Columbus Day is an official state holiday in Massachusetts. The state celebrates American history and commemorates Christopher Columbus’ expedition to the Americas, as well as the commitment of Massachusetts military units to American freedom. Columbus Day events always include the second Monday of October, which makes it a 3-day weekend.
Celebrate American history in style with floats, bands and antique cars in memory of Christopher Columbus. This celebration not only honors the explorer’s voyage, but the Massachusetts military, Boston’s Italian heritage, and the very spirit of discovery.
There are plenty of ways to join in the celebrations. You could watch the spectacular parade at the Dom Savio Athletic Field, enjoy lawn games played a century ago and watch local artistes perform in Christopher Columbus Park; or view the brilliant colors of autumnal leaves around the city. In addition, the huge sales at local malls and stores make this holiday a shopper’s delight!
Here is a quick list of fun things to do this holiday:
Columbus Day Parade
The Columbus Day Parade marches down Bennington Street in East Boston, starting at the Dom Savio Athletic Field. There are marching brass bands, military units, colonial militias, sports floats, vintage cars and other cultural groups winding through the narrow streets.
Fall Foliage Tour
Take a Fall Foliage tour by river cruise or just walk around the city to see the breath-taking crimson, orange, and gold leaves. Visit the public garden of Boston; the densely planted shrubberies here display vibrant colors which will make you forget that you are in city.
Games in Christopher Columbus Park
The Christopher Columbus Park is located between the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and the Boston Harbor. Bring your family and enjoy free activities including magic tricks, lawn games, juggling, stilt walking and more. Snack out at Italian Bakeries around the place or just carry your picnic lunch and relish while you watch the entertainers performing.
Italian Food Lover
Italian dining should top your to do list. Food lovers can head to famous Italian restaurants like Davio’s and Antonio’s Cucina Italiana to soak in Boston’s Italian heritage and enjoy the ambience, food and of course, excellent wines.
Cranberry Harvest Festival
The Annual Cranberry Festival, hosted by the A.D. Makepeace Company and the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association, is scheduled for October 11 and 12, 2014.
Toddlers and kids will enjoy touring to picturesque dark red cranberry bogs and can ride paddleboats on Tihonet pond. Visitors are treated to demonstrations of the wet cranberry harvest, live cooking demonstrations, wagon and pony rides, pumpkin and face painting; there is also a picnic spot to feast on New England’s favorite delicacies. The venue is a short drive from Boston and worth the fun and learning.
Make sure you allot ample of time for these engaging activities and savour the experience of celebrating the Italian tradition in bright and crisp weather this Columbus Day.