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Boston Occupied - An Insolent Parade

250 years ago, on October 1, 1768, one thousand Redcoats landed at Long Wharf to occupy Boston. They came in response to growing unrest in Massachusetts, but their presence caused social friction in a town with fewer than 16,000 residents, who watched as the British army “marched with insolent parade, drums beating, fifes playing, and colours flying.”

For the weekend of October 6 and 7, Revolution 250 will commemorate the occasion with reenactments, parades, and demonstrations. The Old State House will play host to reenactments on Saturday, October 6. All events are FREE.

  • 10:45 AM - INSOLENT PARADE
    A detachment of Redcoats steps off from Long Wharf heading to the Old State House.

  • 10:50 AM - GOVERNOR’S LEVEE
    Tickets Required
    Colonel Dalrymple appears before Governor Bernard and Governor’s Council in the Council Chamber of the Old State House, demanding quarters for troops. Tickets are required, but are free and can be obtained from costumed historians outside the Old State House.

  • 11:00 AM - ARRIVAL OF TROOPS AT THE OLD STATE HOUSE

  • 1:30 – 5:30 PM - LIVING HISTORY
    Costumed historians represent the people of Boston living during the occupation outside the Old State House, the Old South Meeting House, on the Boston Common, and in the Downtown Crossing area.

  • 5:30 PM - TOWN WATCH
    A Sentry Detail runs into members of the Town Watch at the Old State House. An argument ensues over jurisdiction.

Click here for info on events happening elsewhere and more about Revolution 250.

Earlier Event: August 17
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Later Event: February 15
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