Historic Boston will commemorate 4th of July with some of the most spectacular events in the nation, which is fitting because it is considered the birthplace of the American Revolution. There will be several free events in Boston in 2017, so commemorate Independence Day by walking the paths taken by the Founding Fathers in Boston. Following are some of the free events in Boston in 2017.
June 30-July 4
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02210
Boston Harborfest will feature indoor and outdoor family-friendly events over the five-day period. Many of the events will take place at Boston’s best historical landmarks. There will be over 100 activities, attractions and special events celebrating the birth of the nation. Most events will be free, but tickets might be required for certain attractions. The opening ceremony will be a Faneuil Hall on June 30 @ 11 a.m. Mayor Marty Walsh will kick off the 36th Annual Boston Harborfest and the 215th Army Band will play to get the crowd into a patriotic spirit.
Dramatic Reading of the Declaration of Independence
July 4 @ 1 p.m., 3 p.m., & 5 p.m.
Old North Church, 193 Salem St., North End Boston, MA 02210
The dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence is sure to be a meaningful experience to citizens. Not only is the event free, but it's also full of knowledge.
Boston Pops 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
July 4 @ 9 a.m.
DCS Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02108
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will draw a crowd of hundreds of thousands of spectators, so the gates will open at 9 a.m. so people can find seating. The concert will feature music by the famed Boston Pops Orchestra, led by conductor Keith Lockhart. Special guests will include Andy Grammer, Melissa Etheridge, Leslie Odom, Jr., and The U.S. Army Field Band. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 10:30 p.m.
Boston Pops Spectacular Preview
July 3 @ 8 p.m.
DCS Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston, MA
The Boston Pops 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular will be a terrific event, but the day might be too long and too crowded for some people. You can watch the rehearsal on July 3, with all the same performers as listed above. The downside is that there will not be a firework show on the 3rd. The upside that there will be about 50,000 spectators instead of hundreds of thousands, so it will not be as crowded.
City of Worcester’s Annual Independence Day Celebration
June 30 @ 4 p.m.
East Park (Cristoforo Colombo), Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA 01608
The annual celebration will be presented by the Chamber of Commerce and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. There will be children’s activities from 4-6:30 p.m. The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:40 p.m. The fireworks with light the sky starting at 9:30 p.m.