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Festivals of Massachusetts


Patriot days
Patriot days

The evacuation of Boston by the British is commemorated each year in the city with a parade on March 17. Patriot’s Day, the third Monday in April, is marked by a reenactment of Paul Revere’s ride and by ceremonies at Lexington and Concord. On the same day athletes from around the world compete in the Boston Marathon. On June 17, the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, a parade is held in Charlestown. During August, the Gloucester Waterfront Festival is celebrated with entertainment and whale-watching. More than 100 events are part of the September Harwich Cranberry Harvest Festival. One of the largest single-day rowing events in the world is the Head of the Charles Regatta in October, including championship and youth events.

Patriots gather at a town meeting in Boston each December, then march to the harbor to dump tea into the sea to reenact the Boston Tea Party. The Pilgrim landing is recalled every year during the Forefathers’ Day ceremonies on December 21 in Plymouth. Numerous horticultural and agricultural fairs are held throughout the state every year, including the Eastern States Exposition, in Springfield during September. Many cities and towns celebrate their diverse ethnic heritage by holding special events throughout the year. Saint Patrick’s Day parades in Boston and Holyoke are among the largest in the nation for that celebration. Other major festivals include the Italian Street festivals in Boston’s North End, on weekends in July and August; the Polish Kielbasa Festival in Chicopee, in September; and the Portuguese Blessing of the Fleet in New Bedford, in August.

State Forests and Parks


While Massachusetts is often thought of as an urban state, forests in the 1990s covered almost triple the area they did in the early 1800s. The largest area under state control is October Mountain State Forest, near Lee, with more than 6,500 hectares (16,000 acres). State regions of particular interest are Mount Greylock, the state’s tallest mountain, with panoramic views of the Berkshire Hills; Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, with geologic formations that offer rugged rock walls and hiking paths along the floor of the chasm; and Holyoke Heritage State Park, where visitors can learn about the first “planned” industrial city. The state boasts 97 state parks, including Nickerson State Park, on Cape Cod; Skinner State Park, in Hadley, famous for painter Thomas Cole’s 1836 “The Oxbow,” which fixed the public’s image of New England landscape for decades; and Walden Pond, near Concord, which attracts admirers of writer Henry David Thoreau. The nation’s oldest public park is the 20-hectare (50-acre) Boston Common, located in the center of Boston. It was set aside in 1634 as a cow pasture and parade ground. "Massachusetts" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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