Skip to content
BSO, Pops, Tanglewood, and Symphony Hall Logos
  • Presenting Sponsor
  • Media Partner
Everything you need to know before you join us on the Esplanade this Fourth of July!

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do before the concert?

This year, festivities extend beyond the concert and the Mugar Family Fireworks! From Noon to 7:30 PM, concertgoers can visit Fiedler Field to enjoy a number of different activities. Fiedler Field is located between Berkeley & Clarendon Streets along the Storrow Lagoon – after entering through event security, use the Dartmouth Street footbridge for access.

Princess Cruise Lines will offer fun and entertaining “cruise” experiences including trivia games, line-dancing, giveaways, and prizes.  Guests can enter for a chance to win a $2,000 Princess promotional card to be used towards a 4–7-day cruise for two to the Caribbean, California Coast or Mexico.

Driscoll’s will host a sweet café experience for guests to sample their delicious, fresh-picked berries in bowl and dairy-free options.  Cornhole and Connect 4 games will also be available. 

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company will offer award-winning, fresh-squeezed juices in exchange for a small donation in support of the Boston Pops July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, which we appreciate!  Try one flavor or all three:  Orange Mango, Natural Lemonade, or Strawberry Lemonade.  Stop by their island-themed wagons to pick up swag and to support our event while feeding your body with their authentic nutritious juices

What is allowed and not allowed on the Esplanade?

To ensure the safety of all visitors to the Esplanade, the following rules will be strictly enforced for the concert and the Mugar Family Fireworks on July 4. Unless noted below, no backpacks, shopping bags, or similar type containers may be carried onto the Esplanade, and all carried items are subject to inspection. Please note the regulation on bicycles.

Allowed Items

  • Pop-up tents/canopies with no sides – maximum size 10’x10’.
  • Blankets or tarps no bigger than 10’x 10’.
  • Folding/beach chairs only.
  • Coolers, which must be carried in by shoulder strap or single handle (no wheeled coolers).
  • All liquids will be carried in sealed clear plastic containers not to exceed 2 liters in size.
  • All personal items must be carried in clear bags only.
  • After inspection, small clutch bags/purses may be taken into the venue with the clear bag.

Prohibited Items

  • No coolers on wheels.
  • No backpacks.
  • No firearms, weapons, sharp objects, or fireworks.
  • No glass containers.
  • No cans.
  • No pre-mixed beverages.
  • No grilling, propane tanks, or open flames.
  • No alcoholic beverages.
  • No bicycles will be allowed through the checkpoints into the Oval or Island/Lagoon areas. Bicycles are allowed throughout the rest of the venue but must not be left unattended. Bicycles attached or locked to security fences, poles, or other structures may be subject to removal. 

Boston is a city with so much to do and see! The links below will help you to plan your visit and provide valuable information on public transportation, hotels, and special attractions in the city.

Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

DCR manages state parks and oversees more than 450,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts. It protects, promotes, and enhances the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR’s amazing forests, parks, greenways, historic sites and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and watersheds, visit or find them on Twitter @MassDCR.

Meet Boston

Meet Boston is a visitor’s guide to Boston that includes information about area hotels and attractions. For more information, visit

Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

Your official guide to tourism in Massachusetts. For more information, visit

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

A complete guide to Boston’s public transportation system. For more information, visit After 9:30pm on July 4 the MBTA trains, buses, ferries and the commuter rail will all be free to ride.

Community Boating

Enjoy the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular from the docks or sailboats at Community Boating, the nation’s oldest public sailing program, located just steps from the Hatch Shell. Each year, their annual Fourth of July fundraiser welcomes families to a summer cookout, DJ broadcast of the Pops concert, and an unobstructed waterfront view of the Mugar Family Fireworks. For tickets and more information, visit