After a year studying abroad in Italy, working as an intern for The Castle Group in Boston has flipped the switch on my world perspective. For nine months I played the role of ‘the tourist’. However, for the past month I am no longer a character that comes fleetingly onto the city stage. Rather, I am part of the set.
Giving up the role of tourist came with a few shocks. I began to realize how locals must have felt when I was the traveler. Instead of asking the questions, I was the one being asked where places, such as the North End, were located and tourists were surprised by the way that I talked.
Still, I appreciate the desire to navigate a new city. Having grown up on the North Shore and attended Boston College for the past three years, I consider myself privy to the secrets of New England, especially for a week such as this one! That’s why I’m going to share with you 5 must-sees in the Boston area for the Fourth of July festivities. From an ex-tourist to current tourists, I hope you enjoy!
- Fenway. What’s more patriotic than America’s favorite pastime? Enjoy a baseball game among rivals at Fenway; this weekend the Red Sox are taking on the Yankees.
- Ice Cream on the North Shore. There are numerous options for a quick treat with the family along the north shore. Captain Dusty’s has a ‘wicked’ Witch’s Brew, Cherry Farm’s Purple Cow is to die for or you can head to Richardson’s for some mini-golf and batting practice at the cages.
- Fireworks. On the 3rd, I recommend Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. The show starts at 8:30, so lounge on the grassy slope that leads down to the water and see the fireworks explode directly overhead. On the 4th, head to the Charles River for festivities on the esplanade. Jennifer Hudson and Michael Chiklis kick off the time honored Boston Pops tradition ending with an awesome fireworks display. Watch from the bank, the bridge, or even better, from a boat in the harbor.
- Beaches. There’s nothing like a sunny day at the beach to make your holiday complete. My top three: Good Harbor has the biggest waves in town, Wingaersheek, where you can dock your motorboat on the shore, and Singing Beach, where the sand speaks to you!
- The Charlestown Navy Yard. Live a little bit of history with a view of the tall ships during fleet week, tour the U.S.S. Constitution and, of course, visit us at the Castle offices!
So there you have it; my biggest New-England-in-July secrets revealed. But before you venture out, let’s keep one thing in mind; no one looks good in a duck hat. Happy 4th of July week everyone!