Three of the most popular events in Boston are the Boston Marathon, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Boston Pops Firework Spectacular. Boston residents and visitors will find many other events to attend in the city.
Thousands of spectators line the streets of Boston and nearby towns on the third Monday in April to cheer for the runners in the Boston Marathon. This 26-mile race begins in the town of Hopkinton and finishes on Boylston Street in Boston. Race participants run through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Chestnut Hill, Brighton and Brookline. The race begins at 10 a.m. and ends around noon.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Boston’s biggest parade. It is usually held on the Sunday closest to St. Patrick’s Day. Nearly a million spectators crowd the streets of South Boston to see marchers, floats and bands. The parade starts at the Broadway T Stop and ends at St. Andrew Square.
The Boston Pops Firework Spectacular is one of the events held during Boston’s Harborfest. This event is held at the Hatch Shell in downtown Boston next to the Charles River. A fireworks display takes place after a concert by the Boston Pops Orchestra.
The Harborfest lasts for six days and takes place at the beginning of July. It is held to commemorate Boston’s role in American history. Some of the Harborfest events are a re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party, a clam chowder cooking contest and a patriotic music concert.
There are plenty of events in Boston during the fall and winter. The Head Of The Charles Regatta in October is one of the fall events. This two-day rowing event is held on the Charles River between the Boston University boathouse and the Artesani Playground in Brighton.
The Boston Film Festival is held in September. Some Hollywood films are premiered here.
One of the musical events during the winter is the Boston Pops Holiday Series at Symphony Hall in December. The Boston Ballet performs The Nutcracker in December at the Opera House.
Boston’s final event of the year is First Night on New Year’s Eve. A variety of exhibitions and performances are held at more than 40 locations in downtown Boston.