Boston Harborfest 2017
Signature programming takes place in Columbus Park throughout the weekend including the popular Arts at Harborfest festival on Saturday, July 1, and the crowd-pleasing Taste of Harborfest, featuring a Boston-wide clam chowder competition, on Sunday, July 2.
Traditional historical reenactments and Freedom Trail tours, along with other historical sites, will offer interactive experiences and festivities throughout the weekend, along with live musical entertainment and events that reflect the cityís seafaring heritage and innovative spirit.
There are hundreds of activities over a 4-day period at Bostonís best landmarks, making this family-friendly event the countryís largest Fourth of July festival.
Columbus Park will host a family-friendly movie screening on the lawn while live entertainment will regale audiences throughout the weekend.
Various sailors will decorate their boats and light up the harbor as live music takes over Long Wharf, leading up to an incredible fireworks display over Boston's Inner Harbor.
Visitors are also invited to board and tour the USS Mesa Verde from North Jetty (26-98 Fid Kennedy Ave, Boston, MA 02210), 12pm - 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday! The USS Mesa Verde is a San Antonio-Class amphibious transport dock in commission since 2007. No flip flops allowed on board. Wait time to board is about an hour.
The award-winning festival strives to honor and remember the past, celebrate the present and educate the future with reenactments, concerts, historical tours and much, much more.
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Over 200 Daily Events during the weeklong festival are concentrated in Boston's historic downtown and waterfront districts, with Main Sponsored Events on Boston's City Hall Plaza.
Over the years, Harborfest has grown from a local event to a national celebration. In 1982 there were 35 activities over the course of three days. Harborfest is considered to be the largest patriotic celebration in the nation with visitors enjoying more than 200 activities during the weeklong festival.
There's no better place to celebrate our nation's independence than at Boston Harborfest.
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