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Changes to City of Boston Independence Day Celebration Program

July 3, 2014

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the traditional City of Boston programming planned for Independence Day has been revised and condensed. These changes follow the severe weather forecast for the Boston area tomorrow, Friday, July 4, 2014.

The flag raising and Independence Day Parade are cancelled, and all other planned Independence Day programming will be held at Faneuil Hall.

The revised Faneuil Hall program will begin at 10:00 a.m. (doors open at 9:00 a.m.), and will include:

  • An oration by Mayor Walsh
  • The Pledge of Allegiance by Francisco Urena, Commissioner of Veteran’s Services, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
  • The Declaration of Independence by Captain Commanding Gerard C. McCarthy
  • An abbreviated version of the Granary Burial Ground Remarks (previously scheduled during the Independence Day Parade) about Peter Faneuil, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine
  • Musical performances by Dana Whiteside and Zarba Military Band

The Independence Day oration has been held at Faneuil Hall since 1783.