On July 12, 1896, approximately 45,000 people in the Boston area gathered on the shores of Revere Beach to celebrate its opening as the first public beach in the U.S. Stretching 4.5 miles down the coast, Revere Beach was formed by the Metropolitan Parks Commission, which took ownership in 1895. The commission built a boulevard, public bathhouse, pavilions and a bandstand, drawing more than 250,000 visitors on many summer days. The beach was also home to some of the first amusement park attractions, like the world's fastest and largest roller coaster, The Cyclone. Some would argue that Revere's Wonderland was the model for Disney World.
After starting to deteriorate in the 1950s and later being destroyed by a 1978 New England blizzard, Revere Beach went through a renovation led by the city and state of Revere, and reopened in May of 1992. Not only did Revere Beach celebrate its 100th anniversary in 1996, nearly 900,000 people travel here each year for the Revere Sand Castle Competition.