Red, Green & Blue

1, Jul, 2010 Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

The weather forecast couldn’t be better for the upcoming July 4th weekend. Whether you are visiting the Boston for the first time or sticking around town for a “staycation,” the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is a great place to begin or end your travels. Here are some highlights of free weekend activities in the Greenway District:

This Saturday, July 3rd, is the Greenway’s Rose Tour commemorating the historical legacy of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.  Starting at the Mother’s Walk on the Greenway between Milk St. and State St., the tour weaves through parts of the North End and ends at the Rose F. Kennedy Rose Garden, where adults and children alike are encouraged to stop and smell the roses!

Friday, Saturday and Sunday you will find Activity Carts in the Greenway’s Wharf District Parks supplying lawn games such as Horseshoes, Lawn Darts, Ladderball, and Beanbag toss from 11AM-6PM.

Boston’s Harborfest, a 6 day festival of family-friendly 4th of July activities.  Harborfest is now in its 29th year and has grown to be one of the largest 4th of July celebrations in the nation, commemorating the colonial and maritime heritage of the City of Boston.  Harborfest events are held in the historic downtown area and the waterfront, bordering the Greenway District.  Greenway program partners Boston By Foot and the New England Aquarium will be participating in Harborfest with themed walking tours of Boston and marine life shows.  Here are just a few of the Harborfest activities happening within walking distance of the Greenway:

Whale Watch Cruises
Massachusetts Bay Lines (617-542-8000) and
New England Aquarium (617-973-5281)
Whales frolicking in their natural environment
Times, length, routes and prices vary, reservations

Freedom Trail Walking Tours

Freedom Trail Foundation  (617-357-8300)
Visitor Information Center on Boston Common
A walk into history led by a Colonial guide
Admission $7-$13, tickets online

Historical Walking Tours

Boston By Foot (617-367-2345)

Admission per group $10 (up to 10), includes kit

With all of the events happening around and on the Greenway this 4th, we invite everyone to come to the Parks and get a bite to eat at one of our food vendors, ride on the carousel, or cool off at the Rings Fountain or Harbor Fog.  And don’t forget to observe our Light Blades, glowing red and blue this weekend.