Ever since I moved to Boston I've wanted to experience the July 4th fireworks from the Charles. This year I finally made it happen, I bought a canoe from craigslist this spring and borrowed my mom's canoe, and 5 of us paddled downtown. The pics don't do the experience justice - the fireworks were right over our heads, and the noise was awesome. There were so many boats of all shapes and sizes, and you get to see a rare perspective of the city when you're on the water. Paddling back to Soldier's Field was rough, but totally worth it. I don't know how I'm going to go back to watching them on shore.