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Japan Festival, Cherry Blossoms and Boston Homestay!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, May 01, 2013


Greetings to our Japanese visitors! At Global Immersions we are happy to have placed thousands of Japanese visitors in our homestay programs over the years who are in Boston to study, travel and share culture. We have had visitors from cities such as Chiba, Nagoya and Tokyo, to name a few, and look forward to more visitors from Japan! 

We are excited about participating in the annual Japan Festival in Boston on Sunday, May 19th. Global Immersions Homestay will have a table with more information about our services. The 2013 Festival will focus on the theme of “matsuri,” the time-honored traditional Japanese-style festival and the anniversary of the friendship gift of cherry trees from Kyoto to Washington D.C.   Come, visit our booth and learn more about Japan and the culture!  

Here is a message and translation from our Japanese intern about why you should choose Boston and homestay!

ボストンの魅力

はじめまして。ボストン市内のサフォーク大学に通うAyakaです。今日はボストンの魅力、どうして私がボストンという町を選んで留学しているか、みなさんに紹介したいと思います。

ボストンアメリカ発祥の地と言われているのはご存知ですか?イギリスから独立するために戦った歴史的独立戦争の場所であり、現在でもヨーロッパを連想されるような町並みが広がっています。また有名大学ハーバード大学やMITをはじめ数多くの大学が存在し、世界中から学生が集まり活気に溢れています。観光ではアメリカの歴史的なスポット、建造物に触れることができ、留学先としても、世界の様々な文化を体験でき、充実した学生生活が送れるボストンを選んでよかったと私は思っています。

そして私が特に好きなところはボストンの人々の愛郷心です。ボストンにはメジャーリーグのレッドソックスをはじめ、アメフト、アイスホッケー、バスケなどいろんなスポーツチームがあります。町を歩いていて気づいた事は、ほとんどの人がキャップやTシャツなどそのグッズを身につけていて、シーズンを迎えると町全体でひとつになるような一体感があります。

アメリカの治安やホームシックついて不安の声をよく聞きますが、私も来る前はそうでした。しかしホストファミリーと生活することによりひとりではない安心感が持てます。また彼らその土地のことをよく知っているのでとても頼りになります。そういった日々の生活の中で学校で習う以外の実用的なコミュニケーションスキルを身につけることが出来るのだと思います。

日本からボストンは約13時間。昨年よりJALにより直行便が運航されるようになり、日本との繋がりがますます濃くなったように思います。また昨年、ワシントンD.C.の桜植樹100年を記念してボストンでも春祭りが行われました。「祭り」「縁日」にちなんだ食べ物があったり、ステージパフォーマンスがあったり、日米交流を深める素晴らしいイベントでした。そんなボストン春祭りは今年も5月19日に開催されます。

魅力いっぱいのボストン、是非一度訪れて、その素晴らしさを体験してください!

Why Visit Boston!

Hello, my name is Ayaka. I am a student of Suffolk University which is located in the center city of Boston. Today I would like to share the reason why I chose a school in Boston.

Did you know that Boston plays a central role in American history? Before U.S. became a nation, it was occupied by England, so we can still see the European landscape in the city today. Also, there are a lot of universities in Boston, including famous schools such as Harvard University and MIT.  Students come from all around the world. For the sightseeing purpose, you can experience the history of the America, and for the studies, you can experience various culture and spend fulfilling life here.

What I like especially about Boston is the fact the people in Boston love their city very much!  There are a lot of sport teams based in Boston like the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics.  I like how many people in the city are wearing sport team T-shirts or caps.

I have heard a lot of people are anxious about the safety of the city and homesickness. Before I came here, I had the same feeling. But after I spend time with my host family, I felt less lonely. Plus, they know about the area well.  I heavily relied on them and they are willing to help me. Through daily life in homestay, it is possible to learn practical communication skills, beside the basic English which is taught in school.

It takes thirteen hours to fly from Japan. Japan Air started a direct flight between Boston and Tokyo last year and it has built a strong connection between the two cities. The Japan Festival in Boston was held last year to celebrate 100th anniversary of the friendship gift of cherry blossom trees from Japan to Washington D.C. There were Japanese style foods for festival and as well as the performances on the stage. This year, it will be held on May, 19 at Boston City Hall Plaza.   Please join the festival.

Easter Sunday

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, March 27, 2013
This Sunday, March 31 is Easter – a Christian holiday that marks the resurrection of Jesus on the third day after his crucifixion, as described in the New Testament of the bible. There are several other Christian holidays that culminate in Easter. This includes Lent, the forty day period preceding Easter; Holy Thursday, commemorating the Last Summer; and Good Friday, the day Jesus was said to have been crucified.
 
The date that Easter is celebrated changes year to year and was first established by the Council of Nicaea in 325, where it was decided that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the full moon following the March equinox. Easter is closely related to the Jewish holiday of Passover, which is celebrated around the same date.


 
The holiday is celebrated differently throughout the world. In Northwestern Europe large bonfires, called Easter Fires, are lit on Easter Sunday and Monday. While the tradition has many origins, a popular Saxon tale is that Easter is a time when is the spring wins the battle over winter. Today the big fires bring the community together. In some Caribbean nations homemade kites are flown to represent Jesus’ ascension to heaven.  Many Latin American countries, as well as places like Spain and Italy, hold parades made up of large processions of religious figures.  

In North America, as well as many other English speaking countries, rabbits and eggs are common Easter symbols. Saturday is often spent decorating “Easter Eggs,” which are hidden for children to find on a Easter Egg Hunt. The “Easter Bunny” – a sort of Easter Santa Claus – is known to deliver candy. Large Sunday dinners are also popular.  

Many non-Christians celebrate Easter as a time of community, food and fun, especially for children. There are also Easter-themed events held in most communities, including all the Boston neighborhoods – check out a list here and share your Easter stories with Global Immersions!   

sources: Huffington Post, Wikipedia
 

Free Events in Boston

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Boston is well known as a city with lots to do – all easily accessible by the MBTA. It could be the variety of our neighborhoods, the many institutions of higher learning, or the fact that Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. Whatever the reason, there’s always a good event to inspire you to get out and explore. The best part - they’re often free! At Global Immersions we are always looking for ways for our visitors to learn more about Boston, and for our hosts to share the experience. We search high and low for events all over the city, and are always finding fun, cultural, educational and low cost activities. Here’s a quick guide:

Boston.com is the go-to site for “things to do in Boston”. You have the option of picking events, music, restaurants, or just plain free! You can also target a specific neighborhood or day, so you can find exactly what you want, when you want it. Their calendar also offers a user friendly way of searching upcoming Boston area activities.

For people who are more interested in Boston’s sub-culture than the everyday tourist, the newspaper The Phoenix offers an online calendar that focuses on local’s events. It's also easy to navigate - you can pick what type of event you’re looking for, the place and the neighborhood. They don't offer a specifically free section, but we enjoy the ideas for food "on the cheap"

  

Feast Days in the North End

The site “21 Free Things to do in Boston” is a great hub for free activities. Our favorite comes from all of Boston’s history and diversity, which means most months there are parades and festivals catering to any interest.  Here’s a quick (and very incomplete) list:

  • Lion Dance Parade – mid-February- Chinatown
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade - mid-March - South Boston
  • Boston Marathon - April (third Monday) - Copley Square
  • Patriots Day Parade- April (third Monday) - City Hall Plaza
  • May Fair - May - Harvard Square, Cambridge
  • Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill - May (third Thursday) - Beacon Hill
  • Street Performers Festival - Late May - Faneuil Hall
  • Performing Arts Series at Hatch Shell - June - Esplanade
  • Scooper Bowl (Ice Cream Festival) - early June - City Hall Plaza
  • Dragon Boat Festival - June (second Sunday) - Charles River
  • Cambridge River Festival - mid-June - Banks of the Charles River
  • Boston Harborfest - July 4th week - Boston Harbor
  • Italian Feast days - July - North End
  • Boston Pops 4th of July Concert and Fireworks - July 4th - Esplanade
  • Copley Square Concerts - July
  • Boston Caribbean Carnival - August (third weekend) - Franklin Park
  • Italian Feast Days - August - North End
  • Copley Square Concerts - August
  • Boston Arts Festival - September (second weekend) - various venues
  • Boston Blues Festival - late September - Banks of the Charles
  • Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival - late September - South End
  • Columbus Day Parade - early October - East Boston - Downtown
  • Head of the Charles Regatta - late October - Cambridge

Head of the Charles in Cambridge

Jordan Hall at NEC

Besides all of these events, you can tour the State Housevisit a museum, see a concert at the New England Conservatory, or take a tour of Harvard  – all for free. And this is just the beginning! Like our Facebook and follow our Go Global blog for many more ideas to get out and explore Boston! 

Explore Boston - Walking Tours

Global Immersions - Thursday, August 09, 2012

Boston is famous for a variety of things – historical landmarks, unique neighborhoods and some of the nation’s top Universities. The best part is that it’s all easily accessible by foot! Boston is well-known as a “walking city” and there are numerous companies that offer walking tours of the city’s top attractions. There are also self-guided tours that are easy to follow with online maps and guidebooks. Here are a few of our favorites, catering to any interest!



The Public Art Walk
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Art Commission designed the City of Boston’s first edition of Public Art Walks, featuring both historic and contemporary art installations throughout the neighborhoods of Boston. This walk includes Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the Financial District and the North End. In the future, they hope to create walks featuring the rest of city. For now, you can explore artworks in every neighborhood using their interactive map.  A map is also available for download

Black Heritage Tour
The Black Heritage Trail explores the history of the 19th century free Black community of Boston. The trail consists of 14 sites and begins at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Beacon Street. Self-guided tours can be conducted at any time with maps obtained at the Abiel Smith School during site hours. Guided tours are held daily in the summer at 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm. A reservation is required (617) 742-5415. Adult tickets cost $5. 


The Freedom Trail 

Boston’s most popular walking tour can be done solo or as part of a group. The 2.5-mile, brick-lined route leads you to 16 historically significant sites — each one an authentic treasure. Explore museums and meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds. Discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston, where every step tells a story. If you’d like to walk without the group,  their website offer audio guides and trail maps. Tours leave every hour on the hour (beginning 11:00am from Boston Common Visitor Information Center) and every hour on the half-hour (beginning 10:30am from Arts Boston BosTix booth at Faneuil Hall). Discount tickets are available online for $11


Pizza Tours
Boston Pizza Tours offers unique walking tours, mixing food, fun and history like never before - discover Boston slice by delicious slice! Their "Slice of Little Italy" tour explores the North End, Boston's oldest neighborhood settled in 1630. Participants not only get three slices of pizza from the neighborhoods best pizzerias, they get to explore the Paul Revere House, Boston’s oldest standing church and other famous North End sites. Tickets cost $29 and must be bought online

Boston by Foot
This company offers a variety of tours all over Boston led by experienced guides. Some of the most popular tours include: 

Beacon Hill  
5:30pm weekdays 2:00pm weekends adult tickets cost $12
From the Massachusetts State House through the historic streets of elegant brick row houses on Beacon Hill, experience the Federal-style architecture of Charles Bulfinch and his followers.

Literary Landmarks
Saturdays only at 10:00am adult tickets cost $12
Enthusiasts of American literature will enjoy walking among the homes and haunts of the great Victorian writers such as Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Alcott, James, Dickens, and Longfellow.

Boston Underfoot 
Sundays only at 1:00pm adult tickets cost $14
Trace the evolution of Boston from a small peninsula through to the Big Dig. Walking through Boston's oldest alleys, along the modern Greenway, and into the subway, your guide will present the engineering of a city. 

Haunted Boston
On this tour you'll hear enchanting and chilling tales of Boston's most famous ghosts as well as the areas extensive and rich history. Your guide will tell you extraordinary and tragic tales from the founding of Colonial Boston right up to present day. Learn what secrets lay beneath the Boston Common, what untold stories lay within the Boston Athenaeum and which well-known hotel is Boston's most haunted. Tours run nightly at 8:00pm reservations are required by calling (617) 605-3635. Adult tickets are $18. 


The “Hahvahd” Tour

This student led tour of Harvard University and Harvard Square has been praised the world over for its funny offbeat style. The guides will lead your through Harvard Yard and the surrounding campus, entertaining you with the stories, history, and lore of Harvard and its eclectic student body. The tour runs constantly, check online for details. Donations are requested at $10 a person. 

Boston Food Tours
All the history in Boston making you hungry? Good thing Boston is just as well known for its vibrant selection of authentic ethnic foods, top notch restaurants and unique local eateries. The Boston Food Tour takes visitors on walking tours of two of Boston’s most food friendly neighborhoods: the North End and Chinatown. Each tour is 2-3 hours and participants get to sample foods, learn about cooking secrets, tour the neighborhood and visit local store owners. Check online for prices and tour times. 

With all that the city has to offer, it's hard to decide what to do! Let the experienced guides on these tours help you and make sure to share you explore Boston stories with Global Immersions! 

Explore Boston - The North Shore

Global Immersions - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The “North Shore” of Massachusetts, an area broadly defined as the stretch of sea coast from Boston to New Hampshire, is a prime summer destination boasting an endless amount of outdoor activities. Besides the beaches, waterfront restaurants and nature preserves, this historically significant area is also home to numerous towns and sites that played a key role in early American history.  Here’s a quick guide of what to do in some of the North Shores most popular towns- - Gloucester, Ipswich, Salem and Marblehead.

Gloucester:

The town of Gloucester is arguably America’s most famous fishing village, a title earned from its continuous maritime history since its founding in 1620. Over the years, Gloucester lost so many of its sons to the ravages of the sea that the town thought it fitting to set up a memorial to them. The Gloucester Fisherman (also known as "The Man at the Wheel") at Fishermen's Memorial is one of New England's most famous statues, with the legend "They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships, 1623-1923." 

In East Gloucester you will find the Rocky Neck Art Colony. The winding streets offer interesting glimpses of the harbor, and every other house seems to be an artist's studio.

Today visitors come to explore its nearly four centuries of history, to enjoy a seafood dinner overlooking its harbor, or head out on a whale watch cruise

Just outside of town is sight definitely worth seeing: the Hammond Castle. This European-style real life castle was built by the eccentric John Hays Hammond in the 1920’s and now operates as a museum.

MBTA: Take the commuter rail from North Station to Gloucester via the Newburyport/Rockport line. The trip takes about 30 minutes.

Ipswich:


The town of Ipswich is famous for its seafood, most notably the clams (“steamers”) and lobsters. These delicacies are sought after by both locals and visitors, and are a must have for anybody who travels to the North Shore. The town is home to numerous 17th century residencies; most notably the Whipple House built in 1677. Other sites include the Crane Estate, a huge manor like Great House on Castle Hill, with the adjoining Crane Beach, one of the North Shores most serene beaches. 

Other nature reserves in Ipswich include the beaches of the Sandy Point Reservation the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at the southern tip of Plum Island; the Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary; and the Willowdale State Forest, with 40 miles of hiking trails as well as fishing and boating opportunities.

MBTA: Take the commuter rail from North Station to Ipswich via the Newburyport/Rockport line. The trip takes about an hour.

Salem:

Founded in 1626, by the late 1700s Salem had already grown and prospered. Its ships sailed the world, many dealing in trade from the Orient, especially spices, silks, and other luxury goods.

The wealth of the Indies brought great prosperity to the town, which enabled its citizens to build and decorate fine mansions and impressive museums. Salem is also infamously known as the site of the Salem Witch Trials, which took place in one year, 1692 but have haunted the town ever since. A memorial park in downtown Salem commemorates the suffering of the innocents who were falsely accused and murdered through superstition and abuse of power.  There is a spacious town common and many of Salem’s old houses (dating back to the 1600s) and 19th century mansions remain intact and in good repair. 

Part of the historic center has been restored and closed to traffic and is now the pedestrians-only Essex Street Mall, the Peabody Essex Museum and the Custom House (Salem Maritime National Historic Sitehave brilliant displays of Salem's (and America's) maritime history.

MBTA: Take the commuter rail from North Station to Salem via the Newburyport/Rockport line. The trip takes about 30 minutes.  

Marblehead:

This is without doubt one of the prettiest and best-kept towns in the country, and people love to come from Boston on the weekend just to walk the streets and window-shop, or have a bowl of chowder in one of several good restaurants. Relax on one of the benches and admire the panoramic view of the harbor and the town. Bring or buy a sandwich, and have a picnic here. The view is unforgettable. It’s also one of the North Shore's more affluent communities, with lovely homes, both new and old, that are worth visiting. 

The Jeremiah Lee Mansion, now owned by the Marblehead Historical Society, was built by a wealthy maritime merchant and furnished with the best things money could buy in 1768—just before the American Revolution. 

The King-Hooper Mansion built in 1728, with a Georgian extension added in 1747, it is presently owned by the Marblehead Arts Association, which offers tours of four floors. Art exhibits change each month. 

Another interesting site is Fort Sewall, an earthwork fortification built in the 1600s and "modernized" in the late 1700s to include barracks and half-buried buildings, which still remain.

MBTA: Take the commuter rail from North Station to Lynn via the Newburyport/Rockport line. Take bus 441 from Lynn. The trip takes about an hour. 

Take a trip to the North Shore and share your experiences with Global Immersions! 

Source: http://www.newenglandtravelplanner.com/go/ma/northshore/

Explore Boston- The HarborWalk

Global Immersions - Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Boston HarborWalk is a unique walking pathway that follows the beautiful Boston harbor through several of the city’s waterfront neighborhoods.  Weaving through the piers, wharves, beaches and shorelines of areas like Dorchester, South Boston, Watertown, Deer Island and the whole Downtown area, the HarborWalk will extend a full 46.9 miles once it’s completed! Creation of the HarborWalk is a long-term cooperative project between the City of Boston, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, MassDEP, and the Boston Harbor Association to maintain a walk able waterfront in the city as public access areas, and is now nearly 80% completed! 

The HarborWalk offers much more then spectacular views of Boston, the ocean and a nice sea breeze; the city has worked hard to protect and draw attention to the numerous cultural, historical and educational highlights along the city’s waterfront. With stops like the ICA and JFK Library museums, the Charlestown Shipyard and the Fort Point Channel, and the upscale restaurants alongside Liberty Warf, the HarborWalk is much more than a walking path!  To serve as markers and add a fun modern element, the city has sponsored local artists to create sculptures and installations along the walk, as well as monuments marking significant points along the historic harbor.

The curators of the HarborWalk also highlight the green parks and beaches, perfect for a family outing in the summer.  You can visit the Christopher Columbus Park, Castle Island and Pleasure Bay, or the Belle Isle Marsh. There are variety of stops along the water that offer nice views, open spaces and outdoor adventure.

Check out the HarborWalk’s website for a full list of attractions and events. Talk a walk along the harbor and share your story with Global Immersions! 

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Harborwalk 

Explore Boston Event at the ICA

Global Immersions - Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Our Explore Boston program is designed to help our visitors learn more about U.S. culture and Boston while attending a local event or activity with our staff.   Each Explore Boston event is researched and determined based on maximized cultural learning, time of year and cost.   The goal is for our visitors to explore the great city of Boston and all that it has to offer with insiders and attend events they might not know exist!  We welcome hosts and their families to join their visitors for each Explore Boston event.  Do you have suggestions, ideas or local happenings our visitors would like?  

Join Global Immersions on our first 2012 Explore Boston event this Thursday, July 19 at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) for a free concert featuring Jaime Woods and Nick Hakim! The G.I team, visitors and hosts will enjoy local music, the view on the waterfront and each other’s company! 


Meet at the front door entrance to the ICA at 5:15pm.  Take a tour of ICA at 5:30pm and the music starts at 6pm.  Look for Derek (wearing a G.I. t-shirt) if you arrive after 6pm on the stairs near the music. The ICA has a cash bar and café. The concert will go until 8:30pm.     

Berklee Artists Jamie Woods and Nick Hakim

Together Jaime Woods and Nick Hakim create “feel-good” music influenced by soul, blues, jazz, and folk and inspired by Curtis Mayfield, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix. Their first album debuts this summer. Throughout the summer the Institute of Contemporary Art features artists from the Berklee College of Music, which boasts some of the most talented students, alumni, and faculty in music today.


Happy 4th of July!

Global Immersions - Tuesday, July 03, 2012


Tomorrow is the 4th of July! We’re lucky to be in one of America’s most historically significant cities, and there is so much to share on this day with your visitor! Bring them to your family barbecue, watch your town’s fireworks display, walk the Freedom Trail - nothing demonstrates American culture better then Boston on Independence Day! Here are some helpful links to inspire your holiday celebrations:

Find 4th of July fireworks in your neighborhood at Boston Central 

4th of July events are held all over the Boston area - find a long list of celebrations here.

Look at our earlier blogs for more fun Independence Day celebrations, and share your stories with Global Immersions! 

Have a good 4th!   

Celebrate 4th of July in Boston!

Global Immersions - Friday, June 29, 2012

This Wednesday, July 4th America’s Independence will be celebrated all over the country in the same way it has been for generations: with fireworks, parades, family, barbeques and an undeniable feeling of patriotism. As one of the thirteen original colonies and home to numerous American revolutionaries, Massachusetts played a formative role in the creation of our new Union. What makes Massachusetts so special in the story of American Independence? Here’s some more information on America’s birthday and how we’ll be celebrating: 

Massachusetts and the 4th of July:

  • The Second Continental Congress passed a resolution asserting American independence from Britain on July 2nd, 1776, a resolution that had originally been introduced in June of that year. Two days later on July 4th Tomas Jefferson introduced the actual “Declaration of Independence” document, which was signed by Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin that day.
  • However, most historians have concluded that the rest of the Continental Congress took a full month to sign the document, which wasn’t official until August 2nd, 1776. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4th, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2nd.
  • Of the 56 original signatories of the Declaration of Independence, 5 represented Massachusetts, tied with New Jersey for the third most after Virginia (7) and Pennsylvania (9). 3 other signatories, including Benjamin Franklin, William Hooper and Roger Sherman were originally from Massachusetts. 
  • In 1781 the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4th as a state celebration. 
  • Before fireworks, New England towns used to celebrate the 4th by lighting huge bonfires: the bigger the bonfire the more patriotic your town was. Salem, Massachusetts was known as having the largest, using over forty tiers of barrels to light their bonfire! 

How will you Celebrate? 

The Boston Pops Fireworks show is one of the nations largest: over 500,000 people will attend the event and another 7 million people will watch it broadcast live on CBS! Watch the concert at the Hatch Shell, and then enjoy the fireworks over the Charles River. Get there early!

Celebrate American Independence at the Gore Place in Waltham, the Federal era historical estate and former home of Governor Gore. Visitors will tour the beautiful estate, still furnished in the Federal style, while hearing stories about the fight for Independence. July 2nd through 7th, time varies on the day. Call (781) 894-278 for more information, reservations recommended.  


Reenact the signing of the Declaration of Independence at the Adams Carriage House on the Adams National Historic Park in Quincy. One of the signatories of the Declaration, Adams knew from the beginning that this day would be celebrated with “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more”. The event is free, call (617) 770-1175 for more information.  

Visit http://www.bostoncentral.com/events/massachusetts_fireworks_2010/p5389.php 
for a full list of when each town in the Boston area will hold their fireworks show. 

Share your 4th of July stories with Global Immersions! 

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States) 

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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