Where to Watch July 4th Fireworks in Boston & Cambridge
The best hotels for viewing Boston fireworks from guestrooms on July 4th overlook the Charles River from the Cambridge side - but many Boston hotels also offer excellent views from guestrooms and rooftop terraces and bars.
If watching the 2020 July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular will be the highlight of your Boston stay, consider staying in one of the hotels in Boston and Cambridge where you can watch the display over the Charles River from the comfort of your room or the hotel's rooftop.
Book as early as possible if you want the most choices and lowest rates.
The popular Harborfest celebration also takes place during this same period, and the city fills up with even more visitors than usual for at least a week before and after Independence Day.
Here are Boston Discovery Guide's recommendations for hotels for watching Boston's July 4th fireworks, organized by viewing location.
Top photo: Courtesy of Sayamindu Dasgupta; July 4th fireworks photographed from Cambridge side of Charles River
Watch from a Roof Deck or Rooftop Terrace or Bar
Thanks to the current trendiness of rooftop terraces, decks, and bars, they're sprouting up on top of some of Boston's most popular hotels. Here are the ones offering the best July 4th fireworks views:
Fifteen Beacon Hotel
Luxury boutique hotel Fifteen Beacon boasts a lovely roof deck above its 10th floor where guests can watch the July 4th fireworks in comfort and seclusion.
Located at the foot of Beacon Hill and one of the best Boston luxury hotels, the XV Beacon gives you fabulous views from its private rooftop.
You should expect high rates on the 4th - but your experience here will be priceless.
While you can't hear the concert from the deck, the Copley Plaza streams it onto a big screen so that you can watch the performance and hear the music - in fact, you probably have a better view and sound quality that you would if you were watching from the Esplanade where the concert takes place in person.
The Envoy Hotel'sLookout Rooftop bar and large wrap-around roof deck with comfy seating gives patrons a lot to love even without fireworks going on - but on July 4th, it's a fantastic place to watch the fireworks light up the sky. With, of course, the drink of your choice in your hand.
The Envoy is located in the Seaport District on the South Boston Waterfront overlooking the Harbor and Fort Point Channel.
Some river-facing rooms on upper floors at the Whitney Hotel on Charles Street in Beacon Hill may have excellent views of the fireworks, as the hotel is just a short distance from the Esplanade and the section of the river where barges used for launching the fireworks are located. Trees may partially block the views from rooms on lower floors. Call the hotel to get their recommendation before booking.
But why watch from the hotel when you can walk to the Esplanade along the river in just a few minutes? The Whitney is one of the closest hotels to both the Hatch Shell, where the Boston Pops concert takes place, and the banks of the river within ideal viewing distance.
The Sheraton Boston Hotel has the advantage of being tall and well-positioned to see the fireworks over the river - so lots of rooms here offer terrific views, as do many of the hotel's the public spaces.
Unfortunately, the rooftop indoor/outdoor pool and surrounding deck are not positioned to take advantage of the views - but you can still enjoy them during your stay in this upscale business hotel.
Marriott Hotel near Kendall Square near MIT offers sweeping views of the Charles River from many of its guest rooms.
Although height alone makes this Marriott one of the best hotels for Boston fireworks viewing, you can also easily walk to the river (5 minutes at the most), where you'll find plenty of good spots for viewing and slightly smaller crowds than on the Boston side.
Need more space? You can find reasonably priced suites at Marriott's Residence Inn Cambridge, practically next door
The best hotels for viewing the fireworks from the shore are actually on the Cambridge side of the river. But keep in mind, the huge fireworks display feels like it fills the entire night sky. As long as your room faces the river and isn't blocked by another building or trees, you should have a great view.
More Boston and Cambridge Hotels with Fireworks Views - or Near the River
A number of other Boston hotels, particularly in the Back Bay neighborhood and Cambridge, offer fireworks views from some of their rooms and public spaces, while others are close to the banks of the Charles River if you want to walk over for an outdoor view.
Some rooms, especially on lower floors, may have obstructed views while others may not be at the right angle to see the part of the river where the fireworks take place - so if you want a view from your room, make sure you check directly with the hotel when you make your reservation.
Keep in mind that rates at many Boston hotels soar almost as high as the fireworks for July 4th - so consider saving money by making reservations at a hotel within convenient walking distance of the river but not necessarily with a view from your room. Or, go to the other extreme and splurge on a room at the XV Beacon, the only Boston hotel with a roof deck where you can watch the fireworks.
Hotel Marlowe - Cambridge
Located across across Land Boulevard from the Royal Sonesta, the Marlowe ofters a convenient Cambridge location close to the Charles River.
Although you cannot see the fireworks from the hotel, you can easily walk to the river for a view.
The Marlowe is known for its cool vibe, and will be a fun place to stay for the holiday.
Newbury Boston (formerly the Taj - reopening soon)
Although you won't be able to see the fireworks from The Newbury Boston, located directly across from Boston's Public Garden, the hotel's location close to the Charles River launch site for the fireworks means just a short 5-10 minute walk will bring you to excellent riverside viewing spots.
Check reviews and rates on line to find best prices and possibly deals (if you start early enough) - but then call the hotels directly to make sure of getting a room with a view. Use the local numbers shown below, ask to speak with the Front Desk Manager, and explain what you want.