Here are the latest Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes:

Harbor illuminations

Boston Harbor Now, in partnership with the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, the Wharf District Council and the City of Boston, will present the Boston Harbor Fireworks at 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

There will be a brilliant display from two barges located between Long Wharf and Fan Pier. Ideal viewing locations are from Piers Park in East Boston, Christopher Columbus Park in the North End and Fan Pier in the Seaport District.

This is also the weekend of the Harborfest celebrations on the Waterfront and the Independence Day celebrations in Christopher Columbus Park.

Further information can be found at

Colonial musical instruments

The Paul Revere House, 19 North Sq., will host three unusual musical concerts on unique colonial instruments from 1 to 3 p.m. on June 30 and July 7 and Tuesday, July 3.

Musician Vera Meyer will play early American melodies on the glass harmonica, the unusual instrument invented by Ben Franklin, on June 30. Al Petty and Deirdre Sweeney, in the guise of itinerant musicians, will perform popular 18th century tunes on the penny whistle, flute, fife and other instruments on July 2.

Award-winning musician Dave Neiman will play jigs, reels and Baroque and Renaissance tunes that Revere and his friends may have enjoyed on July 7.

Admission is free with museum admission, and members and North End residents are admitted free at all times.

Further information can be found at or 617-523-2338.

Dark side of Boston

Boston by Foot will present guided walking tours of the darker side of Boston from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, now through June 30. Participants should meet the guide at the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets, across from the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Reservations are not required.

Visitors will hear the stories of misery, misfortune and murder based on true, historical events, such as the Great Influenza, the vandalizing of the Royal Governor’s House, the Molasses Flood and the infamous Brink’s robbery, all against the backdrop of Boston’s oldest neighborhood.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for children if purchased online in advance and free for members.

For more information, visit or call 617-367-2345.

Colonial Fest

The Old North Church, 193 Salem St., will host the annual Colonial Fest from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

As part of the citywide Boston Harborfest, Colonial Fest is a campus-wide family-friendly festival that offers a variety of exciting hands-on colonial activities such as chocolate making, sewing, tricorn hat making, musket lessons, fife playing, quill writing, colonial games, photo ops and more.

Call 617-523-6676 or visit for a complete schedule of activities.

Fourth of July fun

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park will celebrate the Fourth of July from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 in the park on Atlantic Avenue.

The fun begins at noon with a parade through the park, led by active military members and Uncle Sam on stilts. Small flags will be provided for parade marchers, and children are encouraged to decorate their wagons, bikes and scooters in red, white and blue.

Following the parade, there will be free entertainment in the park, including Mickey and Minnie, a magician, Benjamin the Juggler, Jim the Bubble Guy, face painting, lawn games and more. Members of the North End Music and Performing Arts Center will perform.

Visit for more information.

Paul Revere’s family

“Harriet Revere” will be the guest speaker at the Paul Revere House, 19 North Sq., at 1, 1:45 and 2:30 p.m. on Monday, July 2.

Diane Lent will bring to life Harriet Revere, one of Paul Revere’s 16 children. She will reminisce about her father’s dramatic life, the adventures of her siblings, nieces and nephews and life in the colonial North End.

This program is part of the Harborfest weekend activities.

Admission is free with museum admission. Members and North End residents are admitted free at all times.

Visit or call 617-523-2338 for further information.

Harborside music

The Boston Harbor Hotel will present musical programs from Tuesday, July 3 through Thursday, July 5 and July 10 to July 12 as part of its 20th annual summer in the city entertainment series at the Blues Barge, Rowes Wharf.

Tuesday’s performances will feature the Sweetbeats Band on July 3 and the return of Soul City on July 10; the Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra Band and Rich DiMare will sing the music of the Rat Pack on Wednesdays, July 4 and 11; and the Jeff Pitchell Band and Bruce Marshall and His Band will perform the blues on July 5 and 12.

Each program begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 10. The programs are free and are suitable for the entire family.

For further information, call 617-436-7000 or visit

Music on the waterfront

Free summer concert will be held at Atlantic Wharf at noon on July 5 and 12 at 280 Congress St.

Nativa, a singer, guitarist and bassist from Colombia, will play rhythms from the Andean mountains with pop and world music on July 5. Tenor saxophonist Anton Derevyanko will entertain with jazz standards on July 12.

Atlantic Wharf is a perfect waterfront location for music, walking and enjoying the Boston Harbor views.

Visit for further details.

Concerts at Faneuil Hall

Free summer concerts sponsored by the City of Boston and Berklee College of Music will be held at noon on July 6 and 13 at Sam Adams Park, Faneuil Hall.

July 6 will feature Brooks Robertson, finger-style guitarist extraordinaire. He plays bass, rhythm and melody simultaneously, surpassing the borders of conventional genre. Camilo Velez will fuse the rhythms and enchanting melodies of the Andes mountains with jazz and funk on July 13.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-266-1400.

Movies by moonlight

The Boston Harbor Hotel will present outdoor movies at dusk on July 6 and 13 at the Blues Barge, Rowes Wharf.

Audiences can see the award-winning film “Field of Dreams” starring Kevin Costner on July 6 with Disney’s animated feature “The Lion King” being screened the following week. The evening will start at 4:30 p.m. with a live acoustic performance and music with DJ Mike Amando.

Admission is free.

Visit for more information.

Seals and whales

The New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, will present free two programs at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 12 in the Imax Theatre.

On Tuesday, Dr. Roger L. Gentrey will talk about the lives of Northern fur seals on land and at sea, focusing on the social behavior of this species.

Thursday’s program will feature Florencia Ornela Vilches of the aquarium and the Instituto de Conservacion de Ballenas. She will talk about the southern right whales of Argentina and the long-term database of information compiled since 1971. She and Victoria Rowntree of the Right Whale Program in the U.S. are creating a way to integrate boat-based photographs with aerial survey catalogues to fill data gaps and improve knowledge of the health of the whales and their habitats.

Call 617-973-5206 or visit for more details.

Jazz on the Greenway

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center will host an evening of jazz music from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10 at the Rose Kennedy Greenway North End Park at Hanover and Cross Streets. The rain location will be Boston Public Market.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a beautiful summer evening next to the newly renovated Carolyn Lynch gardens. Contemporary Italian jazz duo Scanzonati, featuring jazz vocalist Stefano Marchese and bassist Andrea Pejrolo, will perform.

Boston by Little Feet

Boston by Foot is hosting guided walking tours especially geared for children at 10 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, now through Oct. 28. Walkers should meet at Congress Street in front of Faneuil Hall at the Samuel Adams statue.

This tour presents a child’s eye view of the Freedom Trail architecture and history and is especially designed for young walkers, ages 6 to 12. A free explorer map is included. Tickets are $12, $10 if purchased online, free for children under 6 and members. Reservations are not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Further information can be found at 617-367-2345 or online at

Revolutionary Town Meetings

Revolutionary Town Meetings, 1768 will be held at 2:30 and 4 p.m. on Sundays now through July 29 in the Great Hall at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Congress Street.

Boston National Historical Park rangers in period clothing will host a lively Town Meeting. The audience can participate as one of a cast of characters or watch as matters get heated as they debate taxes and the arrival of British soldiers as they did in 1768.

Admission is free. For more information, send an email to

Celebration of crafts

The North Bennet Street School, 150 North St., is hosting the annual Celebration of Craft, an exhibition of works by students and alumni, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 in the Windgate gallery.

The exhibit features hand-carved chairs and cabinetry, jewelry in silver and gold, ornate leather-bound books, violin making and more by alumni and students. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Visit or call 617-227-0155 for more details.

Carousel is open

The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for the summer season.

This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston such as lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, oarfish, whale, rabbit, harbor seal and more. It was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.

Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10. Visit for more information.

Fun at the library

The North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St., will host a series of free, fun activities for children during June.

New activities include Disney Shorts with Mr. Dan at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays; Kids’ Chess Club at 3:30 p.m. on Mondays; baby story time at 9 a.m. on Fridays and toddler story time at 11 a.m. on Fridays.

For more information, call 617-227-8135.