Five Spots in the Suburbs to See the Boston Pops Fireworks

Avoid the crowds this year at one of these parks in Quincy, Milton, Medford, and beyond.


Every year, New Englanders flock to the Esplanade for the Boston Pops fireworks display, and every year, it’s a scramble to find the perfect viewing spot. If you’d rather not have your picnic blanket overlapping with others, there are a few hidden places outside the city to get a good view. Ahead, check out five spots to see the Boston Pops fireworks in the suburbs.

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1. Wollaston Beach, Quincy

For unobstructed waterfront views, head to Wollaston Beach in Quincy. Arrive a few hours early with beach gear to make a day of it—then when the sun sets, stay for the show, unimpeded by hordes of people.

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2. Governor Hutchinson’s Field, Milton

Braving crowds in the city on Independence Day is stressful enough, nevermind with kiddos in tow. Instead of wrestling strollers while defending your spot, you could spread out at Hutchinson’s Field, a four-acre park of grassy hills. It offers crystal clear views of the Neponset River, the Boston skyline, and the Harbor Islands.

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3. Great Hill Park, Weymouth

At Great Hill Park, you can choose between sprawling out on a green space along the Weymouth waterfront or sitting in the comfort of your car in the parking lot. Great Hill Park is dog-friendly, too, and since the fireworks are about 12 miles away, they’re not as loud and menacing to your four-legged friend.

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4. Wright’s Tower, Medford

Venturing into the Middlesex Fells Reservation generally isn’t recommended at nighttime, but it’s worth a trip to see the fireworks. Bring a flashlight and head up to Wright’s Tower, an excellent vantage point overlooking the skyline. The tower itself is closed for public safety reasons, so don’t try climbing it.

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5. Corey Hill Outlook Park, Brookline

Though it’s only a few miles from the fireworks display, Corey Hill Outlook Park is far enough away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the show in peace. Bring a blanket to get comfy, and pick a spot where your view isn’t obstructed by trees.