Boston Festivals and Events

City peculiarities

Boston Marathon
The first marathon took place here on April 19, 1897 – around a year after the marathon at the Olympic Games in Greece in 1896.
The run in Boston is the oldest city marathon outside of the Olympic Games, ahead of the “Kosice Marathon” in Slovakia. The run takes place annually on the third Monday in April and runs from Hopkinton to Copley Square.

Terrorist attack
On April 15, 2013, the marathon was rocked by two serious explosions near the finish line. The explosions occurred around 2:50 p.m. local time (= 8:50 p.m. CEST) at a distance of 100 m within around 10 seconds. Around 23,000 runners took part in the run – with around 500,000 spectators. There were approximately 180 injured and three dead – an eight-year-old American boy, a Chinese student and a 29-year-old American. The security forces found further explosives, which however did not explode or could be defused in time. Two brothers – 19 and 28 years old – could be identified as perpetrators. You and your parents came to the USA from Chechnya in 2002. During the arrest, there was a shooting on the MIT premises in the course of which a security guard and the older brother were shot. The younger one was arrested injured a day later. He was hiding on a boat.

Attractive city
Short for BSN by Abbreviationfinder, Boston is one of the most attractive and livable cities in the USA, which is due to the fact that every neighborhood has a special and unique flair that is shaped by the local residents. Not only Downtown as the seat of the financial district, Chinatown and the Boston City Hall, but also Back Bay are among the richest districts in the country. Beacon Hill is the seat of government for the state of Massachusetts, and South End is dominated by artists, yuppies, Latins, and African-Americans, and draws visitors for its restaurants and bohemian flair. North End and East Boston are mainly influenced by Italians, and Charlestown, on the north bank of the Charles River, and South Boston by the Irish. Allston and Brighton are student neighborhoods whereas Dorchester has the greatest diversity of different ethnicities. Latinos and African Americans are frequent and happy to be found in the districts of Roxbury and Mattapan. So everything in Boston is motley.

Picture Theft
On March 18, 1990, 13 paintings by famous artists valued at approximately $ 300 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. These included “The Concert” by Jan Vermeer and three paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn. The two thieves, disguised as police officers, duped the inexperienced students who were supposed to guard the museum. To date, none of the images has reappeared. There were also no extortionate or other demands.

Boston Tea Party
In 1773, Boston became the focus of the world’s public – with the famous Boston Tea Party. On December 16, 1773, protests against an increase in the tea tax by the British Parliament had sparked nothing less than the American War of Independence. On that December day, some Boston citizens disguised as Indians broke into the city harbor and threw 342 cases of tea from the British East India Trading Company into the harbor basin. Just three years later, a custom was established that is still observed today, even if it is slowly becoming less important. The Bostonians hold a tea hour on the afternoon of December 16, the so-called Boston Tea Time. You are mockingly imitating tea time, which is almost sacred in Great Britain. Very for the good.

Political Significance
Word has got around that Boston is the capital of the US state of Massachusetts. But it is also interesting that “Beantown” also has a supra-regional government function. Numerous politicians such as John F. Kennedy, who comes from the neighboring town of Brookline, were born in and around Boston and shaped the political nimbus of the city. So Boston has a strong political weight when it comes to United States federal policy.

Good news and bad news: The good news is that Boston has numerous beaches both inside and outside the city, giving the Bostonians who are so battered in the summer a refreshing change of pace. The bad thing, however, is that the good old Atlantic remains a cold experience even at the highest temperatures and only drives the toughest ones into the water. If you are not that hard, you just stick your toes in the water and are happy not to have to go all the way in.

Celebrations and events

Anime Boston
Usually the Anime Boston lasts for a whole weekend. It is celebrated in the Hynes Convention Center and in April or March. Since 2003, friends have been drawn to animation and video games. Workshops, events and a lot of life – there are good reasons to join the exhibition and be one of thousands of visitors. August Moon Festival Also known as the Autumn Festival, it is a Chinese thing that takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese calendar and is nothing short of the biggest festival of the year. Music, arts, handicrafts and all sorts of performances leave mouths open to those who have come to the main streets of Chinatown.

Boston Pride
The second largest festival (after July 4th) is Boston Pride in June each year. Everyone comes and joins the fabulous parade that starts in Copley Square and then runs through the South End to Boston Common. It will be a really nice weekend again.

First Night
The term First Night is of course New Year’s Eve, i.e. the New Year’s Eve Celebration. Here, too, Boston has a superlative to offer, because the New Year’s Eve festival is America’s oldest public New Year’s party. The new year will be a good one.

Head of the Charles Regatta
More than 11,000 rowers from all over the world compete in a regatta that is one of the largest rowing championships in the country and worldwide. The competitions take place in one, two, four and eight.
It is not uncommon for up to 400,000 spectators to flock to the city and watch the competitions on the banks of the Charles River.
The regatta takes place annually in October and was founded in 1965 as a small training race.

Independence Day
Yes, July 4th is also celebrated in Boston, with countless events culminating in the Boston Pops Concert along the Charles River. Incidentally, this is nothing less than the oldest and largest public celebration in the country.

Lantern Festival
It starts on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar and continues until day 15. We’re talking about the Lantern Festival. Tons of street vendors and food stalls make the main streets of Chinatown even livelier than they already are. Fireworks shoot around merrily, while such exuberance as the Lion Dance attracts not only students but all friends of music and fun.

Saint Anthony’s Feast
On the weekend of the last Sunday in August, the feast of Saint Anthony has been celebrated since 1919 on Endicott, Thacher and North Margin Streets. It is traditional and Italian-American when processions and parades march through the colorfully decorated streets with southern European food and lots of music. The highlight is the ten-hour Grand Procession of Saint Anthony, which starts on Sunday afternoon. See and be amazed.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17th is unofficially celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, but officially Evacuation Day, a local holiday commemorating the expulsion of British soldiers from Boston. But because Boston has one of the largest Irish communities outside Ireland, the Celtic pride of the ex-islanders reigns on this day. So don’t forget to wear green, have a beer and buy something that says something with “Kiss Me I’m Irish!” has to do.

Boston Festivals