Celebrate Independence Day in the City of Presidents, Quincy, Massachusetts

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 10:35am

Sunday, July 2 • Free Admission aboard the U.S.S. Salem

U.S.S. Salem, United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum, 739 Washington Street, Quincy, MA 02169 • 617-479-7900 • Summer Schedule: Open Thursday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 senior citizens, and children ages 4 - 12 years. Children 3 and under are free.  (Note: Unfortunately the USS Salem is not currently handicap accessible)

The USS Salem (CA 139) welcomes visitors aboard with complimentary admission from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday, July 2nd. Having served a distinguished 10 year career as flagship of the US Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and the Second Fleet in the Atlantic, the USS Salem served as host to such notables as the US Ambassador to Spain, John D. Lodge; the Honorable Thomas S. Gates, Undersecretary of the Navy; Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN, Chief of Naval Operations; the Shah of Iran; the President of Lebanon and the King and Queen of Greece. Although Salem never fired her mighty guns in anger, her very presence served as a stimulus for peace during those troubled times that came to be called the Cold War. She served as a Lady of Diplomacy, rather than as a means of exerting brute force. Imagine a small city placed in "mothballs", stored for 35 years, and then reopened for tours and restored to its former glory. The USS Salem was built in Quincy's former Fore River Shipyard and has returned to her homeport to serve as a museum of Quincy's proud shipbuilding past. 

Monday, July 3 • Freedom Run

Merrymount Association, 40 Shore Ave, Quincy, MA 02169

The Annual Seamans-Hussey Road Race is a 2.5 mile run/walk that starts at 5:00pm from Merrymount Beach with nine divisions from under 8 to over 40. You must be an Association Member to be eligible for awards. Race course is from Shore Avenue to Norton Road and then the perimeter of Merrymount. The finish line is at the main beach. Registration Fee for Participants. 

Monday, July 3 • Weymouth Fireworks Cruises from Quincy's Marina Bay

JM Productions

Board the vessel “Massachusetts” from Squantum Point Park, Marina Bay, for a cruise around Quincy Bay with DJ music and passed hors d’oeuvres. Only $60-75 per person, limited space available. Purchase tickets online or call 800.838.3006. Advance tickets recommended as shows do sell out. All sales are final. We will offer day of cruise tickets for cash only. No credit cards accepted on the pier. For more information on groups and to confirm day of availability, please call John directly at 857-333-4199. 

Tuesday, July 4 • Canoe Tour of the Lower Neponset River

Blue Hill Adventure & Quarry Museum 

This guided tour showcases the flora, fauna and environmental issues of the Neponset River waters of Milton, Dorchester and Quincy. This six mile tour is recommended for intermediate paddlers. Participants must know how to swim. Canoes are available for use or participants can bring their own canoe/kayak. $12 donation and advance reservations required. To register, call 781-326-0079 or email, and provide name, phone number, and number of participants.

Tuesday, July 4 • 107th Annual Squantum 4th of July Parade

Squantum Community Association

Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. from the First Church of Squantum and ends at the Squantum School. The Squantum Parade Committee, founded in 1911, runs Squantum’s longest tradition and one that attracts generations of Quincy families to this free event.

Tuesday, July 4 • Merrymount 4th of July Parade

Merrymount Association

This free event engages the whole neighborhood with many streets making their own floats. Parade Route: Merrymount School on Agawam Rd., to Narragansett Rd., to Chickatabot Rd., to Norton Rd., to Sea St., to Samoset Rd. to Longwood Rd., to Moreland Rd., to Waban Rd., to Maypole Rd., to Squanto Rd., to Victoria Rd., and finally to Merrymount Beach.

Tuesday, July 4 • America's Best Idea: National Parks and America's Independence

Adams National Historical Park, Peacefield, the summer White House, 135 Adams Street, Quincy, MA 02169 • 617-773-1177

Celebrate America’s Independence at the home of founding father and 2nd President of the United States, John Adams. Programs are free and open to the public. Limited street parking is available on Adams Street. Property is a ten-minute walk (.5 mile) from the Quincy Center MBTA station.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Independence Forever: Re-enactment of the Continental Congress. Become a delegate to the Second Continental Congress and reenact the passage of the Declaration of Independence. Join the "band of brothers" who changed the course of history in 1776 and sign the historic document.

3:30 p.m. The Reading of the Declaration of Independence. Join the delegates of the Continental Congress, celebrate liberty, and lend your voice to the ceremonial reading of the Declaration of Independence!

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Jefferson & Adams: A Stage Play. Witness a compelling dramatization of the extraordinary friendship between two American Presidents, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams and Adams' "dearest friend" Abigail in the performance of this revolutionary dialogue.

These programs are held in partnership with the Discover Quincy's 50 Days of FREEdom program series from June 10-July 29, 2017. Click here for a full list of events.

Open Daily • Tours of the Birthplaces, Summer White House and Presidential Library of United States Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams

Adams National Historical Park, 1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169 • 617-773-1177

Begin your Adams experience at the park Visitor Center and view the new park movie, Enduring Legacy: Four Generations of the Adams Family. Access to the three historic houses and Stone Library is by conducted tour only and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission Fee. A trolley transports you on your full park tour, and returns you to the Visitor Center in about 2 ½ hours. Free validated parking is offered in the adjacent Presidents Place Parking Garage accessed via Saville Avenue.

Open Daily • Tours of the Adams Crypt at the Church of the Presidents

United First Parish Church, 1306 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169 • 617-773-0062

Known as the “Church of the Presidents,” this historic church was built from Quincy granite in 1828 with funds provided by John Adams. Tours of the church include a visit to the Adams Family crypt; the final resting place of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and First Ladies Abigail and Louisa Catherine Adams; and visitors can view their memorial tablets, the baptismal record of President John Adams and sit in the pew of President John Quincy Adams.

Open Monday - Saturday, closed holidays• Tours of the Quincy History Museum

Quincy Historical Society, 8 Adams Street, Quincy, MA 02169  • 617-773-1144

The Adams Academy, built of Quincy granite, is an early and important example of Gothic revival architecture in America. Endowed by John Adams as a preparatory school for boys, it was built on the site where the legendary patriot John Hancock was born. Now home to the Quincy Historical Society whose museum showcases the city’s history from Native American times up through the early 21st century and archives are a major resource for information on local and area history. The collection includes books, pamphlets, manuscripts, images, maps, audio and moving-image recordings covering the full range of Quincy history with particular interest in Adams family ephemera, the Quincy granite industry, Quincy shipbuilding, and genealogy. Open mid-April - October Monday through Friday, 9 am – 4 pm and Saturdays noon – 3 pm. Free admission. Donations accepted.