Boston Common, also known as "the Common" sometimes mistakenly called "Boston Commons," is the oldest city park in the United States, and has been the site for multiple historic marches and speeches since its founding in 1634. It is located in downtown Boston.
It was a training ground for patriot soldiers during the American Revolution after the British Redcoats had encamped there for an eight-year period beginning in 1768. Independence was celebrated in this park by local-favorite John Adams, and also George Washington and General Lafayette came here to celebrate our nation's independence. Anti-slavery meetings were held there in the Civil War era.
Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass there in 1979, and in the 1960s rallies were held there to protest the Vietnam War and to demand civil rights, including a rally led by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.