Latest Fourth Of July Boston headlines

Megan Schinker of Stow, Ohio, sprinted onto the Esplanade to claim space for the Fourth of July celebration.

Fourth of July revelers: Get out your sunblock. And your water bottle.

Wednesday is shaping up to be a sunny one, and very warm temperatures will make for a steamy Independence Day, too.

Cool off with these essential summer cocktails

Sure, you can always crack open a beer. But sometimes, you need to shake things up.

What’s open, closed on July Fourth in Massachusetts

Supermarkets? Liquor stores? Post offices? Here’s a look at what’s open and what’s closed on Wednesday.

Fireworks exploded over the Charles River and Esplanade in 2015.

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The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year. And that presents some . . . challenges

Clearly, the Founding Fathers would have wanted us to have a long weekend.

5 easy Fourth of July recipes for the grill

These recipes will keep you at the party, not the grill, on July 4th.

Boston MA 04/04/17 The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular from the roof of Boston University Dorm at 33 Harry Agganis Way. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: 05IndepenceDay reporter:

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Four spots (off the Esplanade) to watch the fireworks

Want a great view of the fireworks but would rather not deal with Esplanade crowds? We’ve got ideas.

Boston MA 04/04/17 The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular from the roof of Boston University Dorm at 33 Harry Agganis Way. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: 05IndepenceDay reporter:

A guide to the Fourth of July on the Esplanade

The music started at 8 p.m. and the fireworks are set for 10:30 p.m. And the MBTA is free after 9:30 p.m.

Watch a livestream of the Boston Pops July 4th Fireworks Spectacular

The Boston Pops Fourth of July celebration is being streamed live on BostonGlobe.com.

Fireworks at NARA Park in Acton. (Town of Acton)

Where to have fun for the Fourth of July in Greater Boston

Don’t want to go to the Esplanade? Here’s a partial listing of events — including fireworks — before, on, and after Independence Day in Greater Boston.

Last year’s show in Boston.

A look at upcoming fireworks displays in Mass.

Boom go the fireworks. But where? We’ve got you covered, with a list of all the displays in the state.

The finale during the Fourth of July Pops celebration on the Esplanade last year.

Rachel Platten, Rhiannon Giddens, Indigo Girls will help Pops celebrate Fourth of July

Legendary actress Rita Moreno will also perform at the celebration.