BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Monday night, historical reenactors in colonial garb will commemorate what many consider to be the most important event leading up to the American Revolution—the Boston Tea Party.
It will take place on the Brig Beaver, an exact replica of one of the 18th-century ships that the Sons of Liberty boarded 246 years ago to toss more than 340 chests of British tea into the water.
Shawn Ford, Executive Director of the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, told WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas there will be a staged protest with actors.
"The boxes you're looking at, those are the ones that are going to be cracked open," Ford said. "They're full of tea right now, and they'll be tossed in Boston Harbor tonight. Some of the tea was donated by the East India Tea Company, the original tea consignees, so we're having the British tea."
A full schedule of events. (James Rojas/WBZ NewsRadio)
The reenactment will begin at 6:30 p.m. outside the Old South Meeting House, with a procession leading to the museum.
"We march through the streets of Boston, just like the colonists did, coming down here to the water's edge, where we will destruct East India Company tea by tossing it overboard into Boston Harbor, just like they did 246 years ago," Ford said.
The "party" itself begins at 8 p.m., and is open to the public. It will also be streamed online.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports