Boston Harbor Now in partnership with the Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston is proud to announce the return of Labor Day Weekend fireworks over Boston Harbor for the 5th year in a row, Thursday August 31, 2017 at sunset.

– What is ‘Illuminate’: Boston Harbor Now’s 5th Annual Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration from two barges in Boston Harbor located between the Seaport and North End!
– When are the fireworks: 8:15 PM on Thursday, August 31, 2017.
– Where to Watch: Suggested public viewing locations along the Boston HarborWalk include

  • Christopher Columbus Park, North End
  • Piers Park, East Boston
  • Fan Pier, Seaport District

– Where to Listen: The Soundtrack of the Fireworks will be broadcasted LIVE on MAGIC 106.7 the evening of the show beginning at 8:15. Be sure to tune in for the full effect!


Battle of the Barges Returns this summer! Photos Credit: Matt Conti

Who We Are:

As part of Boston Harbor Now’s continued mission to make Boston Harbor, the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park and Waterfront vibrant and accessible world-class destinations, “Illuminate the Harbor” is a celebration of another successful season of public programming along one of the nation’s most beautiful harbors.

Join us as we welcome new residents and students to the city, embrace current neighbors and visitors, support local businesses, highlight and explore all of the great amenities that makes Boston Harbor a fantastic place to live, work, play, eat and shop.

Enjoy these Waterfront Partners specials below:

Fireworks Cruise
Mass Bay Lines
Tickets: $35
7:30 – 10:30pm

Prepare yourself for an exciting night of DJ dancing, sparkle and shine aboard one of our most popular vessels! This three-hour festive 21+ Labor Day FIREWORKS cruise, along the shores of Boston’s Inner Harbor is a perennial favorite; the combination of a setting end-of-summer sun followed by a dazzling display of pyrotechnics will leave you and yours delighted!


Fireworks Cruise and Cocktails
Boston Harbor Cruises
Tickets: $50 – $75
6:30 – 10pm

The end of summer is easier to take with a cruise like this. Snack on a delicious selection of passed hors d’oeuvres, cheeses and charcuterie favorites, expertly paired with refreshing summer cocktails and local brews as you dance the night away.


Marketplace Movie Night
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Tickets: FREE
7:00 – 10pm

Faneuil Hall Marketplace will be transformed into an outdoor movie theatre in August and September with FREE movies on the West End of the property. “Movie Musicals at the Marketplace” will take place on Thursday evenings in August. This evenings movie is La La Land featuring pre-show music by Swing 17 Jazz Band. The Quincy Market food court will be open late for post-fireworks bites and is conveniently located just across from Christopher Columbus Park.


Tito’s Harbor Fireworks Party @ Pier 6
Pier 6 Restaurant, Charlestown
Tickets: FREE

-Tito’s on Tour 36′ Ft RV camps out on the pier with two outdoor bars, specialty cocktails, games, and giveaways!


-Perfect view of the Illuminate the Harbor Labor Day Fireworks show at 815pm


Fireworks Party Cruise
Bay State Cruises, Provincetown II
Tickets: $40
7:30 – 10:30pm

Enjoy 3 floors of entertainment with live bands, DJ, and large top deck for dancing under the stars. Then join us for a free after party nearby.


Celebrate the Boston Harbor Fireworks from Nantucket Lightship
Nantucket Lightship Museum
Tickets: $25
7:00 – 10pm

Join us on the historic Nantucket Lightship/LV-112’s weather deck with friends and family to watch a spectacular fireworks display in Boston’s inner harbor, kicking off the celebration of the Labor Day weekend.


Local Businesses, please add your specials via this form:



This year’s show was made possible by the generous support and contribution of our sponsors. Please join us in thanking them:

City of Boston and the Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh
MAGIC 106.7
Atlas PyroVision

Gold Sponsors
Boston Harbor Hotel
Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Silver Sponsors

Boston Yacht Haven Inn and Marina
Charlestown Marina
The Fallon Company
Pier 6 Restaurant
Reel House Restaurant
Blue Hills Bank
Wagamama (Seaport, Faneuil Hall)
Legal Sea Foods
Temazcal Tequila Cantina
Tia’s Outdoor Cafe and Bar
Tony C’s Sports Bar and Grill
Joe’s American Bar and Grill
Atlantic Fish Co.
Abe and Louie’s
Top Catch
InterContinental® Hotel Boston

Bronze Sponsors
Mass Bay Lines
Lee Wing Management
Boston Waterboat Marina
75 on Liberty Wharf
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Related Beal
Tai Tung Pharmacy
Boston Sail Loft