Boston Harborfest is a 36-year-old tradition celebrating Boston’s harbor and history.
With hundreds of activities over Independence Day weekend 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, boat tours, live entertainment and much more!
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Faneuil Hall Opening Ceremonies | Friday, June 30
Join Mayor Marty Walsh as he kicks off the 36th Annual Boston Harborfest. The 215th Army Band will play for the crowd to get the event started. Mayor Walsh will cut the Official Boston Harborfest cake!
Arts at Harborfest | Saturday, July 1
Calling local art buffs! On Saturday, July 1st, local artists will display and sell their work, curated by Artists Crossing, under the trellis in Christopher Columbus Park. From 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, catch a preview of some of the artists from the September Boston Arts Festival.
Screening of Yankee Doodle Dandy | Saturday, July 1
As the evening begins in Christopher Columbus Park, enjoy a performance from Hyde Park’s own singing troupe Sweet Harmony as they sing show tunes. Following the performance, bring your movie snacks and picnic blankets for a showing of Yankee Doodle Dandy.
Chowderfest | Sunday, July 2
Come taste samples from some of the best local restaurants! Vote on your favorite and enjoy live music form the 215th Army Band!
Visit the Historic Freedom Trail®
Walk into History along the 16 official Freedom Trail® sites throughout the city’s modern streets. Explore Boston’s most significant historical sites with guided tours by colonial reenactors!
Harborfest Special Tours and Attractions
Both indoor and outdoor family-friendly events will take place at Boston’s best historical landmarks over the 5-day period. Throughout the weekend there will be 100+ activities, attractions and specials!