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Boston — By Maria Olia on May 26, 2010 at 11:17 pm
Filed under: Announcements, History & Information

What New in Boston This Summer? The Changing of the Guard

In Boston, history is all around you-there is practically a landmark or important site at every corner that dates back to the glories of Boston’s past. This summer, you can get the most out of your visit by by combining a dose of history while shopping and dining at Boston’s most popular tourist attraction, Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Map).

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is much more than a colorful, urban shopping center.  The adjacent Faneuil Hall was a hot bed of political discourse during the years leading up to the American Revolution. The British garrison was also located nearby, and the Red Coats who were quartered there were resented by the Colonists.

This summer, the Freedom Trail Foundation will present a new, free,  program , “The Regulars Changing of the Guard” at State Street and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Regulars? British soldiers were referred to by the Colonists as “regulars”- not as “the British”- as everyone was considered British!

The changing of the guard will take place twice daily at 11:45 and 1:45, every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday during the summer. The performance will be accompanied by a military drummer as the soldiers march to their post. And there is no pomp and circumstance about the “Changing of the guard” ceremony in Boston. After each performance, there is a “meet and greet” with the soldiers who -while staying in character -will  answer questions from the crowd and talk about their Boston assignment.  The soldier re-enactors are part of the Freedom Trail Players, the costumed (and highly entertaining) guides who conduct the very popular “Walk Into History” tours of the Freedom Trail.

Image Credit: The Freedom Trail Foundation

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