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Boston Harborfest is a 35-year-old tradition celebrating Boston’s harbor and history.

With hundreds of activities over a 4-day period at Boston’s best landmarks, this family-friendly event is the country’s largest Fourth of July festival. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, Boston Duck Tours, live entertainment and much more!

Opening Ceremony

On Friday, July 1st at 12:00 PM Dignitaries from the City of Boston will kick off to the 35th Annual Boston Harborfest at Faneuil Hall. The 215th Army Band will play to the crowd to get the celebration started. Following a few short speeches, the representatives will cut the Official Boston Harborfest cake!

United States Navy Welcome

Friday, July 1st, the City of Boston will welcome the USS Mesa Verde to the North Jetty in the Seaport.

Columbus Park Live Music and Movie Screening

Friday, July 1st, live entertainment will begin in Christopher Columbus Park at 6:00 PM. The movie screening has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

The Arts at Harborfest

Saturday, July 2nd, local artists will display and sell their art, curated by Artists Crossing, under the trellis at Christopher Columbus Park.


Various sailors will decorate their boats and light up the Inner Harbor on Saturday, July 2nd. Live music on Long Wharf will lead up to an incredible fireworks display over Boston’s Inner Harbor.

Taste of Harborfest

On Sunday, July 3rd, restaurants along the waterfront will showcase and sell their culinary creations on Long Wharf alongside live entertainment.

Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 will sail into Boston at noon on Monday, July 4th, docking overnight for the fireworks and setting sail again on July 5.

Freedom Trail

Walk Into History along the Freedom Trail’s sixteen official sites throughout the city’s modern streets.

Harborfest Partners

Along with the Freedom Trail, other iconic places around the city have partnered with Harborfest to celebrate our great nation’s history and pride. Find all of the activities offered on our schedule.

Throughout the weekend there will be 100+ activities, events and specials! Click here to view the full schedule.

Produced by:

City of Boston
Boston Harbor Cruises