Event Highlights

37th Annual Boston Harborfest Opening Ceremony

Join Mayor Walsh and other dignitaries from the City of Boston for the official Harborfest kick off of the ceremonial cake cutting and giveaway!

Thursday, June 28 • 11:00 AM
**Location moved to Quincy Market’s Rotunda**

Harbor Fireworks

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.

Saturday, June 30 • 9:00 PM
Christopher Columbus Park

Arts at Harborfest

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 including:

Molly Pinto Madigan • 11:00 – 11:45 AM
Dan Masterson • 4:00 – 4:45 PM
Fiona Corrine • 5:00 – 5:45 PM
Blindspot • 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Click here to see all participating artists.

Sunday, July 1 • 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Christopher Columbus Park


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

Sunday, July 1 • 12:00 Noon – 3:00 PM
Christopher Columbus Park

Participating restaurants include:

Central Wharf
Granary Tavern
Il Molo
Shaking Crab
State Street Provisions
Victory Point
Waterline – Marriott

The City of Boston’s Official Independence Day Commemoration

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.

Wednesday, July 4 • 9:00 AM
City Hall Plaza, Old State House

Freedom Trail® Foundation

Walk into History® along Boston’s iconic red-lined Freedom Trail leading to 16 authentic historic sites. Enjoy exciting daily tours led by 18th-century costumed guides!

Friday, June 29 – Wednesday, July 4
Tours daily from 10:15 AM – 6:00 PM