Get into the spirit

If you dine at the Top of the Hub on July Fourth you’ll get a view of the fireworks with your meal. If you dine at the Top of the Hub on July Fourth you’ll get a view of the fireworks with your meal. (Maisie Crow for The Boston Globe)
By Taylor Adams
Globe Correspondent / July 2, 2010

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The “Fireworks Spectacular’’ is far from the only option for Bostonians seeking patriotic fun on and around the Fourth. Whether that means running triumphantly through Gillette Stadium in Foxborough or walking along Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, possibilities are everywhere. Here are a few highlights.


Independence Day Celebration: Festivities on the Fourth don’t get much higher than this (except, perhaps, for the fireworks themselves). On the menu at Top of the Hub are some of executive chef Mark Porcaro’s favorite hors d’oeuvres followed by a five-course dinner, during which the Pops’ concert will be broadcast live. July 4, 7 p.m. $200. Top of the Hub. 617-536-1775.

Boston Harborfest: This annual six-day festival includes plenty to do. Plans for this year include a disco and bluegrass concert on City Hall Plaza on July 3, while fans of local flavor will enjoy a post-holiday “Chowderfest’’ on July 5. Various times. City Hall Plaza.

Trad Fireworks: Cambridge’s Passim club honors Independence Day each year with two nights of traditional music. Performers this year include Lissa Schneckenburger and Katie McNally on July 3 and the Press Gang and Matching Orange on July 4. 7 p.m. each night. $15. Passim, Cambridge. 617-492-5300.

Harvard Pilgrim 10K at Patriot Place: Runners who find the pace of their local parade too slow have an alternative: the inaugural Harvard Pilgrim 10k (that’s 6.2 miles) will be taking place July 4. The run/walk course begins and ends at Patriot Place in Foxborough, with a finish line set up in Gillette Stadium. July 4, 9 a.m. start. $45 registration fee. Patriot Place, Foxborough.

Horribles Parade: Inventive costumes and outfits, sometimes facetious, sometimes political, are the norm in the parade’s namesake section. There are also free concerts during the day and fireworks over Gloucester Harbor at night. 6 p.m. July 3. Free. Begins at Gloucester High School.

Footloose on the Freedom Trail: Catch up with Boston’s starred-and-striped past on the Freedom Trail. This three-hour walking tour covers everything from the reading of the Declaration of Independence from the balcony of the Old State House to the sailing of the USS Constitution. Great for those who have always wondered what that strange red line on the sidewalk is for. July 4, 9 a.m. $20. Meet and purchase tickets in front of the State House steps on Beacon Street. 617-367-2345.