Boston is truly a National Park City, represented by three partnership parks – Boston African American National Historic Site, Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, and Boston National Historical Park. As the National Park Service reaches its 100th anniversary, the National Parks of Boston will be hosting festivities under the theme Celebrating the Spirit of Revolution. There is a full suite of special activities taking place August 25th through the 27th that brings together the parks and its many partners. This collective park system represents the spirit of political, social and environmental revolution. For many people around the world the principles that these places and outcomes embody have served as models for personal freedom, civil rights and environmental justice. They are what makes Boston one of America's great urban success stories. A Centennial kick-off celebration takes place at Christopher Columbus Park with special events throughout the day that include 3,600 free ferry tickets out to the Boston Harbor Islands, music, family activities, and local organizations engaging people In ways that celebrate America's parks and cultural heritage.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

@ Long Wharf North & Christopher Columbus Park

Join us as we celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service with FREE ferry service to the Boston Harbor Islands! This is a special one-day ferry schedule to two of the most popular Boston Harbor Islands — Georges and Spectacle Islands. And, for the first time, free ferry service includes service to Peddocks Island. Click here for the details.

"Find Your Park" Activity Tents – 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Find Your Park!
Meet the face of the NPS! Staff representing different parks and programs engage the public through hands-on activities, facilitated programs, conversation and opportunities to explore literature, imagery and artifacts.
Programs Depart from the Find your Park! tent.

Find our Partners!
Meet with the many partners of the National Parks of Boston and learn about their sites, programs, and connections with the city's spirit of revolution!

Find your Wildlife!
Here's an opportunity for people of all ages to have a close-up experience with the wildlife that call the harbor and islands home!

Find your Fun!
This is the go-to place for kids of all ages!

Find your Creativity!
Take in artwork inspired by Boston's spirit of revolution, from the Harbor Islands to the Freedom Trail.

Centennial Celebration: Main Stage Events

8:45 a.m. – Welcome and Opening

9:00 a.m. – Healthy Hearts, Healthy People Fitness Program - ZUMBA

10:00 a.m. – Josh and Jamtones Band

10:50 a.m. – Junior Rangers Swearing-in Ceremony

11:00 a.m. – NPS Centennial Kick-off Opening Ceremony

Centennial Speakers:

11:30 a.m. – Cake Cutting with Montillios

11:45 a.m. – Fife and Drum Procession to Ferry

12 Noon – Live Music: Berklee College of Music

1:15 p.m. – Sea Shanty Music - Lynn Noel

2:00 p.m. – Live Music: Berklee College of Music

3:00 p.m. – Partners and History of the National Parks of Boston

3:10 p.m. – Music by Zumix

3:45 p.m. – Junior Rangers on Stage

5:00 p.m. – Healthy Hearts, Healthy People Fitness Program - ZUMBA


@ Georges and Spectacle Islands

Join us as we celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service with FREE ferry service to the Boston Harbor Islands! This is a special one-day ferry schedule to two of the most popular Boston Harbor Islands — Georges and Spectacle Islands. And, for the first time, free ferry service includes service to Peddocks Island. Click here for the details.

Georges Island

Spectacle Island

Friday, August 26, 2016

@ Charlestown Navy Yard

Rosies Invade the Yard – 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Board the USS Cassin Young and learn about the women who built warships during World War II

Ranger-led Tours (Begin at the Main Flag Pole)

Live Music on Pier 1

Hands on History Tent (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

History Talks in the Visitor Center Theater (Building 5)

Movie Night under the Stars – Commandant's House lawn – 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

World War II - era cartoon shorts followed by the feature film "On the Town," a 1949 classic musical.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

@ Charlestown Navy Yard

Rosies Invade the Yard – 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Board the USS Cassin Young and learn about the women who built warships during World War II

Ranger-led Tours (Begin at the Main Flag Pole)

Live Music on Pier 1

Hands on History Tent (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

History Talks in the Visitor Center Theater (Building 5)


The National Parks of Boston is a partnership collaboration of federal, state and local government agencies and non-profit organizations: