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Lafayette Bicentennial Celebration

August 24 @ 9:30 am

Hosted by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts 

In 1824, Lafayette returned to Boston, sparking a grand celebration. A cavalcade, led by Lt. Col. Amory proceeded to the Euss mansion, where Mayor Josiah Quincy III greeted Lafayette, expressing gratitude for his role in American Independence. Lafayette responded, moved by the warm welcome. The procession continued through the city, featuring portraits of Lafayette held by public school pupils. The procession entered the city and proceeded through Washington, Milk, Broad, State, Court and Common Streets to Boylston Street. They then passed through the Common. Extending the whole length in two lines were the pupils of the public schools. The estimated number of spectators was 70,000 on the nearly two-mile route of the Procession. General Lafayette arrived at the State House to the sound of an artillery salute.  

Two centuries later, we recreate the spirit of this historic celebration. On August 24, 2024, we will honor Lafayette’s legacy with a commemorative event: a muster and breakfast at the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company Armory, a parade to Boston Common, wreath-laying ceremonies, and a review of the troops by General Lafayette. Parade participants will form on Boston Common, where Lafayette and dignitaries will address the crowd and receive a cannon salute. Join us as we pay tribute to Lafayette’s return and celebrate the enduring spirit of freedom and friendship.  

09:30-10:30 – Parade Units form at Faneuil Hall.  

11:00 – Parade Steps off.  

11:20 – Old Granary Burial Wreath Laying.  

11:40 – Lafayette Mall Wreath Laying. 

11:50 – Pass & Review. 

12:00 – Ceremony begins with General Lafayette receiving a cannon salute.