Par-Tea for the 245th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party
The origins of the Boston Tea Party may require a history lesson, but the celebration of the 245th anniversary certainly does not!
First, some background (The CliffsNotes; NOT a history lesson!):
The Boston Tea Party was a political protest against the Tea Act by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 16, 1773. The Tea Act allowed the British to sell tea from China in American colonies that was taxed by the British Parliament. American Colonists strongly objected because they believed they should only be taxed by their own elected representatives, not the British Parliament across the pond. (Anyone familiar with “no taxation with representation?”) So, what did they do? They destroyed an entire shipment of tea sent by the British East India Company. The American Patriots boarded the ships and threw the chests of tea into Boston Harbor. The British government was not pleased and the episode escalated into the American Revolution.
It’s all coming back from history class, right?
Flash forward to today (well, December 16, 2018 to be exact): Boston is celebrating the 245th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Here’s a quick glimpse of how Boston area hotels, restaurants and bars are celebrating, and our recommendations for your best bets if you’re feeling patriotic.
The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is inviting the general public to send loose tea to be thrown into Boston Harbor as part of the annual reenactment. More than 100 re-enactors will tell the story of the infamous Boston Tea Party and theatrically recreate the evening of December 16, 1773. The re-enactment will begin with a fiery tea tax debate at Old South Meeting House, the actual historic hall where the colonists gathered 245 years ago. Then, the public can join a procession to the waterfront and witness the Sons of Liberty destroy actual loose tea sent in by the public.
If you’d like to send in tea:
Send dried loose leaf tea (NO used tea bags) to:
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum,
306 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
Include your name, address, email & phone number. An official certificate of participation will be sent to each partaker sending tea. Deadline to send tea: December 1, 2018.
If you’d like to see the destruction of the tea, you can get a great view from the shore of Boston Harbor, free to the public. There are also some ticketed events leading up to the grand finale. Check them out here.
Photo credit: @familydaysout
A Spot Of/For Tea
Make sure to stop by Abigail’s Tea Room & Terrace at some point during your day to pause for a relaxing break and a spot of tea. Sample up to five different teas with a historic twist, and a side of Boston cream pie. Or if you’re in the mood for something with a bit more of a kick, a new version of Harpoon Brewery’s Boston Tea Party craft beer, made with Souchong tea, will be launched on December 5, 2018. Souchong tea was one of the five teas thrown into the harbor during The Boston Tea Party.
Par-Tea and Tax Free at the Loews Boston Hotel
And finally, make sure to book your room at Loews Boston Hotel for the perfect end to your celebratory day.
Loews Boston is located in the former Boston Police Headquarters in Back Bay, so you will get to take in even more local history. Loews is offering The Par-Tea and Tax Free Package until December 31st. The package includes:
- Tax free hotel accommodations for two
- Two adult (age 13+) tickets to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
- Complimentary Tea Forte tea served in the Apothecary Lounge 24/7
Book now and enjoy your opportunity to relive the event that started a revolution!
Loews Hotels & Co.