Boston On The Fourth- Visit Where It All Started

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The Boston Tea Party was a political protest that occurred on December 16, 1773, at Griffin’s Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts. American colonists, frustrated and angry at Britain for imposing “taxation without representation,” dumped 342 chests of tea, imported by the British East India Company into the harbor.

And so the American Revolution began. What better place this July 4th to celebrate our nation’s birthday than Boston?

Boston hosts hundreds of activities during the 4th of July weekend starting a few days before the holiday. Boston Harborfest is known as the country’s largest 4th of July celebration. It includes historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, boat tours, and, of course, plenty of music and entertainment.

The 4th of July usually starts with the official Flag Raising Ceremony and Parade. The flag is raised in the City Hall Plaza at 9 am, which is followed by a parade that stops at the Granary Burying Ground to lay wreaths for American heroes and at the Old State House, from where the Declaration of Independence was first proclaimed in 1776. Every year at 10 a.m., the Declaration is read again from the same balcony of the Old State House by the current Captain Commanding of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.
Other events include:
  • The Boston POPS free show is a first come first seated event. This concert ends with spectacular fireworks over the Charles River which last for 23 minutes. You can also watch it on the Cambridge side of the Charles River for the best views.
  • Boston Harborfest is an annual festival that celebrates Boston’s maritime and colonial history. Enjoy over 200 different events that occur throughout the week around Boston’s historic downtown and waterfront districts, as well as main events happening in the City Hall Plaza.  The event kick off at Faneuil Hall with a giant patriotic cake.
  • Boston’s annual Chinatown Main Street Festival takes place in early July!
  • A quick ferry trip to one of the Boston Harbor Islands also makes for a wonderful outing.
  • If you’re a history buff looking for things to do in Boston today, then you might want to visit the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. This one-of-a-kind museum allows you to view historical artifacts, explore restored tea ships, and experience the Boston Tea Party first-hand. You can even throw a box of tea into Boston Harbor just like the colonists did back in 1773!

Southern Airways has daily flights beginning this summer to and from Boston/Hanscom. They already serve Boston/Norwood for your convenience. Daily seasonal flights to Nantucket are available.

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