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This year, join us for an ongoing exploration of active citizenship through an exciting variety of programs and events.


Independence Day Celebration

On Monday, July 4, Old North Church & Historic Site will celebrate Independence Day with a special family friendly event!

This year’s celebration will include:

  • Sounding of the church’s eight historic change ringing bells at noon
  • Fifes & Drums performance from 2:00 – 3:00pm
  • Children’s storytime sessions at 10:15am, 11:45am, 1:15pm, and 3:45pm
  • A fun history scavenger hunt
  • A pre-recorded reading of Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride” poem with the voices of visitors from across the country
  • Demonstrations of a colonial-style printing press
  • Guided tours of the church’s crypt, gallery, and bell tower

Join us for the chance to celebrate American Independence at the site that ignited the Revolution.

The words "Celebrate Independence Day" with patriotic designs overlaid on the Old North Church.
Monday, July 4, 2022
10:00am – 5:00pm
Old North Church & Historic Site
193 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113

Old North and the Sea

Join Old North on Zoom for a fascinating look at the church’s connection to the Atlantic — from the Navy to the world of privateering.

Throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries, Boston was a city that relied almost entirely on the maritime industry. Similarly, the history of Boston’s Old North Church was shaped in many ways by the congregation’s relationship with the Atlantic world.

Using the church’s connection to the sea as a launching point, Researcher T.J. Todd will examine a narrative that goes beyond the walls of the building. Specifically, he’ll dive into the stories of Captain Samuel Nicholson, the first commander of the USS Constitution, and Captain Thomas Gruchy, the privateer who captured and donated the beautiful carved angels in Old North Church’s gallery. Join us for a captivating talk exploring how the reputations and fortunes of these two Old North congregants were made, and lost, via the Atlantic.

Old North and the Sea

Wednesday, July 27, 2022
7:00 – 8:30pm
Live on Zoom
Register online 

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