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July 4th Fireworks Boat Rentals

Photo Courtesy of Boston.com Travel
Photo Courtesy of Boston.com Travel

A canoe or kayak on the Charles River is by far the best seat in the house for Boston’s Fourth of July Fireworks. The event organizers welcome boaters, and the view can’t be beat! Read about the specific July 4th Boating Guidelines and take a look at the “Captains Map”.

From single or double kayaks to canoes that seat up to five adults, our boats can accommodate you. We even offer a guided Ten-Person Canoe Tour!

Going to another fireworks display? Our off-site rentals will guarantee a phenomenal view!

Rental Options

Launch from and return to our Boston location on Soldier’s Field Road in Allston/Brighton on the night of the fireworks. The boat must be returned by 1am on July 5. You’ll paddle about 4 miles (~1.5 hours) to the fireworks.

Launch from and return to our Cambridge location in Kendall Square on the night of the fireworks. The boat must be returned by midnight on July 4. You’ll paddle about 5 minutes to the fireworks.

Please download the “Captains Map” but here are some bullet points to note:

  • There is a security zone around the fireworks barge between the Mass. Ave and the Longfellow Bridges. Boats must be inside the security zone and anchored by 8:15pm. If you arrive at the bridge after 8:15pm you will not be allowed in.
  • For an anchor we recommend a weight of at least 20lbs and at least 25ft of line. (A milk jug filled with sand works)
  • From Kendall Sq. you should arrive by 6:45pm to get under the Longfellow Bridge in time. Paddlers picking up our boat from Allston/Brighton location you should arrive no later than 5:30pm.
  • Many paddlers prefer to start later and stay outside of the security zone where the view is still great.
Reservations Are Required
Boats Rented from Allston/Brighton
Standard Canoe
(2-3 adults, or 2 adults/2 kids)
$95 Book Now
Tripper XL Canoe (4-5 adults) $150 Book Now
Plastic Single Kayak (1 adult) $65 Book Now
Single Pedal Kayak (1 adult) $99 Book Now
Plastic Double Kayak (2 adults) $110 Book Now
Double Sit-On Top Kayak (2 adults) $110 Book Now
Six-Person Canoe Catamaran
(up to 6 adults)
$175 Book Now
Ten-Person Canoe Guided Tour
(per person)
$89 More Info
Boats Rented from Kendall Square
Standard Canoe
(2-3 adults, or 2 adults/2 kids)
$120 Book Now
Tripper XL Canoe (4-5 adults) $175 Book Now
Plastic Single Kayak (1 adult) $90 Book Now
Single Pedal Kayak (1 adult) $120 Book Now
Plastic Double Kayak (2 adults) $135 Book Now
Double Sit-On Top Kayak (2 adults) $135 Book Now
Rowboat
(up to 3 adults, or 2 adults/2 kids)
$175 Book Now

Registration/Cancellation Policy for July 4 Rentals

    • Rates shown do not include applicable Sales Tax.
    • Rentals includes a paddle and life jacket for each paddler.
    • Off-Site Rentals include foam blocks and straps to car-top the boat. Contact us if you plan to rent more than one boat and do not have a roof rack.
    • Renters must bring a flashlight to have on board each boat. If you do not bring a flashlight, we will have a limited number available for purchase. In addition, we will provide a continuously lit white light to mount on your boat to satisfy State Police requirements.
    • Bring a photo I.D. when you pick up your boat.
    • During the reservation process, you will request a preferred pickup time. This time is subject to change and not guaranteed until we confirm it with you.
    • All rentals require the deposit indicated below. Your credit card number is considered to be your deposit, but we do not charge or put a hold on your card unless the boat is stolen or damaged. Renters are responsible for all damage beyond normal wear and tear, including deep scratches, chips, and gouges through the boat's finish.
    • The State Police restrict boating access within a perimeter around the fireworks barge. Renters will be provided with information on this restriction before launching. Learn more on the Boston July 4 Web Site.
    • All boats rented in Allston/Brighton must be picked up by 8pm on July 4; all boats rented in Kendall Square must be picked up by 9pm. We reserve the right to rent remaining boats to others after these times, and no refunds or credits will be issued if your boat is no longer available.
    • The rental charge will be refunded, less a 10% administrative fee, if you cancel your rental by 5pm on June 27. After this date, the rental fee is non-refundable.
    • In the event that the fireworks and concert are cancelled due to weather before you pick up your boat, we will refund the rental fee, less a 10% administrative fee. If the fireworks and concert are cancelled after you pick up your boat, the rental fee is non-refundable.
    • Each participant will be required to sign a waiver of liability. To save time, you can download this waiver and bring it with you.
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