Boston Harborfest is a nearly forty-year-old tradition celebrating Boston’s maritime and revolutionary history. Each year, beginning on July first, organizations from across Boston come together to offer hundreds of activities celebrating Independence Day weekend at Boston’s best landmarks. This family-friendly event is one of the country’s largest Fourth of July festivals. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks, boat tours, live entertainment, and much more!
This year Old North is excited to be hosting a myriad of special events to help celebrate Harborfest including:
Celebrating Craftsmanship: Anglican Art & Architecture Tour
Tuesday, July 2 and Saturday, Jul 6 | 6pm – 7pm
Explore Old North like never before! Examine the architecture and fine art of this magnificent Georgian building on this rarely offered, intimate tour with our Co-Director of Education. Limited to 15 guests per tour. CLICK HERE to reserve tickets.
Patriotic Story Times in St. Francis Garden
Tuesday, July 2 | 10:30am – 11:30am
Wednesday, July 3 | 10:30am – 11:30am and 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Thursday, July 4 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Friday, July 5 | 10:30am – 11:30am
Join an Old North staff member for a lively storytime featuring beautifully illustrated books that explore the concepts of patriotism and city pride in ways little minds can comprehend! Best for ages 5 and under, although older siblings welcome. All books will be for sale.
Meet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Tuesday, July 2 | Wednesday, July 3 | Friday, July 5 | Saturday, July 6
Meet the literary celebrity Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in person and discover why he wrote “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Hear the man himself recite the most famous poem in America at 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm.
Create-Your-Own Signal Lantern Craft
Thursday, July 4 & Sunday, July 7
Get crafty by making paper lanterns to take home. Hear the story of “one if by land, two if by sea” from one of our educators and learn how you can be a patriot today! Best for ages 4-10.
Dramatic Readings of the Declaration of Independence
Thursday, July 4 Only
Hear the document that defines our nation read with gusto from our pulpit by a costumed interpreter. A must-do experience for the 4th of July! Included with the cost of admission. Available at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, and 5 pm.