Cambridge has the best of both worlds when it comes to the Fourth of July celebrations, as it tends to be less crowded than the Boston side of the Charles River, and you can still see the fireworks from the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular show at the DCR Hatch Shell. Here are a few places to celebrate a Boston Fourth of July in Cambridge.

Where to Watch the Boston July 4th Fireworks in Cambridge

From the Near the Mass Ave Bridge:

Fireworks are launched from barges positioned near the Mass Ave Bridge, so stake out a spot where you can watch the sun set before the real light show begins. You’ll be able to hear the concert too thanks to sound towers placed on both sides of the Charles River.

From the Museum of Science:

One of the best vantage points for the fireworks in Cambridge, the rooftop of the garage at the Museum of Science places visitors in the center of the action. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. with science-themed family activities and entertainment before the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular show starts at 8:00 p.m. Bring a picnic for dinner or order from the Museum’s Wolfgang Puck catering. Tickets runs from $18-$30.

From the Charles River:

Set sail on the Lexington through the Charles Riverboat Company this Fourth of July to see the fireworks from an entirely different perspective. A shuttle bus will pick you up at the CambridgeSide Galleria Mall at 6:30 p.m. and bring you to the boat on the Charles River. Enjoy cocktails, beer, and wine and dessert along with that famous view from the water.

From a Restaurant Patio:

The restaurants along Edwin H. Land Boulevard overlook the Charles River, and have some of the best views of the fireworks (there are fewer trees in the way in Cambridge compared to the Esplanade in Boston). Snag a coveted seat on the patios at restaurants like Dante and Art Bar and dine on small plates and cool drinks all evening.