Fourth of July on the Esplanade

The Esplanade Association

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For 36 years, Boston's 4th of July spectacle has been attended by thousands of people.  The event consists of awesome fireworks which are accompanied by a live performance of the Boston Pops.  Believe me when I tell you, if your children can stay up past dark to see the show, they will be amazed by what they see.  Hosted once again by Craig Ferguson with special guest Toby Keith, you must see this at least once to be considered a real Bostonian.  Tip:  Arrive early (before noon) to find a good place to sit.  Pack a lunch, water, sunscreen, blankets, and things to keep the kids occupied.  Best to take public transportation as parking will be scarce.



Sunday, July 4th Concert and Fireworks

9:00am Oval opens 12:00pm Recorded music begins in Boston 4:30pm Recorded music begins in Cambridge 7:00pm WBZ News Radio 1030 simulcast begins 8:00pm Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular broadcast begins on WBZ-TV Boston 8:30pm Boston Pops concert begins with the National Anthem and flyover 9:30pm "1812 Overture" is played 10:00pm CBS Network national broadcast begins 10:30pm Fireworks begin 11:00pm Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular ends


  • Event Category Holiday Events, Fairs and Festivals
  • Event Cost Free
  • Event Ages All

Event Location

The Esplanade Association

376 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02108

(617) 227-0365