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4th of July Fireworks & Parade 2020

Enjoy the holiday in the city where the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on July 18, 1776

4th of July Fireworks & Parade in Boston 2019 - Best Time
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Boston hosts hundreds of activities during the 4th of July weekend starting a few days before the holiday. Boston Harborfest is known as the country’s largest 4th of July celebration. It includes historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, boat tours, and, of course, plenty of music and entertainment.

4th of July celebrations in Boston, taken from the Cambridge side, in front of MIT 2020
4th of July celebrations in Boston, taken from the Cambridge side, in front of MIT
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Fenway Park 2020
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The 4th of July usually starts with the official Flag Raising Ceremony and Parade. The flag is raised in the City Hall Plaza at 9 am, that is followed by a parade which stops at the Granary Burying Ground to lay wreaths for American heroes and at the Old State House, from where the Declaration of Independence was first proclaimed in 1776. Every year at 10 am, the Declaration is read again from the same balcony of the Old State House by the current Captain Commanding of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.

Boston POPS Fireworks is another local 4th of July tradition. The famous orchestra and other artists put on free performances for the Boston public. But the seating for this free event is on a first come first serve basis, so make sure to show up early if you want to get a seat. This concert ends with spectacular fireworks over the Charles River which last for 23 minutes. You can also watch it on the Cambridge side of the Charles River for the best views.

Confetti rains down during Boston Pops Orchestra and Fireworks Spectacular 2020
Confetti rains down during Boston Pops Orchestra and Fireworks Spectacular