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5 things to do in Boston from June 29-July 12

The 1797 ship hasn’t fired a round in combat since 1815.

Kathryn E. MacDonald

The 1797 ship hasn’t fired a round in combat since 1815.


Friday, July 4

This July Fourth marks the last time to see the USS Constitution’s annual turnaround in Boston Harbor for a few years, as the vessel goes into dry-dock in 2015 for repairs. Tickets for the sail are gone, but you can watch from land as the ship fires a 21-gun salute at Castle Island at around 11 a.m. and a 17-gun salute near the US Coast Guard Base at about 12:30 p.m.


Wednesday, July 2

On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act’s passage, Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree moderates a discussion on the topic, including recent controversial “stand your ground” laws. Tickets to the 6 p.m. event at the Museum of African American History in Boston cost $5. 617-725-0022 ext. 22;


Friday, July 4

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The Beach Boys will join the orchestra for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the Hatch Shell. The orchestra takes the stage at 8:30 p.m., with fireworks at 10:30 p.m.


Friday, July 11

The French Cultural Center celebrates Bastille Day with its annual party on Boston’s Marlborough Street between Berkeley and Clarendon from 6 to 11 p.m. Francophone acts perform, and vendors sell French food and libations. Tickets start at $30. 617-912-0400;


Saturday, July 12

Spend a few hours wandering through lovely outdoor spaces, both professionally landscaped and owner-designed, on the Gloucester Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets start at $20 at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center or at

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