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Celebrate America's Independence Day at Harborfest!

Global Immersions - Tuesday, June 26, 2012

From June 28th to July 4th the whole city of Boston will celebrate the 31st annual Harborfest and the bicentennial of the War of 1812, America’s “Second War of Independence” fought to defend the new nation from England. This annual week-long gala celebrates all that Boston has to offer: history, culture, fun and excitement, culminating on July 4th with one of America’s biggest Independence Day celebrations. Share Boston’s rich history by taking part in any of Harborfest events, catering to all ages, interests and budgets. Your visitor will love to experience the celebration surrounding America’s Independence in one of the nation’s most historical cities.

 

Here’s just a sample of some Harborfest daily events, which range from classy brunches on the Liberty Clipper to fun reenactments of historical events in Boston’s intricate role in the fight for American Independence.  

Thursday, June 28th

Reenact the Boston Tea Party aboard the Liberty Clipper! Raid a British ship with the Sons of Liberty, throw tea in the harbor and fire cannons! Admission is $24-$35; reservations recommended (617) 742-0333 Noon- 2pm .

 

Tour the elegant mansion of Harrison Gray Otis, a Congressman, Senator and the third Mayor of Boston, his wife, Sally Foster Otis and their family. Free for Boston residents, 141 Cambridge Street Noon-4:30pm.

Friday, June 29th

Walk through the life of Paul Revere, one of Boston’s most famous patriots! Join the guided walking tour through the North End as you visit the sites that mark Revere’s life, including his silversmith shop and foundry. Admission $1.50-$5, 2:30-3:30pm at the Paul Revere House (617) 523-2338

Saturday, June 30th

Spend the whole day enjoying Spectacle Island!

Start your day by ferrying out to Boston’s Harbor Islands for a Hatha yoga class, appropriate for all ages and abilities. The ferry costs $9-$15 and space is limited. Boston Harbor Islands Ferry Kiosk, Long Warf to Spectacle Island 10:30-11:30am (617) 723-8666

After yoga build or bring a kite to fly over the harbor! Materials provided from 1:30 to 2:30.

Then have a real New England dinner from 6:00-9:00pm with the Spectacle Island Clambake featuring all the best seafood New England has to offer! Admission $70-$80 reservations required (617) 960-7166

Sunday, July 1st

Sample the best of New England’s clam chowder from the area’s top restaurants, then vote for your favorite! This is one of Harborfest most popular events, over 2,000 gallons of chowder were served last year! Admission $8 - $11; City Hall Plaza 11:00am-6:00pm

 

Take part in the Trial of the Century at the Old State House! Actors will reenact the trial of the British soldiers accused of taking part in the Boston Massacre featuring patriot lawyer John Adams arguing for the defendants. Admission $3-$7.50, 6:00-7:00pm (617) 720-1713

Monday, July 2nd

Watch the U.S Coast Band in concert as the national touring band plays patriotic favorites! Free at Pier One, Charlestown Navy Yard (978) 806-5050

Tuesday, July 3rd

Dance to a variety of classic rock and original blues with the Town Hall Blues Band on the Plaza at City Hall. Free, Noon-3:00pm

Wednesday, July 4th

Watch the 4th of July fireworks on the Charles River Esplanade! The Boston Pops Orchestra starts at 8:00pm, with the firework’s beginning at sundown and celebrations lasting until 11:00pm. Free! For more information call (888) 484-7877 

 

Visit http://www.bostonharborfest.com/  for more information. Share your Independence Celebrations with Global Immersions Homestay, we hope to see you at Harborfest!  

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