If you're stuck in Roslindale or West Roxbury next July 4th
You can still see the Esplanade fireworks. Turn onto Beech from Washington (right if you're coming from the south; left from the north), then pull into the Bates School parking lot on your left. You'll miss most of the sound and the big booms will reach you a half-second or so late, but you'll get a perfectly clear view of all the fireworks. And if you're lucky, among the 50 or so people watching with you will be this guy with a really loud voice who manages to make the fireworks sound just like sex:
Oh, yeah! Ahh! Ahh! Oh, yeah, THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' ABOUT!