Celebrating the Boston Tea Party

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Boston is known for many things and important historical events. Yet, for many, the most famous and well-known event to take place in Boston was the Boston Tea Party. Initially referred to as “the Destruction of the Tea in Boston” by John Adams, the political protest was waged by the Sons of Liberty as they destroyed an entire shipment of tea that had been sent by the East India Company. The act of rebellion was done in protest of the Tea Act, which has been put in place on May 10, 1773. The British government’s response to the rebellion ultimately led to the American Revolution.

Annual Boston Tea Party Reenactment

The annual Boston Tea Party Reenactment at the Old South Meeting House taking place this year is the 242 anniversary of the reenactment. The popular activity brings to life the events that took place on December 16, 1773 when colonial agitators such as Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and John Hancock debated the tea tax and demanded liberty from the British crown.

During the reenactment, participants have the opportunity to take on the role of either a Patriot or a Loyalist as they join more than 100 reeanactors. The events begin at the Old South Meeting House on December 16th at 6:30 pm. Here, the Old South’s Tea Party Players will portray the Patriots as they recreate the events that took place on the same day in 1773. Following the reenactment of the debate, which was witnessed by more than 5,000 colonists, there will be a procession to Griffin’s Wharf. The procession will be accompanied by fife and drum. Once at Griffin’s Wharf, participants line the shores of Boston Harbor and witness the Sons of Liberty as they storm the Brig Beaver and toss the tea into the waters.

Participating in the Boston Tea Party Reenactment costs $20 per person, with tickets available on the Old South website. The event usually sells out rather quickly, so it is a good idea to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

Boston Tea Party Dinner

Whether you participate in the Boston Tea Party Reenactment or not, you may want to satisfy your hunger by making reservations with L’Espailier for its Boston Tea Party Anniversary Dinner. During the special dinner, you will have the opportunity to sample some of the teas that were thrown into the Boston Harbor during the Tea Party. Cynthia Gold, who is L’Espalier’s Tea Sommelier and renowned tea expert will pour a tea cocktail and tea pairings to go long with the 5-course, tea-infused dinner. Offerings are inspired by our Colonial forefathers and include Colonial Tea Punch. Special guest speakers will also be speaking at the event, while historic costumers will help to further set the mood.

The L’Espalier Boston Tea Party Dinner will take place on December 15th at 7:00 pm. The cost is $95 per person. L’Espalier is located at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Boston, which is located at 774 Boylston Street in Back Bay. Call 617-262-3023 for more information or to make reservations.

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