The celebrations and commemorations that mark this date every year continue to pull the Boston community together and put on an entertaining, educational and informative spectacle for those who come to see it. The major part of these commemorations is the parade, which encircles Charlestown and has been going since 1786.
A real family event, the parade forces local streets to close for an annual road race in the morning, before the way is cleared in the afternoon for a surprisingly sizeable parade. The parade itself incorporates a whole host of meaningful participants, from veterans, to current service men and women, to volunteers driving cars and floats displaying supportive messages.
If you can, get down there next year for a real treat and a real lesson on American history.
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