A Guide To Memorial Day Weekend In Boston

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Memorial Day is a day we honor all of our fallen heroes, who died defending our freedom. One of the best ways to reflect on what the day means is to visit the Memorial Flag Day on Boston Common. Starting next Wednesday (May 23), Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund will be planting a Garden of Flags in memory of each Massachusetts service member, who has given their life for our country. Here’s a look at other happenings throughout town this Memorial Day in Boston.


Show Your Patriotic Spirit:

Flag Garden on Boston Common

Mass Military Heroes FundPhoto Credit: Mass Military Heroes Fund

The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund is again hosting its annual Memorial Day Flag Garden on Boston Common. Each of the more than 37,000 flags planted at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument represents every brave Massachusetts service member who gave his or her life defending our country since the Revolutionary War. The completed garden is always a breathtaking tribute to the true meaning of Memorial Day and a powerful message of support to the families of these fallen heroes that their sacrifices will never be forgotten. A name-reading ceremony to honor all of the Massachusetts service members killed since 9/11/2001 will be held in front of the flag display on the Common next Thursday (May 24) at 10:30 a.m.

72nd Annual Memorial Day Services:

Mass Fallen HeroesPhoto Credit: Mass Fallen Heroes

On Saturday, services will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park (often referred to as the Sergeant Charles Andrew MacGillivary Memorial to honor a local hero) in the Back Bay Fens. (The park honors those who fought in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War).

Honor & Tribute: Memorial Day Concert:

Boston-VetsPhoto Credit: Boston Vets

On Monday at 6:30 p.m., head over to the North End for the Honor & Tribute: Memorial Day Concert at Christopher Columbus Park. The sunset concert sponsored by the City of Boston Veterans’ Services will feature the Metropolitan Wind Symphony Orchestra.


Dine Out In Haute Style:

Surf & TurfPhoto Credit: Davio’s

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Boston is taking taking their food to a new level this Memorial Day Weekend. They will be offering a decadent Surf and Turf Burger (eight ounce Kobe beef, Maine lobster, truffle-champagne fonduta and butter lettuce served on a brioche bun) paired up with a pint of local Wormtown Be Hoppy IPA from Worcester. The $50 burger is available from May 22-28 at Boston’s Back Bay location only.

75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116; Website

City Tap HousePhoto Credit: City Tap House

This Memorial Day weekend, City Tap House is transforming into “Fort Point Nantucket” featuring Cisco Brewers. For three days and nights, the Nantucket brewery will turn City Tap’s patio into a replica of its microbrewery on Nantucket complete with a giant sweeping American flag, swag, lawn games, seafood specials and summer sips.

10 Boston Wharf Road, Boston, MA 02210; Website


Check Out A Three-Day Music Festival:

Natalie PortmanPhoto Credit: Boston Calling

One of the most popular music festivals is returning to Boston and happening Memorial Day weekend. The three-day Boston Calling festival is bringing big names to town (think headliners like Natalie Portman, Eminem and The Killers). The ninth annual festival being held at the Harvard Athletic Complex will deliver more than 54 performances from musicians, bands and comedians across three stages and the festival’s indoor arena. New this year is the Boston Calling Film Festival being held next week at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square curated by Academy award-winning actress, producer and director Natalie Portman. She will also be curating and hosting a series of special programming held indoors at the music festival’s arena throughout the weekend.

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