Thu, Jun 28, 2018 - Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Atlantic Ave. at Richmond St. Boston, MA, 02110
Longitude X Latitude: -71.0519567, 42.3616738
HOW MUCH: Free
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Boston Harborfest is the nation’s biggest July 4th celebration. It opens on Thursday, June 28, 2018. It is a six-day celebration that features historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, live entertainment in Columbus Park, an arts festival, a taste of Harborfest featuring local restaurants, a movie screening, duck boat tours, historic site tours and more. This year the festival is celebrating its thirty-sixth anniversary.
On Thursday, the festival opens with cruises of Boston Harbor, the cutting of the gigantic Boston Harborfest cake, historic tours, the changing of the guard, and a pub crawl.
On Friday there will be more historic tours, scavenger hunts, and cruises.
Saturday brings more tours, Oyster Fest at Boston Public Market, Colonialfest, a Squeezebox Stompers and Sweet Harmony concert at Christopher Columbus Park, and a fireworks display over the harbor.
Sunday’s activities include a service at Old North Church, cruises, boat tours, and historic tours. Chowderfest runs from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. and features local restaurants exhibiting their culinary creations. During the day artists will be set up under the trellis to sell their creations as part of the Boston Arts Festival at Harborfest.
Monday there will be cruises of the harbor, boat tours, walking tours, sunset Boston Duck tours, and dramatic readings of Paul Revere’s Ride.
On Tuesday the regular daily activities continue. These include history tours, walking tours and cruises.
Wednesday, July 4th there will be walking tours, history tours, cruises, and readings of the Declaration of Independence at Old North Church.
Thursday there will be more tours, cruises.
The Boston Pops Concert and Fireworks are not officially part of Boston Harborfest. The rehearsal concert starts at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, and the main concert starts at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The fireworks begin at 10:30 pm. Gates open at 5:00 pm on Tuesday and 9:00 am on Wednesday.
For more information on Boston Harborfest, go here.
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