Preparing for the July 4th weekend the focus in Boston usually revolves around the Boston Pops and the Fireworks celebration on the Esplanade. It is easy to forget that Boston HarborFest is also taking place and this year it is celebrating it’s 29th year of bringing colonial and maritime history alive. As we commemorate America’s Independence there are more than 200 events that have been planned between June 30th and July 5th.
There is no shortage of historic locations in and around Boston to remind us of Boston’s role in the revolution and in the quest for Independence. We recently wrote about Boston’s Old Statehouse and the treasure trove of history that took place inside and outside it’s doors. That is an easy visit as you participate in other Boston HarborFest activities.
The opening ceremonies take place at Faneuil Hall another one of our favorite Boston haunts. The rest of the activities take place on the Boston City Hall Plaza. Since I have children I look forward to the Children’s Day activities that take place on Thursday but another fan favorite is Chowderfest which allows you to sample Chowder from various restaurants in the New England area. Seafood is a staple of Boston and there are plenty of people ready to argue with you about where to go for the best clam chowder. There is an admission charge for the Chowderfest event which takes place on Monday July 5th. It is pretty reasonable though ranging from $7 – $10.
This year’s Boston HarborFest includes more than 200 daily events taking place over the course of HarborFest including musical performance. To get the most out of it check out the listings on the Boston HarborFest website. Please note this year they have partnered with Boston Navy Week which adds to the list of things you can do. Have fun and remember why we celebrate July 4th!