“The British are coming, the British are coming!” Who doesn’t recognize the famous cry of Paul Revere, warning Boston colonists of an incoming British invasion? Turns out he didn’t actually shout the phrase since his mission required him to act in secrecy lest he be outed by British loyalists. (Eyewitness accounts — and Revere himself — attribute him with saying, “The Regulars are coming out,” which is admittedly not as catchy as what made the famous poem, Paul Revere’s Ride.) You can learn all about this fascinating history by walking along the colonial cobblestones of Boston’s North End where Paul Revere’s house still stands.
The Battery Wharf Hotel is one of the few hotels actually in Boston’s North End with views over the waterfront. If you don’t mind stretching your legs a bit, check out the Boston POPS Firework Spectacular at the Hatch Shell amphitheater. On July 4th, the festivities begin at 9 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony on City Hall Plaza followed by a parade that works its way to the Granary Burial Ground. Watch as wreaths are displayed over the graves of old patriots. You can then follow the finale of the parade over to the Old State House where, at 10 a.m. there will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence from the balcony — just as was done for the citizens of Boston on July 18, 1776.