For the 7th year in a row, Boston Harbor Now is hosting a fireworks celebration unlike any other… right over the beautiful Boston Harbor skyline, where all are welcome!

Thanks to our partners at the Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston, Friends of Christopher Columbus Park and the Wharf District Council — and with support from our generous donors and sponsors — we are able to create a memorable evening to close the summer out with a bang!

Our Illuminate the Harbor fireworks celebration is just one more way we are working hard to bring our city closer together — while inspiring everyone to face forward towards the future of the Boston Harbor — to create a more connected, resilient public resource that is welcoming to all.

With your support, we are able to continue offering waterfront programming that stays in our hearts long after the smoke settles.

Please share your support, if you can, by donating below:



  • What: Boston Harbor Now’s 7th Annual Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration!
  • Who:  Everyone, including you!
  • When: Thursday, August 29th, starting at 8:30 pm!
  • Where: There are three designated public viewing locations:
    • Christopher Columbus Park, North End
      • Live music
      • Lawn games
      • Info table
    • Piers Park, East Boston
    • Fan Pier, Seaport District
  • How to Register: Stay up to date and get more info here.

Additional Info:


Plan your visit strategically.  For your own comfort, you may want to considering bringing collapsible seating, packed picnic, sunscreen, water, a blanket, and whatever else the weather may call for.  The Harborwalk can get especially cool in the evening, so dressing in multiple layers may be appropriate.

This special fireworks celebration is free for all ages.




Where can I see the fireworks?  

Fireworks are viewable all along the waterfront, but we have designated three official viewing locations at:

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

How do I get to each of the three viewing locations?

Public transportation is available via MBTA for all three locations.

Christopher Columbus Park is walkable from the Aquarium stop on the Blue Line.  Piers Park is walkable from the Maverick stop on the Blue Line.  Fan Pier is walkable from the Courthouse stop on the Silver Line from South Station.

Is there parking nearby?

There is limited metered parking streetside, as well as a number of local public parking garages by the waterfront.

How long does the fireworks show last?

The fireworks will go on for roughly 15 – 20 minutes, so be sure to arrive promptly at or before 8:30 pm!

Where are the closest available restrooms?

Nearby restrooms are conveniently identified on this map of the Boston Harborwalk.

What should I bring?

You need only bring yourself, and whatever else you may require to ensure a safe, comfortable summer evening by the Boston Harbor—which may include: bottled water, snacks, sunscreen, warm layers, ear plugs, etc.

How can I support the Fireworks Fund and/or Boston Harbor Now’s various harbor public programs?

You can support the fireworks by donating or sponsoring here.

You can support our general programming by donating or becoming a sponsor here.

What if it rains?

The fireworks will take place rain or shine.  If it does rain, you may want to bring an umbrella or poncho/raincoat.

Do I need a ticket?

While you don’t need a ticket to access the public viewing locations, registering in advance helps us keep an accurate headcount, and also lets us provide you necessary info on this and any future events.  You can do so here.

Are there places to eat/drink nearby?

There are some helpful lists of local restaurants that can be found on Eater Boston, TripAdvisor, and Yelp.

Are dogs allowed on the three viewing locations?

Dogs are completely welcome at Christopher Columbus Park.

Dogs access is limited at Fan Pier. 

Dogs are not allowed at Piers Park.

Will it be crowded?

Illuminate the Harbor is a popular event, and we are anticipating a high attendance rate, but there will be space for everyone to enjoy the show!



Battle of the Barges returned in 2018! 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 make Boston Harbor a fantastic place to live, work, play, eat and shop.




Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks are made possible by the generous support and contribution of our sponsors:

Conti Foundation
Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel
Entertainment Cruises
Boston Yacht Haven
Fan Pier / CBRE
Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor
Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center
Harborside Inn
Boston Waterboat Marina
Commonwealth Seminar
Massachusetts Port Authority


You too can support the Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Fund by donating or sponsoring us here.