Boston Harborfest is a 38-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 in Downtown Crossing, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, boat tours, live entertainment, and much more!
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38th Annual Boston Harborfest Opening Ceremony | Monday, July 1
Harborfest kicks off with an opening ceremony in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. Colonial era reenactments, a short speaking program, and the traditional cutting of the cake will help kick things off.
DTX Live Entertainment
Downtown Crossing (DTX) will host a variety of musical acts that will be free and open to the public. Focusing on local groups that highlight Boston’s vibrant music scene, talented artists will take the stage to provide live programming throughout the event.
Arts at Harborfest | Tuesday, July 2
Calling local art buffs! Local artists will display and sell their work from Downtown Crossing.
Chowderfest | Tuesday, July 2
The annual Chowderfest returns to Harborfest! It’s your chance to taste free samples from Boston’s best restaurants, and vote on which chowder reigns supreme.
The City of Boston’s Official Independence Day Commemoration | Thursday, July 4, 2019
Come to the flag raising ceremony on City Hall Plaza followed by a parade to the Granary Burial Ground, where wreaths are laid on the graves of patriots. The parade then continues to the Old State House.
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!
*Schedule subject to change