The most exciting things to do in Boston in July center around celebrations - fireworks and the Boston Pops concert for the Fourth of July, the huge Boston Harborfest with more than 200 events daily, and mega-star concerts.
Red Sox tickets are in huge demand for home games at Fenway Park. But keep in mind that some of the best things to do in Boston in July are free...enjoy the greenery in Boston's many gorgeous parks, catch the Friday Flicks on the Esplanade, and even catch a few rays on a city beach.
Hot July days and warm nights make this one of the best months of the year in Boston. So keep reading to find out about the most popular July activities.
1. Celebrate Independence Day
The July 4th Pops Concert and Fireworks Spectacular is Boston's biggest July event - as well as being the biggest Independence Day celebration in the country. If you're visiting Boston for this holiday, you'll have a memorable experience.
On both July 3rd and 4th, Conductor Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in playing familiar favorites and rousing patriotic music, complete with real cannon fire, on the Boston Esplanade, a grassy embankment along the Charles River. On July 4th, a spectacular display of fireworks above the Charles River follows the concert. It's the quintessential summer experience in Boston, and if you've seen it broadcast on television - well, it's even more wonderful in person! For details, see the Boston Events Calendar for July.
Harborfest gets bigger and better every year as more and more events and participants join this gala celebration of Independence, Boston, and summer. With over 100 events daily, you'll find something going on almost all the time.
Tour Boston by boat - the best way to see the city! Check out these fun sightseeing, music, and entertainment Boston Harbor cruises on the Yacht Northern Lights and Schooner Adirondack III:
Special Event Cruises:
Cinco de Mayo Cruise - May 5 - Enjoy sightseeing around Boston Harbor, on-board games such as giant jenga and corn hole on the Northern Lights' two decks, and a taco bar and specialty tequila drinks menu.
More Fun Cruises:
Boston Tea Party Cruise - Starts March 23 - No tea gets thrown overboard as you cruise around Boston Harbor - but instead you'll enjoy hot tea, tea-inspired specialty cocktails, and a tasty assortment of smoked salmon, egg salad, and other sandwiches, salads, chocolate cherry scones, and lemon cake with fresh berries. Use Coupon Code BDGSpring30for 30% off Boston Tea Party Cruise for departures through April 28
Live Irish Music Cruise - Enjoy the gorgeous Boston skyline while you cruise around Boston Harbor and listen to lively Irish traditional music from the visiting Irish band Curragh - with fiddles, banjos, uilleann pipes, concertinas, and bouzoukis, you'll think you're in a cozy pub in the Emerald Isle - especially when you see all the Irish libations at the bar
Summer BBQ & Beer Cruises - Starts May 25 (Memorial Day weekend) & features a tasty rotation of BBQ styles throughout the summer: Texan BBQ with cornbread, Argentinian gaucho BBE with chimichurri, North Carolina BBQ, Jamaican jerk BBQ & greens, Spanish seafood BBQ with paella, Hawaiian BBQ with roast pork and pineapple. Pair it with beer!
3. Watch the Red Sox
Winning or losing, the Boston Red Sox put on the best show in town. If you're visiting Boston and love baseball, attending a home game at Fenway is a "must do." No matter which team you root for, being in Fenway Park on a balmy evening is one of the best things to do in Boston in July.
Top musicians present some of the best Boston concerts of the year during summer months because of our outstanding outdoor venues - the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Gillette Stadium, and even Fenway Park. Take advantage of this opportunity to see superb performers in great locations.
Schedules & Tickets:
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Another fun and inexpensive option is the 15-minute ferry ride to the Boston Harbor Islands. Once there, you can explore, hike, take photographs, swim, bird watch, go on free tours led by the Park Rangers, picnic, and much more. You can even take another ferry to several smaller islands. You'll feel like you're in a different world - and you are!
Boston's cruise port, the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal located in the South Boston Waterfront neighborhood, is so easy to get to, plus you can leave your car in their parking lot while you're away - or even better, get there on the T's Silver Line.
You have a couple of days each way to enjoy the amenities and ocean views from the 11-deck Norwegian Spirit cruise ship, plus 3 days on land in Bermuda to explore the famed pink-sand beaches, great shopping, and other fun activities.
9. Relax at a Local Boston Beach
Did you know that even though Boston's main waterfront is a harbor, you can reach several nice city beaches as easily as hopping on public transportation?
You'll find New England Revolution games as well as some of the biggest concerts of the summer at Gillette Stadium, just 22 miles south of Boston.
Patriot Place, where Gillette Stadium is located, is packed with interesting shopping, nice restaurants in all price ranges, the only Bass Pro Shop in New England, a cool sports museum, a theater, and much more. You can stay over at the spectacular Renaissance Hotel right next to the stadium.