Where to Watch July 4th Fireworks in Boston & Cambridge
The best hotels for viewing Boston fireworks on July 4th overlook the Charles River from the Cambridge side - but many Boston hotels also offer excellent views.
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 your room for the ultimate convenience.
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.
Enjoy spectacular views of Boston's Independence Day fireworks from your room at this hotel.
Check rates and reviews on-line, and then call the hotel directly to confirm that you'll get a room with a fireworks view. (You'll find phone numbers at the bottom of this page.)
Boston Insider Tip: Which Side Is Best?
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.
Super hotel for viewing Boston fireworks - views from guestrooms in the 16th floor tower overlooking the fireworks site cannot be beat!
For the ultimate viewing experience, splurge on a suite with a private terrace overlooking the Charles River.
Expect a terrific experience at the Liberty, starting with a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival.
Be sure to ask for a room with fireworks views when you make your reservation!
Enjoy spectacular views of Boston's Independence Day fireworks from your room at these hotels.
These hotels are a little farther from the river, and may not have quite as many rooms with views of the July 4th fireworks - but if you can reserve a room with a view, it should be terrific.
If all of the rooms with fireworks views are booked, the river is only a short 5-10 minute walk away.
Whitney Hotel Hotel
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
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.
The 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-minute walk will bring you to excellent riverside viewing spots.
The Newbury does have a quite splendid roof top terrace. normally used only for private events. However, if you happen to get invited to one, go! Or if you're planning a wedding or other big celebration, book it for July 4th and thrill your guests with the fireworks.
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.
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.