Our Ultimate Guide to Independence Day Festivities in Boston

Boston is the place to be for a truly unforgettable Fourth of July celebration. With a rich tapestry of historical significance, vibrant cultural events, and breathtaking fireworks displays, the city offers something for everyone. At Hotel AKA Boston Common, we place our guests right in the heart of the action, ensuring you're just steps away from all the excitement.

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Celebrate Independence Day in Boston

Annual Boston Harborfest Celebration July 1 - 4, 2024

Kick off your Independence Day festivities with the annual Boston Harborfest. This family-friendly event spans late June through July 4, featuring historical reenactments, Chowderfest, where you can sample all of the best Chowder in Boston, Beer Garden, live music, parades, and a dazzling firework display over Boston Harbor just before the big day, and so much more. It's an ideal way to immerse yourself in Boston's rich history while enjoying entertainment for all ages. Learn More

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular July 4, 2024

The highlight of Boston's Fourth of July is undoubtedly the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. Held at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade, this event begins at 8:00 PM with a performance by the famed Boston Pops orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart. The lineup includes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and R&B/Soul icon Darlene Love, Broadway star Kelli O'Hara, and Americana band The Mavericks, with special appearances by the Singing Sergeants from the United States Air Force Band. The night culminates with spectacular fireworks show from 10:30 to 11:00 PM, lighting up the sky over the Charles River. Be sure to arrive early in the day to secure your spot to watch! 

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Boston Common

Just a look outside the guestroom windows at Hotel AKA Boston Common, and a short walk from the doorstep, you'll find the historic Boston Common. This green oasis was the site of many colonial-era protests against British rule, making it a symbol of American independence. On the Fourth of July, it transforms into a place of celebration, reflecting the spirit of freedom and democracy that defines America's founding principles.

Faneuil Hall

Known as the "Cradle of Liberty," Faneuil Hall has been a site of significant historical speeches and revolutionary activities. Today, it is a bustling marketplace filled with shops, dining options, and street performers. Celebrate Independence Day by exploring its vibrant atmosphere and indulging in the rich history that permeates every corner. Learn More

Freedom Trail

Walk the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail and visit 16 historically significant sites, including the Massachusetts State House, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, and Bunker Hill Monument. This iconic trail offers a unique way to connect with Boston's revolutionary past. 

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USS Constitution

Conveniently located on Boston’s Freedom Trail, the Navy Yard offers two historic ships, interactive exhibits, and engaging programs for adults, families, and students of all age.  Plan a Visit

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Step back in time at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, where interactive exhibits and replica ships bring the pivotal event that sparked the American Revolution to life. Recognized as the "Best Patriotic Attraction," this museum offers a poignant reminder of the nation's pursuit of independence, making it an ideal destination for July 4th celebrations. Plan a Visit

Private Historic Pub Crawl

For a unique way to celebrate, join the Freedom Trail Players on a Private Historic Pub Crawl. Explore 18th-century taverns and learn about the social centers that played a crucial role in revolutionary Boston. Raise a glass to the common folk who paved the way for independence. This tour is for ages 21+ and requires booking at least two weeks in advance by calling (617) 357-8300 or emailing

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Experience Sophisticated Accommodations in Downtown Boston

Hotel AKA Boston Common puts you at the epicenter of all the Independence Day festivities. Our prime location offers unparalleled access to Boston's historic sites, celebratory events, and vibrant culture. Enjoy the convenience of walking to major attractions and returning to the comfort of our luxurious accommodations complemented by world class hospitality.

Stars, Stripes & Stay Package

Immerse yourself in the excitement of Boston's Independence Day celebrations with our "Stars, Stripes & Stay" package at Hotel AKA Boston Common. This exclusive offer includes a one-night stay in our sophisticated accommodations, complimentary valet parking, a festive welcome gift inspired by the holiday, and the luxury of a late checkout for an unhurried departure. Experience the vibrant energy of Boston during Independence Day Weekend with nearby activities, and don't miss the dazzling Fourth of July fireworks display, just an easy 20-minute walk from our doorstep.