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Sunrise 5:12 a.m. | Sunset 8:24 p.m.

A Message From Our Team
Red, white, and new. Starting next week, BOStoday will transition to a weekly newsletter. Same stories, events, and news you’re used to — now just once a week. Consider this us helping declutter that inbox. We’re taking a break for the holiday, but will be back in your inbox Saturday, July 13. Have a fun and safe Fourth, Boston.
☀️ A series of unforgettable events
Photo of people on picnic chairs watching live music at the hatch memorial shell
Summer nights + the Boston Landmarks Orchestra make a great combo.|Photo via @therovingfox
Summer fun has just begun in Boston. If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the warm weather, we’ve rounded up 15 free, outdoor series in the city you can explore this season.

ParkARTS Neighborhood Concert Series — Listen to live, local music at these seven shows coming to different neighborhood parks Monday, July 8- Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Tito Puente Latin Music Series — In its 16th year, this series continues to bring free music and salsa dancing lessons to Boston parks. Shows are on Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 15.

Revere Beach Summer Music Series — There are five more weeks of live shows at this annual, musical pop-up event. Performances are on Thursdays or Fridays, times vary.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra — This summer series features performances and gatherings to showcase diversity and community in the arts. Shows run on select days Wednesday, July 17-Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.

Seaport Sweat — This all-levels fitness series returns to Seaport Common for its ninth year, offering a variety of outdoor classes through Saturday, Sept. 28.

Families gathering to watch on of  Rosalita’s Marionette Puppets shows.

Families gathering for a puppet show at a local park.


Photo via City of Boston

Rosalita’s Marionette Puppets — These family-friendly shows feature professional puppeteer Charlotte Anne Dore on Thursdays or Fridays at parks across the city.

Alianza Park Series — Roundhead Brewing Company and Fresh Food Generation are bringing this traveling beer garden to various parks in the city, offering food and drinks for purchase. There are six more stops on its tour that runs through Sunday, Sept. 22.
Wednesday, July 3
  • Christopher Columbus Park Music and Activities | Wednesday, July 3 | 1-6 p.m. | Christopher Columbus Park, 200 Atlantic Ave., Boston | Free | Bring the family to enjoy face painting, balloon art, and access to the Greenway Carousel.
  • Independence Day Backyard BeerBQ | Wednesday, July 3-Thursday, July 4 | Times vary | City Tap Boston, 10 Boston Wharf Rd., Boston | Free | This al fresco patio party will feature food and drink specials, games, and a live DJ.
  • CX Fit | Wednesday, July 3 | 6-7 p.m. | The Common at CX, 320 Morgan Ave., Cambridge | Free | This outdoor sweat session will be lead by Charlestown Bootcamp instructor Tim Khanoyan.
Thursday, July 4
  • Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular | Thursday, July 4 | 7-11 p.m. | DCR Hatch Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston | Free | The Boston Pops will perform for the Fourth of July celebration on the Charles River Esplanade.
    “Jaws” | Thursday, July 4 | Times vary | The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge | $13-$15 | Grab tickets to watch the New England summer cult classic.
Friday, July 5
  • SoWa First Friday | Friday, July 5 | 5-9 p.m. | SoWa Art + Design District, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston | Free | The art is hot and the studios are cool at First Friday.
Saturday, July 6
  • My Caribbean One World Expo | Saturday, July 6 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Rowes Wharf Plaza, Rose Kennedy Greenway, 200 High St., Boston | Free | The theme for this year’s expo is “Our Folklore Culture” highlighting Caribbean culture, arts and crafts, entertainment, and tourism.
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News Notes
  • The MBTA is offering free bus, train, and ferry service after 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. The last trains leaving North + South stations will be held for ~30 minutes after the fireworks end. (WCVB 5)
  • Time to start re-routing your commute. The Sumner Tunnel will be closed Friday, July 5 through Monday, Aug. 5 as part of its restoration project. The city has shared detour routes for people who rely on the tunnel.
  • Planning a beach trip for the Fourth of July? Make sure it’s open before jumping in the water. About three dozen beaches in the state are facing closures due to water conditions, including some in the Boston metro area. The state’s water quality map updates its warnings + closures daily.
  • Jayson Tatum has signed a 5-year, $314 million extension contract to remain with the Celtics, making it the largest supermax contract in NBA history. The new deal begins during the 2025-2026 season and lasts through the 2029-2030 season. (NBA)
  • TIAA has listed the 32-story office tower at 99 High St. for sale. The purchase is slated to be the largest trade in the Financial District since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The finance institution purchased the property in 2005 for $273 million. (Boston Business Journal)
  • No. 9. That’s where Boston ranks on WalletHub’s list of the most educated cities in the US. The metro area received high marks for the number of degrees held by its residents, but the study identified gaps in access to education.
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The Buy
Lightweight, keeps-you-cool basics from 32 Degrees. Stock up during the Fourth of July sale — cool technology tops start at $3.99 and bottoms start at $4.99.
The Wrap
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From the editor
Good morning, Boston. I hope you’re excited for Fourth of July fun, but remember to leave the fireworks to the professionals. Not only are they illegal for personal use in Massachusetts, but they can also scare pets and make them nervous.
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