Boston Tea Party reenactment
December 16th Anniversary Celebration!
Friends! Brethren! Countrymen! Join us each and every year on December 16 to celebrate and re-enact the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution—the Boston Tea Party! Presented by Old South Meeting House and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, the Annual Boston Tea Party Reenactment is a chance for the public to join in on one of Boston’s most iconic protests. Re-enactors from across New England come together to tell the story of the Boston Tea Party and dramatize the evening of December 16, 1773.
Ticket holders join an authentic, spirited and theatrical colonial meeting at Old South Meeting House to protest the colonial tax on tea, just as unprecedented numbers of colonists gathered in this very building 242 years ago. Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere and other Patriot leaders join in a fiery debate with crown-loving Loyalists in this final attempt to peaceably resolve the crisis as the deadline to pay the tax approaches. Visitors are encouraged to join the debate letting their voices be heard and joining in the vote in the very place where Liberty found her allies!
Led by fife and drums, the public is invited to march from the Old South Meeting House to Boston Harbor where Griffin’s Wharf once stood with the Sons of Liberty and re-enactors along the same route these Patriots walked to Boston Harbor (Milk St. to Congress St. to Pearl St.) to destroy the tea! Along the way, more colonist re-enactors will join the procession.
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 242 years before. When the Sons of Liberty arrive, they have an exchange with a Customs Officer and Captain Coffin, the captain of the Brig Beaver, before boarding the ship, open the hold and hoist tea chests on deck. Tea chests are broken open and the contents spilled into Boston Harbor. Viewers are encouraged to yell “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. This fully-narrated program lasts about 30 minutes.