Boston in July

Fun Things to Do

Fun Things to Do in Boston in July 2020Splash Pools, Fireworks, ChowderFest, Beer Gardens, Concerts, Food Halls, Beaches, Red Sox, & More

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.

For even more choices, check out the Boston Event Calendar for July.

Top photo:  Cooling off on a July day at the splash pool on Boston's Greenway near Faneuil Marketplace

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1.  Celebrate Independence Day

Boston Fireworks

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.

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2.  Have Fun at Boston Harborfest

Tall ships in Boston

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 200 events daily, you'll find something going on almost all the time.  

Highlights this year include Chowderfest and a gala boat parade and fireworks on July 2nd.

Find out more about Boston Harborfest events and schedules

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Boston Harbor Sightseeing Cruises

Boston sailing and yacht cruises

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:

Northern Lights Cruises:

  • Brunch Cruise - Savor a delicious 3-course brunch on this relaxing sightseeing cruise around Boston Harbor
  • Champagne City Lights Cruise - Raise your glass of bubbly to the glittering city lights as you relax to soft classical music
  • Sunday Evening Jazz Cruise - End your weekend on the perfect note by grooving to live jazz as you watch the ever-changing sunset colors as the sun sets behind Boston's city skyline
  • Winter City Lights Cruise - Unwind on this 1-hour cruise with soothing classical music in the background, perhaps a tasty drink in your hand, and city lights sparking all around you
  • Winter Sunset Cruise - Grab a cocktail and apps from the bar and then relax as you watch the sun set on this sail around the Harbor, just in time to catch the USS Constitution fire its cannons as the sun dips down past the horizon
  • Live Irish Music Cruise - Get ready for fun on this rockin' Celtic cruise with a live Irish band playing classic Boston Irish songs, traditional Irish tunes, top hits, and your requests

Adirondack III Sailing Cruises:

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3.  Watch the Red Sox 

Red Sox Game

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.

If attending a game is the focus of your trip, you may even want to stay in one of the hotels near Fenway Park.  You'll also find a great range of Fenway restaurants for a bite before or after the game, plus of course the famous Fenway bars and nightspots near the stadium.

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4.  Go to a Summer Concert

Top musicians present some of the best Boston concerts of the year during summer months because of our outstanding outdoor venues - the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, Gillette Stadium, and even Fenway Park.  Take advantage of this opportunity to see superb performers in great locations.  

Top July Concerts in Boston

The free Boston Pops Independence Day Concerts on the Esplanade takes place on July 3 and 4, with fireworks after the show on the 4th.

Concert Schedules & Tickets - Boston, Gillette Stadium, Xfinity Center:

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5.   Enjoy Shakespeare on the Common

Shakespeare on the Common in Boston MA

Boston's most popular free outdoor theater event is the annual production of Shakespeare on the Common.

Bring a blanket, buy something yummy to eat from one of the gourmet food vendors who arrive for the event, and enjoy the bard under the stars.

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6.   Cool Off Under the Stars

July days can be steamy - so escape the heat at an outdoor movie under the stars. 

Cool off on Friday evenings at Free Friday Flicks on the Esplanade.  Bring a blanket, a snack, and relax while watching family-friendly favorites.

Find details for all on the Boston Events Calendar for July.  Also, check out indoor Boston movie theaters.  

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7.  Tour & Cruise Boston Inexpensively

A Boston tour or cruise gives you a fun way to see parts of Boston you might not see on your own. 

A 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!

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8.   Cruise to Bermuda

Cruise to Bermuda from Boston and enjoy this pink sand beach

For a quick change of scenery from Boston during mid-summer, consider Bermuda. 

Bermuda cruises from Boston depart weekly from April through September. 

Boston's cruise port, the Flynn 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 on a Boston Beach

Boston beaches - Revere 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?

From Revere Beach where a huge sand-sculpting contest takes place each July to Pleasure Bay Beach next to Castle Island, these beaches are perfect for a quick visit.  

For a day trip from Boston, head to Rowes Wharf and board the fast ferry to Provincetown. 

For other water adventures, check out Boston whale watching cruises.

Boston Hotels with Outdoor Swimming Pools

Boston hotels with outdoor swimming pools:  The Verb
Enjoy your summer vacation to the fullest in when you stay at a Boston hotel with an outdoor swimming pool:

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10.  Head to Gillette Stadium - and Shop Nearby

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. 

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets are nearby - shop enough, and your savings can pay for the whole weekend!

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Whale Watching Cruise Tickets

Whale watching cruise

Join one of the exciting 3-hour Whale Watching Cruises departing from the convenient Downtown Boston Waterfront, and experience the thrill of spotting whales off the coast of Boston. 

You'll see these magnificent creatures close-up from the deck of your ship, probably spot Humpback and Finback whales, and see White Sided Dolphins frolicking in the waters.

These cruises sell out quickly, especially during the most popular months, but booking online is easy through GetYourGuide.  Don't miss this iconic Boston experience!

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