Firecracker Festivities at Boston's Favorite Restaurants
Kick off your star-spangled summer with the best Independence Day events Boston has to offer.
Celebrate America’s 241st birthday with festive celebrations around Boston, including live music, sunset dinners on the Charles, al fresco specials, and nightlife events guaranteed to be as lit as the fireworks. Whether you’re looking to celebrate Independence Day with the family or have a night out with your friends, these events are sure to make July 4th revolutionary.
Boston Harbor Hotel
Celebrate the Fourth of July on Boston Harbor with the cherished Summer in the City live music series at Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston’s only five-star waterfront hotel. On July Fourth, the Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra Band will be serenading the crowd from Summer in the City floating Blues Barge, featuring a backdrop of picturesque views of Boston Harbor. Guests are invited to dance on the barge or relax al fresco with fresh New England seafood specials, and festive summer cocktails from the newly renovated patio at Rowes Wharf Sea Grille and the lower terrace. Summer in the City returns to Boston Harbor Hotel this summer for the 20th consecutive summer, bringing live music to Rowes Wharf every Tuesday – Thursday and Movies by Moonlight every Friday evening at dusk now through August 31. Reservations and the full Summer in the City lineup are available at bhh.com. Summer in the City music and movies are free and open to the public.
Boston Harbor Hotel is located at 70 Rowes Wharf in Boston. Summer in the City live music is available 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Tuesday – Thursday and movies by moonlight begin at dusk every Friday. The full schedule is available online here: bostonharbor2017.devsite-1.com/d/bhh/media/PDF/Schedule2018.pdf.
CHOPPS American Bar and Grill
CHOPPS American Bar & Grill – located inside the Boston Marriott Burlington – invites guests to let loose and celebrate their July 4th by enjoying original music by one of Boston’s best local singers and songwriters. Grab a friend – or bring the entire family! – while Boston-bred singer and songwriter, Prateek Poddar, rocks out to some classic and original acoustic tunes. Poddar has played on stages and at festivals across the United States, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Lizard Lounge, and Club Passim. Live music will be playing from 7:00-10:00 p.m. and admittance is free of cost. Sit back, relax and toast to the U.S of A with CHOPPS’ extensive Massachusetts’ beer list and menu-favorites on CHOPPS’ expansive terrace like Dry Aged Burger (River Rock Farms, MA BBQ Aiolo, Lettuce, Cheddar, Crispy Onion, Fires) or Seared Yellowfin Tuna (Toyohashi Spiced Carrot Puree, Ame Spinach, Wild Mushroom, Miso Vinaigrette).
CHOPPS American Bar and Grill is a modern chophouse serving inspired American cuisine from executive chef Steve Zimei and consulting chef Daniel Bruce. CHOPPS is located at One Burlington Mall Road in Burlington. Reservations can be made online at CHOPPSamericanbarandgrill.com or by phone at 781-221-6643.
Guests are invited to revel in a refreshing, patio dining experience with friends and family this Independence Day at Restaurant DANTE. Chef Dante de Magistris welcomes Boston and beyond to celebrate their July 4th on the Charles River with an exclusive four-course prix fixe menu complimented by an unforgettable prosecco sfizi hour. The celebration begins at 6:30 PM and is $75 per guest – be sure to call ahead to make reservations and bring cash on-hand for their full bar.
The July 4th Prix Fixe menu is as follows:
PROSECCO SFIZI HOUR
Grilled oysters oreganata, Dante’s porcini arancini with truffle honey, BBQ chicken spiedini.
Astice bruschetta of tomato and butter poached lobster, charred pea salad.
Conchiglie pasta shells, taleggio fonduta, pickled ramps, asparagus, blistered tomatoes, lemon crumbs.
Costaleta di manzo braised and smoked beef short rib, Italian inspired BBQ sauce, chickpea purée, celery salad.
Dessert table filled with all Dante’s famous Italian pastries, biscotti and more.
DANTE is located at 40 Edwin H Land Boulevard, Cambridge inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel. For reservations, please call 617-497-4200. For more information, please visit restaurantdante.com.
Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge
Celebrate America’s birthday with Sushi Unlimited at Empire Restaurant & Lounge. Beginning at 5:00 PM, get a bang for your buck and enjoy all-you-can-eat sushi for only $29 per person. If sushi isn’t your thing, enjoy a number of other delicious, Asian-inspired dishes such as Sa-Cha Chicken Stir Fry (tender chicken, sweet corn, ginger diamonds, sugar snap peas, crunchy celery, Taiwanese hot pot sauce), Sesame Beef (crispy potato starched flank steak, orange sweet and sour, broccoli florets), and Alaskan Black Cod (sake soy glaze, ‘BBQ’ baby bok choy, white miso, edamame vinaigrette).
Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge is located at 1 Marina Park Drive, Boston. Doors are open from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 617-295-0001 or visit empireboston.com.
il Casale Cucina Italiana + Bar in Belmont
il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar in Lexington
Sister restaurants il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar in Belmont and il Casale Cucina Italiana + Bar in Lexington invite guests to enjoy the holiday and join their families for a decadent meal in an Italian twist to America’s 241st birthday. Chef Dante de Magistris promises to spark your taste buds as he serves up his authentic a la carte menu of fresh Italian cuisine at both locations. Enjoy dishes such as the Gnocchetti (soft hand-crafted potato dumplings, sautéed wild mushrooms, sweet peas, blistered tomatoes), Agnello di Primavera (thin-sliced leg of lamb, crispy artichokes, black truffle scalloped potatoes, parmesan aioli), Torta D’Oliva Al Limone (lemon olive-oil cake, strawberry-rhubarb compote, whipped mascarpone) or indulge the whole family with The Ferrari (family style dinner at $55 per person).
il Casale Belmont is located at 50 Leonard St in Belmont. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 617.209.4942 or visit ilcasalebelmont.com.
il Casale Lexington is located in the heart of Lexington Center at 1727 Mass Ave. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 781-538-5846 or visit ilcasalelexington.com.
Bring your holiday to the new heights at Rooftop@Revere’s American Summer Party with Chandon this Fourth of July. Escape to one of the country’s most coveted rooftops and join the party seven stories above Boston. The fun in the sun begins at 10 a.m. with yard games including giant Jenga and cornhole for guests to play and mingle while sipping on summery cocktails. Guests will stay fueled with classic summer picnic fare including: sliders, hot dogs, potato salad, watermelon, cornbread, coleslaw, and cookies from executive chef Sean Dutson. Between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. representatives from Chandon will offer signature samples and giveaways for all to enjoy. For the ultimate experience, guests can purchase the VIP package which includes two chaise lounges, one bottle of Chandon American Summer Limited Edition Bottle and picnic fare for two. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite. Don’t miss out on the fun and grab your ticket before it sells out!
Revere Hotel Boston Common is situated in the heart of Boston at 200 Stuart Street. The property includes 356 spacious guest rooms and suites, a rooftop pool and lounge, an inspired nightlife destination, a versatile and multipurpose event setting, and grand ballroom. For more information, please call: 617-482-1800 or visit: RevereHotel.com.
Before watching fireworks, grab your friends and be sure to stop by The Scorpion Bar Boston for their legendary Nacho Average Wednesdays. From 4:00 PM to 10:30 PM head over to the Seaport and drop in for $7 nachos and $4 El Presidente drafts. Those with adventurous taste buds are invited to put one of their signature scorpion bowls to the test. Guests’ favorites are Scorpion Bar’s Casa Grande, (an oversized house margarita with Avion Silver), Fiesta Punch (Bacardi pineapple & black, oakheart & ocho anos with orange, pineapple & cherry), and Carnaval Cocktail (grey goose and ginger beer with lejay blackcurrant liqueur and fresh sour).
The Scorpion Bar is located at 58 Seaport Boulevard, Suite 200 Boston. For more information, please call 617-322-0200 or visit scorpionboston.com
The Wellington Neighborhood Eatery
Chef Dante de Magistris and his brothers, Damian and Filippo, prove that lightning can strike many times with their fourth concept and new hit restaurant – the Wellington. Unlike its Italian-American sister spots - il Casale Lexington, il Casale Belmont, and Restaurant DANTE - the Wellington focuses on an all-American atmosphere, as their menu centers around burgers and comfort food to be served in a family-friendly environment. On this July 4th, grab the kids and enjoy plates such Steak Tots (pan roasted flat iron steak, green peppercorn pan sauce, green garlic butter, tarragon, truffle dressed cress), The Wellington Burger (puff pastry in between two flat patties, truffle mushroom duxelles, braised spinach, caramelized onions), or the Fried Chicken (dry chili honey glaze or simply honey glaze, buttermilk ranch, shaved cucumber radish salad, mint, cilantro).
The Wellington Neighborhood Eatery is located at 75 Leonard St Belmont. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 617-932-1750 or visit thewellingtonbelmont.com.