4th of July - Boston
Started out the day at the Old South Meeting House built in 1713. In 1770, the Boston Massacre occurred outside its doors. 10am-10:30am – Reading of the Declaration of Independence From the balcony of the Old State House, read from the balcony as it was on July 18, 1776
Old South Meeting House What Berkley's University of California was to the 1960s, Boston's Old South Meeting House was to the colonial era: a crucible for free-speech debates and taxation protests.
Old South's rafters have rung with many impassioned speeches exhorting the overthrow of the king, the abolition of slavery, women's right to vote, an end to apartheid, and many other causes. Nearly abandoned with it congregation moved to Back Bay in 1876, it was saved in one of Boston's first acts of historic preservation. Built in the 1800s, Quincy Market functioned from 1825 to the 1960s as the city's wholesale food distribution center. By the 1980s, the market had been revived, the grand atrium restored and a food court opened. Blackstone Block Bounded by Congress, Hanover, Blackstone, and North Streets, this block is as old world as Boston gets. The city's first commercial district, named after Boston's first settler, William Blaxton, took root here during the 17th century.
Two of the country's oldest dining and drinking establishments - the Union Oyster House and Green Dragon Tavern - call the block home.
Boston Stone Some claim this curious landmark was once the measuring point from which all distances to and from Boston were calculated. The stone is embedded into a brick wall at the corner of Marshal Street and Salt Lane.
Mike's Pastry Voted #1 Italian Bakeries & Grocers
Large glass cases display a huge selection of cookies and cannoli.
Famous for their boxes to go of delectable pastries!
What to get? What to get?
Grabbed a quick breakfast w/ a view before starting the Freedom Trail.
Siobhan's very first cannoli.
My butter croissant.
Old North Church Occupies a pivotal place in revolutionary history. Prior to his midnight ride in 1775, Revere ordered sexton Robert Newman to hang two lanterns in the belfry, to indicate if the British were approaching via the Charles River or by land.
An active Episcopal congregation still worships at Boston's oldest church, officially known as Christ Church (1723). The austere interior looks much as it did in its early days.
Home to Paul Revere for 30 years, this 17th-century clapboard house is the only surviving home of any of Boston's revolutionary heroes. A place of pilgrimage for history buffs, it provides an intriguing glimpse into the domestic life of Revere's family with displays of their furniture and possession including silver works by Revere, who was highly regarded as a metal smith.
Nestled in the north Square, the Paul Revere House is Boston's oldest private residence.
Charlestown, MA Fire Station
Bunker Hill Monument Ten minute's walk from the Navy Yard is this 220-ft granite obelisk which has towered over Charleston since 1842.
It commemorates the first major battle of the American Revolution. (1775)