Fee: $265 (includes boat, captain, photo leader) Hop aboard a comfortable motorboat for a chance to photograph the Great Schooner Race, hailed as "the largest annual gathering of traditional schooners in America”. Your photo opportunities will be spectacular with an assembly of grand, traditional, tall ships; vessels as large as 132’, three masts of sail; and breathtaking bay scenery. While on the bay, expect to see spruce covered islands, marine wildlife; seals, ducks, ospreys, bald eagles, and porpoises. This photographic adventure includes coaching on camera handling techniques, lens settings, menu selection, and review of your images will be offered throughout the day.
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Old Sturbridge Village is the largest outdoor history museum in the northeast and portrays life in a New England village in the 1830s. Step back to a time when America was new, and veterans of the fight for freedom still lived. Join in the fun as the martial band leads the citizen’s procession as they march through the streets. Cheer and huzzah during a rousing patriotic reading of the Declaration of Independence and sign a giant reproduction of the document. Make your own tri-cornered hat to wear as you learn to drill with the Sturbridge Militia. Learn dances done by 19th-century Americans and play a game of “base ball.”
America’s premier Independence Day celebration, this annual event is a Boston holiday tradition which is televised across the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come from around the world to celebrate America’s birthday on the banks of the Charles River. The Boston Pops Orchestra leads the celebration, including a famous rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” which features real cannons and the live ringing of area church bells. The entire event ends with a spectacular fireworks show in the skies above Boston. Take public transportation, bring some picnic food and drink, and arrive before noon to find a good seat!
Join us for the Bristol Fourth of July Parade! The Fourth of July will step-off at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street at 10:30 a.m.
The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival is an annual celebration of the region's blue, pink, and white signature flowers! This ten-day festival's main attractions are the daily tours of private gardens, each designed and maintained by the individual homeowners and carrying a unique charm. You are sure to enjoy such eclectic spaces, not to mention the good feeling of supporting a variety of local nonprofits. Enjoy workshops and lectures presented by leading international horticulturalists, discover promotions at participating nurseries and home centers or take a class to learn proper hydrangea pruning techniques. Stop in at participating local restaurants along the Hydrangea Festival Cocktail Trail and try Hydrangea-inspired cocktails. Garden tours are $5 per person per garden. Event admissions vary.
The entire windjammer fleet participates in an afternoon Parade of Sail past the mile-long Rockland Breakwater, providing spectators with stunning, close-up views of Maine’s fleet of tall ships.