Holidays in Boston

  • Thanksgiving 2017 in Boston
    Thanksgiving Nov 23 On November 26, 1789, President George Washington proclaimed the first American thanksgiving celebration. The tradition has its roots in the 1620s, when the country’s early pilgrims recognized the Puritan holiday with a hearty feast, but G.W. was the first... read more
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  • Christmas 2017 in Boston
    Christmas Dec 25 Though Christmas is a Christian holiday, it has taken on a much more universal and magical meaning on the global calendar thanks to images of Santa Claus, carolers, winter wonderlands, and scrumptious meals. In many cities, the weather outside is pretty... read more
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  • New Year's Eve 2018 in Boston
    New Year's Eve Dec 31 With its hundreds of different cultures, religions, and countries, it’s a rare occasion when the whole world celebrates the same holiday. Perhaps that’s why New Year’s Eve is such a huge celebration in all of the world’s biggest... 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 | Next: Feb 14, 2018
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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 | Next: Feb 4, 2018
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March

St. Patrick's Day

Holiday

Every year on Mar 17 | Next: Mar 17, 2018
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April

Patriot's Day

Holiday

Every year on the third Monday of Apr | Next: Apr 16, 2018
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420 Day

Holiday

Every year on Apr 20 | Next: Apr 20, 2018
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Record Store Day

Holiday

Every year on the third Saturday of Apr | Next: Apr 21, 2018
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Earth Day

Festival

Every year on Apr 22 | Next: Apr 22, 2018
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May

Memorial Day

Holiday

Every year on the fourth Monday of May | Next: May 28, 2018
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Cinco de Mayo

Holiday

Every year on May 5 | Next: May 5, 2018
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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
Labor Day

Holiday

Every year on the first Monday of September

October

Halloween

Holiday

Every year on Oct 31
Oktoberfest

Holiday

Every year in Sep and Oct

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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