The 4th of July marks the anniversary of United States Independence. It was on July 4, 1776 that members of the Second Continental Congress adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. Following its adoption, patriots erupted in cheers and celebrations. In 1941, Congress declared July 4th a federal holiday. Over time, various other summertime activities also came to be associated with the Fourth of July, including fireworks, historical pageants, picnics, baseball games, barbecues, parades, and trips to the beach. Here in Boston for the past 35 years, we honor the birth of our nation with city-wide family fun festivities known as Harborfest, a four day celebration honoring Boston’s famous landmarks and city where the Revolution began.
The Fourth of July is a great time to explore Boston and all of its history. We invite you to join us at the Old North Church for a day of family fun on Saturday, July 2! In partnership with Harborfest and the Mars Corporation, we will celebrate the Fourth of July in colonial style! Experience colonial life through hands-on activities: fife lessons, sewing, quill writing, tricorne hat making, and more. Our friends from the Mars Corporation and American Heritage Historic Chocolate will provide chocolate-making demonstrations in the Paul Revere Mall (between Hanover and Unity Streets). The Printing Office of Edes & Gill will be printing the Boston edition of the Declaration of Independence. Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop will have delicious chocolates made by New England chocolate makers. The Old North Church will be open daily from 9:00am – 6:00pm throughout the holiday weekend.