Boston Harborfest, Chowderfest, Esplanade Concert, 4th of July Fireworks

  • Concert
A warm up Concert, for the 4th concert takes place  July 3rd, the day before the Boston Pops July fourth concert and fireworks.
The Boston Pops Orchestra performs a rehearsal that is open to the public.
The lawn area in front of the Hatch Shell opens at 4:pm, the concert starts at 7:30 pm. (No fireworks on the 3rd)
Boston Public Garden swan boats
Walk Way Maps, Walking Tours Around Boston Harbor
Boston offers some fine activities for vacationers during the week of the Harborfest.
Events and places open at all times include the
Freedom Trail, a walking trail that links the Paul Revere House, the Boston Massacre site, Old North Church,  Faneuil Hall/ Quincy Market, the Old Statehouse, the Bunker Hill Monument, and Old Ironsides, the oldest commissioned warship and one that fought in the war of 1812.

Boston has long been famous for its
artists and art museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Harvard's Fogg and Bush Reisinger. The museum of Contemporary Art  is in a modern building on the waterfront walkway, a walking path along
Schedule, 4th of July Concert
The shell area in front of the concert stage opens at 9:00 am.  The fireworks can be seen from anywhere along the Charles River including the Cambridge side.  Speakers broadcast throughout the area.

To see the performers, it is best to set up early in the shell area.
 9:00 – 10:00 am.  Once the concert start it is very difficult to walk anywhere near the concert stage because of the crowds.
Boston's Esplanade Concert by the Boston Pops and the  4th of July Fireworks take place on The Charles River.  The concert hall is the dome seen above left center, the Hatch Shell.

Boston Esplanade Concert, Boston Pops, 4th of July Fireworks

Boston's Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks   
   Concert 7:30 PM    

  •   Fireworks, 9:30 PM
Keith Lockhart will lead the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra when they perform the  annual Boston Fourth of July concert and Fourth of July fireworks celebration.  Each year a different featured performer joins the Pops Orchestra. This event is free of charge each year; there is no entrance fee.

The highlight of this festival usually starts with the combining of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture played by the Boston Pops Orchestra with the fireworks launched from barges on the Charles River.  The performance ends with a display of fireworks over the Charles River.
The entrance to the shell opens at 9:00 am on the day of the concert  Visitors can set blankets on the grass and make a day of picnicking.  Wrist bands will be issued to those occupying space on the grass in front of the shell.

The best option for reaching this event is public transportation via Boston's subway system.  
The Red Line makes a stop at Charles Street Station that is close to the River walk and concert stage shell.  The Green Line subway has a station close to the Boston Public Garden where a pedestrian only bridge leads over a roadway to the Charles River.
This is a very popular event and by early evening will be crowded.
Alcohol is not permitted anywhere on the Charles River during the concert.  Security will check coolers on entrance.  No camping, cooking, or barbecue grilles is allowed.  

Boaters are allowed to enter the River at the locks and to tie up or anchor near the shell.   The locks crowd up by mid day or early afternoon so it is best for boaters to make an early start.
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Boston celebrates Harborfest the first week in July with a clam chowder fest, the free Esplanade Concert with the Boston Pops Orchestra and  special guest performers, and the 4th of July Fireworks over the Charles River.
  • Boston Harborfest
Boston Harborfest runs from June 29 and culminates in the Esplanade concerts on the banks of the Charles River with a fireworks display at 9:30 pm.
During the week there are concerts along the waterfront at Columbus Park and at City Hall Plaza.  Sailboat races take place in the harbor and there are children's events.
Extreme Sailing, June 30th  each afternoon, Fan Pier   
  • Boston Chowderfest
The Boston Chowderfest takes place on July 3rd at City Hall Plaza between 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.  
Boston restaurants compete to create the best Clam Chowder as judged by the visitors who sample and vote on their favorite clam chowder.
$12 for adults ($9 children under 12.
Boston Harbor, the location of the Harborfest and the Chowderfest
Boston Quincy Market
The 4th of July concert takes place on the Charles River
Boston Transportation, Getting to Boston:
  • Boston Flights
Air service reaches Boston's Logan Airport (BOS)  from other major hubs and cities.
  • Auto Rental
Rental cars are available at the airport through rental car shuttle buses that pick up at arrivals.
  • Airport Transfer
From the airport boat shuttles reach the City of Boston at several places.  Transit service and taxis reach the city after a short drive.
Passenger Boat service leaves daily from Boston to the tip of
Cape Cod (May -September)   at Provincetown. Bikes can go aboard.
  • Flying in to Boston.
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Boston Harbor, the scene for Harborfest and Chowderfest
The 4th of July concert takes place on the Charles River
Concert Performers , 2014,
The Beach Boys,   
Megan HiltyConcert Performers , 2014,
Concert changed to the 3rd of July due to an approaching storm
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