Question about Boston

I have read of a hotel that offers rooftop seating for the Boston Pops 4th of July concert. Supposedly you can hear well and see the fireworks display.

I thought this was the Fairmont, but nobody there seems to know anything about it.

Do you know of such a hotel?


Top photo: Fireworks over the Charles River in Boston, (c) Boston Discovery Guide

Boston Discovery Guide is a reader-supported publication.  When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission at no additional cost for you.  Learn more

Question about Boston

Hi Ann - The Fairmont Copley Plaza does has a rooftop deck which offers views of the July 4th fireworks.  

However, according to the hotel, no seating or concert broadcast is available, and access to the deck on July 4th is limited to guests with Fairmont Gold status. 

However, the hotel is a fairly short walk to the Esplanade, which has sound systems set up at intervals along the river bank.

You may also want to consider a couple of other Boston hotels which offer rooftop or private terrace viewing of the July 4th fireworks display: 

  • Fifteen Beacon, on Beacon Hill near the Massachusetts State House. If you want to stay there - and it's a fantastic choice, one of Boston's top-ranked luxury hotels - you'll need to reserve early because it is a small boutique property, very popular, and always books up early for the 4th.
  • Liberty Hotel in the West End, close to the Charles River - Perhaps even better than a rooftop decks are the Libery's rooms on higher floors with privace terraces overlooking the fireworks site.  There aren't many of them - so be prepared to pay a lot, and definitely call the hotel to make sure you get one with a view.

Either of these hotels would be a great choice - but be sure to call the hotel directly to confirm that the terraces will be open to hotel guests for fireworks viewing on July 4th because sometimes construction or other circumstances may cause closures.

A few other hotels have lovely rooftop terraces, but don't normally open them up for viewing watching the concert on the 4th. 

For example, the Colonnade has a terrific roof top terrace with swimming pool, but they normally close it to guests at 8pm, even on the 4th. 

Although the Newbury Boston across from the Public Garden has a roof top deck with fantastic views across the Public Garden and Boston Common, my understanding from the hotel is that you cannot see the area where the fireworks take place because of buildings blocking the view in that direction. 

And finally, Beacon Hill Hotel has a lovely roof deck but it is behind the front part of the building, which obscures the views.  However, it's a lovely spot to relax if you want to sit with a drink in your hand and stream the concert and the fireworks on your phone or laptop.

In case you decide to stay at a hotel where you can walk down to the river to hear the concert and watch the fireworks, here is a hotel map from that gives you a quick, easy way to see locations and rates. 

Enter the dates for your stay, and you'll see the cheapest rates for hotels available on your dates:

More about how to save on Boston hotels

Here is a link to an article with a list of hotels for Boston fireworks, including those that I mentioned above.  Near the bottom of the page, you'll find hotel phone numbers. 

Once you know your travel dates and select your hotel, make your reservations as quickly as possible because it's unbelievable how fast they fill up for the July 4th period, especially those with the rooftop terraces and decks.  

Hope you find what you're looking for, and have a wonderful time here.  The fireworks truly are spectacular, and the 4th is a very fun time in Boston!

Susan's signature


More Fun Things to Do in Boston during the July 4th Holiday

Need a Boston Hotel or Apartment?

Use this handy map from to find the perfect place to stay.  Just enter your dates to find what's available, see the best rates, and make your reservations.