Next month marks the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. To commemorate this event, our neighbors at the Old South Meeting House historical site are hosting a reenactment, including a town meeting, a procession to the harbor, and reserved seating alongside The Beaver during the tossing of the tea. You can reserve tickets online.
The 240th Anniversary Boston Tea Party Annual Reenactment
It's December 16 and trouble is brewing in Boston! Travel back in time and relive one of the most iconic public protests in American history -- the Boston Tea Party! Gather at Old South Meeting House, the actual historic landmark where the colonists met in 1773, with Boston's infamous rabblerousers like Samuel Adams, Paul Revere -- and even some crown-loving Loyalists -- to debate the tea tax and demand liberty from the British crown! Join the procession to Griffin's Wharf accompanied by fife and drum and scores of colonists! Then, line the shores of Boston Harbor to witness the daring destruction of the tea firsthand as the Sons of Liberty storm the Brig Beaver, tossing the troublesome tea into the sea!
If you'd like to read up on the event a bit beforehand, local scholar Benjamin L. Carp has written a fun and informative article to dispell some of the popular myths about the Boston Tea Party. Find out what the colonists were really protesting and where the catchy name for it came from. You may find that it's more complex than your middle school textbook made it seem.
And if you'd like to do some research of your own, we have a handful of books about the Boston Tea Party, as well as numerous primary sources from the time. Take a look in our catalog and peruse our archival finding guides to see if anything looks like it might hold the answers you seek.