Fourth of July in Greater Boston - 2015

What's happening this Independence Day in the Hub

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/28/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/200_fireworks.jpg For big fun at Fourth fireworks, think small

Small town July Fourth celebrations are considerably different than their big city cousins.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/24/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/07052009_05pepperell_photo6-7291379.jpg Where to go west of Boston for the Fourth

A sampling of fireworks displays, concerts, road races, parades, and other happenings in the suburbs west of Boston during this Fourth of July weekend.

Where to go south of Boston for the Fourth

A sampling of fireworks displays, concerts, road races, parades, and other happenings in the south suburbs during this Fourth of July weekend.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/23/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/DFF%20Horribles%20Parade.jpg Fourth of July events north of Boston

A sampling of fireworks displays, concerts, road races, parades, and other happenings in the suburbs north of Boston during this Fourth of July weekend.

night watch

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/29/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/SweetCheeksQ_BeerGarden.PNG Pie-Eating Contest and Barbecue at Sweet Cheeks

For those who want an all-American Fourth of July spread and drinks but lack a backyard, Sweet Cheeks has just the ticket.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/06/20/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/CCM-20130619-July4Food-0205.jpg Recipe for lobster rolls

Instead of hunting for the best lobster roll in New England, make your own.

music

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/15/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/A11BCPdka3L._SL1500_.jpg 15 albums to listen to this summer

The music suited for sun and sand, a lively barbecue, or something to set the mood for dinner parties.

PLATED

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/19/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/02plated05.jpg A butcher’s grilling advice

Michael Dulock of M.F. Dulock Pasture-Raised Meats gives some advice for Fourth of July revelers looking to light up the grill.

Dining Out reviews

Where should you eat this week?

Check out the Globe’s reviews of dozens of Boston-area restaurants.

Cheap Eats reviews

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/05/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/cheap_eats_90.jpg Budget-friendly fare around Boston

There are dishes you can order for under $20 at eateries.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/04/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/coverLobsterRoll-1886.jpg 13 restaurant dishes that rule this town

Move over Bristol Burger. RIP Hamersley’s chicken. These are Boston’s new classics.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/07/01/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/skirtsteak&pico008.jpg Grilling recipes for Fourth of July weekend

Prepare a charcoal grill or turn a gas grill on for these long-weekend meals.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/15/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/GrilltoPerfectionBeautyShots-019.jpg Grilling tips from ‘Grill to Perfection’

Cooking on the grill is steeped in history and tradition, and as with any centuries-old method, technique is key.

Weekend fun guide

Weekend Fun Guide

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/06/04/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/weekendfunguideillo.jpg 30 ideas for road trips around New England

Can’t-miss events to treat yourself every weekend from now through Labor Day (after last winter, you’ve earned it).

More Fourth of July info

On Boston.com

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