Weekend Highlights: Independence Weekend Events!

It’s the 4th of July! Summer is in full swing and we’ve got a few events for you to check out if you won’t be heading out of town.  Check back for updates, and don’t forget to tell ’em who sent you!

Hike 4 LifeWednesday, July 1st

Hike 4 Life invites you to Hiking 101  at Franklin Park – Shattuck Picnic Grove. Show up on time at 6:00pm and be ready for plant identification and an after-work, work out.

Thursday, July 2nd

Join in the reading of Fredrick Douglass’ “What is a Slave to the Fourth of July” at the State House/ Shaw-MA 54th Memorial. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, click here!

Taking place Thursdays in July and August at outdoor locations across Boston, the six-concert Tito Puente Latin Music Series presents a soundscape of live Latin music with a strong salsa influence in parks around the city. Performers include Berklee faculty, students, alumni, and world-renowned artists. This series of music is possible thanks to the partnership between IBA, Berklee College of Music and Boston Parks. Tonight, the event takes place at O’Day Park (85 West Newton St, South End) 7:00pm – 8:30pm and features Berklee professor Mark Walker’s original, modern compositions in various Latin American styles.

D2OFriday, July 3rd

Celebrate Independence Day with Door to the Outdoors on a bike tour that tells the stories behind 18 statues, sculptures, and monuments in several Boston neighborhoods that have relevance to African-American history starting at the Park Street T Station. 10:00am – 12:00pm. You’ll need to bring your own bike and helmet, but you’ll have a great historic guide. Sign up here!

Today the Boston Children’s Museum (308 Congress St) is FREE today courtesy of the Highland Street Foundation. The museum is open 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Saturday, July 4th

Watch the fireworks on The Esplanade with the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart with performances by Michelle Brooks-Thompson, Melinda Doolittle , Fab Award Nominees Sons of Serendip and more! To be on the esplanade you must arrive when the gates open at 9:00a.m. if you have hopes of getting a seat!

FireworksJoin Hike4Life and friends for a morning hike through the Blue Hills! Meet at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum (1904 Canton Ave, Milton) at 9:30am. It looks like the weather calls for overcast to partly sunny, so keep an eye on the weather to be prepared.

The Awesome Lemon Brothers invite you to try some homemade sweet lemonade at Frank & Oak (220 Newbury St) 12:00pm – 6:00pm and have a great 20% discount. They also are helping others by donating 25% of their profit to The Home for Little Wanderers, so you get some great lemonade, fashion and help kids in need! See more about their company here!