Bunker Hill Parade Steps off on Sunday

June 12, 2014
By
Parade Marshall Joe Zuffante

Parade Marshall Joe Zuffante

It’s the 239th Anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill and all week long  Charlestown residents have been showing off their Townie Pride.

From comedy fundraisers to dinners to special events Bunker Hill Pride Week will culminate in the annual Battle of Bunker Hill Day Parade on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. with Joe Zuffante as Parade Marshall and the Patriotic Exercises at the Bunker Hill Monument on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

“For me it is the celebration of our nation’s history and the history of Boston,” said City Councilor Sal LaMattina. “I love to celebrate Bunker Hill week and I commend the many groups and residents in Charlestown that keep this important, proud tradition alive in the neighborhood.”

Bunker Hill Day marks the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, also known as the Battle of Breed’s Hill, on June 17 each year. This battle, which occurred in 1775, was part of the Siege of Boston during the American Revolution.

Over the years to commemorate the battle, a range of events are organized, usually at historic sites and museums and throughout the community.

On the Sunday before or on June 17, a large parade is held in to celebrate Bunker Hill Day and to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill. Various groups take part in the parade including; local marching bands and other musical groups; current and past military personnel; re-enactment groups, especially those connected to the Siege of Boston; sports groups; fire trucks; police motorcycles; and floats sponsored by local businesses.