Boston Harborfest 2017, one of the country’s largest Fourth of July Festivals, marks its 36th anniversary by celebrating Boston’s harbor and history. This holiday, the long-running festival will feature hundreds of family-friendly activities from June 30th through the 4th. Popular activities and events include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical re-enactments, Freedom Trail Walks, boat tours, and live entertainment, among other July 4th festivities.
“We are fortunate in the City of Boston to have a community that honors our deep ties to history and embraces the chance to gather to commemorate the significant milestones we’ve achieved as a country,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Harborfest is a long-standing Boston tradition that brings together thousands of residents and visitors alike, and I am anticipating another successful celebration this year, “ the Mayor added.
In addition to the annual patriotic re-enactments, Freedom Trail tours, and historic sites’ programs, once again the celebration will welcome visitors to the burgeoning Boston harbor front. The festivities kick off Friday, June 30 at 12:00noon at historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace with an Opening Ceremony hosted by Mayor Walsh for an official Harborfest cake-cutting and salute by the 215th Army Band. On Saturdayevening, signature events along Boston’s waterfront at Christopher Columbus Park offer entertainment featuring music from Sweet Harmony, followed by a screening of the original film, Yankee Doodle Dandy. Also notable, the hugely popular Arts at Harborfest returns on Saturday, July 1, when local artists display and sell their original work.
“Harborfest offers an exciting schedule of events that reflect our city’s heritage and abundant creativity,” said Dusty Rhodes, president of Conventures, Inc., and producer of Harborfest.
The weekend’s activities are sponsored by Boston Harbor cruises, Boston Duck Tours, Entertainment Cruises, the City of Boston, Boston Parks department, Marriott Boston Long Wharf, Boston Park Plaza, Boston By Foot, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Friends of Christopher Columbus Park,Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Freedom Trail Foundation, Geico, King’s Chapel, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Downtown Crossing Boston Business Improvement District, Old North Church, Liberty Fleet, Old South Meeting House, Otis House/Historic New England, Paul Revere House, USS CONSTITUTION Museum, Artists Crossing, Bostonian Society, SpotHero, and Conventures, Inc., all of whom have come together to support hundreds of events and activities during the four-day festival.
For more Harborfest information and a complete list of activities, please visit www.bostonharborfest.com.