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Relive the Night that Launched the Revolution!

Relive the Night that Launched the American Revolution

Join Old North Church & Historic Site for the 243rd Lantern Ceremony 

 Step into the past and relive the evening of April 18, 1775 at the 243rd Lantern Ceremony! Hosted by the Old North Foundation of Boston, the ceremony will take place April 15, 2018 at 8:00pm at the Old North Church, with a sponsor reception at 6:30pm.

The Lantern Ceremony celebrates the events of the night of April 18, 1775, when two signal lanterns were hung in the Old North Church steeple, alerting Paul Revere that the British were invading by sea and launching the American Revolution. This year’s ceremony recognizes Dr. Danielle Allen, political theorist, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. The evening will include colonial militia, re-enactors and speakers. Guests will hear Paul Revere’s personal account of the day, a reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride,” and see a reenactment of the hanging of the two lanterns.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (617) 523-6676. For sponsorship information call (617)523-6676 or email

About Old North Church & Historic Site:
300 Years of History. 2 Lanterns. 1 Revolution. Known for Paul Revere’s midnight ride and the site that launched the American Revolution, Old North Church & Historic Site is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Boston and along the Freedom Trail. Run by the Old North Foundation of Boston, a secular 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, the site is composed of the famous 18th century church, five gardens, the Old North Gift Shop and Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop. For more information visit: