Memorial Day is a day of somber reflection to honor our fallen military, who have died fighting for our freedom. The day has also become the unofficial start of summer with restaurants opening their patios for visitors and locals to enjoy al fresco dining. With temperatures slated to be in the 80s this weekend, it’s time to honor the holiday by attending a few events. Here is a look at the top five ways to spend this Memorial Day weekend in Boston.
1 The Garden of FlagsMass Military Heroes Fund
Massachusetts Military Heroes organizes the Garden of Flags each year on Boston Common and this year is no different. Volunteers can participate by sponsoring or helping to place 37,000 flags to be planted at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument to commemorate each of the state’s brave service members whose lives have been lost since the Revolutionary War. The flag placing ceremony is being held on Wednesday and the flags will remain through sundown on May 30. A ceremony to honor the fallen will be held on the Common Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
2 Spirit of BostonSpirit of Boston
On Sunday night, book a Starlight Dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Boston to take in the sights of the city. The three-hour cruise along Boston Harbor offers some of the best views of Boston’s most historic sites, including the USS Constitution. After a dinner buffet, you can dance the night away on one of their many decks or head up to the rooftop lounge for a cocktail to take in the beautiful city views.
Rowes Wharf Boston, MA
3 Boston by FootBoston by Foot
One of the best ways to get acquainted or reacquainted with the city is through a walking tour. This Memorial Day weekend, Boston by Foot is organizing historic tours of the city that include everything from a Road to Revolution and the Heart of the Freedom Trail where you can explore some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and learn more about Paul Revere’s midnight ride that led to the American Revolution.
4 Castle IslandSullivan's Castle Island
Spend a few hours or even the entire day at Castle Island in South Boston that was used as a military training site during the Civil War. The fort was constructed in the mid-1800s and is preserved today as a state park. Memorial Day weekend kicks off a series of weekend tours from noon to 3:30 p.m. held Saturdays and Sundays through Columbus Day.
5 USS Constitution MuseumUSS Constitution Museum
The USS Constitution Museum is one of the best places to spend some time this Memorial Day weekend. They will host a Celebrity Series of Boston event all weekend long where visitors can learn about the struggles of those who served in 1812 while touring the USS Constitution with a Navy sailor. There will also be a special performance of Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom by the Guy Mendilow Ensemble and the Boston City Singers on Sunday at 3 p.m.
80 Constitution Road Charlestown Navy Yard Boston, MA 02129