It’s the Fourth of July weekend, and time to celebrate our nation’s birthday. As proud Bostonians, we decided today would be a good time to take a break from identity theft and talk about the history and beauty of our hometown. This is one of the best times of year in Boston––there are so many fun and educational things to do!
So pack up that picnic and gather the family, as we’ve got sights and sounds sure to delight patriots of all ages. Ready to soak up the culture and history of Boston?
What to See and Do
Hands down, the highlight of this weekend’s celebration is attending the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the scenic banks of the Charles River. The premier Independence Day celebration in the nation, this year’s event marks the 41st year that the Pops will perform, and we are happy to see that the concert will be televised nationally once more.
NOTE: Last night the Massachusetts State Police made the decision to move the event to tonight, July 3, to ensure the concert and fireworks aren’t rained out by the first hurricane of the season. Arthur is moving up the east coast and could bring high winds and heavy rain to New England this weekend. Visit the Massachusetts State Police blog for safety information and road closures in the area.
Expected to headline this year––the iconic Beach Boys, who have been performing their summer-fun hits together for 50 years. They will be joined by Broadway chanteuse and TV star Megan Hilty, and Boston-raised New Kids on the Block star, Joey McIntyre.
Every year, the concert culminates in conductor Keith Lockhart’s leading the Pops through a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” accompanied by a spectacular fireworks display. It’s really not to be missed. If you aren’t local you can watch it on CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. The event will also stream live on www.cbsboston.com and http://bostonpopsjuly4th.org/.
Historic Boston––Fun For the Whole Family
Leading up to the big night, here are just a few fun-for-the whole-family activities that can help you dive into the rich history of Boston (these events happen daily this week so don’t let rain spoil your plans):
- Start your day early at Boston Harborfest where you can watch the 9 a.m. flag raising ceremony and parade. Next, take a tour of the oldest commissioned warship in the world by climbing aboard “Old Ironsides,” The USS Constitution.
- Stroll over to the North End, Paul Revere’s storied former stomping grounds, to hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence at Old North Church. While you are in the neighborhood, take a quick tour of the Paul Revere House, a national historic landmark and the oldest building in downtown Boston. Built in 1680, the house will transport you back to colonial America.
- At the King’s Chapel you can hear Tory Stories from once-prominent Bostonians. Pull up a historic pew and enjoy a performance by actors playing the roles of British Loyalists as they recount life in Revolutionary-era Boston.
- Continue along the Freedom Trail to Beacon Hill and wrap up your walking tour at one of our nation’s most important African American National Historic Landmarks, the Museum of African American History. The museum is dedicated to preserving, conserving, and interpreting the contributions of African Americans.
From here you’ll be within walking distance of the Charles River Esplanade, so head on down for the concert and get ready to celebrate.
From all of us at IdentityForce––have a safe and happy Fourth of July celebration!