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4th of July in Boston 2013: Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Celebrates 40th Year

June 24, 2013

It's that time of the year again, and you're looking for  the biggest shows and cruises to watch the fireworks from on the 4th of July. Boston has an amazing assortment of Independence Day concerts and viewing spots: below, we'll show you the best of the best.

Boston Pops Fireworks July 4th 2013 Over the Charles River

Boston's famous fireworks will launch after the the conclusion of the Boston Pops performance, at approximately 10:30 PM, July 4th, over the Charles River. Any viewing location on either side of the Charles River is an excellent choice, but we'll recommend that you try setting up on the Longfellow or Harvard bridges, as these offer amazing perspectives of the fireworks. Generally, the Harvard bridge is less crowded, so if you're planning on arriving late, I'd go with the Harvard bridge. The banks of the Charles River will fill up pretty quickly, but you'll always be able to squeeze yourself in somewhere with a little crowding. Finally, if you're looking for a unique, high-rise view, reserve yourself a spot at the Top of the Hub, but do it fast: they'll run out soon!

The classic Boston Pops performance, as always, is the place to be in Boston for July 4th. To get a spot where you can actually see them perform, though, you'll have to be there early. The Oval, the seating area in front of the Hatch Shell where the Pops performs, opens at 4:00 pm on July 3rd and 9:00 AM on July 4th. However, in order to get a spot in the Oval with a decent viewing angle, you'll have to show up before 9:00 AM on the 4th, as crowds start lining up to go in pretty early. But if you can get in, it's the performance of a lifetime. The Boston Pops are world renowned for playing light classical and popular music, and a free concert is not something you can pass up. This year's Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will feature Boston/New England performers including Grammy-winner Susan Tedeschi,  Howie Day from, national recording artist Ayla Brown  and multi-instumentalist and vocalist Ellis Hall.

July 4th Boston Cruises to see the Fireworks 2013

If you're looking for a more romantic, up close view of the fireworks, a cruise is definitely a great option. For a splendid view, I'd suggest the Massachusetts Bay Lines or the Odyssey Cruises and Spirit of Boston, which will offer events such as an excellent dinner and a bar in addition to your fireworks spectacle. If you're looking for a more classical approach to boating, however, you can also see if the Boston Yacht Charters or the Liberty Clipper are to your liking; they're both historical, sailing ships that bring back some true American nostalgia.

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