4th of July Fireworks in and Around Boston

Fireworks rise over a concert at the Esplanade. Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism
Independence Day celebrations on the Esplanade, Boston, Somerville, Braintree, Andover, Lincoln, and Arlington

If you’re looking for a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is a classic choice. Heading over to the Esplanade in the morning to stake out a spot, enjoying a picnic and the outdoors all afternoon, then in the evening hearing the 1812 overture as fireworks explode in the sky is a Boston tradition families have been enjoying for decades. 

But if the sounds and crowds on the Esplanade seem a bit overwhelming, there are plenty of other great options. Lots of towns around Boston put on their own 4th of July displays that are just right for families with young children. Read on for some wonderful local celebrations with fireworks from June 30th through July 4th, and check out other Independence Day activities (an Ice Cream Cruise!) on our events calendar.

Braintree's July 4th Celebration—Braintree
Saturday, June 30, 2018
The Braintree July 4th Celebration Committee really does it up big! The parade kicks off at 11:45 followed by festivities beginning at 2pm with games and rides, along with a home run derby. A variety of live music follows. There is a salute to soldiers at 9:30 pm, and – of course – a pyrotechnics display to light up the night starting at 9:30pm. 

2018 Independence Day Celebrations at Trum Field—Somerville
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Get there early and settle in for an evening of music, fun, and games. The evening ends with a 30-minute fireworks display at approximately 9 pm. 

Fireworks at Andover High School—Andover
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Andover celebrates Independence Day the way I think it should be done: Fireworks on the evening of the 3rd, then daytime fun on the 4th. The festivities start early on the 4th with a pancake breakfast. A parade, games in the park, and a concert follow. You have the whole evening of the 4th to rest and recuperate. You'll be bright eyed and bushy-tailed on the 5th, while everyone else is dragging, worn out from the previous night’s festivities.

Boston Fireworks; Photo by Mike Halsall/CC BY-ND 2.0

Boston Pops 4th of July Concert & Fireworks—Boston
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
You can't call yourself a Bostonian until you've experienced a 4th on the Esplanade with the Pops and fireworks show to beat all fireworks shows. Special performers for the 2018 concert are pop sensation Rachel Platten, Grammy-award winning artists Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Indigo Girls, the folk music American duo featuring singers Amy Ray and Emily Saliers.

Independence Day Concert, BBQ, and Fireworks—Lincoln
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Lincoln celebrates July 4th all day, with a scenic run, Children’s Bike Parade, Town of Lincoln 4th of July Parade, Boy Scout Cook Out, Town-Wide Swim, soccer, and concert. For an active celebration, this is the place to go. The music and barbeque start at 7pm, with fireworks at 9:15pm. Be aware that parking is $20/car, and it will take a while to get out of there after the fireworks. But there are restrooms, and if you get there early, there’s plenty of space for the kids to run around on the grass.

Waltham 4th of July Fireworks at Leary Field—Waltham
Wednesday ,July 4, 2018
If you want to start the celebration early on the 4th, head to Waltham's 4th of July Celebration at Prospect Hill Park. From 10am to 2pm there are free children's activities, pony rides, animal shows, music, and refreshments. Then in the evening, the band Back in Time plays at Leary Field starting at 5:30pm, followed by a fireworks extravaganza at 9:30pm.

Newton's 4th of July CelebrationNewton
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Like celebrations in Waltham, festivities in Newton include morning activities just for kids, followed by an afternoon with an open air market, amusement rides, and fireworks at 9pm.

Originally published June 2012; updated annually through 2018

Trum Field
Broadway and Cedar Street
02145 Somerville , MA 42° 23' 54.5892" N, 71° 6' 28.692" W
Hollis Elementary School
482 Washington Street
Braintree , MA 42° 12' 57.7152" N, 71° 0' 9.7668" W
Braintree High School
128 Town Street
02184 Braintree , MA 42° 12' 22.5432" N, 71° 1' 4.3464" W
Andover High School
80 Shawsheen Road
01810 Andover , MA 42° 39' 28.2024" N, 71° 9' 22.9752" W
Ballfield Road Complex
Ballfield Road
01773 Lincoln , MA 42° 25' 22.3716" N, 71° 18' 49.8456" W
Leary Field Waltham , MA 42° 22' 35.346" N, 71° 14' 8.1996" W
Prospect Hill Park 02451 Waltham , MA 42° 24' 1.6884" N, 71° 15' 27.8028" W