Join us this fall for the 2020 Lantern Ceremony, commemorating the night the two lanterns were held in our steeple launching the American Revolution, 245 years ago!
Honor the American spirit and support Old North Church & Historic Site at the 2020 Lantern Ceremony! In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in support of public health and safety, Old North Church & Historic Site will postpone our annual celebration to the fall. We are looking forward to coming together at that time to commemorate the night the two lanterns were held in our steeple launching the American Revolution. Truly a one-of-a-kind experience, The Lantern Ceremony brings together community leaders, history lovers, neighbors, and visitors from across the globe for an evening filled with pageantry and inspiration. This uplifting and enduring event supports the advancement of Old North’s mission and celebrates our legacy of courage, liberty, and civic engagement.
This year we are proud to honor Dave McGillivray, Founder and President of DMSE Sports and Race Director for the Boston Marathon, with the Third Lantern Award, and welcome him as our keynote speaker. His tenacious commitment to community building and his lifelong drive to create positive change embody the values of the Old North Church & Historic Site and light the way for others to actively engage in their communities. An accomplished runner, McGillivray has logged over 150,000 miles in his lifetime to date. Famous for running across the country, twice, raising money for charity, he has also run 157 marathons, including Boston for the past 47 consecutive years, the last 32 at night after his race director duties have been completed. His professional accomplishments and his personal dedication to service, philanthropy, and active citizenship have had an immeasurable impact on the greater-Boston community as well as communities across the country.
The ceremony also honors other local leaders and changemakers and includes: performances from the Middlesex Volunteer Fife & Drum Corps and the Old North Church choir; ceremonial procession by The Lexington Minute Men, the National Lancers of Massachusetts, historic reenactors and more; readings of Longfellow’s renowned poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride” and Revere’s first-person account of the night of April 18, 1775; and concludes with the traditional lighting and hanging of the two lanterns in our iconic steeple as a beacon of freedom and justice. For supporters at the $300 level and above there is a special Pre-Ceremony Reception held from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm in the Washington Courtyard on the Old North Church & Historic Site campus, offering a chance to meet our honorees, connect with Old North leadership, and revel in the tradition of camaraderie that was at the foundation of the revolutionary movement. Light bites and beverages are served.
Save your seat! Ceremony admission starts at $60 per ticket.
Single tickets for ceremony admission are all “general admission” or open seating, and groups are not guaranteed to be seated together. Ceremony admission tickets at the $60 and $150 levels are fully tax-deductible.
Upper gallery seating: $60 per ticket
First level seating: $150 per ticket
First level seat + Pre-Ceremony Reception admission: $300 per ticket Honor our legacy. Commit to supporting Old North at the $1,500, $2,500, or $5,000 level and be a Pew Owner for a night!
Your generous contribution to Old North Church & Historic Site at this level will go immediately to work supporting the ongoing maintenance, operation, and preservation of our iconic site, crafting new exhibits and educational programming that explore our deep history and reflect on our legacy of civic engagement, and increase our capacity for research and community outreach initiatives.
Pew Owner: $1,500 – reserved ceremony seating for up to four adults in an original box pew (side-aisle); admission for up to four adults to the Pre-Ceremony Reception held from 5:30pm – 6:45 pm in the Washington Courtyard at Old North; Name recognition in the ceremony program book.
Patron: $2,500 – reserved ceremony seating for up to four adults in an original box pew (center-aisle); admission for up to four adults to the Pre-Ceremony Reception held from 5:30pm to 6:45pm in the Washington Courtyard at Old North; Name recognition in the ceremony program book .
Benefactor: $5,000 – reserved ceremony seating for up to five adults in an original box pew (front placement); admission for up to four adults to the Pre-Ceremony Reception held from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm in the Washington Courtyard at Old North; Name or Logo placement in the ceremony program book and on ceremony signage. In-Kind Sponsors for the 2020 Lantern Ceremony Include:
Old North Church & Historic Site is also actively seeking sponsors for the 2020-2021 season (April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021). If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship packages that offer individuals and companies the opportunity to support our work and receive special name placement benefits with our audience of over 150,000 people per year, please email Interim Executive Director, Nancy Csaplar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsors who commit before April 1, 2020 will also receive special benefits at The Lantern Ceremony