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Charles River Esplanade

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Address: Storrow Drive, Boston, MA 02114
Phone Number: 617-635-4505
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A popular path for walkers, joggers, bladers and bicyclists, the Esplanade...

A popular path for walkers, joggers, bladers and bicyclists, the Esplanade is also home to the Hatch Shell, where the Boston Pops holds its annual summer concerts.

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4th July

The escapade is a lovely way to spend a few hours relaxing. We went down to see the concert and fireworks on 4th July. If you go at this time of year it's a sightcnotcto be missed.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Droylsden, United Kingdom
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Droylsden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The escapade is a lovely way to spend a few hours relaxing. We went down to see the concert and fireworks on 4th July. If you go at this time of year it's a sightcnotcto be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the esplanade. It's such a versatile spot- you can rent a kayak, run/walk/bike along the path, or plot down on one of the floating docks (complete with Adirondack chairs) to sunbathe. The whole area is clean, well maintained, and safe. Highly recommend spending a few hours there, regardless of if you're a local or tourist.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I ran here in the early morning, meeting lots of other people. Nice and calm, away from the traffic.

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Tomball, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hubby and I found out on July 4, the Boston Pops host an annual fireworks show/concert along the Charles River. We actually sat on the opposite side of the river at MIT, but they play the concert in speakers and this is a great view of the fireworks. Would definitely recommend taking a blanket or something to sit on.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Esplanade is a green area along the Charles River where people go to bike, walk and hangout. It also houses the Hatch Shell where the Boston Pops perform the 4th of July Concert and the July 3 rehearsal. We attended the rehearsal on July 3. We purchased VIP tickets through our hotel. This VIP ticket basically provided you with a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attended the July 3rd rehearsal of the Boston Pops concert. My only complaint was the long wait to finally get in, It took 2 1/2 hours from the time we got in line until we got through security. Not well organized. I can't imagine what people had to go through on the 4th with MORE people in attendance!!! DId... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We flew to Boston to see the famous 4th of July pops concert and the fireworks. A major addition was the beauty of this waterfront park with tree lined walking trails and tons of scenic vistas. Must do

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They Boston Pops rehearsal for the Independence Day performance is open to the public. Great music and beautiful view of the sunset over Cambridge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We flew into Boston specifically to attend this event and to hear the Boston Pops concert (with featured guest artists Nick Jonas & Demi Lovato) and then see the fireworks. We arrived a bit later than we had planned (about 6:30pm) and access to Hatch Shell was already full so we weren't able to actually see the concert. But there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited for the 4th July fireworks and the setting was absolutely immense. I cannot articulate enough how beautiful the view of sunset was and having 500,000+ people around with a full festival atmosphere was amazing! Definitely want to do that again!

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