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Boston on the 4th of July

Old May 26th, 2006, 09:29 AM
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Boston on the 4th of July

Im escorting a group of 80 choir kids (high school) and am wanting to find the best place to see the firework show. Also, how do best travel into/out of the downtown area, as we are staying at the Embassy Suites at Logan Airport.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 10:37 AM
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Well, the Esplanade (best accessed from the Charles/MGH stop on the Red Line) is the place to be, but you'll have to get there very early. It gets extremely crowded and crazy by the end of the evening. How many of the 80 do you need to come back with?
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Old May 26th, 2006, 10:51 AM
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You might want to try the Cambrige side of the river instead of the Boston side. It's a little less hectic, but equally as enjoyable for watching the fireworks. You might also want to arrange a meeting spot for after the show - it will definitely be quite mobbed and you will easily lose some kids in the crowds.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 10:55 AM
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Heaven help you.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 10:59 AM
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For general info, check out Bostonharborfest.com Gives info on all activities of weekend.

This sounds like a nightmare to me. The city is unbelievabley mobbed that day/night. I would forget the Esplanade - it is filled not by evening, but by morning. I agree Cambridge side of River, but not sure exactly where - there is no one who can give you a secret unobstructed place where you could fit 80 people.

Transportation. Blue line to Government Center. What to do then is the question. You could switch to the Green line to try to get closer to fireworks, but maneuvering a group of 80 HS kids together even on an uncrowded day is a challenge.

I am assuming there are multiple chaperones. My suggestion for the day/night is to forget about moving the whole group together. Break into groups as small as you have enough chaperones for. If this is more than 10-12 per group, reconsider coming to Boston that evening. Allow each chaperone to make plans for their group and do not try to keep track of all 80 at one time.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 11:40 AM
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I agree: We will be praying for you.

And break up the groups into manageable clusters; 80 kids (plus chaperones) will not be able to stay together on public tansit no matter what. For instance, the silver line buses don't hold 80 passengers. Make sure each kid has their transit pass, a map of hte subwy system, and knows how to get back to your hotel.

From the airport, your best bet is to take the Silver Line (which is actually a bus) to South Station, and then the Red Line to Kendall Square, which is on the Cambridge side of the Charles. Walk up the Charles (so the river is on your left) to find your spot.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 11:41 AM
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Such craziness!

The only ideas I have is to try to camp out at Magazine Beach earlier in the day in Cambridge. Maybe try to hang out on the lawn near BU law school, although I think there will be quite a few people there, too. I'd try to think of a place in Charlestown, but my relatives would kill me for suggesting that a group of 80 invade their space.

Breaking up into smaller groups is definitely better, but avoid the Esplanade, it's just insane for what you are doing.

You might do just fine watching the fireworks from your hotel - ask them what the view is like from there.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 11:55 AM
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We went to the actual Esplanade once in our 20s--two couples. It was a long, hot day. When it was over, in order to exit the area, we had to lock hands w/each other, and even at that we were constantly on the verge of being pulled apart by the crowds. Since then, we have gone a few times to the Cambridge side of the river and watched the fireworks from the steps of the MIT library. No one can conceptualize what it is like in the fray of people, unless one has been there.... Good luck.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 12:09 PM
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If you do take the subway plan ahead of time to buy tokens. Go early or buy them the night before, lines will be very long.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 01:15 PM
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Before you invest in too many tokens, find out whether the stations you'll be using have converted from tokens to the new pass system, known as the "Charlie Card." Kendall statoin has alraedy changed over, so you don't want to be stuck with tokens if you're trying to board there to get home.

In keeping with fine old Boston traditions, the MBTA in making the transition as prolonged and confusing as possible, and apparently not giving any advance notice about where the next changeover stations will be. Here's the best source I could find for updates; the links at the bottom of the page might be useful:

http://www.mbta.com/projects_underway/afc/index.asp
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Old May 26th, 2006, 03:22 PM
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Sometimes after fireworks MBTA is free because of crowds.

I hope OP is returning to read these warnings. We are not kidding. Many of responders to your post are names I recognize as knowledgeable about Boston. If you try to take this group to Boston for fireworks, you will almost certainly misplace a student or 2 and the chaperones will need to be hospitalized for stress afterwards.

Although it is certainly not Boston, another thought I have is to try to find fireworks in some other community accessible on MBTA - perhaps Quincy, Braintree. Since 7/4 is a Tuesday, I imagine there will be fireworks somplace on Sun, Mon, Tues.

Or skip the fireworks. Check out harborfest website, have a full day of doing things, and plan on dinner someplace out of downtown instead.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 04:26 PM
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Quincy doesn't have any fireworks. I usually go to Braintree's, which are at the high school; they're on Saturday July 2 this year. Unfortunately, the HS is not particularly T-accessible. I wonder if any of the north-of-Boston towns have fireworks that would be visible from the hotel at the airport.
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