July makes a grand entrance with Independence Day celebrations in and around Boston, including daytime July 4th festivities and fireworks filling the night sky. The family fun keeps going all month with lots of events and activities, and below are our top 10 picks.
Of course, we have plenty more ideas for enjoying summer sun and fun with your kids: free summer movies, super playgrounds, splashy fun, and nearby beaches. We'll keep adding to our calendar daily and sending our weekly newsletter in time for each weekend, but here's your chance to look ahead for these July favorites and get them on your calendar.
Soak up city history and some lively music at Harborfest. Photo courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Tourism
Boston Harborfest - North End and Waterfront
June 28 - July 4, 2018
There are over 200 daily events that are part of Boston Harborfest, Boston’s Independence Day celebration, including tours of the Freedom Trail and other family-friendly activities.
Space: An Out of Gravity Experience at the MOS - Boston
June 29, 2018 - January 1, 2019
The Museum of Science's newest temporary exhibition allows kids to experience the sights, sounds, and smells on board the International Space station. Some activities include operating an robotic arm, thinking about managing a limited power supply, and trying a space glove.
Ice Cream Float Harbor Cruise - Hyannis
July 4 - August 29, 2018
This Wednesday evening cruise serves up sunset views and Ben & Jerry's ice cream sundaes.
Aladdin - Boston
July 5 - August 5, 2018
From the producer of Disney's Lion King comes Aladdin, the classic story in which one magic lamp and three wishes make for exciting possibilities.
Titus Sparrow Park Summer Concert Series - South End
July 10 - August 14, 2018
All of our favorite kindie bands are playing Children's Concerts in Titus Sparrow Park during the Summer Concert Series this July: Vanessa Trien, Wayne Potash, and Karen K & the Jitterbugs. Bring a blanket and snacks and settle in for a fun time with your little one.
WGBH FunFest - Brighton
July 14, 2018
Is there a better summer combination than ice cream and music? At WGBH FunFest, it's all about the family fun, with ice cream, live musical performances, interactive games, face painting, inflatable rides, and visits from beloved PBS characters.
Sandcastles get elevated to sculptures here. Photo courtesy of Joe Siciliano
Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival - Revere
July 20-22, 2018
Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival, the largest sand sculpting festival on the East Coast, welcomes world-renowned artists and over 500,000 spectators. Hop on the Blue Line to the Revere Beach stop for art, sand, music, food trucks, and fireworks. Be sure to take the kids to the interactive Kid’s Zone and Learning Center.
Lowell Folk Festival - Boston
July 27-29, 2018
The Lowell Folk Festival brings together sounds from all across the world, showcasing West African, Irish, Quebecois, Dominican, Portuguese, Greek and many more types of music.
Circus Smirkus performances are made up entirely of ultra-talented youth performers. Photo courtesy of the event
Circus Smirkus - Marshfield, Waltham
July 24-25, 28-29, 2018
Circus Smirkus is Vermont’s award-winning international youth circus that promotes the skills, culture, and traditions of the traveling circus, complete with breathtaking acrobatics and silly clown acts. There are shows in Marshfield and Waltham at the end of July.
Wizarding Weekend at Boston Children's Museum - Boston
July 28-29, 2018
Potions, Quidditch practice, and more happens on Wizarding Weekend. Visitors are encouraged to come dressed in robes and bring a wand—or make one at the museum.