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4 Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Cambridge

Fri June 29, 2018

It’s no secret that the Fourth of July is a pretty big deal here in Cambridge, but what exactly should one do to ring in the holiday? And where is the best spot to see the fireworks?

That’s where we come in. We may be a little biased (and who could blame us?) but Cambridge really does offer the best views of the firework show! To make your planning a little easier, here are our top four things to do this Independence Day that will make your day unforgettable:

1. Cruise on the Charles with the Charles Riverboat Company

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate July 4th while escaping the inevitable crowd, look no further! We can’t think of a better way to spend the Fourth of July than on one of the Charles Riverboat Company’smajestic boats. This Fourth of July, hop aboard the Lexington.

On the Lexington, you'll be treated to an open bar stocked with beer, wine, and plus dessert! Aboard the Lexington, you'll have stunning views of both the Boston and Cambridge skylines and of course, the firework show. The boat boards at CambridgeSide-- which is easily accessible via Lechmere Station, and offers plenty of parking -- before heading out on the Charles.

2. Picnic on the Charles River Banks

We may be a little biased, but Cambridge’s view of the fireworks cannot be beaten. Not only will you have front row seats to the show, seeing the Boston skyline light up with fireworks is truly a sight to see.

We suggest grabbing your family and friends and heading down to the banks of the Charles River for a late afternoon picnic before the fireworks set off at 10:30p. You’ll enjoy one of the best views of the fireworks and still have a laid back holiday before heading back to work on Wednesday.

3. Enjoy dinner before the Fireworks show

If packing a picnic isn’t quite your thing, Cambridge has so many incredible restaurants located right on the river or within walking distance of the river, that enjoying a delectable dinner won’t mean that you have to miss out on any of the festivities. Some of our restaurants are so close to the water, you may not even have to leave your seat to catch the show.

The fireworks spectacular doesn’t kick off until 10:30p, which means you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy drinks and dinner with friends before the sky is illuminated with fireworks.

Click here for a full list of restaurants.

4. Party on the Patio

Celebrate the fourth in true New England style at a Clam Bake at The Glass Housein Kendall Square. Join the party outside on their patio for a feast that even Henry Longfellow wouldn’t be able to resist. Dine on unlimited hot dogs, steamers, hamburgers, and more before the fireworks begin. Grab your tickets here.

If clams aren’t your thing- don’t worry, Cambridge has plenty to this Fourth of July and that includes a Patriotic Partyright on the Charles River. Head over to the Hyatt Regency Cambridgefor a buffet that includes all of the Fourth of July staples, lawn festivities hosted by Budweiser and co-hosted by local radio station Indie617 from 4 to 11:00p.