Boston Tea Party 250th Anniversary Commemoration
A Reenactment of the Meeting
of the Body of the People
Friday, December 15 & Saturday, December 16
The Reenactment of the Meeting of the Body of the People on both Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16 are officially SOLD OUT! Please view our other commemorative programming for the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea and visit our new exhibit Impassioned Destruction: Politics, Vandalism, and the Boston Tea Party.
Reenactment of the Meeting of the Body of the People
Commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party with the reenactment of the Meeting of the Body of the People at Old South Meeting House! Experience this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as you watch the vigorous debate that led to the destruction of tea on December 16, 1773.
Join Revolutionary Spaces in the room where it all happened—Old South Meeting House! As the largest indoor gathering space in colonial Boston, this building hosted a number of meetings about what to do with the East India Tea Company tea sitting in Boston Harbor waiting to be unloaded and taxed. On that fateful night, a purported 5,000 men gathered for this final meeting about the controversial tea tax, resulting in Samuel Adams giving the signal that would start the Boston Tea Party. Frustrated and angry, colonists marched to Griffin’s Wharf and dumped 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor—a major act of defiance to British rule over the colonists and a spark for the American Revolution.
This year, we commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party with a world-class reenactment of the Meeting of the Body of the People on Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16. Doors open at 5:00 PM and the reenactment begins at 6:15pm. Seating is unassigned so be sure to arrive early to pick your seats.
Ticket holders for December 16 can join us prior to the reenactment for a special tea party reception hosted by our Revolutionary Spaces member community. Following the reenactment on that Saturday, guests may proceed to Griffin’s Wharf to watch the destruction of the tea or stay at the Old South Meeting House to watch a livestream of the event. Tickets are not required for the Griffin’s Wharf reenactment and seating is first-come, first-serve. However, due to higher attendance anticipated in this anniversary year, seating at Griffin’s Wharf is not guaranteed for ticket holders.
Your ticket also includes FREE admission to both of Revolutionary Spaces’ sites, the Old State House and Old South Meeting House, from Friday, December 15th through Sunday, December 17th (a $15 value)!
Photo Credit: John Collins Photography
Tea Party Reception
On Saturday, December 16, join Revolutionary Spaces for a special Tea Party Reception hosted by our member community! This free event is open to all ticket holders for the Saturday reenactment. Enjoy a hot cup of tea and mingle with guests in our museum store located on the lower level of the Old South Meeting House. Doors open at 5:00 PM.
Free Museum Admission
All reenactment ticket holders receive FREE admission all weekend to the Old State House and Old South Meeting House. Present your printed or digital ticket to the front desk at either location from Friday, December 15 through Sunday, December 17, 2023. Dive deeper into the history of the Boston Tea Party by visiting our newest exhibit, Impassioned Destruction: Politics, Vandalism, and the Boston Tea Party!
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