In a few short days Boston’s population will grow by more than 3 million as people from all over the world gather for Harborfest 2017. The festivities begin on June 30 and culminate on Independence Day with the Boston Pops Concerts and July 4th Fireworks Spectacular.
Boston Harborfest is the largest Independence Day festival in the United States and 2017 marks its 36th year. The array of events are tailored to celebrate the city’s colonial heritage and maritime history with Revolutionary War reenactments, harbor cruises, walking tours, music and performances along the iconic Freedom Trail.
The @TheFreedomTrail presents… the Walk Into History Tour. This tour highlights the #revolutionary #history that took place along Boston’s iconic #FreedomTrail. Tour is 90 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the Arts #Boston BosTix Booth at #FaneuilHall. Visit the link in our bio for rates and times. #BostonHarborfest #FreedomTrailFoundation
In total, there are more than 200 scheduled events taking place at Historic Downtown and the Downtown Waterfront, Faneuil Hall, the Charlestown Navy Yard, and Long Wharf. Here are the highlights!
Main event: Opening Ceremony, 2017
11am, Faneuil Hall Marketplace – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will announce the kickoff of the Harborfest 2017 events at Faneuil Hall on the Freedom Trail. The 215th Army Band will play and the Official Boston Harborfest cake will be unveiled.
A Visit with Paul Revere at Paul Revere House
1pm – 3pm, Bring the kids to meet “Paul Revere” and find out what really happened during his famous Midnight Ride!
Did you know #PaulRevere had 16 children? Learn more about the famous midnight rider in a special #BostonHarborfest event. 'A Visit with Paul Revere' takes place at the Paul Revere House on Friday July 1st at 1pm. Visit the link in our profile to check the event schedule for more details! #BostonHarborfest #historybuff #revolution #boston.
Beacon Hill Treasures Walking Tour
1pm, 3pm – Join this 1.5 hour walking tour of Boston’s most historic neighborhood. Registration recommended; call 617-994-5920 or register online.
Revolutionary King’s Chapel Talks
@BostonTeaPartyShips & Museum presents Revelry on Griffin's Wharf – an interactive experience that brings you back to the 18th century with hands-on activities, games, and performances. This is a special #BostonHarborfest event great for kids and adults – don't miss out! Visit the link in our profile for the event schedule and rates.
Arts at Harborfest
11am-6pm – Local artists display and sell their work under the trellis at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End.
11am-4pm, Old North Church – Experience Colonial life through authentic hands-on activities such as fife-playing, sewing, chocolate-making, hat-making and quill writing.
Boston Harbor Island Events
On Georges Island from 11am-3pm, Enjoy music by the 215th Army Band’s brass quintet, fife and drummers, pop/rock favorites and more! On Spectacle Island from 1pm – 4pm, relax to the sounds of jazz by Boston-area ensembles at Jazz on the Porch. Concerts are free. More about getting to the Boston Harbor Islands.
Family Walk: Never Be Bored in Boston
10am-12:45pm, Start at Chinatown Gate and walk along the Greenway and Freedom Trail to the skate park by the Zakim Bridge. Kids will love all the music, costumed actors and themed distractions along the way!
Red, White, and Blue Scavenger Hunt
8am-8pm, Boston Public Market. This event is fun, family-friendly and educational to boot! The scavenger hunt winds through Boston’s locally sourced indoor marketplace. Also takes place on June 30, July 1, 2, and 4.
Celebrate #BostonHarborfest with a visit to the @OldSouthMeetingHouse for a fun, challenging #ScavengerHunt! Piece together clues to discover how the #Boston #TeaParty started. This event is great for families and children ages 6 and up. Activity runs daily starting at 9:30am, July 1st – 4th. Visit the link in our profile to check the event schedule for more details!
Boston Pops Concert
Join the Boston Pops for a night of music under the stars at the famous Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.
Dramatic Reading of the Declaration of Independence
1pm, 3pm, 5pm – A costumed re-enactor reads the document that started it all at Old North Church in the North End.
Boston Pops Concert and Fireworks
It’s time for the big finale! Boston’s famous July 4th celebration takes place on the Esplanade with fabulous music and one of the country’s biggest fireworks displays!
H/T to Boston Discovery Guide
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