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Sunday, July 7th

9am-10am – Independence Day Service
Old North Church (617-523-6676)
193 Salem Street, North End
Worship in the church where the lanterns of freedom were hung
www.oldnorth.com

9am-5pm – To the Brink: "The Cuban Missile Crisis"
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
and Museum Columbia Point, Dorchester
(617-514-1600)
Listen in as the President works to avert a nuclear war.
Secretly recorded tapes highlight this milestone event
Admission $9-$12, 12 and under free
www.jfklibrary.org

9am-10pm – Boston by Land and Water
Boston Duck Tours (617-267-3825),
Bay State Cruise Company (617-748-1435),
Boston Yacht Charters (617-268-1234),
Charles Riverboat Co. (617-621-3001),
Massachusetts Bay Lines (617-542-8000),
Odyssey Cruises (866-307-2469),
Old Town Trolley (617-269-7150),
Spirit of Boston (866-310-2469)
Learn about Boston while touring the City and Harbor
Times, lengths, routes and prices vary, reservations
recommended
www.bostonducktours.com
www.baystatecruisecompany.com
www.yachtingboston.com
www.charlesriverboat.com
www.massbaylines.com
www.odysseycruises.com
www.oldtowntrolley.com
www.spiritofboston.com

9:30am-1pm – Tour Historic Boston Light
Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area
(617-223-8666)
Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion, Rose Kennedy Greenway
A guided tour of Little Brewster Island, site of the
first lighthouse in that nation. Climb 76 steps and two ladders
and meet the US Coast Guard keeper
Admission $29-$39, reservations recommended
www.bostonharborislands.org

9:45am-10am – Whiskers, Flippers and Fun
Seal exhibit at the New England Aquarium Plaza
(617-973-5200)
Harbor seals learn new behaviors.
They wave, and even get their teeth brushed!
www.neaq.org

9:30am-5pm – Scavenger Hunt:
Where the Boston Tea Party Began

Old South Meeting House (617-482-6439)
310 Washington Street
Discover clues about how the Boston Tea Party started.
Fun for all ages, prizes for completing it
Admission $1-$6
www.osmh.org

10am-1:30pm – Brunch Aboard a Tall Ship
LIBERTY CLIPPER and LIBERTY STAR

Central Wharf at the New England Aquarium
(617-742-0333) Enjoy brunch on the deck of
our historic ship
Admission $30-$45, reservations required
www.libertyfleet.com

10am-4pm – Blockade! 1813
USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard
Charlestown (617-426-1812)
Experience how sailors kept up their fighting
skills while trapped in Boston Harbor.
Admission by donation
www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org

11am-11:30pm – Tour Copps Hill Burial Ground
Old North Church (617-523-4848)
193 Salem Street, North End
A walking tour of the second oldest
burial ground in Boston
Admission $3-$5
www.oldnorth.com

11am -11:45am – Liberty’s Pulpits: 
Boston Churches in the Revolution 

Old South Meeting House (617-482-6439)
310 Washington Street
Hear the inflammatory language of Boston’s
Revolutionary preachers
Admission $1-$6
www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org

11am-Noon – Independence Day Service
Old North Church (617-523-6676)
193 Salem Street, North End
Worship in the church where the lanterns of freedom were hung
www.oldnorth.com

11am-12:15pm – Tory Independence Day Service
King’s Chapel (617-227-2155)
Corner of Tremont and School Streets
Worship in the colonial church frequented by
Patriots and Tories (Loyalists)
www.kings-chapel.org

11am-4pm – Explore the Freedom Trail
Freedom Trail Foundation (617-357-8300),
Boston Common Visitor’s Center 139 Tremont Street
A walking tour into history led by a Colonial guide
(every hour on the hour)
Admission $7-$13, tickets online
www.thefreedomtrail.org

11am-4:30pm – At Home with the Otises
Otis House Museum, 141 Cambridge Street
(617-994-5920)
Tour the elegant mansion of Harrison Gray Otis, a
Congressman, Senator, and the third Mayor of Boston,
his wife, Sally Foster Otis, and their family
Admission $4-$8, Boston residents and under 5 free
www.historicnewengland.org

11am-5pm – H.M. First Regiment of Foot Guards
Beware of the Regulars patrolling along the
Freedom Trail!

11am-6pm – 32st Annual Chowderfest
On the Plaza at City Hall, rain or shine (617-227-1528)
Sample Chowder from New England’s best restaurants
Vote for your favorite!
Admission $8-$12
www.bostonharborfest.com

11:15am-11:30am – Whiskers, Flippers and Fun
Seal exhibit at the New England Aquarium Plaza
(617-973-5200)
Harbor seals learn new behaviors.
They wave, and even get their teeth brushed!
www.neaq.org

11:30am-2pm – Luncheon on the Harbor 
Spirit of Boston (866-310-2469)
Enjoy lunch and historic narration while cruising
on the Harbor
Admission $42.90, reservations required
www.spiritofboston.com

Noon-5pm – Sailing Adventures Aboard LIBERTY 
Aboard LIBERTY CLIPPER and LIBERTY STAR
(617-742-0333)
Central Wharf at the New England Aquarium
Sail aboard the majestic schooners in the Harbor
Admission $19-$30, reservations recommended
www.libertyfleet.com

Noon-1pm – The Art of Change Ringing 
Old North Church (617-523-6676)
193 Salem Street, North End
A bell ringer explains the ancient and complex art
of change ringing
www.oldnorth.com

Noon-3:30pm – Tours of Fort Independence
Castle Island Association/DCR (617-727-5290)
Fort Independence, Castle Island, South Boston
Tours of a 19th century fort  
www.bostonfortindependence.com

Noon-1:30pm – African-American Patriots
Freedom Trail Foundation (617-357-8300)
Boston Common Visitor’s Center, 139 Tremont Street
Tales of inrtigue, bravery, and defiance by Black townspeople
Admission $7-$13
www.thefreedomtrail.org

CANCELLED Noon-4pm – Tour U.S. Coast Guard Vessels
U.S. Coast Guard Base, (617-223-3333)
North End Tour, 427 Commercial Street
Top-side tours aboard U.S. Coast Guard vessels
www.uscg.mil
Please note: the U.S. Coast Guard will be unable
to attend Harborfest due to the national sequester

12:30pm & 2pm – Pirates and Patriots
Freedom Trail Foundation (617-357-8300)
ArtsBoston Booth, Faneuil Hall
A 90-minute walking tour of winding alleys and pathways, wharfs
and docks led by a Colonial guide
Admission $7-$13
www.thefreedomtrail.org

1pm-4pm – Island Jazz
Boston Harbor Islands Park Area (617-223-8666)
Boston Harbor Islands Ferry kiosk
Long Wharf to Spectacle Island
A concert featuring musicians from the Berklee College of Music
www.bostonharborislands.org

1:20pm-4:30pm – Tour Historic Boston Light
Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area
(617-223-8666)
Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion, Rose Kennedy Greenway
A guided tour of Little Brewster Island, site of the
first lighthouse in that nation. Climb 76 steps and two ladders
and meet the US Coast Guard keeper
Admission $29-$39, reservations recommended
www.bostonharborislands.org

2pm-2:30pm – Who Hung the Lanterns at Old North Church?
Old North Church (617-523-4848)
193 Salem Street, North End
Delve into the mystery of who hung the lanterns on April 18, 1775
Admission $3-$5
www.oldnorth.com

2pm-2:30pm – Speak out for Liberty!
The Great Hall, Faneuil Hall,
Boston National Historical Park (617-242-5642)
A lively discussion of the issues of the day in 1770
www.nps.gov/bost

2pm-4pm – Bells and Bones
King’s Chapel (617-523-1749)
Corner of Tremont and School streets
Tour the crypt and learn about Colonial burial
practices and visit the Revere bell in the tower
Admission $8, ages 10 and over
www.kings-chapel.org

2:30pm-3:30pm – Tory Stories
King’s Chapel (617-523-1749)
Corner of Tremont and School Streets
Join Tory families (Loyalists) as they plan their
hurried escape from Boston to Nova Scotia
Donation appreciated
www.kings-chapel.org

3pm-4:30pm – Ben Franklin: Son of Boston
Boston By Foot (617-367-2345)
Meet at the Irish Famine Monument,
School and Washington Streets
A guided walking tour of his homes and haunts, celebrating his life
Admission $12, BBF members $5
www.bostonbyfoot.org

3:30pm-3:45pm – Whiskers, Flippers and Fun
Seal exhibit at the New England Aquarium Plaza
(617-973-5200)
Harbor seals learn new behaviors.
They wave, and even get their teeth brushed!
www.neaq.org

5pm-5:30pm – Choral Evensong
Old North Church (617-523-6676)
193 Salem Street, North End
Musical meditation in an historic setting
www.oldnorth.com

6pm-7:30pm - The Dark Side of Boston
Boston By Foot (617-367-2345)
Meet at Hanover and Cross Streets, North End
A walking tour of the North End, exploring disasters,
disease, and debauchery
Admission $12, BBF members free
www.bostonbyfoot.org

6pm-8pm - Tall Ship Sunset Sail
Aboard the LIBERTY CLIPPER (617-742-0333)
Central Wharf at the New England Aquarium
Sail aboard a majestic schooner in the harbor
Admission $19-$30, reservations recommended
www.libertyfleet.com

6:30pm-8pm – Moonlight Splash In
Boston Duck Tours (617-450-0068)
New England Aquarium, Central Wharf
Enjoy a moonlight tour of Boston by land and water
Admission $18-$27
www.bostonducktours.com

6:30pm-10pm – Dinner on the Harbor
Spirit of Boston (855-310-2469)
Enjoy dinner and the sunset in a unique setting
Admission $66.90, reservations required
www.spiritofboston.com

 

Dates, times, locations, and prices are subject to change.
Interpreters for deaf/hard of hearing persons and aid for disabled persons are available upon advanced notice.


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