Harborfest began in 1982 as a small local event and grew to be the nation’s largest and award-winning patriotic celebration. Now, the festival hosts over 2.5 million visitors who come to rejoice in Boston’s history and culture and will be held June 30 to July 4th, 2011. This year marks the festival’s 30th anniversary with over 200 activities, including concerts, colonial food luncheons, children’s activities, and Revolutionary era re-enactments.
Festival participants can enjoy Freedom Trail tours, whale watching cruises, kayaking, and a plethora of historically-charged events and stories. Kids love Harborfest Children’s Day, which includes musical sing-a-longs, face-painting, dance performances, balloon animals, and juggling.
One of the more traditional and famous events is Chowderfest, a whole day dedicated to the state’s most popular dish. Local restaurants spend the day serving up clam chowder and competing for first prize. Bring your spoons and appetite for sampling the Chowderfest’s best on Sunday, July 3rd.
The newest event Extreme Sailing Series, guests witness eleven international multi-hull sail boats in several action-packed races, making Harborfest 2011 the place to be for a truly unique Fourth of July celebration.
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