Lovin' Spoonful: Chowderfest
Eating steaming New England clam chowder by the bowlful outside on a hot summer day? You must be in Boston.
Chow kings: Defending champs Anthem take on a stacked field including Chart House, Waterline, and Ipswich Clam Bake Co.
Sun 11a-6p. City Hall Plaza, Government Center. $13 here.
Nearby: Sterling's; The Place; Hillstone
Stomp the Yard: Giant Monsters at The Brattle
Warm up for Pacific Rim with screenings of classic giant monster movies.
Our picks: Check out Korean hit The Host and 1982's Q: The Winged Serpent.
Fri-Wed. The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square (617-876-6837). $10 here.
Nearby: Noir; Otto Pizza; Charlie Kitchen
Hog Holiday: Independence Day Pig Roast
Roasting a pig requires a whole day off and someone who can cook and carve it. Here's both.
Patio pig: Slow roasted pork sliders are as American as mom and the warm apple pie for dessert.
Thu 3-8. Aragosta Bar & Bistro, 3 Battery Wharf, North End (617-994-9001). Call for reservations.
Nearby: The Sail Loft; Waterfront Cafe; Tia's
Lamb of the Free: Red, White, & Ewe
Lamb lovers land at the Liberty for a patriotic celebration of American red meat.
Chop city: Clink chef Joseph Margate prepares a variety of kabobs and sausages to go with your cocktail.
Thu 5-8p. The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St., Beacon Hill (617-224-4000). $30 here.
Nearby: Grotto; Harvard Gardens; Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
Eagle Eye: Fireworks on the 52nd Floor
Whenever you can watch fireworks from 52 stories up after a stellar meal, you should.
4th place: Reservations include open bar (7-8p), five-course meal, and the best views in the city.
Thu 7p. Top of the Hub, 800 Boylston St. 52nd Floor, Back Bay (617-536-1775). $250. Call for reservations.
Nearby: Bukowski's; Back Bay Social Club; City Bar