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This is located on the banks of the Charles River. Cambridge and MIT are across the River, as well as the Museum of Science. The 4th of July Concert is home to over 1 million people who visit for the music and Fireworks to Follow....More
I did not have the pleasure of listening to a concert here but much enjoyed my visit to the riverside. There's a floating quay pretty adjacent and deck chairs are available. It provides a nice opportunity to sit, relax and to let the cares of...More
Despite the freezing weather, the esplanade was delightful. You can walk a loop along the Boston and Cambridge sides, connecting with the 2 bridges (Harvard bridge, next to MIT, and Longfellow bridge). Beautiful views. I've enjoyed sunrises and sunsets from the esplanade, and never failed...More
The Esplanade comes alive in the spring, summer and fall with free concerts for families and couples, and the Fourth of July fireworks can easily be seen from this location. Bring your blanket and a picnic basket, and you are in for an old fashioned...More
We live three blocks from the Esplanade and use it to commute. 12 months a year you get a great view of Boston, Cambridge and the Charles while getting some exercise. Take it east into the city and you can make your way to the...More
I've spent countless hours walking along the Charles river during the time that I've lived in Boston. For those looking for a relaxing place to talk, clear your mind, or exercise there is no better place than the esplanade - especially during summer months. I...More
Nice view of the river, crowded if there is an event (mostly summer like July 4). Not certain about after dark security, ask around in advance unless you are with a group. The same goes for all along the river - it’s by no means...More
The prime seating area in front of the stage is open and there is no cover from the sun. There are trees around the perimeter and towards the back of the performance area. You would be sacrificing view for comfort, but I... More
The prime seating area in front of the stage is open and there is no cover from the sun. There are trees around the perimeter and towards the back of the performance area. You would be sacrificing view for comfort, but I would go for the comfort. I'm not sure how early they allow people in to the area, but as soon as it opens, it fills quickly. If you're part of a small group, you can put a blanket or chairs down and hold the space for yourselves. You can all take turns leaving for food, restroom breaks, walk a bit, etc. Good luck! It's been years since I've done the Esplanade on the 4th. I hope you enjoy it.
Bostonians take the Fourth of July serious and have been known to show up as early as 4:00 a.m. since they banned overnight camping. I believe the City now attempts to regulate this at 6:00 a.m. There is limited space and... More
Bostonians take the Fourth of July serious and have been known to show up as early as 4:00 a.m. since they banned overnight camping. I believe the City now attempts to regulate this at 6:00 a.m. There is limited space and a major Holiday here. We show up after dusk and sit on the river in front of the barge to watch the fireworks. The Pops concert is played from speakers close to the hatch shell if you don't get a seat in front and people bring radios up and down the river. Remember there is limited viewing of the fireworks from the Hatch Shell and little shade during the day. Google what the Hatch Shell looks like as there really are no "gates". They put up barriers around the area of the Shell where the best viewing is, which is a large section of grass with a walkway around it. It is not an enclosed area on a regular day. This will give you a better idea of what your options are. It's a fantastic way to spend the 4th. Boston has a sense of pride and tradition on the Fourth of July that you will not find anywhere else and it's contagious! Even if you don't get a seat in front of the Hatch Shell you'll have a blast.
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I cannot give a specific answer because this is a very subjective question, which depends on what criteria are important for selecting the "best" spot. Typically the events at the hatch shell are extremely popular, drawing... More
I cannot give a specific answer because this is a very subjective question, which depends on what criteria are important for selecting the "best" spot. Typically the events at the hatch shell are extremely popular, drawing large crowds well in advance. Depending on weather conditions and time availability, a 2-3 hour time period before the event is very advisable. This is somewhat comparable to Tanglewood where the gates typically open two hours before an event.