Saturday, Sep 08, 2018 10:30a -
The Hancock-Adams Common
1306 Hancock St
Quincy, ma 02169
Kid Friendly, Meetup, Social Good
WHAT: Celebrations will kick off in the City of Quincy on Saturday, September 8th with a ceremony to dedicate the Hancock-Adams Common, the long-awaited green space in the heart of Quincy Center. Mayor Thomas P. Koch, Governor Charlie Baker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough will lead the ceremony and unveiling.
There will be live performances by the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and Quincy Choral Society and the capabilities of the Common’s granite fountains will be highlighted as well. This celebration is free to attend and all are welcome.
To cap off the ceremony, monuments to President John Adams and John Hancock, both native sons of Quincy, will be unveiled to the public. This is the first opportunity for Quincy residents, visitors, and history enthusiasts alike to enjoy the park, which was once a four-lane road separating the historic United First Parish Church from old City Hall.
Governor Baker will unveil the statue of Hancock, who was the Commonwealth’s first and third governor. McCullough will unveil the statue of Adams, as his masterpiece biography of the second president recast him as one of the nation’s most important founders and was later made into an acclaimed HBO miniseries.
Guests are invited to stay after the ceremony to enjoy live music and refreshments, as well as tours of the Common and its surrounding historic sites. The day-long celebration will culminate in a fireworks display over Quincy Harbor at 8pm.
The park includes more than 30 mature trees, brought in and planted with specific soil to support their ability to thrive, along with two custom-designed water features, public gathering spaces and seating. The City’s long-envisioned dream is now coming to fruition in grand style. Quincy is known as the “City of Presidents” and honors its history by closing what formerly was part of Hancock Street and creating this wonderful open space and gateway to the final resting place of two United States Presidents in the First Parish Church.
WHERE: The Hancock-Adams Common, Quincy, MA, between the United First Parish Church and old Quincy Town/City Hall and Hancock Cemetery
WHEN: Saturday, September 8th ceremony begins at 10:30am and the celebration continues throughout the day