Boston Events

Events in Boston, MAThe city of Boston in Massachusetts is an exciting modern city with a rich historic and cultural heritage. For its residents and the many visitors that come to Boston every year, the city and various organizations within Boston put on numerous events. These events help to celebrate the history, culture and arts of the local area. Here are some examples of the festivals, shows and celebrations:

Boston Marathon & Patriot's Day - April is the time for the Boston Marathon, and it is always held on Patriot's Day in honor of the ride of Paul Revere through the town in 1775 and the ensuing battles fought near Boston starting the Revolutionary War. Besides the marathon, other events take place during the day like re-enactments of the battles of 1775 and Paul Revere's ride. The day also is a home date for the Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball Team.

Independence Day - Every 4th of July, Boston puts on a huge party. The televised Boston Pops Concert with a spectacular fireworks show on the banks of the Charles River ends an entire series of celebratory events. City Hall has a ceremony raising the flag in the morning. Then, the Granary Burial Ground is the start-off place for the parade. In the parade are Boston's militia, one of the oldest still-active military units on the globe.

Feast of St. Anthony - Brought to the city by Italian immigrants, the Feast of St. Anthony includes food and food vendors as well as a parade on Hanover Street. Additionally, games and musical events take place.

Head of the Charles Regatta - In the middle of October, Boston holds a two-day rowing event. Athletes from all over the world totaling more than 8,000 come to compete in the rowing competitions.

New Year's Eve - Starting a tradition that cities worldwide have copied, Boston has the country's oldest New Year's city-wide party. During the day on the eve and the day, children and family events are held. Exhibitions of the arts range from poetry to music to dance and more. Concerts and other events last until midnight. Then, waterfront fireworks bring in the New Year.

St. Patrick's Day - Because Boston has such a large population of Irish descendants, Irish pride rides high. This inspiring ethnic group welcomes the entire city to celebrate the holiday with them. Anyone in the city can join in the spirit by wearing a hat, pin or shirt that has a shamrock or a note stating, "I'm Irish!"