Massachusetts is the third most populated and seventh smallest states in the country. It’s nicknamed as “The Bay State” due to its location and proximity to a number of large bays. But it’s also known as the “The Codfish State,” and “The Old Colony State,” which pertains to the Plymouth colony.
Massachusetts is bordered by New York to its west, Connecticut and Rhode Island to its south, New Hampshire and Vermont to its north, and the Atlantic Ocean to its east. Because Bay Staters (official name for Massachusetts residents) are creative when it comes to food the state is known for Ocean Spray cranberry juice, corn muffin, quahogs, Boston baked beans and of course Boston cream pie. Creativity and sweet tooth combined really shines in Boston food.
But they are also known for controversial regulations and other things like the Salem Witch Trials, mourners are only allowed to eat three sandwiches at a wake, it is considered illegal to bathe unless given a prescription from the doctor and all men are required to carry a rifle to church on a Sunday. These regulations are still on the books because Massachusetts is one of the original 13 colonies and their laws date back hundred of years and some outdated laws remain on its books. More Massachusetts Flag questions are answered here.
Famous Boston Events
- Boston St. Patricks Day Parade – March
A big chunk of the Boston population is of Irish descent, so St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a big event. It draws more than 850,000 fans annually. It features a parade of floats, marching bands, bagpipers and a variety of food served in Irish pubs, which is abundant in the area.
- Boston Marathon – April
The Boston Marathon is one of the oldest annual marathons on the planet. It started in 1897 and attracts a big crowd of up to 500,000. The event is recognized by the IAAF (International Association of Athletes Federations) and is considered “the pinnacle event” in road racing.
- Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – July
This is how Boston celebrates Independence Day, peppering the sky with magnificent fireworks. The event features outdoor concerts, live entertainment which includes the performance of the Boston Pops Orchestra and the much awaited fireworks at 10:30 PM.
Are you a proud Bay Stater? Want to know how to show true Massachusetts pride? Fly Old Glory in your backyard. It’s one of the best ways to show thank you to your state and country.
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