Many historic sites are nestled among the City of Boston’s most beautiful neighborhoods, areas with cobblestone streets and colonial-era architecture. Instead of heading down to Cape Cod, we came up with a few ideas to celebrate America’s birthday and history making your holiday this year a historical Fourth of July!
Historical Fourth of July Guide:
- Freedom Trail
The trail is a 2.5-mile stretch hosting 16 sites pertaining to the Revolutionary War. Such as the graves of such historical figures as Paul Revere, John Hancock, and citizens killed in the Boston Massacre. Sign up for a costumed guided tour or grab a map and do it yourself.
- Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
The tour is an interactive experience that is led by actors in period garments and brings you onto recreated vessels where you’ll become a Patriot and participate in tossing tea into the sea.
- USS Constitution Museum
The museum is very hands on. You can follow how a sailor lived and worked in the ship, as well as seeing exhibits and artifacts from the ship.
- Fenway Park
Since 1912, Fenway has been the stadium for the Boston Red Sox. It is the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. The experienced tour guides will provide a thrilling, one hour, walking tour of Fenway Park or purchase tickets to see a game for yourself.
- Paul Revere House
The Revere House is the city’s oldest building, built in 1680. You’ll get a good and up close look of how people lived in 1770s.
- Faneuil Hall
The marketplace is packed with food and shopping and is actually a historic chamber within the main building itself.
- Old North Church
The spot where the famous signal warned residents that the British were coming by sea with Paul Revere’s lanterns on the night. Old North Church is the oldest Church in Boston and still remains active.
- Bunker Hill Monument
A visit to the 221-foot monument means making the 294-step climb to the top for breathtaking views of Boston. It is worth every step.
- Harvard University
Founded in 1636, Harvard University is America’s oldest University. Take a stroll through campus and pop into Memorial Church or the Peabody Museum of archaeology. Find great places to grab a bite and shop around in Harvard Square.
- Plymouth Plantation
Take a trip outside the city and see what day to day living was like for the Pilgrims. Meet the Native Americans and enjoy the day with those who settled in America.
Looking for some out of the box things to do for the weekend? Check out these attractions and activities! We hope your Historical Fourth of July is one for the books!