Festival will also feature Chicken & Rice Guys, Iron Furnace!
Scenes and flavors of an All-American summer unfold on Saturday, June 11 (3 p.m. – 8 p.m.) as Greater Boston barbecue landmark Redbones of Davis Square Somerville brings its food truck and mobile beer garden to the historic City of Presidents.
The festival is easily accessible by public transportation, just steps from the Quincy Center T station of the MBTA Red Line and commuter rail, 15 minutes from South Station in Boston.
"We're excited to bring our food to the other end of the Red Line and to be a new part of the great old tradition of Flag Day in Quincy," said Redbones owner Rob Gregory.
Redbones will be joined by The Chicken & Rice Guys food truck. Quincy restaurant Iron Furnace will offer family-friendly American cookout favorites, including its signature Iron Furnace Burger and Chili Dogs. The event is free, with cash for food and drinks.
The Redbones BBQ Flag Day Beer Garden is part of the City of Quincy's 65-year-old annual holiday celebration, which includes the nation's oldest Flag Day parade.
The festival is made possible by the support of Lallis & Higgins Insurance, the region's leading agency helping South Shore residents find affordable home, auto, life and business insurance policies. The Anthem Group, which organizes 4th of July food & hospitality on Boston's Charles River Esplanade and operates Charles River Bistro, assisted with the event.
The Redbones BBQ Flag Day Beer Garden will set up on the Adams-Hancock Green next to Quincy City Hall, 1305 Hancock St., and directly in front of Quincy Center station on the MBTA Red Line. Redbones will serve barbecue classics such as ribs, pulled pork and brisket, plus favorite local and national beers (21+ only with ID).
Quincy restaurant The Townshend, meanwhile, will expand its patio across the street from the beer garden at 1250 Hancock St. for the afternoon, offering craft cocktails, beer and sangria specials and summer bar snacks from chef Bobby Sisson.
The Quincy Flag Day parade, an annual tradition since 1952, begins at 7 p.m. and will pass down Hancock Street directly between the beer garden and Townshend cookout, giving guests two places to enjoy great hospitality before and during the parade.
The parade is followed by the City of Quincy's annual fireworks spectacle at Pageant Field overlooking Black's Creek at the southern end of Wollaston Beach. The fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
The beer garden takes place on the site of the future Adams-Hancock Green, currently under construction to expand the park between Quincy City Hall and the Church of the Presidents.
NEARBY HISTORIC LANDMARKS – Visitors can use the opportunity of the Flag Day barbecue festival to explore Quincy's American historic landmarks, all within walking distance. They include the Adams National Historical Park headquarters; the Greek Revival Church of the Presidents where visitors can enter the crypt of Presidents John & John Quincy Adams and First Ladies Abigail & Louisa Catherine Adams; the birthplaces of presidents John and John Quincy Adams; the Adams farmhouse mansion at Peacefield; the presidential Stone Library, which houses George Washington's Farewell Address and other national treasures; the Dorothy Quincy Homestead; the Quincy Historical Society at the Adams Academy, site of the parsonage where famed patriot John Hancock was born; and the Richardsonian Romanesque National Historic Landmark Thomas Crane Public Library.
DETAILS – Redbones BBQ Flag Day Beer Garden with Chicken & Rice Guys and Iron Furnace, Adams-Hancock Green (1305 Hancock St. on GPS), Quincy, Saturday, June 11, 3 p. to 8 p.m. Free with cash for food and drink.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION & PARKING – The Redbones BBQ Flag Day Beer Garden is conveniently located in front of Quincy Center T station, serviced by the MBTA Red Line, three commuter rail lines, and numerous MBTA bus routes. It is suggested that attendees take public transportation to the festival.
Public parking is available across the street in the Presidents Place parking garage, entrance on Saville Avenue, and two blocks away in the Hancock Parking Lot, entrance on Chestnut Street across from Quincy District Court House. There is limited free parking available on local streets in and around Quincy Center.