Holidays in Boston

  • Halloween 2018 in Boston
    Halloween Oct 31 Many scholars believe Halloween started as a Christian feast, heavily influenced by European harvest festivals, while others attest All Hallows’ Eve began as a pagan ritual in order to celebrate the dead. Either way, a combination of cultural and literary symbols... read more
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  • Thanksgiving 2018 in Boston
    Thanksgiving Nov 22 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 U.S.... read more
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  • Christmas 2018 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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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 / Beer / Festive / Party

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

Patriot's Day

Holiday / Festive

Every year on the third Monday of Apr
420 Day

Holiday / Chill / Festive / Marijuana

Every year on Apr 20
Record Store Day

Holiday / Live Music / Music Lovers / Music Scenesters / Shopping

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 / Costumes / Festive / Gay / Gay-friendly / Party

Every year in May or Jun
Make Music Harvard Square

Holiday / Free / Live Music / Music Lovers / Music Scenesters

Every year in Jun
Summer Solstice

Holiday / Festive

Every year around Jun 21

July

4th of July

Holiday / Party / Food & Drink Event

Every year on Jul 4

September

Oktoberfest

Holiday / Beer / Beer Lovers / Day Drinking / Festive / German Beer / German Food / German Influence / Party / Specialty Beer

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 | Next: Oct 31, 2018
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Oktoberfest

Holiday / Beer / Beer Lovers / Day Drinking / Festive / German Beer / German Food / German Influence / Party / Specialty Beer

Every year in Sep and Oct

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 / Festive

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

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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