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10 things to do in Boston this 4th of July weekend 2022


BosTen is your weekly guide to the best events and coolest things to do in and around Boston.

People lie on confetti near the Hatch Shell along the Charles River Esplanade after the Independence Day celebrations. Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

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Catch fireworks in a city near you

Don’t want to wander into town for the 2022 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on Monday? You’ll likely be able to catch a great pyrotechnics show in a city near you, with more than 90 July 4th fireworks shows in Massachusetts scheduled to run through July 16th. For a comprehensive list with city-by-city information, check out our full schedule of fireworks shows on July 4, 2022 in Massachusetts. – Kevin Slane

Celebrate four days of independence at Boston Harborfest

There’s no need to limit the Fourth of July celebrations to the Fourth of July, which is why Boston Harborfest celebrates our nation’s history with four days of activities July 1-4. Travel back in time with re-enactments of the 2nd Massachusetts Regiment, take historical tours along the Freedom Trail and catch fireworks along the Boston Harbor shoreline on July 2 at 9:15 am. End your weekend with a Monday morning, July 4th parade that includes the traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence from the balcony of the Old State House. – Kevin Slane

Catch a Free Outdoor Movie (or Two)

While movie buffs have begun returning to regular theaters after more than two years of COVID-19, now that summer is officially here, the Boston area will once again be hosting a large number of free outdoor movies. All summer long you can catch a mix of relatively new films and certified classics at outdoor pop-up film screenings – free of charge. Head to Cambridge Crossing on Thursday for a double feature of “Moana” (at 5:30pm) and “School of Rock” (at 7:30pm), with free popcorn as a bonus. For more terrifying fare, head to Revere Beach for an 8:00 p.m. screening of Jaws. If you show up early there will be music, food and entertainment from 6pm – Kevin Slane

Enjoy Caribbean food at Boston JerkFest

Boston JerkFest returns for the ninth year, coinciding with celebrations of Jamaica’s 60th anniversary of independence. The festival takes place over two days at the Harvard Athletic Complex. On Friday night, ticket holders get access to unlimited rum, beer and cocktail tasting. A meal menu is also included. On Saturday, the complex will be filled with food truck and restaurant vendors, each with at least one jerk item for sale. The Boston Hot Sauce Fest features a variety of spicy sauces, herbs, jellies and more. There will also be a Seafood Throwdown and Jerk Cook-Off where chefs will compete to create the best tasting jerk dish. The festival also features family-friendly activities, so there’s no reason why your 4th of July weekend shouldn’t be spicier than usual. – Joel Ang

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See Boston in a whole new light on the City Walking Trail

With more than 48 square miles of land divided into 24 official neighborhoods, even longtime Boston residents can find a new area to explore if they search hard enough. Author and avid outdoor enthusiast Miles Howard has put a lot of leg work into his new City Walking Trail, a 25-mile trail that takes urban walkers from the Neponset River to Bunker Hill and through immersive parks, urban wilderness, community gardens and greenways the way. The trail is divided into four sections and has easy MBTA access at several points, if the idea of ​​hiking 25 miles in one day sounds (understandably) daunting. Instead, consider driving to an area you’ve never been before, hiking a few miles, and then taking the T back to your car. Detailed descriptions of the trail and maps for each section can be found on the City Trail website. – Kevin Slane

Catch the annual Main Street Summer Festival in Chinatown

This Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Chinatown Main Street hosts its annual summer festival with a day of lion dances, martial arts demonstrations and Asian street food. Festival-goers in one of the country’s largest Chinatowns outside of New York City will also find fun and games, crafts and probably a cuisine they’ve never tasted before — look out for the curried fishballs. Visit the festival website for more information. – Natalie Gale

Let Jenny Slate warm your heart in “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On”

Are you ready to be emotionally lifted and devastated by a 1 inch talking shell over the course of 90 minutes? That’s the promise of Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, a heartwarming indie oddity from Milton native Jenny Slate and her ex-husband Dean Fleischer-Camp, now playing in select area theaters. Based on the soft-spoken, wide-eyed character the duo have created for a number of short films over the past decade, the “Marcel” film is a mockumentary that follows a recently divorced filmmaker named Dean (Camp) Marcel (Slate) discovered and filmed. , a shell with a fluffy stuffed animal and a wondrous outlook on life. When Camp’s videos go viral, Marcel’s life is turned upside down as he realizes how big the world really is. This may all sound a bit odd, but a 100 percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes should be the only reassurance you need that “Marcel” is worth a watch. – Kevin Slane

Geek out at the Collectibles Extravaganza

NorthEast ComicCon Producers are hosting a three-day Collectibles Extravaganza this weekend from Friday to Sunday at the Boxborough Regency Hotel featuring memorabilia, antiques, comics, film, games, books, live entertainment, cosplay and more. The event includes cosplay competitions on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with a daily prize pool of $100. Guests can participate in pose-offs on stage, group photo ops, and a children’s cosplay parade. There’s cosplay karaoke on Friday nights and on Saturday the convention welcomes Sal Baglio’s Rockhouse for a night of live rock music. Event-goers can find memorabilia for all types of collectors, from sci-fi and Star Wars gear to sports collectibles and kitschy antiques. Items for sale include autographed keepsakes, vintage video games, vintage posters and vinyls, figurines, clothing and accessories, comic books and countless other unique items. The show runs from 4pm to 8pm on Friday, followed by karaoke; 10am to 6pm on Saturday; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Natalie Gale

Jam with Dead & Company

Gillette Stadium will feel the groove this Saturday as Dead & Company swing through Foxborough for a show. The supergroup formed in 2015 when former members of The Grateful Dead (Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir) recruited kindred spirits like John Mayer, Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti to tour with them to go. On their seventh tour since the merger, tickets for the 7pm show are still available through TicketMaster. – Gwen Egan

Celebrate the Fourth of July with the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

For the first time since 2019, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will bring the sounds of the Boston Pops to the Esplanade on July 4th. As usual, the 2022 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will feature an array of musical guests accompanying conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Highlights of this year’s event include a performance by ten-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan, a tribute to the country of Ukraine, and a tribute to philanthropist David Mugar, who transformed the modern fireworks extravaganza into a nationally televised event. Mugar died earlier this year. For a comprehensive list of things to know about this year’s celebration, check out our complete guide to the 2022 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. – Kevin Slane

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