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Boston's Bunker Hill Day

June 17th marks Bunker Hill Day in the United States, a day which marks the Battle of Bunker Hill (which is sometimes referred to as the Battle of Breed's Hill) and it is a time when the country's focus is drawn to Boston which hosted this battle back in 1775. The battle was part of the siege of Boston and more widely, the American War of Independence. 

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.

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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. 

The parade attracts locals and tourists alike to remember the happenings of that first day of the first battle of the War of Independence and is a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the war. 

If you can, get down there next year for a real treat and a real lesson on American history.

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