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City of Boston's 245th Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the Fourth of July in the City of Boston with a parade downtown, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and more!

Participate in the July 4th Independence Day Celebrations, joining other elected officials and dignitaries for a series of events!

9 - 9:20 a.m. - Official Ceremony, City Hall Plaza
  • Master of Ceremony: Colonel (R) Lee Fife, US Army
  • National Anthem sung by Dana Whiteside, accompanied by the Zarba Military Band
  • Pledge of Allegiance by Robert Santiago, Commissioner of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Welcoming Remarks by Mayor Janey
  • “Stars and Stripes Forever” by Zarba/Shea Military Band
  • Col. Fife:  Instructions and calls marching units to order

After this brief ceremony and speaking program, the parade steps off City Hall Plaza at 9 a.m., passing Granary Burial Ground, then continuing through Downtown Crossing to the Old State House for the traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. There will be parade viewing available along the route and in Downtown Crossing.

9:20 - 9:45 a.m. - Parade from City Hall Plaza to Tremont Street, with Halt for Honors at Old Granary Burial Ground

The parade will include the 7th Mass Regiment, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, the Honor Guard, City of Boston officials, Commonwealth of Massachusetts officials, Middlesex Fife and Drum, Wilmington Minutemen Co., and the Zarba Military Band. The parade route is as follows:

  • step off from City Hall Plaza
  • process down Tremont Street
  • halt for honors at Granary Burial Grounds
  • reform and take a left on School Street
  • left on Washington Street, and
  • stop at the Old State House where the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company reads the Declaration of Independence from the balcony. 

During the Halt for Honors at Old Granary Burial Ground, Col. Fife reads a bio. of each Patriot as wreaths are placed by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company on the graves of Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Peter Faneuil, and Crispus Atticus. Taps & Salvos will follow the wreath ceremony.  

9:45 - 10:30 a.m. - Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Old State House Balcony

The conclusion program includes:

  • Trumpet call
  • Pledge of Allegiance by Commissioner Robert Santiago
  • “God Bless America” sung by Dana Whiteside
  • Reading of the Declaration of Independence by Captain Robert A. Imlach 
  • Stars and Stripes Forever by the Zarba Military Band and confetti release

The event should conclude by 10:30. 

Note: This year, the event ends at the Old State House, not Faneuil Hall.

9:00am - 10:30am
1 City Hall Square
Boston, 02201-2006
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment
Neighborhood:
Citywide
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Downtown / Chinatown Movie Night: 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'

Mayor Kim Janey's Movie Nights give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular films under the night skies in city parks in August and September.

The Resistance reassembles in their quest to overthrow the First Order, once and for all.

All shows begin at dusk. This series is sponsored by Highland Partners Charitable Fund and hosted by Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment.

No pre-registration is needed to attend!

7:45pm
Boston Common
38 Beacon Street
Downtown, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Chinatown/Leather District
Citywide
Downtown
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Jamaica Plain Movie Night: 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World'

Mayor Kim Janey's Movie Nights give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular films under the night skies in city parks in August and September.

The inhabitants of Berk enjoy firm friendships, new responsibilities and great relationships with their dragons as they co-exist happily. However, once an evil dragon trafficker threatens their peace, seeking to rob and deceive them emotionally and wipe out the dragons entirely, they must join forces to overcome this newfound foe.

All shows begin at dusk. This series is sponsored by Highland Partners Charitable Fund and hosted by Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment.

No pre-registration needed to attend!

7:45pm
Jamaica Pond - Pinebank
345 Jamaica Way
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood:
Jamaica Plain
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Hyde Park Movie Night: 'Toy Story 4'

Mayor Janey's Movie Nights give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular films under the night skies in City parks in August and September.

A new toy named "Forky" joins the gang when Bonnie turns a spork into a toy. But when he disappears, Woody, Buzz, and company set out into the world to find him, resolve his existential crisis, and reunite with Bonnie.

All shows begin at dusk. This series is sponsored by Highland Partners Charitable Fund and hosted by Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment.

No pre-registration is needed to attend!

7:45pm
Iacono Playground
150 Readville St
Hyde Park, MA 02136
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood:
Hyde Park
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Charlestown Movie Night: 'The Croods: A New Age'

Mayor Kim Janey's Movie Nights give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular films under the night skies in city parks in August and September.

After surviving the end of the only world they knew, the Croods must find a new place to call home. They set off into uncharted waters, and soon enough, they come upon a haven that can provide for their needs. Unfortunately, there is a small problem: another family has already taken residence in the area. They are the Bettermans, and they have an intricately-made treehouse, effective farming, and many impressive inventions. It doesn't take long for the prehistoric to clash with the modern.

All shows begin at dusk. This series is sponsored by Highland Partners Charitable Fund and hosted by Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment.

No pre-registration is needed to attend!

7:45pm
Doherty Playground
349 Bunker Hill Street
Charlestown, MA 02129
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood:
Charlestown
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Roxbury Movie Night: 'Trolls World Tour'

Mayor Kim Janey's Movie Nights give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular films under the night skies in City parks in August and September.

Branch and Poppy come across six tribes of trolls, each practicing different styles of music. It is then up to the duo to unite and protect the other kingdoms of trolls when their musical styles are threatened by the sinister heavy metal couple King Thrash and Queen Barb.

All shows begin at dusk. This series is sponsored by Highland Partners Charitable Fund and hosted by Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment.

No pre-registration needed to attend!

7:45pm
Marcella Playground
260 Highland St
Roxbury, MA 02119
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood:
Roxbury
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Dorchester Movie Night: 'Raya and the Last Dragon'

Mayor Kim Janey's Movie Nights give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular films under the night skies in City parks in August and September.

Kumandra is a place where humans and dragons peacefully coexist. When sinister monsters called the Druun threaten the community, however, the dragons readily make a sacrifice to save the human race. Hundreds of years later, the same threat returns. It is up to Raya, a lone warrior, to stop them once and for all. She tracks down the last dragon alive. But as she embarks on her journey, she realizes that it will take more than a dragon and its magic to save her world.

All shows begin at dusk. This series is sponsored by Highland Partners Charitable Fund and hosted by Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment.

No pre-registration is needed to attend!

7:45pm
Ronan Park
92 Mt. Ida Road
Dorchester, MA 02122
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood:
Dorchester
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West Roxbury Movie Night: 'Descendants 3'

Mayor Kim Janey's Movie Nights give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular films under the night skies in City parks in August and September.

Mal sets out to close a barrier breach that's jeopardizing the safety of Auradon. However a mysterious dark force continues to threaten the people of Auradon.

All shows begin at dusk. This series is sponsored by Highland Partners Charitable Fund and hosted by Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment.

No pre-registration is needed to attend!

7:45pm
Hynes Playground
502 VFW Playground
West Roxbury, MA 02132
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood:
West Roxbury
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South Boston / Seaport Movie Night: 'Onward'

Mayor Kim Janey's Movie Nights give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular films under the night skies in City parks in August and September.

Two teenage elf brothers living in a post-magical world stumble upon a spell that can bring their father back to life. They embark on an epic, heartwarming adventure to see the spell through when it initially only brings back their father's lower half (i.e. his legs).

All shows begin at dusk. This series is sponsored by Highland Partners Charitable Fund and hosted by Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment.

No pre-registration needed to attend!

7:45pm
Moakley Park
1005 Columbia Road
South Boston, MA 02127
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Parks & Recreation
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Ruggles Street project groundbreaking

Join Mayor Janey to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Ruggles Street redesign (from Tremont Street to Washington Street).

We invite you to the Ruggles Street project groundbreaking on Wednesday, June 16, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  The groundbreaking will take place on the corner of Ruggles Street and Dewitt Drive in Roxbury. Learn more about the Ruggles Street project.

Ruggles Street Groundbreaking Flyer

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Ruggles Street and Dewitt Drive
Boston, MA
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Zach Wassmouth
Neighborhood:
Roxbury
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