Boston is a great city for family travel during the July 4th holiday week. Every year the city goes all out as fireworks, historical reenactments, outdoor performances and food festivals are added as additional attractions beyond the city’s many year round historical sites and museums. If your college visit or family vacation plans are bringing you to New England in July here’s a round-up of some great ways to celebrate early summer in the greater Boston area:
- Harborfest is a five day celebration of Boston’s colonial and maritime heritage features more than 200 events ranging from historical scavenger hunts, opportunities for kids to sail the Harbor for free, 19th century gun drills, citywide trolley tours and of course Fireworks and food! Children’s Day is July 3rd.
- Fireworks and the Boston Pops on the Esplanade on July 4th. This year they will be joined by Susan Tedeschi, Ayla Brown and Ellis Hall for a free outdoor concert. Get there early – many families arrive when the gates open, bring a picnic and sunscreen and spend the day celebrating the 4th. Fireworks can be seen from the riverbanks along the Charles River on both the Boston and Cambridge sides at 9:30 PM. Want to see the Pops without large crowds? They also perform at 7:30 PM on July 3rd.
- Chowderfest brings together some of Boston’s best restaurants on July 7th for an outdoor cook off and taste test festival at City Hall Plaza to determine who makes the best clam chowder in Boston. Tickets required.
- Free Friday Movies will include E.T. at the Boston Harbor Hotel patio on July 5th while the Hatch Shell will feature Despicable Me on July 12 and Here Comes the Boom (which was shot in and around Boston) on July 26.
- Free Friday Museums – each Friday starting June 28th through August 30th, six different Boston area museums and cultural attractions will open for free. On July 5th, the free attractions include Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum which is highlighting a 230 piece collection of 230 Faberge treasures from the late 19th and early 20th centuries including enameled clocks, gold cigarette cases, hardstone carvings, ruby encrusted brooches and four imperial eggs made for Nicholas II and the Romanov family.
Beyond Independence Day celebrations, Boston is always a great family vacation destination. Catch a whale watch, walk the Freedom Trail or the Emerald Necklace, visit Fenway Park, or stop by the Science Museum or the Institute for Contemporary Art. Special for families, the Visitor’s Bureau has a downloadable free Family Visitor’s Pass that offers discounts at more than 70 family friendly restaurants for Summer 2013. Have a great visit to Beantown!
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