Celebrate Holiday Weekends in Boston

      Holidays are about honoring traditions. And what better place to do it than Boston, one of America’s oldest and most important cities? This year, head to Boston Harbor, Harvard Square or Boston Common, among other spots, for quintessentially American celebrations.

      Summer Spark

      Sail Boston
      Experience an unforgettable escape to Boston's iconic Seaport District. Jump aboard tall ships from years past and learn about American and international maritime history. June 17–22.

      Harvard Summer Solstice
      Enjoy free admission to three Harvard Museums, after you create your own flower crown and watch circus performers at Harvard Square. June 21.

      Fourth of July

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      Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
      Crowd pleasers Andy Grammer and Melissa Etheridge perform this year with the Boston Pops at the Charles River Esplanade. July 4.

      Boston Harborfest
      The largest Fourth of July festival in the country, Boston Harborfest cuts no traditional corners — expect a Navy warship, the Queen Mary 2, lawn movies and dazzling fireworks. June 30–July 2.

      Labor Day

      Gloucester Schooner Festival
      Venture just north of Boston to unwind at America’s oldest seaport, watching the Mayor’s Race and Parade of Sail. Sept. 1–3.


      Boston Ghosts and Gravestones Tour
      Hop on a historic trolley with a gravedigger guide to visit the city’s spookiest spots, like the North End tunnels.

      Great Pumpkin Festival
      Trick and treat yourself to around 50 regional beers — don’t worry, not all are pumpkin-flavored — at this Cambridge Brewing Company event. Oct. 29.


      Zoo New England
      Put your holiday shopping off one more day, and take your kiddos to Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo for half-priced admission on Black Friday. Bonus: Stay a little longer to see the opening night of Zoolights. Nov. 24.


      More than 350,000 LED lights line the Boston skyline in this nightly Holiday Pops-soundtracked show. Nov 20–Jan. 1.

      The Nutcracker
      Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker returns to the Opera House for this dreamy classic. Don’t forget the kids — they’ll clamor to take a picture with the giant brown bear. Nov. 24–Dec. 31.

      Boston Common Christmas Tree
      Visit Boston’s largest Christmas tree — always a gift from Nova Scotia — then skate the Boston Common Frog Pond under the glow of holiday lights.


      Hanukkah Menu at Craigie on Main
      The Cambridge mainstay — Chef Tony Maws has a James Beard Best Chef award, after all — offers Hanukkah tasting menus worth going out for. Dec. 24–Jan. 1.

      Everyone Loves Latkes
      It’s true after all. Local restaurants flip their favorite versions of the traditional, much-loved latkes. Dec. 20.

      New Year’s Eve

      First Night, First Day
      Start the new year off with an epic fireworks show, parade down Boylston street, performances and museum discounts galore at the city’s unmatched New Year’s celebration

      Brattle Theatre: Take a seat at Boston’s unofficial film school, which screens classic movies throughout the holiday season. Last year’s New Year’s Eve showing? Casablanca, in 35mm, of course.

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