4th of July in Boston: A Virtual 4th


July 4, 2020Boston Pops

A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes

This July 4, the Boston Pops will present A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes to pay tribute to the COVID19 frontline workers and honor those who have lost their lives during the current health crisis, while also celebrating our diverse nation’s founding values of liberty and justice for all.

This event will be available only on television, radio, and digital media starting at 8 p.m. EST; no live performance will take place. Tune in for newly created content from the Boston Pops and guest artists, as well as traditional Fourth of July favorites and other highlights from recent broadcasts of The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

James Taylor at Fenway Park Concert Stream

James and his Band performed a sold-out concert at Boston’s legendary Fenway Park in 2015. On July 4 the concert, featuring a special guest appearance by Bonnie Raitt, will be streamed in full on YouTube and Facebook at 2pm EST and 5pm EST, respectively.

The 39th Annual Boston Harborfest Celebration 

Boston Harborfest is a family friendly event that includes historical reenactments.  Though this year's event is canceled due to public health protocols, historical commemorations and resources are available to you as virtual experiences listed below.

Freedom Trail

On July 4th, Boston By Foot presents a live streaming version of their popular annual Footloose on the Freedom Trail walking tour. This 90+ minute virtual tour, co-sponsored by Samuel Adams Brewing, will feature 16 Boston By Foot guides at each of the 16 stops along Boston's historic Freedom Trail. Hosting this special event is Liz Covart, host of the award-winning podcast Ben Franklin's World.

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 Trail, fully 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 experience past readings of The Declaration of Independence through this link on YouTube, and in the video below by Burkco Video.