Boston Harborfest

29 Jun 2017 - 4 Jul 2017
Boston Waterfront

Boston Harborfest returns for its 36th year of historical reenactments and live entertainment with a whole host of 4th of July spirit.

  • When? 29th June - 4th July 2017
  • Where? Boston's harbour area.
  • Price: Free but donations welcome.

In Boston and looking to celebrate the 4th of July in style? We've got just the thing to float your boat. 

Dating back to 1981, Boston Harborfest attracts around 2.5 million visitors each year, making it the nation's largest patriotic celebration. Taking place at various locations around the city, this multi-day festival highlights Boston's colonial history and commemorates the efforts of the American Revolution. With historical reenactments, Freedom Trail walks and Boston Duck Tours covering just some of the activities, there's certainly plenty to be getting stuck into.  

Over 100 events, activities and specials will take place during Harborfest, with previous festivals seeing chocolate making demonstrations, scavenger hunts and historic walking tours, providing plenty of variety to suit all tastes. Many events are repeated daily and most of them are free, including the likes of the Walk Into History tour, where visitors are led along the 16 official sights of Boston's Freedom Trail. 

Previous years have seen local artists displaying their works, and more than one huge fireworks display commemorating the 4th of July. The opening ceremony is a well-loved tradition here, and includes a band, speeches and cake cutting. 2016 also saw the entrance of the Queen Mary 2, which sailed into Boston around noon on the 4th ready for the evening celebrations. 

#travioortip: Head down to the harbour area a few days before and you'll be able to watch the dress rehearsal.

Why not push the boat out with your fourth of July celebrations this year and head down to Boston Harbourfest. We're sure you'll have a blast. 

  • Get there: Fly into Boston and then take a taxi or drive to the harbour.
  • Stay: Book a room in the harbour if they're not all full - you'll have great views.
  • More? Visit the official website for more information.

*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!