Boston Harbor Now's ‘Illuminate the Harbor’ fireworks celebration on Sept. 3

Wayne Braverman
Link Boston Homes
The sky over Boston Harbor will come alive with the beauty and excitement of fireworks. Boston Harbor Now’s ninth annual “Illuminate the Harbor” fireworks celebration will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3.

Boston Harbor Now’s ninth annual “Illuminate the Harbor” fireworks celebration will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3.

Boston Harbor Now invites everyone to the city’s waterfront for this free end-of-the-summer celebration to experience “the wonder of Boston Harbor illuminated after dark with a colorful fireworks display.”

This is a special evening of free outdoor enjoyment for people of all ages.

Come early to enjoy the pre-fireworks programs, including “Chalk the Walk” artist illustrations across three recommended viewing areas: Fan Pier in the Seaport, Christopher Columbus Park and Piers Park in East Boston.

“Chalk the Walk” features mini-sidewalk chalk art murals created by both local artists - and you. This family-friendly event showcases the talent and creativity of more than 10 professional chalk artists from across Massachusetts, hosted by businesses and cultural sites across the waterfront. Many locations will provide chalk for people strolling by to leave their own creative sidewalk marks.

The waterfront mini-chalk murals will be on display from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday.

The confirmed locations include:

-                      Charlestown Navy Yard featuring artist Aliyah Saldana-Oswald

-                      Piers Park in East Boston with Piers Park and The Trustees featuring artist Gabriel Fernandez

-                      The Tall Ship Boston featuring artist Amber Torres

-                      Christopher Columbus Park featuring artists Helio Pacheco and Amy Reyor

-                      REI presents at the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center featuring artist Rocky Cotard. Public participation is encouraged here

-                      International Place featuring artist Max Pro

-                      Seaport Common featuring artist Jordan Carter

-                      One Seaport Courtyard featuring artist Curtis Williams

-                      The Seaport Hotel featuring artist Kelly Gilmore

-                      Atlantic Wharf featuring artist Keshia DeLeon

"Chalk the Walk" murals are located close to transit stations across all Boston’s subway lines. Visit Courthouse (Silver Line), Aquarium (Blue Line), Maverick (Blue Line), Haymarket (Green / Orange lines) or South Station (Red Line) for a short walk to murals and the Boston Harborwalk. Check the MBTA's website for service information.

Also, pack a picnic and join Zumix for a final summer concert at Piers Park in East Boston from 6 to 8 p.m. to celebrate the return of “Illuminate the Harbor.”

All these events are free and open to the public, weather permitting, and subject to cancellation without prior notice. All events will follow CDC guidelines for the health and safety of staff and guests. 

Boston Harbor Now’s sole focus is “realizing Boston Harbor’s potential to benefit our city and region.” Everything they do involves “partnering with public agencies, community leaders, businesses and other non-profits.”

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