Wednesday, June 17, 2009
July Fourth Fireworks over the Boston Esplanade
Each summer hundreds of thousands of visitors will come to Boston to walk The Freedom Trail, visit the historic sites and, if they are lucky, witness perhaps our nation's most spectacular July Fourth Celebration. Over 100,00 will crowd the Boston Esplanade to hear the free concert by the Boston Pops orchestra, see all the fly overs and experience the traditional canon firings synced with the 1812 overture. This year's featured performer is Neil Diamond, who you just know will be singing Sweet Caroline, the Boston Red Sox longtime melody sung at every game. Then they'll see a fireworks show so spectacular it is nationally televised. It is, in fact, so big that I can literally view the show from my front door three cities away. And it all will soon be coming to an end! Yes, the planning committee has already announced that the show has simply outgrown the venue and the fireworks will soon be moved to a new Boston Harbor location.
Since this may may the very last time you can see it over the Charles River we have scoped out the perfect event to witness this amazing show with true class. Top of the Hub will once again present its annual Independence Day gourmet celebration 52 floors above the city. The evening festivities begin on Saturday, July 4, with a complimentary Chef's Hors d’Oeuvres & Cocktail Reception from 7 - 8 P.M. A tempting five course dinner designed by Executive Chef Mark Porcaro follows at 8 P.M. accompanied by a simulcast of the Boston Pops concert, live from the Hatch Shell. The night will be capped with a sky-high view (weather permitting) of the fireworks spectacular at 10:30 P.M.
The evening is priced at $200.00 per person (tax and gratuity included), exclusive of alcoholic beverages with dinner. Advance credit card reservations are required and the evening is ticketed, pre-paid and non-refundable. It might be pricey but you only live once and this is the true way to see it. For information and reservations, call 617 - 536 - 1775.
General Manager Raphael Oliver commented: "We're the only restaurant in the city with this unique vantage point. What could be better than a relaxing cocktail hour, a wonderful meal, the Pops concert in the background and a bird's eye view of the fireworks over The Charles River. It's the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day."
If the cost is simply too much Oliver also said the Skywalk Observatory, located on the 50th floor of the Prudential Building, will be open the evening of July 4th for those interested solely in viewing the fireworks show. From 8 to 11 p.m., the Skywalk will admit guests at a special price of $20 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under.
TOP OF THE HUB
52nd floor of The Prudential Building
800 Boylston Street