Boston Harborfest is a 37-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!

Event Highlights

Faneuil Hall Opening Ceremonies | Friday, June 29

Join Mayor Marty Walsh as he kicks off the 37th 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 | Sunday, July 1

Calling local art buffs! Local artists will display and sell their work, curated by Artists Crossing, under the trellis in Christopher Columbus Park. From 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, catch a preview of some of the artists from the September Boston Arts Festival. Click here for artist application.

Chowderfest | Sunday, July 1

Come taste clam chowder samples from some of the best local restaurants! Vote on your favorite and enjoy live music in Christopher Columbus Park.

Screening of Yankee Doodle Dandy | Sunday, July 1

Bring your movie snacks and picnic blankets for a showing of Yankee Doodle Dandy in Christopher Columbus Park.

Visit the Historic Freedom Trail®

Walk into History® and experience over 250 years of history! Explore Boston’s iconic red line and enjoy special programs and activities at 16 official Freedom Trail historic sites and tours led by 18th-century costumed guides!

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!

Full schedule of events coming soon.

Produced by:

City of Boston