Happy Birthday to the U.S.A.
Attracting more than 2.5 million people each year, Boston Harborfest (refer to listing, page 16) is one of the biggest patriotic celebrations in the country. Taking place July 1–5, the festivities begin on July 1 at noon with the opening ceremonies at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, where Mayor Marty Walsh kicks off Harborfest’s 34th year with the Navy Band Northeast and the cutting of the official Harborfest cake. Highlights include historical reenactments all over the city, harbor cruises and the Revelry on Griffin’s Wharf at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum (refer to listing, page 44, pictured) on July 2, 3 and 5 from 7–9 p.m. This event includes nautical demonstrations, period music and colonial games, and costs $15 for adults and $5 for kids age 5–12. Many Harborfest events, though, are free—just as the Founding Fathers intended.