Boston is a city packed with culture and long-standing traditions. Its history dates back to the early 17th century with the earliest settlers migrating from England. Boston is the oldest major city in the U.S. and emerged as a leader in intellectual and industrial circles, noted for establishing the first public school, Boston Latin School, and first University, Harvard, in 1635-36, as well as the first printing press in nearby Cambridge in 1639.

With its well-positioned harbor, Boston became the leading commercial center in the early colonies, eventually dubbed “The Hub of the Universe” by Oliver Wendell Holmes. Colonial Boston was a leader in shipbuilding and the primary port of North America. It was the birthplace of freedom during the late 18th century during a pivotal stage in American history where such events as the Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Bunker Hill successively set the stage for what would be the American Revolution in 1776.

Boston is an intimate yet world-class cosmopolitan city home to more than 600,000 people throughout its 20 neighborhoods, as well as a thriving college community that includes such high profile universities as Boston College, Boston University, MIT, and Northeastern. It’s a storied sports town that is home to historic venues like Fenway Park, and for nearly 70 years, the legendary Boston Garden, as well as major sports teams including baseball’s Red Sox, basketball’s Celtics and America’s first professional hockey team, the Bruins. Boston is also site of the nation’s oldest, most revered Patriots’ Day tradition, the Boston Marathon.