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Six hot spots to see Fourth of July fireworks

When it comes to Fourth of July celebrations, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is at the top of most people’s list. The Esplanade transmogrifies into the hub of patriotic passion, with a memorable performance by the Boston Pops at the Hatch Shell followed by an unrivaled fireworks show over the Charles River.

If you want great seats for the event, get to the Esplanade early— the gates open at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The Pops’ performance starts at 8:30 p.m. and the fireworks are set to go off at 10:30 p.m.

Of course, Boston’s is far from the only show in town this weekend. Here are some other cities and towns in the Greater Boston area with fireworks displays that won’t disappoint.

Needham

Annually held on July 3 at Memorial Park, these festivities include a concert prior to the fireworks, which will go off around 9:15 p.m. The park is a 10-minute walk from the Needham Commuter Rail’s Needham Center stop.

Newton

In addition to a fireworks display at 9 p.m. on July 4, Newton hosts an open-air market and amusement park the same day from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Albemarle Field on Watertown Street. Take the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail to the Newtonville stop and then make the 15-minute walk to the park.

Gloucester

Every year the city of Gloucester hosts the Fishtown Horribles Parade, which includes outlandish costumes and floats. The parade—which kicks off to the city’s July 3 fireworks show over Gloucester Harbor at 9:30 p.m.—starts at 6 p.m. at Gloucester High School and makes its way through town.

Take the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail from North Station to the Gloucester stop and then make the 15-minute walk to the harbor.

Somerville

This celebration takes place at Trum Field on Thursday, July 2. The 30-minute fireworks show will start around 9 p.m. and will be preceded by musical performances beginning at 6 p.m.

Trum Field is not too far from campus—take the Orange Line to Sullivan Square and then transfer to the 89 bus..

Plymouth

The fireworks display on Plymouth’s waterfront will start around 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. The Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra will get the event started at 7 p.m., performing at Pilgrim Memorial State Park along the water.

Unfortunately there are not any nearby public transportation options to take you from campus to this venue.

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