As the Cradle of Liberty, we take the celebration of Independence Day pretty seriously here, and have all kinds of ways for visitors and locals alike to discover and revel in Boston's important role in our nation's history. For example, on Tuesday, July 2, the King's Chapel will be presenting a Puritans, Patriots, and Pirates tour. On Wednesday, July 3, Children’s Day will take place at City Hall Plaza with activities such as paper lantern crafting (accessorize yourself like Paul Revere!), presentations geared to kids from organizations such as The USS Constitution Museum, and entertainment from musicians, jugglers, and others. On Sunday, July 7, a bell ringer will demonstrate and explain The Art of Change Ringing at the Old North Church. (Children might want to bring their paper lanterns to the historic church, which was immortalized in the poem, "Paul Revere's Ride." The above three events will cost the revolutionary price of free.
There are over 197 other events, including scavenger hunts, lighthouse tours, concerts, and even a Rum and Revolution nighttime sailing aboard a clipper ship, complete with revolutionary-era sing-alongs and, yes, rum. Yo-ho-hos are optional.
Boston Harborfest 2013
July 2 to 7. Locations throughout Boston.
Photo: Boston Harborfest