View Full Version : What to do in Boston, MA during 4th of July Weekend?

01-27-2010, 02:54 PM
What's good that weekend? Outside chance I may be able to join the wife for a Conference she's attending. Don't have any specifics, yet, still needs board approval. I've so far found the HarborFest, will DEFINITELY be seeing a Red Sox game, the play the O's, that weekend. Any other good festivals, parties, etc in the area that weekend?

Bars, restaurants, must see's and do's or maybe any Q competitons going on in the area?



Smokin' D
01-27-2010, 04:36 PM
Hi Bob, Richard here. There is much. Bars. Pick a type. Right by Fenway Pahk is The Boston Beer Works. Micro brewery. Good stuff. Fire works on the Esplanade with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Museum of Science for the kids. Are they coming too? Some great restaurants. Q? Not so much. There is a cook off in June, one in August and one in Sept. That's all I know about. I for one am just 23 miles outside the city, mayhaps we could meet up? Send me a PM if you'd like.

01-27-2010, 04:45 PM
We will arrive on the 2nd, and leave on the 6th. So anything on the 3rd-5th is good. Kids will not be going with us. Maybe we can organize some drinks somewhere on one of those nights with other area Brethren! A lot will depend on wife's conference schedule. She's "required" to attend all day, everyday.........Guess I'll just hafta do some walking and hole up inside a bar somewhere till she's done with each days sessions!!!:-D

I'm thinking a Sox game on Sunday, then fireworks somewhere afterward. Will know in the next few weeks or so if it's a done deal or not.



01-27-2010, 04:57 PM
Have a Tea Party. Isn't that what they are famous for up thar?

01-27-2010, 05:00 PM
Good Luck on getting tickets, I had to buy them from E-bay when I was there... There is a lot to do in Boston, it is my favorite East Coast town. Check out the Freedom Trail and the U.S.S. Constitution...

Cast Iron Chef
01-27-2010, 05:35 PM
Isn't there some kind of tall ship parade in Baston that weekend? Salam isn't far for some witch hunting. Best thing to do in Boston is stuff yourself to near death with seafood. Musemes are awesome as well.

01-27-2010, 05:39 PM
Boston is a good walking city, most of the stuff to do is in close walking distance of each other, faneuil hall is a great place to check out for food and all the tourist stuff that you will need to pick up, will be packed over July 4th, something about going to historic places at that time of the year. Great city but be prepared for the heat and humity, the two of them together are alot worse than either one alone. also need to be prepared for it to be colder than you expect, and rain, if it is a clod rain just be prepared, weather can vary from cold rain to stupd hazy hot and humid.

01-27-2010, 05:50 PM
Single game tickets for that month go on sale at the end of January. If I don't know by then, I'll hafta find a way to get in. Ebay's an option.
As far as seafood goes............we plan to do just that...........stuff ourselves.

The weather there will be a break from the dry 100+ scorchers we will be having here. Besides, the weather is always great inside a bar, RIGHT? :)

Keep em coming!! That is one BIG tea party,,,,,,,,,,,,,SMOKE ON!!!

01-27-2010, 06:31 PM
Bob, it's been 30 years since I was in Boston for Independence Day, but it was a blast and I remember it like it was just yesterday!

Did some of the things mentioned above.

Fireworks and Boston Pops concert on the Esplanade - Great!

Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market - Great! We ate and drank our way through that place.

Many bars after that, but I don't remember them so clearly.

01-27-2010, 06:54 PM
And Bob, who the fark organizes a business conference over a holiday weekend?

Just askin.

Learnin Querve
01-27-2010, 07:10 PM
Spent the bicentennial in Boston when I was 19. Everybody said I had a good time.

Been back many times, since former employer was located there. My ex-boss lived in North Andover.

Always something to see and do, either in the city or get a car and head north. Wife discovered Kittery, Maine and nearly melted her credit card.


01-27-2010, 08:19 PM
And Bob, who the fark organizes a business conference over a holiday weekend?

Just askin.

School Counselors Convention...........probably the reason why not many counselors have signed up to go. Bad choice in dates. Not so much for us though. A weekend with no kids sounds like heaven to us!!:wink:

01-28-2010, 01:11 PM
kickassbbq (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/member.php?u=2373)

Now... that's a fatty!

The Giggler
01-28-2010, 02:32 PM
The Fireworks and Boston Pops are not to be missed. Just make sure to get there early, and if you are relying on the "T" to get back to where you are going, boogie out of the park. Otherwise, you'll be hopping a cab.

One of my favorite seafood joints is The Barking Crab. www.barkingcrab.com (http://www.barkingcrab.com)

Great place. Enjoy your trip.

01-28-2010, 03:35 PM
If you are into old cars and hot rods, the weekend of the 4th is "The Summer Nationals". It's actually in Worcester (you can go visit Dr. Gonzo at the same time). Here is the link to last years. http://www.summernationals.com/index2.html
Its been a few years since I've been, but when I lived in MA I would go every year.

Q Haven
02-02-2010, 08:41 AM
Red Sox have home games on July 3 and 4 vs Baltimore, I highly recommend going to a game at Fenway (and I'm a Yankee fan). If you want some tips from locals throw a similar post up on the New England Barbecue Society Yahoo group. I'm sure you will get some great recommendations.


Unfortunately the closest BBQ contest that weekend is in Lake Placid NY, which is a nice place but is 8 hours away.

02-04-2010, 02:07 AM
Walk the Freedom Trail from Beacon Hill to Bunker Hill (3mi)work up an appetite, drop down to the North End and eat at any Italian restaurant near Hanover and Pearl. Don't miss the Bull and Finch pub near Beacon Hill and get a Cheer's souvenir mug. Eat clam chowder every day somewhere, but find the Union Oyster House early along the Freedom Trail before Quincy Market. (dates back to the 1800's). Love the town, hate the politics!

JD McGee
02-04-2010, 12:41 PM
I love Bean Town...pain in the arse to drive in though...take a gps...:cool: Boston Sightseeing... (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g60745-Activities-c7-Boston_Massachusetts.html)

02-05-2010, 01:53 PM
Thanks for the ideas. Still waiting on word and trip approval.

Lakeside Smoker
02-05-2010, 07:27 PM
Here's a few:

Bukowski's on Dalton Street. It's a great dive/beer bar. Nice greasy cheeseburgers and tons of good beer.

Santarpio's in East Boston. The best pizza in Boston. If you go there make sure you get the lamb skewer and homemade sausage. It's cooked over lump charcoal behind the bar.

Harpoon Brewery on Northern Ave. Take the tour and then spend some time in the tap room. Great beer.

The North End. It's a great place to walk around. For great Italian pastry's go to Mikes Pastry or Modern Pastry, both on Hanover Street.

Tremont 647 in the South End. It's a great place for seasonal American Cuisine. The owner/chef is Andy Husbands from the BBQ competition team Ique.

Those are some of my favorites in the city. PM me if you're looking for something specific.


02-05-2010, 08:13 PM

come out west. there are a couple of brethren out here, myself and skidder to name just two, who will treat you and yours well without the crowds. besides, the games are even better on HD with BBQ and a cold beer!

only 90 short miles west on I-90!!!