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Fourth of July in Greater Boston - 2014

What's happening this Independence Day in the Hub

Fireworks exploded over the Charles River on Thursday night.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Fireworks exploded over the Charles River on Thursday night.

Boston Pops don’t miss a beat

Thursday night’s performance was just as festive as if it had happened on the correct date. By Marc Hirsh

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Fourth of July events west of Boston.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/25/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/07052011_05fireworkpicone-7979583.jpg Fourth of July events north of Boston

Fireworks, horribles parades, pie-eating contests, and music are some of the highlights of the Fourth of July events north of Boston.

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Fourth of July events south of Boston.

//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.

99 Bottles

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/26/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/ipapack.jpg A Box of Hops from Samuel Adams

A new variety pack from Samuel Adams is intended to make us think about hops.

On the Block

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/18/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/MAG0629_BlockFenway1.jpg Condos in Cambridge, Boston with view of the fireworks

On July 4, skip the Esplanade and instead watch from home .

Your Week Ahead

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/24/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/mag0629_weekA3.jpg 5 things to do in Boston from June 29-July 12

Bastille Day, seaside gardens, and more summertime activities.

//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.

music

Sounds of summertime, from surf rock to dub and beyond

James Reed uncovers the summertime albums you might have missed, but shouldn’t.

Beach Boys bring summer fun to Pops

Mike Love and Jeff Foskett of the Beach Boys on the Boston Pops extravaganza.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/24/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/DSC_1071.jpg Two wounded warriors treated to July Fourth wedding

Rachel Blydenburgh and Mark Leonard will be married in a lavish scene.

More Fourth of July info

On Boston.com

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Find local events and fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Weekend fun guide

Weekend Fun Guide

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/11/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/new_england_map.jpg Things to do around New England every weekend of summer 2014

New England’s hottest, coolest, jazziest, beachiest, blueberry-est summertime festivals.