This year is the 43rd edition of the Boston Pop Fireworks in Massachusetts, with the big event hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell. Some take out their boats, rafts and other flotation devices in order to enjoy the pyrotechnics from the Charles River water, but not everyone has that luxury. Check out our rundown of the fireworks schedule, unobstructed views of the display and more below. And, for those who are not in the area, click here for the details on how to watch the fireworks show via live stream online.
Nearby Places to Watch the Fireworks
– Castle Island, South Boston
– Larz Anderson Park
– Prospect Hill, Somerville
– Bunker Hill, Charlestown
– The Prudential Tower Skywalk, but you must buy tickets and get their early to ensure a spot.
– Wright’s Tower, Medford
– MIT in Cambridge
– Hanging out riverside of the Charles River Esplanade anywhere between the Massachusetts Avenue and the Longfellow bridges will work.
– Arlington’s Robbins Farm Park
– Wollaston Beach
Because of construction, no fireworks viewing will be allowed from the Longfellow Bridge this year.
According to the official website, the Charles River Esplanade can be accessed from Beacon Street by using Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth, and Fairfield Streets and Massachusetts Avenue.
Two two closest subway systems are the Charles-MGH on the Red Line, and Arlington Street on the Green Line. For more details, visit http://www.mbta.com. Public transportation is recommended.
For all the relevant information on local road closures, click here.
Fireworks Time Schedule
– 8 p.m. ET – Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular local broadcast starts
– 8:30 p.m. ET – The concert begins.
– 9 p.m. ET – CBS network broadcast of the event starts. Click here for instructions on how to watch the show via CBS All-Access.
– 10:30 p.m. ET – Fireworks display begins.
– 11 p.m. ET – The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular ends.