Holidays in Boston

  • St. Patrick's Day 2017 in Boston
    St. Patrick's Day Mar 17 Originally created as a Catholic Church feast day in the 1600s, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a secular celebration of Irish culture and one of the biggest worldwide parties on the calendar. Boston is home to a large and proud Irish-American... read more
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  • Record Store Day 2017 in Boston
    Record Store Day Apr 15 Boston has been the birthplace of countless iconic musicians and bands from Aerosmith and the Dropkick Murphies to New Kids on the Block. To celebrate music in the city, audiophiles pack into their favorite record stores to buy music and support the local scene at... read more
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  • Patriot's Day 2017 in Boston
    Patriot's Day Apr 17 On the third Monday in April, Bostonians celebrate Patriots’ Day, which remembers the Battles of Lexington and Concord, struggles that marked the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. Boston locals have ample opportunity to celebrate on... read more
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More Holidays in Boston

January

Chinese New Year

Holiday

Every year in Jan or Feb | Next: Feb 16, 2018
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February

Valentine's Day

Holiday

Every year on Feb 14
Chinese New Year

Holiday

Every year in Jan or Feb | Next: Feb 16, 2018
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Super Bowl Parties

Sports / Party / Football

Every year in Jan or Feb

March

St. Patrick's Day

Holiday

Every year on Mar 17 | Next: Mar 17, 2017
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April

Record Store Day

Holiday

Every year on the third Saturday of Apr | Next: Apr 15, 2017
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Patriot's Day

Holiday

Every year on the third Monday of Apr | Next: Apr 17, 2017
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420 Day

Holiday

Every year on Apr 20 | Next: Apr 20, 2017
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Earth Day

Festival

Every year on Apr 22 | Next: Apr 22, 2017
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May

Memorial Day

Holiday

Every year on the fourth Monday of May | Next: May 29, 2017
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Cinco de Mayo

Holiday

Every year on May 6 | Next: May 5, 2017
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June

Gay Pride

Holiday

Every year in May or Jun | Next: Jun 2–11, 2017
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Make Music Harvard Square

Holiday

Every year in Jun | Next: Jun 21, 2017
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Summer Solstice

Holiday

Every year around Jun 21 | Next: Jun 21, 2017
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July

4th of July

Holiday / Party / Food & Drink Event

Every year on Jul 4 | Next: Jul 4, 2017
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September

Oktoberfest

Holiday

Every year in Sep and Oct | Next: Sep 16–Oct 3, 2017
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Labor Day

Holiday

Every year on the first Monday of September | Next: Sep 4, 2017
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October

Halloween

Holiday

Every year on Oct 31 | Next: Oct 31, 2017
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Oktoberfest

Holiday

Every year in Sep and Oct | Next: Sep 16–Oct 3, 2017
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November

Thanksgiving

Holiday / Food & Drink Event

Every year on the fourth Thursday of Nov | Next: Nov 23, 2017
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December

Christmas

Holiday

Every year on Dec 25 | Next: Dec 25, 2017
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New Year's Eve

Holiday / Party

Every year on Dec 31 | Next: Dec 31, 2017
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Boston Holidays Overview

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The holidays in Boston are celebrated with much revelry, be they nationwide events, or special days only celebrated in Massachusetts.

In 2012, Boston ranked second on a national list of best cities to trick-or-treat in. Even if you don't stick to the city limits for the spooky holiday, Salem is just a short train ride away and arguably the most festive place in the world to celebrate Halloween.

At Christmastime, Boston has a number of public outdoor tree lightings. There's one aboard the USS Constitution, one in Quincy Market that features New England's tallest outdoor tree, and another on the Boston Common. The latter includes a concert that has been known to feature current pop stars, local chorus groups, dance troupes, and visits by Santa Claus and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who have escorted a tree down from Nova Scotia every year since 1971. The RCMP's annual thank-you to the city of Boston is for assistance after a devastating explosion that rocked a Nova Scotia harbor in 1917.

The annual Boston Marathon is always run on the statewide holiday known as Patriot's Day, when the majority of state employees get the day off. Along with the marathon, other events that take place throughout town during Patriot’s Day include a Red Sox game, parties, and shopping events.

St. Patrick's Day is also one of the more popular holidays in Boston, with an epic parade in South Boston and many local bars opening their doors at 10am.

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