People living in smaller towns of the Massachusetts countryside know that there’s no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a good ol’ American BBQ. In a city like Somerville, it’s a bit harder to enjoy the same kind of classic summer get together.
Smaller yards (or no yard at all) means less room for casual sports games or laying out in the sun. Smaller driveways means your friends have to scramble to find parking in crowded side streets. Whether the sun comes out or the clouds rain on the holiday parade, here’s your guide to having a stress-free celebration this Independence Day.
The Burger: If you can’t enjoy a burger hot off your own grill, we recommend checking out Boston Burger Company in Davis Square. Their menu features 28 burgers from the basic Boston Burger (lettuce, tomato and onion) to the deep fried Artery Clogger, and their most renowned, the 420 burger – basically an appetizer sampler in a bun. The restaurant also has salads, chicken wings and sandwiches and a Kids’ menu with burgers.
The Hot Dog: Based on intensive research (and surely not the last family barbeque we attended), people seem pretty evenly split between hamburger fanatics and hot dog lovers. If you’re one of the latter, check out Burger Dive in Assembly Square. Although the hip joint is known for its burgers and shakes (we recommend Toasted Marshmallow), it also offers three signature hot dogs, as well as a basic dog for the kids. The Dive Style dog has mustard, onions and relish; the Chili Cheese, with cheddar cheese, hot chili sauce and onions; and the Lay It On, which includes caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and pretzel-coated pickles. Yum!
The Drink: Celebrate America with a Eurotrip to Union Square’s new German beer hall, Bronwyn. While folks outside of Somerville might celebrate with a Bud Light in their backyard, Somervillians can taste the finest beers of Germany, Poland and beyond in the restaurant’s brand new biergarten. Also brand new is the restaurant’s outdoor pit-smoker, which offers hearty sausages as an alternative to the traditional summer weiner.
The Park: A bit off the beaten path from Davis, Magoun and Ball squares, Powder House Square is a bit of a hidden gem. Powder House Park is a great recreation spot if you don’t have a yard to throw a frisbee or even play a simple game of catch in. Plus, a bounty of trees will give you enough shade to stay cool on the hottest day, whether you decide to play football with friends and family or lay down and read a book.
The Show: The Somerville Theatre in Davis Square is the perfect place to escape the rainy day red, white and blues. Showtimes for all feature film options, including star-studded comedy This Is The End and newly released Bling Ring, will run from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Though it may not be the most traditional way to celebrate, when it comes to the silver screen, there are always fireworks.
The Sparks: Somerville set off its own celebratory fireworks a week early on June 27, giving the Fourth of July spotlight to Boston’s epic show on the Esplanade. The Boston Pops will begin playing 8:20 p.m., with the nationally watched pyrotechnics lasting from 10:35 to 11 p.m. If you are looking for a more low key show, head to nearby Newton for their 9 p.m. show at Albermarle Field. – By Jake Reed and Ali Antonucci