4 American Independence Day
Event Venues and Historical Sites
American Independence event venues and sites consist of locations at which important meetings took place, sites of historical uprisings, and battlegrounds.
While it would be impossible to profile all of them, we will zero in on a few key locations on the road to national independence.
The Boston Tea party protesting the British Tea Act of 1773 triggered a chain of events that lead to the American Revolution.
On Congress Street Bridge, the original site of the Boston Tea Party, groups can explore this historic event at Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, a floating venue. Actors, interactive exhibits and the Let It Begin Here multi-sensory documentary bring to life the events as they unfolded on December 16, 1773.
Groups can arrange tours of full size replicas of the Beaver and the Eleanor, two of the ships from which the 342 crates of tea were dumped into Boston Harbor. Construction of the 3rd ship, the Dartmouth, will begin in 2013.
The venue is available for outdoor receptions, weddings, and other special events.Rental of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum includes a full Boston Tea Party reenactment. The ships and decks can accommodate 200 guests. The tea room and Abigail’s Tea Room have space for 140.
In Boston, groups will want to visit Paul Revere House, Old North Church, and the other Paul Revere heritage landmarks in memory of his famous midnight ride on April 18, 1775 to warn of the advancement of British troops.
- Carpenters' Hall
Carpenters' Hall, which was completed in 1774, was the site of the First Continental Congress from September 5 to October 26, 1774, during which the Founding Fathers, 56 delegates from the 12 of the 13 British colonies that would eventually form the U.S., drafted the Declaration of Independence.
Located in Independence National Historical Park, this venue has space for 83 guests for dining and 125 for receptions. Speakers are available to familiarize groups with this historical site and the events that took place there.
- Independence Hall
On May 10, 1775, the delegates re-convened for the Second Continental Congress on the first floor of the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) for 14 months. Group tours of the Assembly Room can be arranged. Independence National Historical Park will also issue special use permits for some special events.
The National Constitution Center on Independence Mall, offers views of Independence Hall. Catering, fully equipped meeting and conference facilities and event venues are available.
For other historical venues related to American Independence including the Liberty Bell Center where the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence took place on July 4, 1776, consult 3 Patriotic Venues for a Star-Spangled Event.