Networking Day

Friday, July 4th

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4th of July Activities in Boston!

The 4th of July is one of the most exciting of the US holidays. For those of you who are less familiar with the date, Independence Day commemorates America’s signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. As we will learn through some of the Networking Day’s activities, Boston’s history is intertwined with the American Revolution and the Independence Day celebrations here are unlike any other in the country!

Morning Event - Cambridge Area Tours

Longfellow House and Gardens:

The Longfellow House was built in 1759 by John Vassall, a wealthy royalist. In 1774, he and his family hastily abandoned their estate and fled to British protection in Boston on the eve of the Revolutionary War. Starting in July 1775, George Washington used the house as his headquarters for almost nine months during the siege of Boston. During this time he was visited by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Hancock, and other revolutionary leaders.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the famed American poet, moved into the home in 1836 as a boarder, and later in 1843 his father-in-law purchased the home as a wedding gift.  He lived in the home until his death in 1882.  The Longfellow family was the last family to live in the home establishing the Longfellow Trust in 1913 for preservation of the home, and finally in 1972 donating the home and its furnishings making it part of the Nation Park Service.

Cambridge Running Tour:
Join some of our more active ESM attendees for a guided run throughout Cambridge. We will run past a number of historic and beautiful sites while enjoying some exercise. Runners of all levels are invited to join!

Harvard Yard Walking Tour
Join some of your novel friends for a 60-90 minute walk around Harvard Yard.
We will visit some of the historic and notable buildings and locations on the campus of the oldest University in the United States. We will learn about Harvard’s impact on the world of education, and its impact around the globe.

Afternoon Event - Boston Red Sox Game

Baseball is one of the oldest pastimes in the US and is synonymous with the 4th of July! Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox since 1912, is the oldest baseball stadium in use. It is one of the most popular baseball stadiums and has had sold out games consecutively from 2003-2013. We will get to enjoy the festivities before the game on Yawkey Way (food, vendors, street performers, etc) and then sit in the bleachers for an exciting game!

Evening Event - Whale Watching Dinner Cruise with Fireworks from the Boat!

This experience will be truly unique in many ways! On the cruise we will have the opportunity both see and hear whales in the Boston Harbor. We will head up the coast enjoying spectacular views while searching for whales.

As the day nears an end we will head back to Boston Harbor having the opportunity to see fireworks displays as we travel down the coast and finally ending in Winthrop MA for a spectacular fireworks show.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 18:48