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Red, White, and Blue Punch

How about a red, white, and blue LAYERED punch this Fourth of July!

Ingredients: Red, white, and blue beverages of your choice.

This “recipe” creates a layered red, white, and blue drink, and you’ll need to layer the liquids by sugar content. The beverage with the highest sugar content will go on the bottom of your glass.

You’ll want to choose a different sugar content for each beverage. So, for example, if your RED beverage is a fruit punch with 44 g of sugar (nobody said this was health food!), you’ll want to choose a WHITE beverage with less than 44 g of sugar, and a BLUE beverage with even less sugar than the white.

How to:

  1. Refrigerate all liquids prior to use. Cold liquid is important!
  2. Fill a large glass with ice. Small cubes or crushed ice is best.
  3. Pour your liquid with the highest sugar content FIRST. Pour slowly!
  4. Pour your liquid with the second-highest sugar content NEXT. Pour slowly!
  5. Pour your liquid with little or no sugar last. Pour slowly!

Boston Moms would love to hear your ideas! How do you plan to celebrate the 4th of July with your family? Tell us in the comments!

Connecting in a Time of Disconnect

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During this time of isolation and social distancing, in some ways I’ve felt more connected than ever.

On my daily walks, I talk to my BFF from high school more than we have since back in the day. As a full-time working mom of three kids (and me being a working mom of two kids), she and I used to be lucky if we caught each other for that random five minutes here and there. Now that we’ve taken commutes and drop-offs out of the equation, we connect a few times a week for over a half-hour, chatting on the phone about anything and everything.

And then there’s the spiritual connection. Connecting to self with journaling and a gratitude practice, or for those of us who have stuck with it, perhaps a daily meditation practice. My neighbor started a socially distanced yoga class, where a few of us set up our mats in her yard, and I either teach a class or we put on a class for us to listen to and follow along. Or I’ll read something totally and completely moving and feel connected to that person, their connection with nature, or even that time and place for them.

Every time I see my parents, I cry when I leave, because I miss them and their hugs. I miss the way they used to be able to interact with my kiddos and spend quality time without concerns of keeping physical distance. But it’s also because I feel more connected to them than ever. This entire thing has reminded me daily of the precious, short time we have here on earth. That each day truly is a gift, and that the people we love and cherish and connect with are the most important thing.

Which brings me to my next point: kids. When I’m with my kids, connection is so visible. Granted, they miss their friends and school and playdates. They miss being able to play the way kids are wired to — without thinking; just being. And so I am extra fortunate to connect with them in play. Like on our hikes, when we find new creatures, like fish and turtles, or throw rocks and sticks into the streams for racing or skipping. Or when we have a random dance party or a pillow fight. Kids are just the easiest to connect with, and it’s particularly important for them during this time to connect with play.

I’m rooting for you to feel connected during this time of disconnect. That you can connect with what’s important: your values, your loved ones, nature, spirit — whatever it is that brings you home to yourself and truly matters.

Sprinkle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Jazz up your standard ice cream sandwich with fun red, white & blue sprinkles! With very little effort and just a little bit of planning, your kids will think you’re a hero and you’ll have a fun patriotic treat to share!

Materials:

Ice cream sandwiches + red, white & blue sprinkles of your choice.

Instructions:

Peel back the top half of your ice cream sandwich wrapper, allowing for you to hold the bottom half still wrapped.

Carefully dip the sides of the ice cream sandwich into the sprinkles.

Enjoy!

Boston Moms would love to hear your ideas! How do you plan to celebrate the 4th of July with your family? Tell us in the comments!

Meet a Boston Mom :: Tracy Skelly, The Little Cocoa Bean Company

Moms don’t get the recognition they deserve! As a business run BY local moms FOR local moms, Boston Moms is excited to showcase the hard work local moms are doing — both at home and in their professions.

Boston Moms is proud to feature Tracy Skelly for this “Meet a Boston Mom Monday!” Tracy is the mom to and founder of The Little Cocoa Bean Company. 

Join us in celebrating Tracy and the important contributions she makes at home and at work! 

We asked Tracy to share a bit about herself. Get to know her here!

Full name: Tracy Skelly

Occupation/business name: The Little Cocoa Bean Company

Children: Sophia, 19 months

Hometown: Oak Park, California

Favorite local restaurant: Ooh, this is tough! Just one?! Probably Toro. Tasty tapas are my jam.

Favorite local business or brand: I live in Roslindale. The Birch Street House and Garden in Rosi Square is the sweetest little shop. I can always find great gifts and cards there.

Tell us a bit about your work/job: I am the founder and CEO of The Little Cocoa Bean Company. The Little Cocoa Bean Company provides caregivers with fresh, ready-made baby and toddler foods featuring a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, grains, and spices. Our foods are inspired by global favorites and feature non-western ingredients for food/nutrient diversity in addition to nutrient density. Additionally, we provide recipes, tutorials, and videos to teach caregivers how to identify, find, and prepare meals at home using our favorite ingredients.

What is the one thing that surprised you the most about motherhood? I wasn’t prepared to love my child as much as I do. That felt strange to type out, but the minute I thought about erasing it, I remembered one of the benefits of being part of a mom group; you all understand what I mean. I knew I’d love my baby, but I wasn’t prepared for this kind of love. There’s absolutely nothing like it. I love her on a cellular level. It’s a love I can’t describe with words because all the words are insufficient.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer another working mom? My advice starts with a story. When I was young, my parents moved our family from the city to the ‘burbs. For years there was a room in our house, a formal sitting room of sorts, that didn’t have any furniture in it. Nothing at all. My brother and I would use that room for wrestling matches, gymnastic routines, sleepovers with our friends, and lots of cartwheels. We loved that room. Eventually, my parents filled the room with formal furniture, and we had to move our shenanigans elsewhere. A few years ago, my brother and I were talking about the room without furniture and how much we loved it. My mom shook her head and laughed. She revealed that they were so ashamed of that room. When they moved us to the suburbs, they felt like they had to do it to keep us away from the violence that plagued so many inner cities at the time. However, they could barely afford the new home, so all the extras (like furniture for a formal sitting room) had to wait. They worried we’d notice the difference between our friends’ fully furnished homes and our own. Well, they were right. We did notice. We noticed that none of our friends had awesome, empty rooms on the main floor where anything was possible! As working moms, we often feel like we’re not doing enough, giving enough, present enough, providing enough, (fill in the blank) enough. But while we’re wasting time worrying about what’s missing, our babies are doing cartwheels and enjoying the gloriously simple pleasures in life. Perhaps going forward we can give ourselves a little break and a lot of grace.

What is one way you take care of yourself?: Friday evenings aren’t for working. I take the night off and I watch movies, read books, and catch up with friends.

List two other women who inspire you (can be local or celebrity): The fabulous Michelle Obama and civil rights activist Angela Davis.

You can keep up with Tracy on Instagram! Follow her at @littlecocoabeanco and @mrstskelly.

Are you interested in being highlighted in a “Meet a Boston Mom” feature, or do you know someone who deserves this recognition? Let us know! Please email Meghan Block at [email protected] to discuss a feature.

Star-Spangled Slime

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Star-spangled slime is easy to make and provides hours of ooey-gooey fun! Boston Moms Project Manager Deanna Greenstein and her daughter had a wonderfully sticky time making this patriotic slime!

Supplies:

  • Clear glue
  • Liquid starch
  • Blue and red food coloring
  • Red, white, and blue glitter
  • Bowls to mix in
  • Hand lotion (optional)

Steps:

Squeeze the whole bottle of glue into a bowl!

Add approximately 2/3 cup liquid starch.

Mix the glue and the liquid starch together until they form a slime consistency! 

Note: If the slime is too sticky, adding a small amount of hand lotion to the mixture will make it easier to play with.

Split the slime into three separate portions.

Add blue food coloring and blue glitter to one, red food coloring and red glitter to one, and white or silver glitter to the third. 

Mix each up until you have red slime, white slime, and blue slime! 

You can play with your three colors of star-spangled slime separately, make an American flag, or mix them all together for slimy, patriotic fun!

Boston Moms would love to hear your ideas! How do you plan to celebrate the 4th of July with your family? Tell us in the comments!

Glow Stick Kids

Are you looking for some “cool mom” points? Or, are you looking for a really good laugh?

Look no further! GLOW STICK KIDS will put a smile on everyone’s faces.

Supplies needed:

Necklace-length glow sticks (at least six per person), tape, a dark room, music, and a camera!

How to:

  1. Wait until dark!
  2. Remove glow sticks from packaging and crack them so they begin to glow.
  3. Connect glow sticks to accommodate the length of your child’s arms, legs, and torso.
  4. Connect one necklace so it creates a circle. 
  5. Carefully tape long glow sticks to your child’s torso and to each of their limbs.
  6. Tape the circular glow stick to your child’s forehead so that it looks like a stick figure head.
  7. Turn off the light.
  8. Turn on the music.
  9. Get silly.
  10. LAUGH, LAUGH, LAUGH.
  11. Record video and take photographs. This is the stuff you’ll want to look back on when your kids are grown.

Enjoy, mamas!

 

Boston Moms would love to hear your ideas! How do you plan to celebrate the 4th of July with your family? Tell us in the comments!

Round Up the Neighbors! We’re Having a BICYCLE PARADE!

We’re missing our typical Fourth of July celebrations this year, especially our beloved local parades! If you’re missing parades, too, we encourage you to make your own!

Round up the neighbors! We’re having a BICYCLE PARADE!

Materials:

Streamers, stickers, ribbon, lights, pinwheels — whatever you can find! We found most of these items at the Target Dollar Spot or dollar store. 

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Free Printable + Bike Parade Graphic — Post this on your social media or print it out and hand it to your neighbors!

How to:

  1. Coordinate with your neighbors! Choose a date and time. Post the graphic on your social media or print it and hand it out to neighbors.
  2. Decorate your bikes, scooters, wagons, and strollers. You can use materials like those pictured above, or anything you have around the house! Don’t overthink it. Your kids will love the opportunity to decorate their bikes with anything you have on hand.
  3. Pick a meeting spot and make sure everyone knows where to meet. Ideally, you’ll start your parade at a quiet or central neighborhood meeting place.
  4. Make sure neighbors are outside and ready for the parade to roll by!
  5. RIDE! Make noise! Play music! Have fun!

Boston Moms would love to hear your ideas! How do you plan to celebrate the 4th of July with your family? Tell us in the comments!

Fourth of July Paper Crowns

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Is there anything cuter than a little kid in a paper crown? Follow these easy instructions to create your own patriotic paper crowns just in time for the Fourth of July!

Materials:

Red, white, and blue construction paper; scissors; pipe cleaners; tape

Optional materials:

Stickers, white paper to decorate (instead of colored construction paper)

Instructions:

    1. Cut out a three-inch strip of paper and staple the ends together to make a crown (be careful to ensure the crown will fit around your child’s head).
    2. Cut out red, white, and blue stars.
    3. Tape the stars to the pipe cleaners.
    4. Tape the pipe cleaners to the inside of the crown. For a fun effect, tape your pipe cleaners at different heights so they look like fireworks!

Boston Moms would love to hear your ideas! How do you plan to celebrate the 4th of July with your family? Tell us in the comments!

Fourth of July Scavenger Hunt {Free Printable}

Are you running out of ideas to keep your kids occupied this week? We have a free printable for you — for a Fourth of July scavenger hunt!

This is a fun activity that can be done with neighbors or friends while still maintaining proper social distance. Make it a GAME and add prizes for the first three kids who complete their entire list, or go on a family walk and complete your scavenger hunt together!

Fourth of July Scavenger Hunt {Printable}

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Boston Moms would love to hear your ideas! How do you plan to celebrate the 4th of July with your family? Tell us in the comments!

Stained “Glass” Stars

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Are you looking for a quick and easy Fourth of July craft that can ALSO serve as a fun decoration? Look no further! Stained “glass” stars are your answer!

Follow these easy instructions to create your own stained “glass” stars just in time for the Fourth of July!

Materials:

White cardstock, red tissue paper, blue tissue paper, contact paper, scissors, a pencil

Instructions:

    1. Fold your cardstock in half and sketch half of a star to use as a guide when cutting (see pictures below for examples). Cutting while the paper is folded will ensure you have a symmetrical star!
    2. Cut out the star shape. Be careful to center the star on the paper so you have a “hole” in the cardstock paper and the entire paper is not cut.
    3. Cut a piece of contact paper just large enough to cover the entire piece of cardstock.
    4. Lay the cardstock on top of the sticky side of the contact paper.
    5. Allow your child to decorate inside of the star with tissue paper shapes or scraps! The contact paper will ensure all the tissue paper scraps stick inside of the star.
    6. When your child is finished, place another piece of contact paper (sticky side down) on top of the star. This will “seal” your artwork and ensure nothing stays sticky!
    7. Tape your art to a window, and let the light shine through like stained glass!

Boston Moms would love to hear your ideas! How do you plan to celebrate the 4th of July with your family? Tell us in the comments!

Fireworks Painting with Straws

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Straw fireworks are simple, great for all ages, and only require a few supplies!

Boston Moms contributor Shannon Gibson had a wonderful time creating this patriotic artwork with her little ones! 

Supplies Needed:

Flexible straws
Tape
Paper
Red and blue paint

Steps:

 

Gather six or seven straws together. 

Stretch the bendable part of the straws out as far as they will go, and bend each one so it makes an “L” shape.

Gather the straws together and place tape around the long, straight parts of the straws to hold them together — you want the short ends of the straw to fan out. 

Dip the straws in the red paint and stamp the paper. 

 

Dip the straws in the blue paint and stamp the paper again.

Add some glitter to make your fireworks sparkle!

Boston Moms would love to hear your ideas! How do you plan to celebrate the 4th of July with your family? Tell us in the comments!

Patriotic Thumbprint Craft

This easy Fourth of July craft is perfect for little hands that aren’t quite ready for more elaborate crafting, and it’s also an awesome occupational therapy activity! It’s easily modified for sensory-sensitive kiddos who don’t like to get their hands dirty — just use “dot” markers or Q-tips!

Boston Moms contributor Chelsey Weaver and her 3-year-old daughter had a fantastic time making this beautiful art!

Supplies needed:

  • White cardstock paper
  • Blue and red washable paint
  • Three star cutouts (cut your own, or use this star printout PDF)
  • Colored tape or black marker (only necessary if you use your own stars!)
  • Scissors 
  • Scotch tape

Steps:

Before you begin, open the star cutout printable document. Print and cut out the stars — be sure to leave the black border, as it will help your kiddo see where the stars are placed on the paper! If you do not have a printer available, cut out three stars — use colored tape or a black marker on the edges of the stars (again, this will allow your child to see where the stars are placed on the paper).

Use the scotch tape on the backs of the three stars to gently tape them to the white cardstock paper (you want the stars taped lightly enough that they won’t make holes when you remove them from the cardstock.

Prep the paint, and invite your little one to come participate. Sometimes we use a paint shirt and put plastic wrap or newspaper on our painting space to keep things as clean as possible. 

Show your child how to dip one finger into the paint, and outline the stars with fingerprint dots. We offered one paint color at a time, otherwise we would’ve had a purple craft!

Once the stars are successfully traced and dotted, allow your child to put dots on the rest of the white paper. Feel free to add glitter, glitter glue, or sequins!

Fourth of July thumbprint craft - Boston MomsClean up those paint-covered hands — a favorite trick of Chelsey’s is to put a bowl of soapy water out for her kiddo to “play in” while she washes her own hands and cleans up the other supplies.

Remove the stars that are taped to the paper. Make sure you remove them before the paint dries, otherwise they’ll stick!

Hang up your beautiful art!

Boston Moms would love to hear your ideas! How do you plan to celebrate the 4th of July with your family? Tell us in the comments!

Watermelon-Eating Contest

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A watermelon-eating contest is an easy and fun game to play with your kids this summer that will create memories for years to come!

Boston Moms contributor Rachel Rich had a delicious, fun, and messy time with her kids during their watermelon-eating contest!

Supplies:

  • A watermelon
  • Paper plates
  • A place to get messy!

Steps:

Prepare the space. Use a disposable tablecloth for easy cleanup.

Cut the watermelon in half lengthwise. Cut into quarter boats. You want the watermelon to sit upright on the rind.

Have each child select a piece of watermelon, and have them place it on their paper plate upright.

Instruct the children to place their hands behind their backs or on the sides of the paper plates.

Have the children get ready.

Call out “Ready, set, go!”

Eat up!!!

Boston Moms would love to hear your ideas! How do you plan to celebrate the 4th of July with your family? Tell us in the comments!

SHOP LOCAL :: Red, White, and Blue Apparel for the Whole Family!

We might be celebrating at home, but we can still get decked out in our favorite red, white, and blue apparel and accessories!

Boston Moms has sourced some awesome local options for your red, white, and blue apparel and accessory needs. Each of these businesses is a LOCAL business, and some have even offered our readers a special discount!

Scroll down to see options for mom, dad, the kids, and even the dog!

Allison Cole Jewelry :: Use code BOSTONMOMS for 15% off.

Harding Lane :: Use code BOSTONMOMS20 for 20% off. 

Chappy Wrap :: Use code BOSTONMOMS10 for 10% off of your order.

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The Cue

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Emily & Addie :: Use code BOSTONMOMS20 to save 20%. Excludes masks, baby gift bundles, and markdowns.

Sidetrack Products :: Use code BOSMOM for 15% off of your entire purchase.

Tiny Hanger :: Use code MOMS to take 10% off of your online purchase July 1-7.

The Merry Lion :: Use code BOSTONMOMS now through July 3 for 15% off your order online.

The Red Wagon 

Harding Lane :: Use code BOSTONMOMS20 for 20% off. 

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Boston Moms would love to hear your ideas! How do you plan to celebrate the 4th of July with your family? Tell us in the comments!

Boston History For Kids

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Boston is a city rich in history. Many of the events that shaped our country happened right here in Beantown!

Much of our history can be learned on a 2.5-mile walk through our beautiful city. The Freedom Trail is a walking trail through Boston that passes by 16 spots that were instrumental in shaping American History. The trail begins at the Boston Common and ends 2.5 miles later at the USS Constitution in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Its stops include:

The Boston Common

The Boston Common is America’s oldest public park! How did it come to be? When the Puritans first came to Boston, they bought the land from William Blackstone. They then turned the land into a common area where they could bring their cows to graze on grass! 

The Common was also used by British soldiers for camping and training in 1775, before the American Revolution began. 

The Massachusetts State House 

The State House was built in 1798 on land that used to be John Hancock’s cow pasture! The golden dome that sits atop the building today was originally made of wood. After the wooden dome leaked in 1802, Paul Revere’s company covered it with copper. It was painted a light yellow before being gilded with gold leaf in 1874, which shines still today.

Though not an official stop, the Black Heritage Trail crosses the Freedom Trail between the State House and Park Street Church — it is worth visiting!
Park Street Church

The Park Street Church was built in 1809, and it was once the tallest building in Boston! The Church was a firm supporter of the abolitionist movement, and on Independence Day in 1829, William Lloyd Garrison made his first major speech against slavery at the Park Street Church.

During the War of 1812, church members stored brimstone to make gunpowder in the basement of the church! 

Granary Burying Ground

The Granary Burying Ground was created in 1660. Many important people are buried here, including John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin’s parents, and the victims of the Boston Massacre.

King’s Chapel

Because King James II wanted all the colonists to follow the Church of England, he ordered that an Anglican Church be built in Boston. Most people in Boston at that time were Puritan, and nobody would sell good land to a non-Puritan church! Thus, when King’s Chapel was built in 1688, the king ruled that part of a cemetery would be taken and used to build the church! 

King’s Chapel Burying Ground

King’s Chapel Burying Ground was created before King’s Chapel and is Boston’s first cemetery. Many important Bostonians were buried here, including Mary Chilton, the first person to step foot off the Mayflower, and John Winthrop, Massachusetts’ first governor.

Benjamin Franklin Statue and Boston Latin School Site

Boston Latin School was the first public school in America. It opened on April 23, 1635. Boys were welcome to attend school there for free, no matter their income level. Girls at that time were taught at home. Many famous Bostonians attended Boston Latin, including Benjamin Franklin (though he dropped out before graduation), Samuel Adams, and John Hancock. 

Although the original building that housed the Boston Latin School was torn down in 1745, the school still exists in a different location, now educating both male and female students. A statue of Benjamin Franklin marks the place where the original school stood. Ironic, considering he didn’t even graduate!

Old Corner Bookstore

The Old Corner Bookstore is the oldest business building in Boston. It was built in 1718 as an apothecary shop, selling medicine. 

Before it became a business, Anne Hutchinson lived in this building and held religious meetings for up to 80 people at a time in her home. That was more than 10% of the population of Boston at that time! At that time, no women were allowed to be preachers — she was accused of heresy for preaching and was exiled to Rhode Island in 1638. 

In the 1800s, the Old Corner Bookstore became one of the most important book publishing companies in the U.S., publishing books by many famous authors including Charles Dickens, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott.

Old South Meeting House 

Many of the events leading up to the American Revolutionary War happened at Old South Church, including the beginning of the Boston Tea Party in 1773! Samuel Adams gave the famous signal to the Sons of Liberty to destroy the tea while at a meeting in the Old South Church.

Years later, British soldiers occupying Boston took revenge on the Old South Church, ripping out the pews and turning the space into a horse stable where they taught their soldiers how to ride horses. In 1783, after the Revolutionary War ended, the members fixed the building and made it into a church again.

Another “bonus stop” along the way is the Irish famine memorial, which can be seen on the way to the Old South Meeting House. During the Irish potato famine, over a million Irish people died, and another million immigrated to the U.S., most settling in Boston. The memorial portrays two families — one suffering during the great famine, and one prospering after emigrating to Boston.
Old State House

In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read to the people of Boston for the first time from the balcony of the Old State House.

Site of the Boston Massacre

In 1770, the Boston Massacre happened in front of the Old State House. After British soldiers occupied Boston, many people in Boston got angry. On March 5, 1770, an angry mob of Bostonians surrounded British soldiers. Gunfire broke out, and five Bostonians were killed.

  

Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall was built by the merchant Peter Faneuil in 1741 as a place for trade and business. It became an instrumental meeting place for those who wanted to fight against British rule, housing America’s first town meeting in 1764! 

Sitting on top of Faneuil Hall is the famous golden grasshopper weathervane. It is said that Bostonians used the weathervane to determine whether people were spies during the War of 1812. If a person was not able to answer what sat on top of Faneuil Hall, they were suspected of being a spy!  

In the 19th century, the abolitionists Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Lucy Stone spoke against slavery at Faneuil Hall.

Paul Revere’s House

This house is famous for its long-ago tenant — Paul Revere, the man who embarked on that fateful midnight ride. It is also the oldest remaining building in downtown Boston — built around 1680!

Old North Church

The Old North Church is best known for its role in the American Revolution. The Sons of Liberty hung two lanterns in the church’s steeple, which was the highest in Boston, to signal soldiers that the British were approaching. “One if by land, two if by sea!”

The Old North Church, which opened in 1723, is the oldest church building still standing in Boston, and the first church bells ever brought to America still hang in its steeple.

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground was the largest cemetery in colonial Boston and served as a place where British soldiers put their cannons during the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Many famous people are buried at Copp’s Hill, including Robert Newman, the man who hung the lanterns in the steeple of the Old North Church on the night of Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride; Edmund Hartt, the man who built the USS Constitution; Cotton and Increase Mather, two Puritan preachers who were instrumental in the Salem witch trials; and Prince Hall, a free African-American man who fought to end slavery in Massachusetts and opened the first Black Masonic Lodge.

The Bunker Hill Monument

The Bunker Hill Monument was created to honor the Battle of Bunker Hill, the first major battle of the American Revolution. Even though the British won this battle, the Americans fought so hard that it proved they would be exceptionally difficult to beat. 

The USS Constitution

The USS Constitution was first put into the water in 1797, and became famous during the War of 1812. It earned the nickname “Old Ironsides” due to the way cannonballs would bounce off the sides of the wooden ship, as if they were made of iron! Even after all these years, the Constitution is still a United States Navy warship.

Boston Moms would love to hear your ideas! How do you plan to celebrate the 4th of July with your family? Tell us in the comments!

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