Ice Cream, Parades and Racing in Boston

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Whether you want to enjoy sweet treats or you want to get your body moving, Boston has much to offer. From ice cream festivals to parades and 10K races, you will never run short of things to do in Boston. Here’s a look at just a few of the great activities taking place in Boston in the upcoming weeks.

The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl

The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl will be returning once again this month. Each year, the event dishes out approximately 10 tons of ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato and sorbet as part of a three-day fundraiser. Featuring 30 or more flavors of frozen treats, the event raises money for the Jimmy Fund to benefit cancer research at Dana-Farber.

The Scooper Bowl takes places from June 7th through the 9th from noon to 8:00 pm at City Hall Plaza. The Blue and Green Lines/Government Center is the nearest T station. All-you-can-eat ticket for the event are $10 for ages 10 and up, $5 for ages 3 through 9 and free for children under the age of 3.

Bunker Hill Parade

Held each year on the Sunday prior to June 17th, Bunker Hill Day provides families with the opportunity to have fun while also celebrating history. A tradition since 1786, the Bunker Hill Day Parade commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill, which was fought on June 17, 1775 on Breed’s Hill in Charlestown. The battle is widely recognized as the first major battle of the American Revolution.

The annual parade begins at the intersection of Vine and Bunker Hill Street before going down Main Street and concluding on Winthrop Street by the Charlestown Militia Training Field. While the parade doesn’t start until 12:30 pm, the streets will be closed for the annual road race at 9:15 am and 10:00 am. The event will also offer opportunities to purchase treats such as ice cream, slush and cotton candy along with toys such as kids toy carts. During the event, the Charlestown Militia dresses in Colonial attire and plays fifes and drums, while a musket solute and a wreath-laying ceremony take place at the monument.

After the parade, visit the Bunker Hill Museum across from the monument on Monument Street. Admission to the museum is free. You can also follow the Freedom Trail down to the Charleston Navy Yard and enjoy a free tour of the USS Constitution.

This year’s parade takes place on June 12th. The Orange Line/Community College is the closest subway station.

10K Race Through Back Bay

After indulging in sweet treats at the Scooper Bowl and the Bunker Hill Parade, you might want to start training for the 10K Race through Back Bay. Limited to 10,000 runners, the race takes participants through Beacon Hill, Back Bay and Fenmore.

The 10K Race through Back Bay takes place on June 26th at 8:00 am. Presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the race starts and finishes at Boston Common on Charles Street and has a $65 registration fee. The Green Line/Arlington is the closest T station.

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