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Old North is proud to participate in Boston Harborfest, a city-wide celebration of our nation’s independence! Please visit www.bostonharborfest.com for a complete list of programs, tours, and events. Make plans to visit us the week of July 4th!

Old North’s Harborfest activities are as follows. Please call 617.523.6676 with any questions.

Wednesday, July 2

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Behind the Scenes Tours

Guided tours of the church’s bell ringing chamber and crypt offered on the hour and half hour all day except for 12:00 and 12:30. Discover how change-ringing bells work and how crypts were used in colonial Boston!

$6 adults/$5 students & military/$4 kids under 12

10:00 – 10:30 am, 1:00 – 1:30 pm, 3:00 – 3:30 pm: Meet Paul Revere

Families are invited to bring their children to meet Paul Revere in the Washington Courtyard. He will read Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” and answer questions from budding historians!

FREE

10:30 am – 5:30 pm: 18th c. Chocolate Making Demonstrations

Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop

Taste the sweeter side of the Revolution! Touch, taste, smell, and experience 18th century chocolate with costumed interpreters in one of the oldest domestic structures in Boston.

Donations appreciated

11:00 am – 12:00 noon, 4:00 – 5:00 pm: Help Mrs. Jackson Make Chocolate & Storytime with Mrs. Jackson

Bigelow Courtyard & St. Francis Garden

Do you like chocolate? Do you ever wonder where chocolate comes from or how it’s made? Come to help Mrs. Jackson prepare chocolate by learning to use a winnowing basket. Watch with glee while you toss the cocoa beans into the air and separate the cocoa nib from the shell. Then visit Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop to discover how those nibs are turned into chocolate. Remember to stay for storytime with Mrs. Jackson, who will be reading No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart. Even monkeys have a part in helping to create this delicious treat! Stop in Captain Jackson’s to sample American Heritage authentic 18th-century drinking chocolate. Activity best suited for ages 5-10.

Donations appreciated

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Art & Architecture Tour

An interactive tour focusing on the aesthetic components of the oldest Georgian church in Boston. Decode the meaning of these visual elements by looking, discussing, and looking again. There’s always more than meets the eye!

$10 adults / $8 students & military

Thursday, July 3

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Behind the Scenes Tours

Guided tours of the church’s bell-ringing chamber and crypt offered on the hour and half hour all day except for 12:00 and 12:30. Discover how change-ringing bells work and how crypts were used in colonial Boston!

$6 adults/$5 students & military/$4 kids under 12

10:30 am – 5:30 pm: 18th c. Chocolate Making Demonstrations

Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop

Taste the sweeter side of the Revolution! Touch, taste, smell, and experience 18th-century chocolate with costumed interpreters in one of the oldest domestic structures in Boston.

Donations appreciated

11:00 am – 12:00 noon, 4:00 – 5:00 pm: Help Mrs. Jackson Make Chocolate & Storytime with Mrs. Jackson

Bigelow Courtyard & St. Francis Garden

Do you like chocolate? Do you ever wonder where chocolate comes from or how it’s made? Come to help Mrs. Jackson prepare chocolate by learning to use a winnowing basket. Watch with glee while you toss the cocoa beans into the air and separate the cocoa nib from the shell. Then visit Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop to discover how those nibs are turned into chocolate. Remember to stay for storytime with Mrs. Jackson, who will be reading No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart. Even monkeys have a part in helping to create this delicious treat! Stop in Captain Jackson’s to sample American Heritage authentic 18th-century drinking chocolate. Activity best suited for ages 5-10.

Donations appreciated

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Art & Architecture Tour

Interactive tour focusing on the aesthetic components of the oldest Georgian church in Boston. Decode the meaning of these visual elements by looking, discussing, and looking again. There’s always more than meets the eye!

$10 adults / $8 students & military

Friday, July 4

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Behind the Scenes Tours

Guided tours of the church’s bell ringing chamber and crypt offered on the hour and half hour all day except for 12:00 and 12:30. Discover how change-ringing bells work and how crypts were used in colonial Boston!

$6 adults/$5 students & military/$4 kids under 12

10:00 am – 10:15 am, 1:00 – 1:15 pm, 3:00 – 3:15 pm, 5:00 – 5:15 pm: Dramatic Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Join our costumed interpreters for a lively reading of the document that changed our nation. Take a break from touring to sit in the famous church whose steeple sent the signals that ignited the Revolutionary War!

Donations appreciated

10:30 am – 5:30 pm: 18th c. Chocolate Making Demonstrations

Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop

Taste the sweeter side of the Revolution! Touch, taste, smell, and experience 18th-century chocolate with costumed interpreters in one of the oldest domestic structures in Boston.

Donations appreciated

11:00 am – 12:00 noon: Help Mrs. Jackson Make Chocolate & Storytime with Mrs. Jackson

Bigelow Courtyard & St. Francis Garden

Do you like chocolate? Do you ever wonder where chocolate comes from or how it’s made? Come to help Mrs. Jackson prepare chocolate by learning to use a winnowing basket. Watch with glee while you toss the cocoa beans into the air and separate the cocoa nib from the shell. Then visit Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop to discover how those nibs are turned into chocolate. Remember to stay for storytime with Mrs. Jackson, who will be reading No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart. Even monkeys have a part in helping to create this delicious treat! Stop in Captain Jackson’s to sample American Heritage authentic 18th-century drinking chocolate. Activity best suited for ages 5-10.

Donations appreciated

12:00 – 1:00 pm: The Art of Change Ringing

Bigelow Courtyard

Did you know Paul Revere was a bell ringer at Old North as a teenager? Do you know what a change-ringing bell is? Join us to discover more! A member of the Old North Church Bell Ringers explains the ancient and complex art of change ringing as the bells are being rung for Independence Day!

FREE!

1:00 – 5:00 pm: Create Your Own Signal Lantern

Bigelow Courtyard

Take some time to get crafty with your family in the beautiful Bigelow Courtyard! Make paper lanterns to take home and learn more about the famous “one if by land, two if by sea” lanterns.

$1.00 per lantern

Saturday, July 5

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Behind the Scenes Tours

Guided tours of the church’s bell-ringing chamber and crypt offered on the hour and half hour all day except for 12:00 and 12:30. Discover how change-ringing bells work and how crypts were used in colonial Boston!

$6 adults/$5 students & military/$4 kids under 12

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Conversations in the 18th c. Garden

Discover herbs and flowers of the 18th century with the Old North gardener, Alan Hobbs.  Enjoy a retreat in the quiet space between the Clough House and the Gift Shop on the Old North campus.

FREE

10:30 am – 5:30 pm: 18th c. Chocolate Making Demonstrations

Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop

Taste the sweeter side of the Revolution! Touch, taste, smell, and experience 18th century chocolate with costumed interpreters in one of the oldest domestic structures in Boston.

Donations appreciated

1:00 – 5:00 pm: Create Your Own Signal Lantern

Bigelow Courtyard

Take some time to get crafty with your family in the beautiful Bigelow Courtyard! Make paper lanterns to take home and learn more about the famous “one if by land, two if by sea” lanterns.

$1.00 per lantern

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Art & Architecture Tour

Interactive tour focusing on the aesthetic components of the oldest Georgian church in Boston. Decode the meaning of these visual elements by looking, discussing, and looking again. There’s always more than meets the eye!

$10 adults / $8 students & military

Sunday, July 6

9:00 – 10:00am: Independence Day Service


Worship in the church where the lanterns of freedom were hung.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Behind the Scenes Tours

Guided tours of the church’s bell-ringing chamber and crypt offered on the hour and half hour all day except for 12:00 and 12:30. Discover how change-ringing bells work and how crypts were used in colonial Boston!

$6 adults/$5 students & military/$4 kids under 12

10:30 am – 5:30 pm: 18th c. Chocolate Making Demonstrations

Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop

Taste the sweeter side of the Revolution! Touch, taste, smell, and experience 18th century chocolate with costumed interpreters in one of the oldest domestic structures in Boston.

Donations appreciated

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Independence Day Service


Worship in the church where the lanterns of freedom were hung.

12:00 – 1:00 pm: The Art of Change Ringing

Bigelow Courtyard

Did you know Paul Revere was a bell ringer at Old North as a teenager? Do you know what a change-ringing bell is? Join us to discover more! A member of the Old North Church Bell Ringers explains the ancient and complex art of change ringing as the bells are being rung after the Independence Day service!

FREE!

2:00 – 3:00 pm, 4:00 – 5:00 pm: Help Mrs. Jackson Make Chocolate & Storytime with Mrs. Jackson

Bigelow Courtyard & St. Francis Garden

Do you like chocolate? Do you ever wonder where chocolate comes from or how it’s made? Come to help Mrs. Jackson prepare chocolate by learning to use a winnowing basket. Watch with glee while you toss the cocoa beans into the air and separate the cocoa nib from the shell. Then visit Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop to discover how those nibs are turned into chocolate. Remember to stay for storytime with Mrs. Jackson, who will be reading No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart. Even monkeys have a part in helping to create this delicious treat! Stop in Captain Jackson’s to sample American Heritage authentic 18th-century drinking chocolate. Activity best suited for ages 5-10.

Donations appreciated