Boston’s Best Stores For Fourth Of July Paraphernalia

June 24, 2014 6:00 AM

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(credit: Thinkstock)

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Many consider Boston the birthplace of America’s independence, and Bostonians like to celebrate that in style. The Fourth of July means backyard cookouts, a day at the beach,and fireworks watching for most. You can really show your pride by decking the halls, and your back yard barbeque, with some well placed July Fourth paraphernalia. Whether you’re looking for red, white, and blue picnic gear or American flag designed decorations, these Boston stores have you covered.

BMS Paper Supply
3390 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-1122

BMS Paper is the home entertainers dream store. It has just about everything you need for a top notch gathering and it’s all at the most unbelievably low prices imaginable. This is not your usual party store. Sure, you can get a great selection of discounted paper goods like table clothes and disposable plates in every color you could want. But you can also get bulk-sized food goods and everything you need to cook and serve them as well. If you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, attending a friend’s cook out, or spending the weekend camping, BMS Paper Supply should be your first stop.

(Photo from Party Favors)

(Photo from Party Favors)

Party Favors
1356 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-3330

As the name implies, Party Favors has a great selection of July Fourth themed party items. And along with that you’d be surprised just how many red, white, and blue decorations you’ll find in the Coolidge Corner store. But what they are really known for are their stunning custom cakes, cookies, and cupcakes. If you’re having a July Fourth gathering one of their unique designs will really take things up a notch. There’s no way to make your Fourth of July party a memorable one than a custom confection from Party Favors.

Kenmore Army & Navy Store
477 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 292-2769

The Kenmore Army & Navy Store might not be the first place that occurs to you when you’re thinking of places to shop for the Fourth of July. But it’s one of the best places in the city to find American flag everything and anything. Not only can you buy an actual flag here but you’ll find flags on just about everything else you can imagine. This includes accessories like hats and belt buckles all the way to full on clothing.

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(Photo from Balloon City/Facebook)

(Photo from Balloon City/Facebook)

Balloon City of Boston
995 Bennington St.
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-9114

Yes, Balloon City of Boston is exactly what the name promises. One humongous store of balloons. How can a store sell only balloons, you might ask? Well the answer is that you’re not paying so much for the balloons as you are for the staff’s unlimited creativity. Balloon City of Boston takes that inflatable childhood favorite and does so much more with it. They offer customizable balloon walls and balloon centerpieces, all holiday themed of course. They can even print your picture and message on a balloon. And then just to top it all off, they offer delivery services so you can have your American-themed balloons brought directly to your house or event with no hassle by you.

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Charles Street Supply Company
54 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 367-9046

Charles Street Supply Company is an affordable place to go for all your seasonal items. That means at this time of year you can find all the July Fourth paraphernalia you need, no matter what your plans for the holiday are. They have beach chairs and towels. They have holiday-themed home goods like welcome mats and planters. They have summer essentials like sunscreen and batteries. So grab a cooler, a hat, and get your holiday started.

Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at

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