Boston, MA - Still want to enjoy the fireworks but beat the crowds? These area restaurants have you covered. Enjoy some of the finest cuisine Boston has to offer this Independence Day without the traffic or hassle.

There’s no doubt about it. Boston has one of the most highly anticipated Independence Day festivities of anywhere in the country. With hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the globe flocking to the Esplanade next Wednesday, you can be certain that they won’t walk away disappointed. After all, Boston is the birthplace of independence; and no one knows how to do fireworks quite like Boston.

But that also means the inevitable traffic jams, cramped space, lack of parking and litter. And is you’re lucky enough to find any square inch to sit down whatsoever, who knows what chance you’ll even be there for the final drumroll?

Looking to celebrate the Fourth, but don’t want the hassle? These area restaurants have you covered.

Boston Harbor Hotel

Boston Harbor Hotel’s beloved Summer in the City live music series returns for its 20th consecutive year this July Fourth. Directly overlooking the Boston Harbor, Boston’s only five-star hotel will be offering cocktails and seafood specials from their in-house restaurant Rowes Wharf Sea Grille (helmed by Chef Bruce, winner of the 2013 Chef of the Year award by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association.) Live music from the Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra Band will include a selection of classic crooners from the songbook of Blue Eyes himself. Reservations are available at

Boston Harbor Hotel is located at 70 Rowes Wharf in Boston. Summer in the City live music is available 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Tuesday – Thursday. The full schedule is available online from

Restaurant dante

Located in the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge and directly overlooking the Charles River, beloved Ched Dante de Magistris has been wowing guests with regional Italian cuisine since 2006. With a fantastic view of the Boston skyline, Restaurant dante (Best of Boston 2011 Award Winner for Best Upscale Italian from Boston Magazine) will be opening their patio for an exclusive four-course prix fixe menu complimented by a prosecco sfizi hour. The celebration begins at 6:30 PM and costs $75.

Restaurant dante is located at 40 Edwin H Land Blvd in the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. For more information and reservations, visit "

Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge

What could be more American than sushi? Well... quite a lot. But since opening their doors in 2012, Empire Restaurant & Lounge has been providing visitors to the newly renovated Seaport District of Boston with innovative nouveau-Asian fusion cuisine in a sleek, contemporary and stylish atmosphere. Directly overlooking the Boston Harbor, Empire will be offering a Sushi Unlimited celebration with all-you-can-eat sushi for $29 per person beginning at 5:00 p.m. this July Fourth.

Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge is located at 1 Marina Park Dr in Boston. Doors are open from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 617-295-0001 or visit "

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Known for their chic, open-air ambience, the [email protected] (located on the seventh story of the Revere Hotel in Boston Common) offers some of the most breathtaking and panoramic views of the Boston skyline. This Fourth, kick off their American Summer Party with Chandon Winery, featuring classic American summer picnic fare from executive chef Sean Duston. Beginning early at 10 a.m., the bash includes adult yard games and perfectly crafted summer cocktails.

Revere Hotel Boston Common is located at 200 Stuart St, Boston. For more information, please call: 617-482-1800 or visit "

The Scorpion Bar

Still want to brave the crowds? The Scorpion Bar (located in the Seaport District) will be offering their Nacho Average Wednesdays this Fourth, featuring inspired Mexican-American cuisine, $7 nachos and $4 drafts. Lively, stylish and fun, the Scorpion Bar (winner of the 2018 Diner’s Choice Award from OpenTable) has become known among party-goers for their extensive tequila list and their signature Scorpion Bowls. The fiesta begins at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 10:30 p.m.

The Scorpion Bar is located at 58 Seaport Blvd, Suite 200 in Boston. For more information, please call 617-322-0200 or visit "

CHOPPS American Bar & Grill

Need to get away from the city altogether? CHOPPS American Bar & Grill (located in the Boston Marriott Burlington) will be featuring acoustic folk/blues from Boston’s own Prateek Poddar starting at 7:00 p.m. CHOPPS modern and creative take on classic steakhouse entrees and seafood, as well as their unique cocktails and extensive local beer list just might be enough to make you forget you’re not in downtown anymore. Well… perhaps, almost.

CHOPPS American Bar & Grill is located at One Burlington Mall Road in Burlington. For more information, please call 781-221-6643 or visit "