The top 5 things not to miss.
I am a Bostonian. My friends say there is no mistaking that. So perhaps I’m biased when I say the only place to celebrate our nation’s independence is right here in the city of Boston during Harborfest. No other city in the country, as far as I’m concerned, can boast more history—architectural, nautical, educational, and colonial. After all, the American Revolution was fought here; “Old Ironsides” still resides here; and communities north and south of Boston are world renowned for their contributions to our country’s history as well.
Independence Day is truly one of the magnificent celebrations Boston has to offer. For nearly 30 years, Harborfest, a non-profit organization, has been sponsoring an “award-winning festival that strives to honor and remember the past, celebrate the present, and educate the future with reenactments, concerts, historical tours and much, much more.”
This six-day long festival boasts over 200 daily events throughout downtown and the waterfront, with several sponsored events hosted on City Hall Plaza.
Top 5 things Not to Miss at Boston’s Harborfest.
- Children’s Day in the city. Take in all of the family friendly entertaining and educational activities Boston has to offer for FREE on July 1st at City Hall Plaza. Insider tip: Free admission does not apply to all Harborfest activities. Stop by the Hood Milk bottle in front of the Children’s Museum for ice cream and snacks to replenish those active little ones.
- Music, music, and more music. Amazing performances are happening all across the city in virtually every musical genre—classical, rock, disco, country, and of course, fife and drum. Insider tip: Pop into some of the local pubs for more entertainment choices around the city like The Black Rose and The Burren.
- USS Constitution Turnaround. See “Old Ironsides,” the oldest commissioned warship afloat, leave its berth to salute the nation. July 4th, 11:30 am at the Charlestown Navy Yard followed by the 21-gun salute at noon off the US Coast Guard Base in the North End. Insider tip: Take in the sites around Charlestown when you visit the Navy Yard. And don’t forget lunch or dinner at the historic Warren Tavern or Todd English’s Olives.
- Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Boston Esplanade July 4th, featuring our favorite conductor, Keith Lockhart. By land or by sea, this is a show you don’t want to miss. Concert starts at 8 pm (oval opens at 9 am). Insider tip: See the entire Pops performance, sans the fireworks, at an open rehearsal on July 3rd – (oval opens at 4 pm; concert at 8:30 pm) A smaller crowd but still busy so get there early.
- Can you say chowdah? The fun isn’t over on the 4th. Tickle your taste buds and try your best Boston accent on Monday, July 5th when you sample authentic New England clam chowder from Boston’s finest restaurants as they compete for “Boston’s Best Chowder” at the 29th Annual Chowderfest. Insider tip: Just drop the “r.” Who needs it anyway?
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