Enjoy an Historic Weekend at Boston Harborfest!

According to Forbes Magazine, Boston, MA, is the fourth most visited tourist destination in the United States.

Boston Harborfest is the perfect time to discover Boston for the first time or to go back and revisit again. With over 200 activities and events taking place over six days, June 30 to July 5, 2010, half of these are free for the public to enjoy.

Arrive on Friday and make your home base a centrally located downtown hotel such as the Omni Parker House or The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers. From there, it’s an easy walk to City Hall Plaza where many of the Harborfest activities take place.

On Saturday morning (11:00 a.m. to noon), watch the Redcoats as they arrive at Long Wharf and march up to Boston Common. Afterwards, take the Explore the Freedom Trail guided walking tour ($7-13) and a scenic tour of historic Boston harbor onboard a tall ship schooner with Tall Ship Sailing Adventures ($15-30) – advance reservations are highly recommended.

The annual Party on the Plaza (6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) is the main attraction for Saturday night entertainment where the band Discoinferno will have everyone flashing back to the seventies.

Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. is the Flag Raising Ceremony where the parade of uniformed revolutionaries places memorial wreaths onto the resting places of patriots at the Granary Burial Ground.

At 10:00 a.m., listen to the Reading of the Declaration of Independence at Old State House. Take a walking tour of historic Beacon Hill and learn about the revolutionary flags at Boston National Historic Park Visitor Center. The Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular rounds out the evening.

On Monday, the place to be is the 29th annual Chowderfest where over 2,000 gallons of New England’s best clam chowder will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tickets for this event are USD $10 adult/$7 for children under age 12.

Boston Travel Tips:
  • get the best savings by booking a package including airfare & hotel
  • visit the 250-year-old Faneuil Hall Marketplace (also known as Quincy Market) & get a takeout lunch
  • enjoy no-frills seafood at the No Name Restaurant
  • watch the harbor seals at New England Aquarium Plaza
  • visit Old North Church where the ‘one if by land, two if by sea’ lanterns were hung
  • take a whale watching tour
  • grab a quick sandwich from Delicato CafĂ©
  • visit King’s Chapel to view the Paul Revere bell
  • take a lunch cruise around Boston harbor
For more information, visit Boston Harborfest.

Flickr.com Photo Credits:
Boston Beacon Hill "Ivy, lamppost, and a rose"
by David Paul Ohmer
Night view of Boston from Longfellow Bridge by Pear Biter

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