The famous Independence Day concert takes place here on the Fourth of July, but the park’s lively atmosphere lasts a whole summer long.
Take a pedestrian bridge across hectic Storrow Drive and find yourself immersed in the Esplanade, an oasis of green, a bountiful strip of waterways and trees that runs along the southern bank of the Charles River. In a city renowned for its masterful use of public green space, the Charles River Esplanade ranks among Boston’s finest. For joggers, cyclists, rollerbladers, casual boaters, sunbathers and picnickers, the Esplanade is a haven on the edge of the city.
The beautifully landscaped green space is much adored by locals and tourists alike. As Boston emerges from its long and chilling winter, the city springs to life along the banks of the Charles with sprawling picnics, free fitness classes, community sailing lessons, Frisbee games and children at play all finding a home on the grass of the Esplanade. As you stroll along the shore, watch for the giant bust of Arthur Fiedler, a legendary conductor for the Boston Pops.
Meanwhile, the Esplanade remains a fabulous place for relaxing, reading in the shade, and watching people go by. Enjoy the magnificent views of the glorious sun-kissed Charles River, of college rowers plying their trade, of gliding sailboats and noisy geese and of the elegant city skyline. Stop into one of the small cafés or playgrounds popular for children.
Pack a picnic and catch a free film on a summer Friday night at the Hatch Shell, a great outdoor bandstand in art deco style. The Hatch Shell hosts a variety of free events throughout the summer, culminating in the famous Boston Pops’ July Fourth concert each year. Don’t miss the U.S. Army cannon, which is used in the climax of the “1812 Overture” that finishes off the Boston Pops’ Independence Day concert.
The Charles River Esplanade is located near the Museum of Science and stretches along the river to Boston University Bridge. It is easily accessible by subway and a short walk away from the lively Back Bay area. Just make sure to cross Storrow Drive with a pedestrian bridge rather than chancing the traffic.