Marking the unofficial first day of summer, Memorial Day offers plenty to do in and around Boston. From paying respects to those who served to resting and relaxing over the long holiday weekend, here are a few things you might wish to do this Memorial Day in Boston.
Garden of Flags
The Massachusetts Military Heroes organization plants 37,000 flags every year in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common. The area, known as the Garden of Flags, is meant to commemorate those Massachusetts service members who sacrificed their lives while defending the United States. Those honored during the ceremony date back to the Revolutionary War.
Members of the Massachusetts Military Heroes organization will begin placing the flags on May 20th and will continue to place flags through until sundown on May 25th. The organization will also hold a ceremony on May 21st at 10:00 am at the Common in order to honor Massachusetts residents who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Memorial Day Services at the Veterans Memorial Park
The 69th Annual Memorial Day services will be held on Saturday, May 23rd at the Veterans Memorial Park. Sometimes referred to as the Sergeant Charles Andrew MacGillivary Memorial, the Veterans Memorial Park is located in the Back Bay Fens within the Fenway neighborhood. The area serves as the perfect location for recognizing those who gave their lives for the United States, as the tranquil green area features monuments commemorating those who fought in the Vietnam War, the Korean War and World War II.
Memorial Day Concert
The Honor & Tribute: Memorial Day Concert will be held on the Boston Waterfront at Christopher Columbus Park on Monday, May 25th from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. The free concert will feature the Metropolitan Wind Symphony and the Boston Children’s Chorus.
Museum of Fine Arts
On Memorial Day, the Museum of Fine Arts will offer free admission from 10:00 am to 4:45. Visiting the museum is a great family activity that can be enjoyed before or after participating in one of the city’s events honoring fallen military men and women. Numerous family activities will take place on that day, while special exhibits will also be on display.
Getting Great Deals
Memorial Day Weekend is a popular time for area retailers to offer superb deals, with most deals being offered throughout the entire three-day weekend. Some popular areas for shopping in Boston include:
- Copley Place – international designer boutiques within a luxury mall
- Faneuil Marketplace (Quincy Market) – national brands, unique local shops and restaurants
- Haymarket – more than 100 stores, unique artisan pushcarts, national brands and local shops within an open air market in Historic Downtown Boston
- Newbury Street/Boylston Street – designer boutiques, art galleries, unique local stores and popular chains
- Prudential Center – upscale stores
A variety of stores are also located within a short distance from the city, including the outlet shopping centers of Wrentham Village and Assembly Row. Located 37 miles south of Boston, Wrentham Village features 170 outlets including many luxury and high-end brands. Situated in nearby Somerville, Assembly Row boasts a mixture of outlet shopping as well as fine dining and entertainment.