48 72 Hours of Freedom


It’s the weekend. You can spend it yelling at your neighbors to quit lighting bottle rockets at 2 a.m., or you can get out your roman candles and join them. Here are some other suggestions for your precious two three days of total freedom, prepared for you by Boston Daily.

Tonight
If you love all the grilled meats and beer of the Fourth of July, but hate all that pesky sunshine, you’ll love King’s Indoor Beach BBQ. In addition to a special barbecue menu, there will be a Twister competition and video games.

Some view shopping as their patriotic duty. Head to Leokadia in the South End to take advantage of their Summer Sale.

If the rock is organic, does that mean we have to pay more for it? Not tonight. Folk-funk rockers Mad Sweet Pangs take the stage at City Hall Plaza as part of Harborfest.

Those of you who don’t like the heat can find refuge at Polar Attractions, an exhibit of Arctic-themed artwork.

Friday
Two options: You can stick with the time-honored tradition of getting up at the crack of dawn to claim a prime piece of real estate in front of the Hatch Shell. Then sit in the blazing sun only to be doused when a thunderstorm passes over, and wait for what seems like an eternity for the Pops to take the stage.

Or, you can check out our exhaustive guide to the Fourth of July in Boston. From the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular to a day-long dance party at Marina Bay, we’ve got you covered.

Saturday
After spending all day in the sun yesterday, you’re probably sunburned and stinky. Head to Crabtree & Evelyn Big Sale to stock up on the brand’s rich lotions and body washes.

Thanks to Dick Cheney’s visit, you probably couldn’t get near the USS Constitution Museum on the Fourth. The museum recently acquired four paintings depicting the battle between Old Ironsides and the HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812.

Do you like soccer, but wish there was more fire involved? Then the Mashpee Wampanoag’s annual game of fireball may be the sport for you.

If red, white, and blue don’t suit you, head to the black and white “Dear Summer” Independence Day Soiree at Avenue One.

Sunday
Which do you prefer—harbors, or summer? While Boston celebrates Harborfest, New Bedford counters with its annual Summerfest celebration.

All apologies to the whaling city, but we’ve got to stay in Beantown for Chowderfest. The city’s best restaurants compete for the title of Boston’s Best Chowder, and hungry locals and tourists alike get to sample several concoctions.

After all the cookouts and beach trips earlier in the long weekend, we’ll probably be sunburned within an inch of our lives. Thankfully, the Brattle brings us a screening of Blade Runner: Final Cut in its air-conditioned theater.

Hip-hop under the big top? The UniverSoul Circus was formed to feature the talents of African-American performers, and it stops in Boston this weekend.

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