The 240th Anniversary Boston Tea Party Annual Reenactment Reenactors Authenticate the Events of December 16, 1773 that Sparked the American Revolution WHAT:The Boston Tea Party comes alive this December! It’s December 16th, 1773 and trouble is brewing in Boston. Presented by Boston’s famed Old South Meeting House and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, the 240th Anniversary Boston Tea Party Annual Reenactment is an opportunity for the public toexperienceone ofAmerica'smost iconic public protests. Reenactors from across New England tell the story of the Boston Tea Party andrecreate the evening of December 16, 1773, which sparked the American Revolution.It all beginswith a fiery tea tax debate at Old South Meeting House, the actual historic hall where the colonists gathered to protest Britishrule240 years ago. Then, the public joins a lively procession to the waterfront, and witnessesas the Sons of Liberty destroy the teain Boston Harbor! WHEN:MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013- the Actual Historic Anniversary!
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. TIMELINE:6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The Meeting of the Body of the People – TICKETED EVENT (Ticket includes access to a reserved viewing area along Boston’s historic waterfront for the destruction of the tea)
Old South Meeting House - 310 Washington Street at Milk Street, Boston, MA
Ticket holders join an authentic, spirited and theatrical colonial debate at Old South Meeting House to protest the tax on tea and demand liberty from the British crown, just as unprecedented numbers of colonists gathered in this very building 240 years ago. Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere and other Patriot leaders join in a heated debate with crown-loving Loyalists in this final attempt to peaceably resolve the crisis before the midnight deadline. Visitors are encouraged to join the debate, letting their voices be heard in the very place where Boston’s most famous act of rebellion began.
7:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Huzzah for Griffin’s Wharf! – OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Procession from Old South Meeting House to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum - Milk Street to Congress Street to Pearl Street
Led by fife and drums and accompanied by colonial reenactors, the public is invited to march from Old South Meeting House to Boston historic waterfront where Griffin’s Wharf once stood along the same route the Sons of Liberty took to Boston Harbor to destroy the tea in 1773!
8:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Boston Harbor, a Tea Pot Tonight! – OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC (Ticket holders have access to a reserved viewing area on the Harborwalk)
Destruction of the Tea at the new Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum - 306 Congress St. on the Congress Street Bridge, Boston, MA
The public is invited along with the re-enactors to line the shores of Boston Harbor and watch as the Sons of Liberty storm aboard the Brig Beaver and destroy chest after chest of East India tea, just as colonists did 240 years before. In this fully narrated program, the Sons of Liberty board the ship, opening the hold and hoisting tea chests on deck. Tea chests are broken open and the contents spilled into Boston Harbor. Viewers are encouraged to cheer “Huzzah” as each chest is dumped into Boston Harbor as they witness the dramatic conclusion of the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution.
TICKETS: GREAT DEALS ONLINE NOW! Early Bird Discount - $12/person general admission tickets for all ages - through Oct. 31, 2013
Starting Nov. 1, 2013:
Book Online - general admission tickets $15/adults (ages 13 and up) & $12/children (ages 12 and under)
Buy Tickets in Person - $20/person for all ages- available at Old South Meeting House and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum ticket booths
To purchase ticket go to: http://bostonteaparty2013.bpt.meor call (800) 838-3006.
Tickets include admission to the Meeting of the Body of the People at Old South Meeting House and access to an exclusive reserved viewing area on the Harborwalk for the Destruction of the Tea. All ticket proceeds help support Old South Meeting House, a non-profit National Historic Landmark. This event takes place rain, sleet, snow or shine.
NOTE: Both Old South Meeting House and Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will be free and open to the public on December 16, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Old South Meeting House will be free and open to the public on Sunday, December 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ABOUT OLD SOUTH MEETING HOUSE:
Old South Meeting House is a non-profit museum and National Historic Landmark dedicated to continuing its proud tradition of free speech and assembly. Built in 1729 as a Puritan meetinghouse, this historic site is a living symbol of our country's quest for freedom and justice. It was here, in this famed National Historic Landmark that liberty found its allies and the American Revolution gained its voice. Within the walls of Old South Meeting House, meeting by meeting, vote by vote, a revolution began. Explore the rich history of the Meeting House through rare artifacts, such as a vial of tea from the Boston Tea Party and a 3-D historic model of colonial Boston. Open seven days a week, the museum’s hours are 9:30 am to 5 pm from April 1 - Oct. 31, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Nov. 1 - March 31. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit www.osmh.org or call 617-482-6439. Old South Meeting House is located at 310 Washington St., at the intersection of Milk Street, Boston, MA 02108.
ABOUT BOSTON TEA PARTY SHIPS & MUSEUM:
The Boston Tea Party, "the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution, occurred the night of December 16, 1773. With the grand opening in June 2012, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, owned and operated by Historic Tours of America, is dedicated to accurately reliving and representing a key time in history (from 1773 to 1775). Through live actors, tea throwing reenactments, high-tech interactive exhibits, authentic replica ships: the Dartmouth, the Beaver and the Eleanor and an award-winning multisensory film, Let it Begin Here. Visitors are transported back in time to learn and experience the courageous acts of those who forever shaped the course of history. The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is open 7 day/week from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tours run every 30 minutes and last 1 hr. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum was voted in ‘Best New Museum’ by Yankee magazine in the ‘2012 Best of New England Issue.’ To learn more visit www.bostonteapartyship.com or call 1-855-(TEA)-1773. The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is located at 306 Congress St. on the Congress St. Bridge, Boston, MA 02210.