The Fourth on Our Side of the Charles

Fireworks may launch from the Boston side of the Charles, but on our side of the river, we start The Fourth with a bang! These events will make your Independence Day:

Ashdown Fourth of July Barbecue
Before the night’s fireworks, celebrate with a free barbecue sponsored by MIT (its Ashdown House and the Large Events Fund). Burgers, hotdogs, snacks and beverages will be served from 1-4p.m. at Ashdown Courtyard. There will also be plenty of tunes and games.

Tours with Paddle Boston (Cambridge Location)
For a memorable view of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, cast off from 15 Broad Canal Way with a rented canoe or kayak. To get the full fireworks experience, you only need to paddle out onto the Charles for about five minutes. You can get to the sweet spot on your own or as part of a guided ten-person canoe tour. The guided tour takes a paddle around the Charles River Basin, and it includes light food, desserts and beverages. Reservations are required.

Glass House Lobster Bake
Honor the birth of our nation New England style— with a good old lobster bake! The Glass House is another place that offers amazing views of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. Their Fourth of July Lobster Bake also has live music, lawn games, patriotic cocktails and of course, fresh seafood favorites. All ages are welcome to celebrate with The Glass House from 5-10p.m. Children five and under are free. Admission includes one lobster.

July Fourth at Restaurant Dante
One more great spot by the riverside festivities is Restaurant Dante’s patio. At 6:30p.m., kickoff the holiday weekend with Dante’s Prosecco Sfizi Hour. Then make your way to a four-course meal. The meal features porcini arancini with truffle honey and a dessert table chock full of Dante’s popular Italian pastries. Admission includes your meal, gratuity, tax and Prosecco at the Sfizi Hour.


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