Summers are always fun in Boston and there’s no denying that the city’s special Independence Day festivities are the highlight of the season.

If you’re from out of town and you’re coming to Beantown in time for the 4th of July, you better choose a hotel that’s strategically located so you can easily take part in the celebratory events lined up in the community.

One great place to stay in is The Envoy Hotel – a posh and uniquely stylish waterfront hotel that is also home to Outlook Kitchen & Lookout Rooftop Bar. All the important Independence Day events are just within walking distance from this hotel, and if you’re not keen on being part of the crowd in the streets, especially on a very hot day, you can simply stay at Outlook & Lookout until the crowd disperses and enjoy the scene from above.

So, what can you expect to see while lounging at the Outlook Kitchen & Lookout Rooftop Bar?


The July 4th Fireworks featuring the Boston Pops is visible from the rooftop and you also have a fantastic view of the bay from this point. As the sky explodes with red, white and blue (and a bunch of other colors, of course) over the dark bay at night-time, you can just kick back and relax with a refreshing drink in hand.

Boston Harborfest

The local festival is a cornucopia of activities that you may just want to view from afar (or atop). Musical performances, tours, exhibits, revolutionary re-enactments, and others are all lined up for the Boston Harborfest. It can get really crowded by the harbor especially in time for performances (as well as the night-time fireworks), but you can opt to grab a pair of binoculars and just observe the festivities from your elevated spot on the balcony.


This will take place early in the morning and the entire community comes out for it. See the floats, balloons, and all the people decked out in patriotic costumes taking part in the celebratory procession while you’re enjoying a gourmet breakfast or brunch. You know it’s hard to find a good spot on the sidewalk, right? You’re in a much better location to fully appreciate the parade.

Suffice it to say, there’s a lot of action that can be witnessed from the rooftop bar. If you’re not into the idea of spending your entire Independence Day being part of a crowd, you definitely don’t need to be — and you can still have an excellent time.