Battle of Barges set for triumphant return

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Labor Day weekend is one of those pivotal calendar landmarks when there’s a convergence of fun.

Whether you’re savoring the last hot days of summer or celebrating a segue into a cool fall, the weather report for Saturday promises to be spectacular as Battle of the Barges returns to Boston.

Anchored off both the North End and the Seaport districts of the city, volleys of fireworks will launch from dueling pontoons. Saturday, Sept. 5 at 9 p.m., a pre-programmed radio concert will play from loudspeakers situated around harborside parks. The starlit sky of panoramic Boston will be showered with syncopated sparkles as the music and fireworks set the tempo of the evening.

Not since 1998 has Boston hosted a Battle of the Barges. Executive Director of the Boston Harbor Association, Julie Wormser, hopes the return of this “hip, family-friendly, pyro-vision event” returns to the city’s calendar as the annual centerpiece to Labor Day weekend traditions. She, Mayor Martin Walsh, and the Harbor Association organized this event to welcome neighbors and college students to explore the seaport area in new ways.

Wormser recommends making reservations to dine al fresco at any of the harborside restaurants or hop on a harbor cruise. You’re also welcome to set sail outside the Coast Guard’s aqua perimeter or spread a picnic blanket out on the lawn to see and hear this special show from your own window to the sky.

The best viewing sites:

Harbor Walk Fan Pier: Boston

Christopher Columbus Park: North End

Pier’s Park: East Boston

Or watch from home at 8:30 pm on NECN

Magic 106.7 hosts the music format.

Diane Kilgore is a Boston-area blogger.