Boston Harbor Now in partnership with the Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston, Friends of Christopher Columbus Park and the Wharf District Council is proud to announce the return of the fireworks over Boston Harbor for the 6th year in a row (RAIN OR SHINE).

  • What is ‘Illuminate’: Boston Harbor Now’s 6th Annual Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration from two barges in Boston Harbor located between Long Wharf and Seaport!
  • When are the fireworks: At midnight on New Year’s Eve
  • Where to Watch: Fireworks can be viewed from anywhere on the waterfront but suggested public viewing locations along the Boston Harborwalk include:
    • Christopher Columbus Park, North End
    • Piers Park, East Boston
    • Fan Pier, Seaport District


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 make Boston Harbor a fantastic place to live, work, play, eat and shop.



lluminate the Harbor Fireworks are 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

Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks are made possible through generous support from:

Atlas Pyrovision
Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel
Joe’s American Bar and Grill
North End Waterfront/North End Boston

24 New Street Restaurant LLC: Reel House & Pier 6
Blue Hills Bank
Boston Yacht Haven
Commonwealth Seminar
Entertainment Cruises
Fan Pier
Hyatt Regency Boston
Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center

Aaron Michlewitz
Berkshire Bank
Boston Global Investors (BGI)
Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina
Boston Sail Loft
Boston Waterboat Marina
Cape Air
Peter Davidoff, Constitution Marina
East Boston Foundation
Harborside Inn
Robert Fogel and Larry Petrovich
Salem Five Bank
State Street Provisions
Tai Tung Pharmacy
Tito’s Handmade Vodka

and many generous private individual donors…

Fan of the Boston Harbor Fireworks? Support the fund here. Gifts to the Boston Harbor Fireworks Fund are tax deductible.