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Thursday, July 4th

9am-10am – Flag Raising Ceremony and Parade
At the flag pole on the Plaza at City Hall
Follow the parade to the Granary Burial Ground where
wreaths are laid on the Patriots' graves, and then to
the Old State House

9am-Noon – Footloose on the Freedom Trail
Boston By Foot (617-367-2345)
Meet at the State House steps, Beacon Street
A guided walking tour of over 300 years
of history and architecture. A Boston tradition!
Admission $20, BBF members $10
www.bostonbyfoot.org

9:30am-2:30pm – USS CONSTITUTION Turn-around Cruises
Bay State Cruise Company (617-748-1435),
Boston Seaport Boat Charters (617-261-6633, 800-422-8419),
Boston Yacht Charters (617-268-1234),
Charles Riverboat Co. (617-621-3001),
Massachusetts Bay Lines (617-542-8000),
Odyssey Cruises (866-307-2469),
Spirit of Boston (866-310-2469)
USS CONSTITUTION makes her annual voyage
and fires a 21 cannon salute  to the Nation.
Times, lengths, and prices vary; reservations required
www.baystatecruisecompany.com
www.bostonseaportboatcharters.co
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www.yachtingboston.com
www.charlesriverboat.com
www.libertyfleet.com
www.massbaylines.com
www.odysseycruises.com
www.spiritofboston.com
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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

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; 18 and under free
www.osmh.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

10am-10:30am – Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Old State House, State and Devonshire Streets
Read from the balcony as it was on July 18, 1776
www.bostonhistory.org

10am-1:30pm – Cookout Aboard a Schooner
Aboard the LIBERTY CLIPPER and LIBERTY STAR (617-742-0333)
Central Wharf at the New England Aquarium
Enjoy lunch while viewing the turnaround of the CONSTITUTION
and salutes by Boston’s Tall Ships
Admisson $100, 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

10am-4pm – 18th Century Garden Conversations
Old North Church (617-523-6676)
193 Salem Street, North End
Discover herbs and flowers behind the 1773 Clough House
www.oldnorth.com

10am-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

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-Noon – Oration at Faneuil Hall
The Great Hall at Faneuil Hall
A traditional oration in “the Cradle of Liberty”
given by a  prominent citizen

11am-Noon – Beacon Hill Treasures
Otis House Museum (617-994-5920)
141 Cambridge Street
A guided walking tour of Beacon Hill in the early days
of  the Republic
Admission $6-$12, reservations recommended
www.historicnewengland.org

11am-1pm – USS CONSTITUTION Turn-Around
Charlestown Navy Yard to Castle Island, South Boston
(617-242-2543)
“Old Ironsides” gets underway to salute the Nation

11am-3pm – Puritans, Patriots and Pirates
King’s Chapel, Corner of Tremont and School Streets
(617-523-1749)
Tour the Burial Ground and learn about Puritan Traditions,
Patriots, and tales of local Pirates
Donations appreciated
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

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

Noon-12:05pm – Salute to the Nation
Off Castle Island, South Boston
USS CONSTITUTION fires her 21-gun salute

Noon-1pm – Beacon Hill Treasures
Otis House Museum (617-994-5920)
141 Cambridge Street
A guided walking tour of Beacon Hill in the early days
of  the Republic
Admission $6-$12, reservations recommended
www.historicnewengland.org

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

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

12:30pm-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

1pm-2pm – Beacon Hill Treasures
Otis House Museum (617-994-5920)
141 Cambridge Street
A guided walking tour of Beacon Hill in the early days
of  the Republic
Admission $6-$12, reservations recommended
www.historicnewengland.org

1pm-4pm – 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

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-3pm – Beacon Hill Treasures
Otis House Museum (617-994-5920)
141 Cambridge Street
A guided walking tour of Beacon Hill in the early days
of  the Republic
Admission $6-$12, reservations recommended
www.historicnewengland.org

2pm-7pm – Cape Verdean Independence Celebration      
City Hall Plaza, North Stage
Music, dancing and traditional games, arts and crafts
Prices vary for delicious Kriolu foods

2pm-4pm – Concert
On the Plaza at City Hall (617-227-1528)
A rousing patriotic concert.

3pm-3:30pm – Independence Comes to Boston
Old State House (617-720-1713 x21)
State and Washington Streets
Discover how independence came to Boston
and how liberty shapes our lives today
Admission $8.50 for adults, 18 and under free
http://www.bostonhistory.org/

3pm-4pm – Beacon Hill Treasures
Otis House Museum (617-994-5920)
141 Cambridge Street
A guided walking tour of Beacon Hill in the early days
of  the Republic
Admission $6-$12, reservations recommended
www.historicnewengland.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

3pm-5pm – Sailing Adventures Aboard LIBERTY Schooners
Aboard LIBERTY CLIPPER and LIBERTY STAR
(617-742-0333)
Central Wharf at the New England Aquarium
Sail aboard majestic schooners in the Harbor
Admission $19-$30, reservations recommended
www.libertyfleet.com

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

4pm-5pm – Beacon Hill Treasures
Otis House Museum (617-994-5920)
141 Cambridge Street
A guided walking tour of Beacon Hill in the early days
of  the Republic
Admission $6-$12, reservations recommended
www.historicnewengland.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

6pm-9pm – Clambake on Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area
(617-770-0040)
Boston Harbor Islands Ferry kiosk, Long Wharf
Enjoy an authentic New England clambake by the
Summer Shack on the beach with lobsters, etc.
Admission $75-$80, reservations required
www.bostonharborislands.org

6pm-11:30pm – Fireworks Cruises
Bay State Cruise Company (617-748-1435)
Boston Seaport Boat Charters (617-261-6633, 800-422-8419),
Boston Yacht Charters (617-268-1234),
Massachusetts Bay Lines (617-542-8000),
Times, lengths, and prices vary, reservations required
www.baystatecruisecompany.com
www.accruiseline.com

www.yachtingboston.com
www.massbaylines.com

7:30pm-11pm – Dinner Cruise on the Harbor 
Spirit of Boston (866-310-2469)
Dinner and music with a spectacular view of the Harbor
Admission $91.90, admission required
www.spiritofboston.com

7:30pm-10pm - Fourth of July Concert on the Esplanade
Sponsored by Liberty Mutual
Boston’s Fourth of July (888-484-7877)
Keith Lockhart conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra
Fireworks Spectacular to follow

9pm-11:30pm – Tall Ship BBQ and Fireworks Cruise 
Aboard the LIBERTY CLIPPER and LIBERTY STAR
(617-742-0333) Central Wharf at the New England
Aquarium. Set sail aboard a tall ship for a harbor sail and BBQ
and watch fireworks from the decks of a tall ship
Admission $125; reservations required
www.libertyfleet.com

 

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