Looking for a fun way to spend a Sunday in May? Why not head over to Revere Beach to participate in the city’s annual kite festival? Or, if you are looking for a fun way to spend an entire weekend, make another visit to Revere Beach in July.
Enjoying Revere Beach
The oldest public beach in the United States, Revere Beach http://reverebeach.com/ is a 3-mile crescent beach located in an urban area facing Massachusetts Bay five miles north of Boston. The area was initially carved out for recreational purposes in 1895 when the Massachusetts legislature ordered the taking of nearly three miles of seacoast, which was then given to the Metropolitan Park Commission the following year. Charles Eliot, who was a little know landscape designer at the time, was called upon to design the Revere Beach Reservation for public use.
At one time in its history, Revere Beach served as the area’s recreational hub. In fact, visitors came from all over the world from Easter through Labor Day to be entertained at Revere Beach. While there, they enjoyed bicycling, walking or taking rides by horse drawn carriage. Many would even bring their automobiles to the area via freey. Over time, attendance declined and the beach itself started to fall into disarray. This changed in 2001, however, when a Revere Beach Citizens Planning charrette was held and the Revere Beach Partnership was formed.
The Revere Beach Kite Festival
Every year, Revere Beach hosts an annual kite festival that attracts hundreds of visitors. During the kite festival, participants are invited to bring a kite and fly it along a two-mile expanse of sun and water. The first 300 children under the age of 12 who arrive for the kite festival receive a free kite that they can keep after the event.
The Revere Beach Kite Festival will take place this year on May 15th starting at 11:00 am. The event will also feature professional kite-flyers who will be showcasing their large kites as well as face painting, music and other family-friendly activities.
The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival
Shortly after the annual kite festival, the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival will also be coming to the area. One of the largest sand sculpting festivals in the country, the festival features sculptors from all over the world who complete against one another for one of the largest grand prizes in the world. Participating sculptors work on their masterpieces for four days, using nothing but sand and water. In addition to prizes awarded by judges, the event also features a People’s Choice competition each year that allows you to vote for your favorite.
The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival will take place July 22nd through the 24th. In addition to featuring great sand sculptures, the event will also feature a full line-up of live entertainment, fireworks, amusement rides, a food truck festival and other forms of entertainment. Hot air balloon rides are also expected to be added to festivities in 2016.