Still without plans for holiday weekend? Don’t worry! There are plenty of things to do, whether you’re a devoted Pops fan or hoping to try something new.

Head to the Esplanade with thousands of your closest friends

Ready to brave the crowds? Plan to get out to the Esplanade early. The annual Pops + fireworks extravaganza officially starts at 8:30 p.m. for the concert, but we all know you can't get there that late. Gates open at 9 a.m., with a special new edition to the forbidden items list: You officially cannot bring a drone with you.

Sail away from the crowds with the IndepenDANCE Party Cruise

Pops concert not for you? Celebrate America’s birthday dancing the night away aboard the yacht Provincetown II. Complete with a cash bar and a live DJ for your entertainment, the cruise goes out July 3 and July 4, so you have two chances to indulge. Meet the yacht by 6:30 p.m. at 200 Seaport Blvd in South Boston. It sails at 7:00 p.m. Admission starts at $40, and tickets are available on

Catch the 4th of July SideWalk Sale at Wrentham Premium Village Outlets

What’s more American than celebrating a holiday by shopping? Indulge in major discounts at the Wrentham Outlets — some stores are offering discounts up to 70 percent off. And just to make sure you get your money's worth, hours have been extended for the holiday weekend: On July 1-3, shop from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on July 5, they'll be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Celebrate at Boston Harborfest with the family.

The Boston Harborfest kicks off today with opening ceremony at 11am at Faneuil Hall. Nationally recognized as one of the biggest patriotic events, the festival celebrates Boston’s vital role the festival is a perfect family-friendly event. The Boston Harborfest is filled with activities that are both historical and entertaining. Walk the Freedom Trail tour led by National Park Rangers and reenactors dressed in 18th-century costumes. Meet “Paul Revere” at the Old South Meeting House, board the Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise, watch the ceremonial cutting of the Boston Harbor cake, and more! Most events will take place in Boston’s downtown and waterfront districts. Find more info at