Boston's Revolutionary War

"The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people..."

Over two centuries ago, many Bostonians joined their fellow colonists in choosing the path of revolution. They pursued the ideals our nation became founded upon -- liberty, equality, and representation. Today, we commemorate the 250th anniversary of the journey to the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, and the founding of the United States of America. As the National Parks of Boston recognizes this significant milestone, we encourage you to explore this page to learn more about this history and Boston's pivotal role as the "Cradle of Liberty."

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UNFINISHED: America at 250

Learn about the Unfinished: America at 250 programming series, an initiative launched by NPS sites and partners.

A view of Boston's skyline at daytime. White steeple of Old North in Center.
Plan Your Visit

Plan your visit to a city with over three centuries of revolution.

A circular bronze plaque reading "The Freedom Trail" points visitors to the red lined path.
Freedom Trail Audio Tour

Listen to stories of the Freedom Trail, whether in Downtown Boston or at home!

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Bunker Hill Memory

How have people remembered the Battle of Bunker Hill and the monument that commemorates it at different moments in history?

  • Bunker Hill Monument on a clear, blue day.
    Bunker Hill Monument

    In "The Battle of Bunker Hill," New England soldiers clashed with the British army in a battle long remembered with a lasting monument.

  • A view of brick Faneuil Hall with its white cupola with a gilt dome.
    Faneuil Hall

    Known for generations as the "Cradle of Liberty," this hall remains an active site of meetings, debate, and protest for 275 years.

  • White scaffolded tower with base hidden by a row of trees.
    Dorchester Heights

    Dorchester Heights played a pivotal role in driving British forces out of Boston in 1776.


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    Last updated: May 24, 2023

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