Touring Fort Warren
by Madeline Bilis
On November 11, 1918, the armistice ending World War I went into effect. The following year on November 11, President Wilson ordered the day as a commemoration of Armistice Day, and essentially Veteran’s Day was born. Veteran’s Day, which is always celebrated on November 11, falls on a Monday this year, resulting in a whole weekend to commemorate those who have served our country. Here's what's happening this weekend.
Classic New England Cartoon Festival
Nov. 9, 10am-4pm, Symphony Hall, Boston
You could find yourself urging your kids to watch cartoons this Saturday as 99.5 WCRB Classic New England presents its 15th annual Classic New England Cartoon Festival, which will feature beloved Warner Bros. cartoons and classic music, of course! Performances include the Boston Conservatory Children’s Opera, the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra, the Wheelock Family Theatre’s production of The Hobbit, and many more. For non-WGBH members, tickets are $15.00 per person. If you buy your ticket by Thursday, November 7, you can purchase a family 4-pack for $8.75.
Veteran’s Day Cruise
Nov. 9, 11am, Long Wharf, Boston
Your last chance to get out on the water before it gets too chilly might be the Boston Harbor Islands’ special Veteran’s Day Cruise, which will highlight the military past of Boston Harbor. The history lesson will begin with the Revolutionary War and will continue through today. The cruise will stop at George’s Island for a tour of Fort Warren, which defended Boston until the end of World War II and served as a prison for Confederate officers during the Civil War. The 3 hour and 15 minute cruise also offers a beautiful view of the city’s skyline. Tickets are $5.00 per person and free for veterans.
Wrentham Village Trip
Nov 8-11, Route 1A, Wrentham
Veteran’s Day Weekend is sometimes referred to as early Black Friday. Smart shoppers get a head start on holiday shopping this weekend because of the major sales! Wrentham Village Premium Outlets are having their “Wrap-It-Up Early” Sale from Friday until Monday. Savings range from 25% to 65% off on top of everyday savings.
USS Constitution Veteran’s Day Family Fun Weekend
Nov 9-11, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown
Admission to the USS Constitution Museum is free this weekend in honor of Veteran’s Day! The museum’s Family Fun Weekend teaches kids about the daily struggles that crew members on the ship endured during the War of 1812. Aside from experiencing “Old Ironsides” firsthand, there are many hands-on activities inside the museum, including faux-cannon firing, mini-Constitution ship building and even attempting to help the ship’s cook serve up the day’s meals.
Veteran’s Day Parade
Nov 11, 1 pm, Boylston & Tremont Sts, Boston
Check out Boston’s annual parade this year and perhaps stop by Faneuil Hall for lunch after! The parade beings at the corner of Boylston and Tremont Streets and continues along the Common to City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. You can enjoy the music of marching bands, check out the citizen-constructed floats, and salute the honorary militias and veteran’s organizations.
Madeline Bilis is a journalism student at Emerson College who loves all things travel.