“Boston Occupied: An Insolent Parade”, is a re-enactment and commemoration of the 250th anniversary of when British troops landed in Boston in 1768, which began a seven-year occupation of the city.
On the morning of Saturday, October 6 over 150 Redcoat reenactors will land on Long Wharf and proceed to occupy Boston throughout the weekend. After landing, the Redcoats will march to Boston Common, set up an encampment and participate in various drills and demonstration for public viewing.
As evening falls, the Redcoats will create a stir throughout Downtown Crossing, occupying streets, restaurants, bars and hotel lobbies in the area, before retiring to their encampment on the Common before midnight.
The reenactment represents the first signature anniversary event being planned by Revolution 250, a consortium of public history, cultural tourism, and not-for-profit organizations formed specifically to celebrate the anniversary of the American Revolution and Boston’s Seminole role in the in the momentous era. The American Revolution remains essential to Boston’s visitor economy and brand, which is so famously steeped in Revolutionary Era landmarks, tableaus and testimonials.
“The 250th anniversary of the Revolution is a critical moment for Boston and its visitor industry,” said Greater Boston Convention + Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) Pat Moscaritolo.
“Like the Bicentennial, these anniversaries can create a roadmap and momentum for Boston’s visitor economy, generating ideas and partnerships that focus on big picture concepts as we approach the 250 th anniversary of the country’s founding in 2026 and the 400th anniversary of Boston’s founding in 2030,” Moscaritolo added.
Revolution 250 was founded in 2014 by Suffolk History Professor Bob Allison. Member organizations include the Greater Boston Convention + Visitors Bureau, National Park Service, Massachusetts Historical Society, Freedom Trail Foundation, Boston T Party Ships; Museum, Old State House, Old North Church, and The Massachusetts Society on the Cincinnati.