Event Highlights

Boston Harborfest Kick-Off

A public announcement with Acting Mayor of Boston Kim Janey and others will help kick off Boston Harborfest 2021 with a traditional ceremonial cake cutting. Colonial reenactors will engage with visitors, while live performances fill Downtown Crossing.

Thursday, July 1 • 11:30 AM
The Steps of Downtown Crossing, Intersection of Franklin and Washington Streets

DTX Arts Market

Join us in Downtown Crossing (DTX) for an Arts and Crafts Market for you to peruse and shop. This free and vibrant arts market will put bring works of local artists on display. With vendors selling an array of local goods, it’s a very stroll-able activity to fill your day.

Thursday, July 1 and Friday, July 2 • 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Summer Street, Downtown Crossing

Live Performances and Entertainment

An array of local performances across all musical genres will perform from a stage in Downtown Crossing, while historical reenactors and costumed entertainers will engage with visitors to the area. A fashion show, sponsored by Macy’s will also take place on the main stage. To see the full schedule of performances, please visit the Schedule page.

Thursday, July 1 – Saturday, July 3 • 12:00 Noon – 8:00 PM
The Steps of Downtown Crossing

Classic Car Showcase

It’s beach-wagons and beyond at the Harborfest Classic Car Showcase. Chat with owners and look under the hood on an array of classic vehicles from yesteryear. A must for car lovers!

Saturday, July 3 • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Summer Street, Downtown Crossing


Visible from nearly all of Boston Harbor, the Harborfest Fireworks will be launched from a barge at Boston’s Long Wharf. Supported by principal sponsor People’s United Bank and co-sponsors the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District.

Saturday, July 3 • 9:15 PM
Long Wharf – Boston Inner Harbor

The City of Boston’s Independence Day Celebration

A short parade will step off from City Hall Plaza and pass the Granary Burial Ground, where wreaths will be laid on the graves of patriots. The parade continues through Downtown Crossing to the Old State House where the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company will continue its tradition of reading of the Declaration of Independence from the balcony. Parade viewing will be available along the route and in Downtown Crossing.

Sunday, July 4 • 9:00 AM
City Hall Plaza to Downtown Crossing

*Schedule subject to change