The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
For me, it seems so long ago, it’s kind of hard to grasp. But then also knowing that Independence Day the movie, the science fiction action film starring Will Smith, came out 22 years ago! What?! Anyway I love history and learning more about the history of the United States and 18th century living in particular. Over the past year or so I’ve really gotten into watching the YouTube channels Townsends and Coalcracker Bushcraft.
Many key events leading up to this declaration took place in Boston, Massachusetts. It’s a wonderful place to visit and I’m excited to share a few of my photos and some additional treasures with you.
“With our rich history, diverse neighborhoods, and legacy of arts, culture, and education, Boston has something for everyone.” To find out more go to Visiting Boston.
You may recognize this photo of Feneuil Hall from my previous post My Love for Black and White Photography. This beautiful brick building with arched windows has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1743. It was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams and James Otis, who encouraged independence from Great Britain. Visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace and The Freedom Trail Foundation to learn more.
Christmas in Boston is a lovely store to visit. It’s located in Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
The Custom House Tower is a skyscraper located in McKinley Square. The land it was built on was originally purchased in 1837 and construction began during the mid-19th century. It was authorized as a building to be used for government purposes by U.S. President Andrew Jackson. Activities included office work and applying duties to imported goods.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is a modern restaurant located within view of the Boston harbor. It’s a classic American steakhouse serving aged USDA Prime Beef, seafood, and has an extensive wine selection.
Interestingly enough, none of these vegetables pictured here are native to the U.S.
And a photo of a flower, because no trip that I take would be complete without one.
I hope you enjoyed looking through both the mix of colored and black and white photos I took while visiting Boston.
Here are some links to other wonderful places I have visited in Boston that you will want to check out if you get a chance to go there. Unfortunately a few attractions and restaurants have closed since my last visit, so here are my current recommendations.
A couple other things I’ve been loving lately.
I’m currently reading The Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. It’s about the journey of the Mayflower and the Pilgrim settlement of New England in addition to several events that took place in colonial America during the 1600s. I’ve really been enjoying it so far and it’s available for purchase at Amazon (affiliate link).
Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero by Christian Di Spigna is an excellent read that is coming out soon. “A rich and illuminating biography of America’s forgotten Founding Father, the patriot physician and major general who fomented rebellion and died heroically at the battle of Bunker Hill on the brink of revolution.” I would like to thank Penguin Random House for providing me with an advanced copy. You can check out my full review at Goodreads and it’s available for preorder at Amazon (affiliate link).
You can find a variety of patriotic items at my Red Bubble store made with a photo I took of a yellow lily and the American flag. Merchandise includes but is not limited to clothing, accessories, mugs, tumblers, electronic device covers, bags, notebooks, stickers, art boards, prints, and more. Items come in color or black and white, with and without a commemorative styled stamp border, and with and without a colored blue or red background.
Lastly, here are a few photos from some of the neighborhood’s fireworks show last night (they’ve actually been launching them all week, haha).
Happy Independence Day! How are you celebrating today? Also, what places have you visited or plan to visit in Boston, what books you have read or look forward to reading, and what episodes from Townsends have you enjoyed? I’d love to know! Hope you enjoyed this post!