Charlestown celebrates historic 249th Bunker Hill Day parade


Charlestown was brightly coloured crimson, white and blue Sunday for the 249th parade commemorating the historic Battle of Bunker Hill.

“It’s such an important part of our history,” mentioned Lily Jones, watching over youngsters capturing bubble from weapons over the parade on Bunker Hill Avenue. “I love that we come out here in Charlestown to remember and celebrate our history and those who served our country then and those who serve now.”

The Bunker Hill Day parade, one of many oldest parades within the U.S., kicked off at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, winding round Bunker Hill Avenue and Foremost Avenue by means of an attractive sunny afternoon in Charlestown. The parade commemorates “the Battle of Bunker Hill, the armed services and the essence of American heritage while celebrating the historic neighborhood of Charlestown,” the parade group mentioned.

The well-known battle through the Revolutionary Warfare occurred on June 17, 1775 through the Siege of Boston. Bunker Hill was a victory for the British, however the hard-fought win firstly of the warfare confirmed the potential of American forces.

The primary parade commemorating the battle occurred in 1786, in response to the parade group, celebrating on the newly completed Charlestown Bridge earlier than continuing to Bunker Hill.

“I love all the music!” shouted 10-year-old Allie, as a truck float drove by capturing crimson, white and blue confetti up into the air and blaring “Build Me Up Buttercup.”

Marching bands lined the streets all through the parade with bagpipes, drums and horns, thundering out all the pieces from navy themes and patriotic staples to pop hits like Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Night.”

A spread of teams and organizations confirmed as much as march within the historic parade, together with police, hearth and different first responders from Better Boston communities; veterans and lively navy servicemembers; historic navy reenactors and societies; and local people teams.

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