Monuments and a rich summer backdrop make it easy to celebrate America’s history in and around Boston.
While these towns all played a crucial role in the American Revolution, they are far from stuck in the past. Each of these amazing Boston communities boasts top-notch schools, incredible restaurants and tons to do, even for the most active city families. In honor of July 4th, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite history-rich communities, ideal for families looking to celebrate Independence Day while looking for the right neighborhood to call “home.”
On April 19, 1775, the “shot heard ‘round the world” was fired in Concord, which signaled the start of the Revolutionary War. You can visit Minute Man National Historical Park and see the Minuteman Statue which commemorates this opening battle in America’s fight for independence.
But that was then. Today, Concord is a small family-friendly suburb with a great school system. Locals love the town’s many walking paths and green spaces. Residents often gather at Walden Pond, which is the perfect place to spend a sunny day on the water.
There’s always something happening in town, from concerts to gallery openings to plenty of spots to eat, hang and play. Plus, Boston is just 30 minutes away, making this ideal for commuters and families who want to be far but not too far.
Like Concord, Lexington was central to the start of the American Revolution—one of the first battles took place on the Lexington Green. Today you can visit the Revolutionary Monument, which is the oldest war memorial in the country.
In addition to the Green, there are many nods to American history throughout Lexington. Locals enjoy cycling on the appropriately named Minuteman Bikeway trail and there are many historic colonial homes in town.
But, this suburb has so much more to offer than just its history. Residents spend their free time swimming at the Old Reservoir or watching a film at the independent Lexington Venue. There’s also a nice variety of international restaurants in town- from the Royal India Bistro to Mario’s Italian Restaurant. It’s also home to Lexington High School, one of the top-ranked high schools in the state and the country.
In July 1775, George Washington established a headquarters in Cambridge. Visitors can now tour the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site to learn more about the town’s role in the American Revolution. In Cambridge Common, you can also see three cannons that were taken by The Continental Army after the British fled.
Though known for its history, today Cambridge is a diverse college town, popular with young professionals and millennial families. With rec sports leagues, comedy shows and countless cultural events hosted by Harvard and MIT, there’s always something going on in town.
There are some great restaurants and grocery stores (including Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods) in town and it’s easy to run errands on foot or bike. Locals enjoy meeting up with friends in Harvard Square, which is packed with some great eateries and cafes- like the popular Tatte Bakery and Cafe. Not to mention, Boston is easily accessible with a quick trip on the T.
At the end of 1774, the British stole gunpowder from Somerville’s Old Powder House. This act increased tensions and helped fuel the Revolutionary movement. According to town lore, the first American flag was raised on Somerville’s Prospect Hill in January 1776.
While this community is very proud of its Revolutionary War connections, it has also transitioned to an on-trend community popular with academics, artists and young professionals. Weekends are spent shopping for fresh produce at the Saturday farmer’s market, biking along the Somerville Community Path and enjoying a meal on Elm or Summer Street (Dakzen and The Painted Burrito are two popular options).
As you celebrate America’s Independence Day this year, think about these communities that are steeped in July 4th history. When you are ready to find the town that fits your unique lifestyle and goals, schedule a strategy session. Our suburb strategy team is ready to help you find the perfect place for your family.