1. The First Harbor and Park in AmericaThe first boatful of new settlers came from Britain and Europe docking along the banks of Boston, MA; hence, the name New England. The first American lighthouse was built in Boston Harbor in 1716 and as with many of the country's firsts, Boston is also home to the oldest public park in the United States, catering to the bustling new world outside of the British empire.
Boston Commons is a stretch of sanctuary within the city of Boston which continues to serve residents and tourists. It dates as far back to 1634 and popular public figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Judy Garland have either made speeches or held concerts at the park.
Boston Harbor is shielded, in every sense of the word, by Massachusetts Bay and the open Atlantic Ocean. The harbor islands, in the meantime, is protected by the presence of Winthrop Peninsula, Deer Island, Nantasket Peninsula and Point Allerton. Boston Harbor Now is a coalition that works to preserve and protect the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, on top of running the Boston Harborwalk.
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Recurring events happening around Boston Common includes the Shakespeare on the Common, Freedom Rally, Lighting of the Christmas Tree by Halifax, Frog Pond Skating Spectacular and Boston Lyric Opera's Outdoor Opera Series, as well as the elaborate fireworks display every New Year.
Just so you know, Boston is also home to the country’s first public beach, subway system, Thanksgiving celebration and...ahem, the first Dunkin’ Donuts outlet.
2. The Iconic Citgo Sign660 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts
Nothing says you’re in Boston like seeing the Citgo sign in the backdrop. Some people would venture as far as to say that they’ve used the Citgo sign as a part of their navigational tool - we’re talking about pre-WAZE and pre-Google Map days.
The iconic sign, sitting in Kenmore Square, has been a part of the Boston city’s downtown area since the 1940s and although attempts had been made to have it removed in the past, it only induced a public effort to preserve it by declaring it an iconic landmark. The Red Sox and Boston Marathon events play regular tribute to the sign, as well as regulars who see the light-draped sign as a part of their beloved Kenmore Square. In fact, the seemingly-simple sign is also seen as an inspiration for artists, movie makers, writers and journalist and have given the iconic sign an honorable regard.
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