Old North’s annual Lantern Ceremony is one of Boston’s most unique and patriotic events. This colorful ceremony celebrates the events that sparked the American Revolution while honoring contemporary contributions to American values of liberty and freedom.
On April 18, 1775, two lanterns were hung from the steeple of the Old North Church, launching what would become the American Revolutionary War. Signaling the departure of British regulars "by sea," the two lanterns have come to represent the resolve and ingenuity of the American spirit. Today, Old North welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to learn about the history and values of Boston's early revolutionaries.