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Traveling to Boston for the Fourth of July

Posted by Becky Shade on Jun 29, 2015 12:50:51 PM

The Fourth of July in Boston is a celebration not to be missed! This year, the holiday falls on a Saturday, making it easier for out-of-towners to travel without having to miss work. If you'll be joining us here in Boston for the occasion, here are some tips to experience the best that the city has to offer. 

Traveling To The City
 Many travelers coming from out of state choose to fly into Boston Logan Airport. The MBTA's Silver Line shuttle is free from the airport and no ticket is needed (and includes a free transfer to the Red Line from the South Station stop). You can pick up the Silver Line by heading outside of baggage claim and following the signs for the shuttle. There are also plenty of rental car options directly from the airport.

Driving: Many New Englanders vacation during the Fourth of July weekend and traffic, both leaving and heading into the city, is to be expected. Be prepared to wait in traffic if you're traveling to the Boston area and try to remain patient. If you're traveling with young children it's a good idea to pack car games and activites to keep them entertained.


34th Annual Boston Harborfest
Boston Harborfest, a Fourth of July Festival, takes place from July 1st - July 5th, 2015. Harborfest is an annual tradition that highlights Boston's "colonial and maritime heritage." The opening ceremony kicks off on Wednesday, July 1st and is the first of over 200 events that make up the festival. Visitors and guests can experience everything from historical reenactments to walking tours to Harbor Cruises. Check here for the full Schedule of Events


Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
The key to a quintessential Fourth of July in Boston is the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the Hatch Shell by the Charles River. It's an incredibly popular event that is attended by half a million viewers. To ensure that you get a good spot to watch the fireworks, you'll want to get there early and make sure that you're prepared for the day. Gates open at 9:00 AM on the Fourth of July. 

The weather can change quickly here in Boston and viewers will want to bring layers and prepare for a multitude of conditions. You'll be outside for several hours so be sure to pack suncreen and always have a light rain jacket just in case. In addition you'll also want to have plenty of snacks on hand. There is the Charles River Bistro down on the Esplanade, but once it gets crowded there will be long lines, so it's best to be prepared and have enough food for the day with you. Note that backpacks, shopping bags and rolling coolers will not be allowed on the Esplanade. 

The concert begins at 8:30 PM and ends at 10:00 PM. The MBTA is offering free rides starting at 9:30 PM and the two closest T stops are the Charles MGH Station (Red Line) and Arlington Station (Green Line). The city encourages attendees to take public transportation when possible. 

Watching the Fireworks and the Boston Pops play at the Hatch Shell is a once in a lifetime experience and well worth the effort! 

If you're traveling to Boston for the Fourth of July, we wish you safe travels and a wonderful holiday! For those of you still looking to book a hotel, you can view our suites and check our availability here

The Inn at St Botolph is a Boutique Boston Hotel on the border of the South End and Back Bay. 

Photo credit: Photo 1 - Photo 2 - Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Facebook Page.

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The Inn @ St. Botolph is a 16 Room Boutique hotel in Boston.  Wonderfully situated on the border of the Back Bay and the South End, this hotel is close to the Hynes Convention Center, Prudential Center and Copley Square.

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