salute to service
Presented by BODYARMOR Sports Drink
- 2:00pm – 4pm • Lager! Lager! Lager! Party!
- 2:30pm – 3:45pm • Annie & The Fur Trappers play live in the Fan Zone with swing dance instructors on hand to help teach anyone new moves!
- 4:00pm • Free Jacks vs. Toronto
- 6:15pm • Live set by Cracker
- And Rugby All Day! • High School Club Championships
Join us as we honor both current and former members of our nation’s armed forces on the day, including providing direct support to Operation Homefront–a Quincy based national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities they’ve worked so hard to protect.
A portion of your ticket will go direct to support Operation Homefront. In addition the Free Jacks will support other initiatives to provide support to New England military families, including Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigade with donations for eligible dependents.
The day will include the MYRO High School Championship matches and pre-match swing lessons with the always lively Annie & the Fur Trappers on stage in the Fan Zone.
Our Salute to Service Night is just a part of our year-round commitment to respect, honor, and support our nation’s service members, veterans, and their families.
THE festival features
free jacks take on toronto arrows
Our Free Jacks will host the Toronto Arrows for this magical Saturday afternoon in front of a raucous home crowd. New England has a four wins to one loss all time record over the Canadian outfit, including a multi-record setting 80 to 5 win in Round 9 in Toronto. The match will be televised regionally on NBC Sports Boston and streamed on TheRugbyNetwork.
live set by cracker
Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Co-founders David Lowery and Johnny Hickman have been at it for over a quarter of a century – amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe [“Low,” “Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now),” “Euro-Trash Girl” and “Get Off This,” to name just a few], and a worldwide fan base – that despite the major sea-changes within the music industry – continues to grow each year.
Lindy swing instructors will be available in the Fan Zone to teach young and old the ins and outs of swing dancing while jamming to Annie and the Fur Trappers
Lindy swing instructors will be available in the Fan Zone to teach young and old the ins and outs of swing dancing while Annie and the Fur Trappers, a Boston based traditional jazz and blues band, brings the festival party up a notch! Annie and the Fur Trappers are dedicated to performing and preserving the music of the 1920s and 30s today playing traditional jazz, delta blues, ragtime, and swing music. They have performed at a variety of music festivals including the Big Muddy Blues Festival, The Whitaker Jazz festival The Apple Butter Festival, Cherokee Street Jazz Fest, HONK!TX, Musikfest, The Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl, and The Rosebud Cafe Music Festival, to name a few. Annie and the Fur Trappers bring every dance floor to life!
LAGER! LAGER! LAGER! PARTY! PARTY!
It is almost summer and that can only mean one thing, lager time! Come help us celebrate the wide range of styles and interpretations of lagers made by quality local craft breweries throughout the region.
Don your favorite bowling shirt, or lederhosen, or not, but come prepared to enjoy a quality afternoon of some of the best tasting brews around.
Fans can take part in the Lager! Lager! Lager Party! Party! Party
*ATTENDEES WILL EITHER NEED TO ALREADY HAVE ACCESS TO THE FREE JACKS MATCH OR PURCHASE A STANDING ROOM TICKET ALONG WITH THE LAGER! FEST TICKET ON THIS PAGE
Additional Ticket Required
backpack & school supplies drive
Fans are encouraged to bring and donate backpacks and school supplies to support Operation Homefront
HIGH SCHOOL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
Catch these young stars in action as the very best in Massachusetts Youth Rugby (MYRO) face off in three championship matches including the Boy’s High School MYRO Championships, Girls High School MYRO Championships, and All-Star match to cap it off.
9am Game 1 – Non Conference Final – Amoskeag vs Bishops Hendricken
10:20am Game 2 – Girls All Star Exhibition Match
11:40am Game 3 – MYRO Championship – Oliver Ames vs Wrentham
1:15pm Game 4 – Free Jacks Academy Showcase Independents Red vs Independents Blue
12:00am – 3:00pm Flag Rugby Jamboree and Middle School 7s Exhibition