Today is Friday, August 23 and The Freedom Trail Foundation will be offering free public tours TODAY as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday program this summer! To learn more about the Free Fun Fridays and the Highland Street Foundation, visit www.highlandstreet.org or contact 617.357.8300 with any questions.

Here’s what you need to know for this weekend…

100th St. Anthony’s Feast on Endicott, Thacher & North Margin Streets. Festivities will continue all weekend with the Feast of Saint Anthony on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, see additional information here.

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Sacco & Vanzetti Execution Anniversary. On April 15, 1920, a double murder set off a sequence of events that led to the controversial, and later declared unjust, trial convictions of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Their execution on August 23, 1927 is blamed on anti-Italian prejudice and fear of their anarchist political beliefs, continue reading.

6:30AM Summer Fitness Series: Bootcamp. Stop by Christopher Columbus Park for the Boston Summer Fitness Series. This morning’s class will be Bootcamp, see additional details and a full lineup of classes here.

1:00PM Friday Films: From Here to Eternity. Join the Boston Public Library at 25 Parmenter Street for free movies on Fridays at 1pm, see additional details here.

8:00PM Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses at St. Anthony’s Feast. Stop by Endicott and N. Margin Streets where Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses Bringing the Swing to the Centennial Saint Anthony’s Feast, see additional information here.

8:30PM Fireworks for St. Anthony’s Centennial Feast. To begin the 100th Annual festivities, St. Anthony’s Society, with support from Faneuil Hall Marketplace has commissioned a firework display on the inner harbor. Best viewing will be at the Prince Street Park at Commercial Street & North Washington Streets (Enter at the tennis courts), see additional details here.

Notable News:

‘More saints there than in paradise'” There’s a hidden shrine in a North End alleyway.

While the North End receives many visitors each year, most people stick to what they know, the statues, Italian restaurants and bakeries, homes of famous people throughout history all scattered along the freedom trail. One gem frequently overlooked though is hidden past the cafes and pastry shops – All Saints Way, read more on the Boston Globe.

Centennial Celebration

Plan your events with the Community Calendar:

Saturday, August 24

100th St. Anthony’s Feast on Endicott, Thacher & North Margin Streets. Festivities begin Thursday evening with the Feast of Santa Lucia and will continue all weekend with the Feast of Saint Anthony on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, see additional information here.

9:30AM 12th Annual British Car Show Series. Come down to the West End of Faneuil Hall Marketplace for the 12th Annual British Car Show Series, hosted by the Boston Area MG Club, where you can check out a variety of unique, antique cars and chat with their owners. And special guest appearances by the Dreamland Wax Museum.

12:00PM Lawn Games. Stop by Christopher Columbus Park for lawn games like Cornhole, Giant Jenga and more.

1:00PM The Tailor’s Craft. Clothing historian Henry Cooke takes on the role of an early Boston tailor at the Paul Revere House. Watch as he “takes the measure” of visitors, then sits cross-legged, fashioning waistcoats from luxurious fabrics and “slops” from coarse weaves, see additional details here.

6:00PM Benvenuti Parade through the North End streets. The Benvenuti Parade starts at Endicott Street. Join in the fun with Italian marching bands in parade as we welcome everyone to the neighborhood, see additional details here.

Sunday, August 25

100th St. Anthony’s Feast on Endicott, Thacher & North Margin Streets. Festivities begin Thursday evening with the Feast of Santa Lucia and will continue all weekend with the Feast of Saint Anthony on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, see additional information here.

12:00PM Grand Procession of Saint Anthony. Join in for the start of the ten hour grand procession beginning on Endicott Street. The statue of Saint Anthony is carried through the streets of the North End accompanied by Italian street bands, award winning drum & bugle corps, school marching bands, sponsor floats, and color guard, see additional details here.

3:00PM Bell Ringing at Old North Church. Old North will be part of a nationwide bell-ringing to remember and honor those Africans first brought to the country as enslaved people 400 years ago this August. The bell-ringing is part of a Healing Day at Fort Monroe National Monument, commemorating the landing of the first slave ship at that site in August 1619.

7:00PM Sunday Night Movie: Black Panther. Stop by Christopher Columbus Park for their Sunday night movie night beginning at dusk. This week’s movie will be Black Panther.

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