Bay Area native who loves to travel the world, but always finds her way back to California.