• Historic buildings and the waterfront in New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford Whaling

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Boxing Day

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Date: December 19, 2013
Contact: Emily G. Prigot, 508-996-4095 x 6105

The excitement of Christmas builds, as that holiday arrives, and then, as quickly as it came, is gone. What is there to do the day after Christmas? There is, in fact, a holiday called Boxing Day, celebrated in many places around the world. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park will offer a day of free activities for people of all ages on Thursday, December 26, from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. These events are open to people of all ages. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is located at 33 William Street, downtown New Bedford.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

10:00 AM and 1:00 PM: - Ruth and Abby, the park’s 1850s ladies will be discussing the traditions of Boxing Day

10:15 AM and 1:15 PM: Make "Wish Boxes" to take home or hang in the park’s front window

 11:00 AM-1:00 PM: Seahorse races: make your own and race it!

 12:00 - 1:00 PM:  Dress Up Relay

 2:00- 3:00 PM: Charades

 Board games all day.

 Boxing Day is a day of recognition of others and of giving to others. In that spirit, if you wish you may bring non-perishable food items which will be donated to a local food pantry.


Did You Know?

Liberty Hall with its 1795 bell, was an important meeting site for abolitionists in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Abraham Lincoln spoke in New Bedford on September 14, 1848, in Liberty Hall on William Street. At the time, he was a little-known congressman from Illinois plugging the election of Zachary Taylor.