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4th of July in Boston - 2021

Attend the best birthday party in the country!  Boston celebrates the 4th with spectacular fireworks, historical reenactments & more! 


July 1 - 4, 2021

Annual Boston Harborfest Celebration 

Taking place July 1-4, the 2021 Boston Harborfest is a family-friendly event that includes historical reenactments, live music, parades and a fireworks display over Boston Harbor. 

Harborfest 2016 fife players dressed in reenactment clothing


Sunday, July 4, 2021

2021 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

The Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular will take place at Tanglewood, where Keith Lockhart will lead a live televised and live streamed performance of patriotic favorites, with special appearances by Jon Batiste, bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and legendary singer Mavis Staples. The fireworks finale—to take place from the Boston Common in partnership with the City of Boston—will also be broadcast as part of the live televised broadcast. 

Pops performance with band and singer on large stage in Boston MA

Events & Activities

Freedom Trail Foundation Resources

This Day in History videos provide mini-history lessons for each day of the year by typing in the...

Freedom Trail Foundation Virtual Programs

The Freedom Trail® and Black Heritage Trail® have rich opportunities for everyone to learn and...

Freedom Trail Foundation's Classrooms Live

The Freedom Trail Foundation's new Classrooms Live! offers teachers the opportunity to invite a...

GPS Self-Guided Audio Tours

Turn your phone into a personal tour guide! Action Tour Guide provides self-guided audio tours;...

Historian at Home: Online game, A Sailor's Life For Me

The USS Constitution Museum presents a weekly video series with Public Historian Carl Herzog. Carl...

Live Virtual Walking Tour of Boston's Freedom Trail

Lots of plans have had to change in 2020, so if you can’t make it to Boston this year, join our live...

Old North Church: 99% Sure Series

We're excited to launch a new web series, "99% Sure" all about the history, people, and events that...

USS Constitution Goes Virtual: Daily Virtual Tours

The USS Constitution Museum brings the Museum to you even if it is currently closed to the public to...

Boston Harborfest 2021

With multiple activities over Independence Day weekend at Boston’s best landmarks, this...

Freedom Trail

Enjoy Freedom Trail Foundation resources - access to history lesson videos and audio guides of the Freedom Trail.

Action Tour Guide offers a GPS self-guided audio tour of Boston's Freedom Trailfully narrated mobile apps available for download.

Freedom Trail Map

Map of the Freedom Trail

Reading of the Declaration of Independence 

You can hear the Declaration of Independence read from the balcony of the Old State House —by the current Captain Commanding of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company—just as it was read to the citizens of Boston on July 18, 1776.

You can attend this year's reading at Harborfest on July 4, 2021. Or experience past readings of The Declaration of Independence through this link on YouTube, and in the video below by Burkco Video.



Summer in Boston: See You Soon

Check out our list of summer traditions, events, & activities.

Summer Packages

Extend your Summer in Boston experience! Make it an overnight with these Summer getaway packages from participating hotels.