Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular: What to Expect and How to Get There

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No plans for this year’s July 4th weekend just yet? Your friends here at Wanderu are here to help! Grab your friends and family and take a bus to Boston to celebrate this Independence Day in one of the country’s oldest cities! Come join the half of million people that come from all around the country for one of Boston’s most commemorable celebrations, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular!

USS Bataan At HarborfestBoston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at the Hatch Shell

Beginning to sound enticing? Here’s everything you need to know about the event:

The Entertainment

The electrifying holiday weekend kicks off on July 3rd with an impressive lineup that is bound to entertain with a concert featuring Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Bring a blanket and some games, show starts at 8:30 P.M.! Might not be in the area to catch the concert on the 3rd? Worry not! Head to the Esplanade on July 4th and this time BSO will be performing alongside some special guests also at 8:30 P.M.! Scheduled performers include (TBA). And bring earplugs because things will get loud, fireworks pop off at 10:30 P.M.! Don’t miss out!

The Location

The best areas to catch the concert as well as the fireworks are the the Oval and the Island, both along the Boston side of the Esplanade, just right outside the Hatch Shell. Come quick as this event is free and open to the public so spaces go on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once these spots are filled up, they will be closed off until after the show! It should be noted that there is a bag check prior to entrance into one of the two areas. Can’t make it to either areas? Quite all right, catch the show, and a beautiful Boston skyline views, from Cambridge. Sound towers will be placed along the river on both Boston and Cambridge!

Boston Pops 2Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular over the Charles River

Do’s and Don’ts

Here’s the do’s and don’ts of this year’s Fireworks Spectacular:


  • check the weather the day off the assure no sudden rain storms!
  • bring blankets, friends and family, and games to pass the time before the show begins!
  • pack sunscreen and bug spray. Trust us, you won’t regret it.
  • take along some cash. Aside from the many food vendors, bring a part of 4th of July home with you with some Boston Pops merchandise ranging from hats to t-shirts!


  • bring alcoholic or pre-mixed beverages, glass containers, or cans.
  • take along with you firearms, weapons, etc.
  • bring backpacks or large coolers! Personal bags only and coolers without wheels, please!

For more details on the event, check out the celebration’s Event Grounds page!

Getting There

Located in the heart of Boston, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is extremely accessible by public transportation.  If you are visiting from out of town, take BoltBus, Greyhound, Mega Bus, Peter Pan, or one of the many other carriers that provide service to Boston’s South Station.  From there, this nationally televised event is just a short MBTA ride away!

And hey, after the show, why don’t you stay a while and see what other activities(link to Boston summer bucket list) our vibrant city has to offer! Safe travels!