Food & Drink

The Weekend Playbook: Celebrate America with patio pig roasts and steak on the water

Dude on the beach running with an American flag
Chubbies Shorts

Event of the Week Hit the water Saturday afternoon aboard Eat Boston's SS Steakcation and score a sneak peek of beef bites from Chef Michael Scelfo's highly anticipated Alden & Harlow, along with unlimited wine pours and all the Young MC karaoke you can find it within yourself to rap. The only thing you'll need is a ticket

Wednesday, July 3rdGet an early start on celebrating America's birthday tonight at Ned Devine's Second Annual Independence Bash, where Sam Adams is taking over the taps and pouring limited-edition suds like Backwood's Porter, Grumpy Monk, White Lantern, and even Whitewater IPA. Oh yea, it's free to attend

Thursday, July 4thEnsure you're appropriately dressed for the day's festivities by putting away your Bastille Day pantaloons and donning a pair of Chubbies' patriotic red, white, and blue 'Merica flag shorts. Even better, they've got a pair named The Patriots

Why watch the fireworks from a cramped Esplanade when you can enjoy them, along with gratis apps and music by the Pops, on the water aboard Classic Harbor Line's 80ft, gaff-rigged, wooden schooner, Adirondack III? You can also score $10 off new cruises all weekend with the code HOTEL10. Make your reservation now

And speaking of the Pops, ditch your apt after the show and crash at the newly reopened Boxer Hotel instead, where they're offering a special package that includes cocktails, a picnic dinner for two, and, thankfully, a late checkout. Hook it up here

Friday, July 5thAs you're probably not working on Friday, kick back at City Landing on Long Wharf and enjoy some bivalves from their raw bar, or a classic New England lobster bake complete w/ a butter-poached (and de-shelled) whole lobster w/ corn pudding, steamed potato, asparagus, and Littleneck clams! Take a look

Saturday, July 6thIt's hot out, right? Well, assuming you're walking down Boylston St this weekend and feel the urge to cool off, pop into the Four Seasons, where they're pimping a pop-up ice cream shop in the lobby

Sunday, July 7thYep, it's that time of year again. Where you pay $13, hit City Hall Plaza, and take down as much authentic New England clam chowdah as you can in seven hours, all at the 32nd Boston Chowder Fest. Snag a ticket here

Did you know that the IHOP turns 55yrs old in July? No? Well, you do now. And the benefit of possessing that knowledge is the ability to enjoy a short stack of buttermilk pancakes at their original 1958 price, just $.60, all day. Happy Birthday, IHOP!

Tuesday, July 9thRecover from your holiday weekend by hitting The Sinclair in Harvard on Tuesday night, where they'll be hosting a Polynesian-style pig roast on the patio, complete w/ a family-style, four-course dinner (slow-roasted suckling pig, pork & shrimp goyza, berry panna cotta, etc.), three Caribbean cocktails, and a pop-up tiki bar. Space, as you can imagine, will fill up fast... reserve your spot here.