The Fourth of July in Boston is usually synonymous with the enormous red, white, and blue spangled scene at the Esplanade. But for those of us who want to spend Independence Day a tad more independently — and yet still catch a good view of the fireworks over the Charles — these (potentially less crowded) vantage points are for you.
Hop over to the Cambridge side of the Charles for a great view of the fireworks, right across from the bustling crowd at Boston Pops. It tends to be a wee bit less crowded. Take a seat on the grassy lawns of MIT and lay back to enjoy the views above. 100 Main St., Cambridge.
Peters Hill at the Arnold Arboretum
If MIT was still too close to the throngs of people, find a bit more space by heading to Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain. Climb up Peters Hill at the Arboretum for a great view of the colorful sky for free, as the park is open to the public. Walter Street at Bussey Street.
Corey Hill Outlook Park
The Arboretum too far afield? Try another hill in a different neighborhood: Brookline’s Corey Hill. A popular place for runners and view-seekers, you may want to grab a picnic blanket and set up shop. Beware of trees however, as some new ones have been planted in recent years and may obstruct the view. Summit Avenue, Brookline.
Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory
An indoor experience at the top of the Pru will cost you, but for fireworks fans it’s worth the price for the expansive view of the city — and those giant sparklers. It’s a first-come first-served deal, so simply buy an admission ticket (prices range from $14-$20) and head on up to the top of the world. Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., 50th Floor. http://skywalkboston.com/tickets/
Or stay at home
Don’t let the mosquitos and crowds keep you from enjoying the once-a-year celebration. You can enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of your couch with a live stream on Bloomberg.com, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com, BostonPopsJuly4th.org, and Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg Television and WHDH will also be broadcasting the show, details found at http://bostonpopsjuly4th.org/ or check your local listings.