4th of July Fireworks (without the Esplanade Crowds)

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Posted July 3, 2013 by Sarah Stanley in Eat & Drink
4th of July

Still working to solidify a 4th of July fireworks plan? One word of advice: Skip the Esplanade mayhem. While the Pops always put on a great show, this year’s crowds promise to be extra intense: In light of the Marathon bombings, security will be tighter than ever (think very, very long lines).

The reality of any fireworks show is that, if you have a view of the sky, you can get in on the action. So with that absolutely fantastic truth in mind, meet a few of the city’s many, many spots for taking in the annual display—sans the masses.

From the Charles River: Couldn’t find your way onto someone else’s boat this year? Don’t fret. Charles River Canoe & Kayak offers rentals on the Fourth. Not only is the view from the water unbeatable, but you’re also free to paddle within earshot of the Hatch Shell performances. (A little cardio never hurt anyone, either.)

From the Boston Harbor: If saltwater is more your speed, try a harbor cruise. A handful of charter companies offer their own 4th of July fireworks packages, including Odyssey Cruises and Spirit of Boston.

Atop the Museum of Science: Consider the museum’s location: on the river, mere blocks from the Esplanade. Admission will get you a spot on the museum garage’s roof for the duration of the show. Best part? Proceeds support educational and outreach programs (p.s. kids get in free).

Over Dinner: And high in the sky, at that. Top of the Hub, that swank eatery perched 52 floors above Boylston Street in the Prudential Building, offers a prix fixe July 4th dinner. Five gourmet courses paired with a stunning fireworks show? Can’t go wrong.

On Castle Island: One set of fireworks not enough? Head over to South Boston’s Castle Island. Because of its spot on the harbor, you’ll catch surrounding areas’ shows—in addition to the major city display.

And if you’re still seriously concerned about missing out on the Pops, add their tunes to the night’s playlist. (That’s what downloads are for, after all.)

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