Things to do in Boston: July 2014

A list of interesting events and activities happening in the Boston area this month:

1)  Boston Harborfest harborfest

  • Wednesday, July 2nd – Sunday, July 6th

2014 marks the 33rd anniversary of Harborfest, Boston’s 5-day long celebration of American Independence – it’s actually the largest Independence Day festival in the United States. Events take place in central Boston neighborhoods, including the Historic Downtown, Downtown Waterfront, Boston Common, Charlestown, South Boston Waterfront, the North End, and more! For a full schedule of events, visit: www.bostonharborfest.com


boston pops
Keith Lockhart

2)  Boston Pops July 4th Fireworks Spectacular 

  • Friday, July 4th 8:00pm   **moved to Thursday July 3rd, due to inclement weather**

Always a highlight of summer in Boston, the Pops will once again throw one of the country’s largest Fourth-of-July parties on the Charles River Esplanade. Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will be joined by special guests The Beach Boys, Megan Hilty, Principals From The Spectacular New Production Of The Phantom Of The Opera, and the Boston Children’s Chorus. For more information, visit: http://bostonpopsjuly4th.org/program


3)  Bastille Day in Boston bastille day

  • Friday, July 11th 6:00pm – 11:00pm

The French Cultural Center’s 39th Bastille Day Party returns to Back Bay’s Marlborough Street, which will be blocked off between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets to accommodate 2,000 revelers dancing in the street. This year’s line-up will feature two francophone acts: H’Sao and Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate. Delicious French food from some of Boston’s best French restaurants and drinks, including beer & wine, will be available for sale. For more details, visit: http://www.frenchculturalcenter.org/index.cfm/events/scheduled-events/bastille-day-party-2014/


4)  North End Italian Processions and Feasts north end

  • July 13th: Madonna delle Grazie   2:00 pm – Procession only – St. Leonard Church, Hanover & Prince Streets
  • July 20th: St. Rocco  1:00 pm – Procession only – St. Leonard Church, Hanover & Prince Streets
  • July 31st – August 3rd: St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast *100th Anniversary Celebration* 12:00pm each day, 1:00pm Sunday Procession – Battery & Hanover Streets

The North End processions and feasts are a real treat for anyone with Italian heritage (or the Italian at heart!). While processions are a more low-key event, the feasts are when the cobblestone streets come alive with parades, strolling singers, pushcarts full of authentic Italian foods, live entertainment, and more. For a full list of summer feasts and processions, checkout: http://www.northendboston.com/visit/feasts/


A sculpture from the 2011 competition
My favorite sculpture from 2011

5)  Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival 

  • Friday, July 18th – Sunday, July 20th

2014 marks the 11th Annual National Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach. One of the largest sand sculpting contests in the country, this event attracts master sand-sculptors from around the world. There will be live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, children’s activities, and fireworks. For more information, visit: http://www.reverebeachpartnership.com/national-sand-festival


6)  Summer Arts Weekend

  • Saturday, July 26th – Sunday, July 27th arts weekend

Summer Arts Weekend is a two-day festival centered around Boston’s Copley Square in Back Bay. Free concerts throughout the day feature jazz, classical, folk, and Americana music. There will also be theater performances, local artist displays, street performers, food trucks and vendors. At night, musicians move indoors to restaurants and bars, which will offer specials and deals. For more information, visit: http://www.boston.com/sponsored/extra/summerartsweekend/main


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