If you’re looking for a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day, but the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade seems a bit overwhelming, there are plenty of other great options. Towns around Boston put on their own 4th of July displays that are just right for families with young children. Read on for some wonderful local celebrations with fireworks and festive Independence Day activities happening June 27th through July 4th.
Sure, taking the kids to a fireworks show for July 4th seems like a good idea—until you’re there. The little one (who refuses to wear earplugs) has his hands over his ears and a terrified look on his face, everyone is getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, and you know you'll be getting home well past the kids’ (and your) bedtimes.
Luckily, the city of Boston and the surrounding towns also mark Independence Day with parades, fairs, festivals, carnival rides, live music and food—no fireworks needed. There’s no better place to show the great ol’ U.S. of A. some love than right here in Boston, the cradle of the American Revolution. Do it in style at these kid-centric Independence Day celebrations, from the city's annual Harborfest to small-town festivities all around the Boston area.
For many of us, Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer. It's the weekend we finally uncover our grills for backyard barbecues and make trips to the Cape. However, Memorial Day is, at its core, a day to honor and remember women and men who lost their lives in military service to our country. To mark the holiday, many families attend their local town parades and memorial services (the one in Chatham is quite a beautiful, moving event). We've rounded up some other events happening in and around Boston during Memorial Day weekend, ranging from the somber to the festive.
Forget the flowers, the bath salts, and the foot soak. Indulge your mom, your wife (or yourself!) in the most glorious brunch of the year, a splurge-worthy meal to celebrate the fine art of motherhood. Boston’s special kid-friendly Mother’s Day brunches take it up a level with live music, cruises, crafts for kids, and decadent drinks.
Patriots' Day commemorates the April anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first clashes of the American Revolutionary War. It is a Massachusetts state holiday, officially observed on the third Monday in April, and is celebrated with parades and ceremonies from Boston to Roxbury, and all along the Battle Road.
Thousands of members of local minute men companies, militias, and historical societies participate in reenactments in Boston, Minute Man National Historical Park, Concord's Old North Bridge, Lexington's Battle Green, and other historic sites in the Boston area.
We’ve rounded up some of the key reenactments, parades, and special events for Patriots' Day, as well as special events at local museums, historical houses and Minute Man National Park. Note: most of the events listed are FREE but also very popular, so plan to arrive early and expect crowds. (If you're interested in more happenings or places to eat while in Concord, check out our 20-plus things to do in Concord post.)
I'm a little obsessed with chocolate and pretzels lately. The sweet chocolate and the salty, crunchy pretzels are a tasty combination. I just can't get enough. Last week we shared these adorable chocolate bunny and chick pretzels, but I have also been making chocolate pretzel rods as gifts. They look like gourmet treats, but are super easy to make, and are perfect party favors or presents for teachers, hostesses or holidays. You can whip up a dozen lovely gifts in under an hour.
Use any toppings you wish. I like to do an assortment, but my two favorites are crushed pecans and peppermints. The peppermint, chocolate and salty pretzels are so good together. 1,2,3, easy peasy gift idea.
This simple idea is a great way to reuse all those plastic eggs the Easter Bunny may leave behind. All you need is a permanent marker to turn them into learning games. There are so many different ways to make this activity fun for your child. Match uppercase and lowercase letters, rhyming words, numbers and time—whatever you want to practice, this colorful educational game is as easy as 1, 2, 3. And if you put a few jelly beans in the eggs as added incentive, we won't tell.
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