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Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall has served as a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742. Funding was provided by a wealthy merchant, Peter Faneuil, for the construction and local artisan to create the grasshopper weather vane that still perches on the building's cupola. Inspirational speeches by Samuel Adams and other patriots were given at Faneuil Hall. These oratories became the footstool for America's desire to obtain independence from the British.

Faneuil Hall was expanded in 1806 by Charles Bulfinch. When Boston became a city the use of Faneuil Hall as a government meeting place came to an end, but it was still regularly used. Today, the first floor is still used as a lively marketplace and the second floor is a meeting hall where many Boston City debates are held. The fourth floor is maintained by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.

On July 4, the Declaration of Independence is read from the balcony of Faneuil Hall to commemorate its first reading on July 18, 1776 (typically at 10 AM).

Site Information
LocationFaneuil Hall Square
November 1st to December 31st 
Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 9:00PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00PM
January 1st to March 31st
Monday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
April 1st to May 31st
Monday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00PM
June 1st to October 31st
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00PM
ToursNational Park Service Rangers present historical talks every 1/2 hour from 9:30 - 4:30PM

More Information via the Freedom Trail Foundation

More Information via Faneuil Hall Marketplace

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Video & Multimedia

  • Fanueil Hall Oration

    The annual Independence Day Oration at Faneuil Hall was given this year by CNN correspondent John King.

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  • Exploring the Freedom Trail

    Click through an interactive map of historic stops along the Freedom Trail.

    Freedom Trail Story Map

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