Holidays in Boston

  • Make Music Harvard Square 2018 in Boston
    Make Music Harvard Square Jun 21 Since it started in France in 1982, the Fête de la Musique has become a global phenomenon, bringing free music to fans all over the world. Every year on June 21, more than 400 cities participate in the annual Fête de la Musique, or World Music... read more
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  • Summer Solstice 2018 in Boston
    Summer Solstice Jun 21 The Egyptians first celebrated Summer Solstice as the beginning of the Nile’s flooding season, and it has been commemorated as a meaningful astronomical event ever since. Every June 21, Boston kicks off the summer season and recognizes the Solstice with a... read more
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  • 4th of July 2018 in Boston
    4th of July Jul 4 More than 200 years ago, a wise American predicted that his country’s Independence Day would forever be celebrated with “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports… bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other,... read more
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More Holidays in Boston

January

Chinese New Year

Holiday

Every year in Jan or Feb | Next: Feb 5, 2019
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February

Valentine's Day

Holiday

Every year on Feb 14 | Next: Feb 14, 2019
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Super Bowl Parties

Sports / Party / Football

Every year in Jan or Feb | Next: Feb 3, 2019
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Chinese New Year

Holiday

Every year in Jan or Feb | Next: Feb 5, 2019
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March

St. Patrick's Day

Holiday

Every year on Mar 17 | Next: Mar 17, 2019
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April

Patriot's Day

Holiday

Every year on the third Monday of Apr
420 Day

Holiday

Every year on Apr 20
Record Store Day

Holiday

Every year on the third Saturday of Apr
Earth Day

Festival

Every year on Apr 22

May

Memorial Day

Holiday

Every year on the fourth Monday of May
Cinco de Mayo

Holiday

Every year on May 5

June

Gay Pride

Holiday

Every year in May or Jun
Make Music Harvard Square

Holiday

Every year in Jun | Next: Jun 21, 2018
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Summer Solstice

Holiday

Every year around Jun 21 | Next: Jun 21, 2018
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July

4th of July

Holiday / Party / Food & Drink Event

Every year on Jul 4 | Next: Jul 4, 2018
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September

Oktoberfest

Holiday

Every year in Sep and Oct | Next: Sep 22–Oct 7, 2018
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Labor Day

Holiday

Every year on the first Monday of September | Next: Sep 3, 2018
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October

Halloween

Holiday

Every year on Oct 31 | Next: Oct 31, 2018
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Oktoberfest

Holiday

Every year in Sep and Oct | Next: Sep 22–Oct 7, 2018
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November

Thanksgiving

Holiday / Food & Drink Event

Every year on the fourth Thursday of Nov | Next: Nov 22, 2018
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December

Christmas

Holiday

Every year on Dec 25 | Next: Dec 25, 2018
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New Year's Eve

Holiday / Party

Every year on Dec 31 | Next: Dec 31, 2018
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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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