Bunker Hill Day: Massachusetts

Celebrating the Battle of Bunker Hill

by Liz Olson

Bunker Hill Day, a holiday observed annually on June 17 in Massachusetts, celebrates the Battle of Bunker Hill. Although named for Bunker Hill, the actual fighting took place on the next hill over called Breed’s Hill in Charlestown, Mass., on June 17, 1775.

One of the earliest major battles of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Bunker Hill was an important event in the quest for American independence. Even though the British defeated colonial troops, the gallant American defense heightened colonial morale and resistance.

The Bunker Hill Monument was built to commemorate the heroic battle. Construction of the 221-foot granite obelisk took place between 1827 and 1843. The Bunker Hill Monument stands at the top of Breed’s Hill in Charlestown, Mass., and is one of the most visible landmarks in Boston.

Schools, libraries, and government offices in Suffolk County are closed to honor the event. Celebrations include a parade and battle reenactment in Charlestown every third weekend in June.

Massachusetts

Related Links

Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

Did you know?
After Angel Falls in Venezuela, Tugela Falls in South Africa is the world's highest waterfall.

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

3 Fun Thanksgiving Games for Kids
Looking for some great Thanksgiving games to play with your kids? Print our free Pin the Feathers on the Turkey game, Pin the Hat on the Pilgrim game, and Thanksgiving Parade Bingo game for loads of laughs this Turkey Day!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

Top Family Movies in Theaters for the Holidays
Taking the kids to the movies is a special family treat for the holidays! Don't miss 2014's best family films in theaters from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!