The Boston Tea Party comes alive this December! It's December 16th, 1773 and trouble is brewing in Boston. Presented by Boston's famed Old South Meeting House and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, the 240th Anniversary Boston Tea Party Annual Reenactment is an opportunity for the public to experience one of America's most iconic public protests. Reenactors from across New England tell the story of the Boston Tea Party and recreate the evening of December 16, 1773, which sparked the American Revolution. It all begins with a fiery tea tax debate at Old South Meeting House, the actual historic hall where the colonists gathered to protest British rule 240 years ago. Then, the public joins a lively procession to the waterfront, and witnesses as the Sons of Liberty destroy the tea in Boston Harbor!
WHEN: MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013- the Actual Historic Anniversary!
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
TIMELINE: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Meeting of the Body of the People - TICKETED EVENT (Ticket includes access to a reserved viewing area along Boston's historic waterfront for the destruction of the tea)
Old South Meeting House - 310 Washington Street at Milk Street, Boston, MA
Ticket holders join an authentic, spirited and theatrical colonial debate at Old South Meeting House to protest the tax on tea and demand liberty from the British crown, just as unprecedented numbers of colonists gathered in this very building 240 years ago. Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere and other Patriot leaders join in a heated debate with crown-loving Loyalists in this final attempt to peaceably resolve the crisis before the midnight deadline. Visitors are encouraged to join the debate, letting their voices be heard in the very place where Boston's most famous act of rebellion began.
7:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Huzzah for Griffin's Wharf! - OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Procession from Old South Meeting House to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum - Milk Street to Congress Street to Pearl Street
Led by fife and drums and accompanied by colonial reenactors, the public is invited to march from Old South Meeting House to Boston historic waterfront where Griffin's Wharf once stood along the same route the Sons of Liberty took to Boston Harbor to destroy the tea in 1773!
8:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Boston Harbor, a Tea Pot Tonight! - OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC (Ticket holders have access to a reserved viewing area on the Harborwalk)
Destruction of the Tea at the new Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum - 306 Congress St. on the Congress Street Bridge, Boston, MA
The public is invited along with the re-enactors to line the shores of Boston Harbor and watch as the Sons of Liberty storm aboard the Brig Beaver and destroy chest after chest of East India tea, just as colonists did 240 years before. In this fully narrated program, the Sons of Liberty board the ship, opening the hold and hoisting tea chests on deck. Tea chests are broken open and the contents spilled into Boston Harbor. Viewers are encouraged to cheer "Huzzah" as each chest is dumped into Boston Harbor as they witness the dramatic conclusion of the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution.
TICKETS: GREAT DEALS ONLINE NOW!
· Book Online - general admission tickets $15/adults (ages 13 and up) & $12/children (ages 12 and under)
· Buy Tickets in Person - $20/person for all ages- available at Old South Meeting House and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum ticket booths
To purchase ticket go to: http://bostonteaparty2013.bpt.me or call (800) 838-3006.
Tickets include admission to the Meeting of the Body of the People at Old South Meeting House and access to an exclusive reserved viewing area on the Harborwalk for the Destruction of the Tea. All ticket proceeds help support Old South Meeting House, a non-profit National Historic Landmark. This event takes place rain, sleet, snow or shine.
NOTE: Both Old South Meeting House and Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will be free and open to the public on December 16, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Old South Meeting House will be free and open to the public on Sunday, December 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Salada® Tea is the Official Tea Sponsor and a lead sponsor of the 240th Anniversary Boston Tea Party Reenactment.