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 one of the country’s largest Fourth of July festivals. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, boat tours, live entertainment and much more!

Congratulations to 2018 Chowderfest Winner

Waterline – Boston Marriott Long Wharf

Event Highlights

37th Annual Boston Harborfest Opening Ceremony | Thursday, June 28

Join Mayor Walsh and other dignitaries from the City of Boston for the official Harborfest kick off of the ceremonial cake cutting and giveaway! **Location moved to Quincy Market’s Rotunda**

Harbor Fireworks | Saturday, June 30

The Squeezebox Stompers will by playing an assortment of Americana Roots Music. Sweet Harmony will close with classic show tunes, leading up to a 9:00 PM firework show presented by Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, Boston Harbor Now and Wharf District Council.

Arts at Harborfest | Sunday, July 1

Fine local artisans, curated by Artists Crossing, will be featured under the trellis at Christopher Columbus Park. Artists will sell their historical and maritime-themed artwork. Interactive art demonstrations will occur throughout the day, along with live performing arts.

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.

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!

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Produced by:

City of Boston