Best time to go to Boston

Memorial Day Weekend 2024

Lots of special events, concerts, and activities all over the city

Dates: May 23–27, 2024

Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day in the USA falls on the last Monday of May, but the festivities extend over the weekend. It's both a commemoration of those who died in the military service and an unofficial beginning of the summer season. Memorial Day weekend is a great time to visit Boston as there are many outdoor events, concerts, and special offers for visitors such as free admissions to certain museums. So, let's dive into the details and see where you can celebrate the lives of the fallen heroes in Boston.

Memorial Day Flag Garden on Boston Common (May 23– May 27, 2024)

The most iconic display of patriotism during this time is the Massachusetts Military Heroes Garden of Flags. Every year the Massachusetts Military Heroes organization puts 37,000 flags in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common to honor the memory of service members who lost lives to defend the United States. The display is put on Wednesday before the Memorial Day weekend and remains there through the end of the day on Monday. Besides, a name-reading ceremony is held in the Common on Thursday where names of all servicemen killed since 9/11/2001 will be mentioned.

Boston Calling Music Festival at the Harvard Athletic Complex, Allston (May 24–26, 2024)

The annual Boston Calling Music Festival is always held during the Memorial Day weekend. A three-day event dedicated to indie and pop-rock music takes place at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston. The lineups typically include artists like Ed Sheeran, Twenty One Pilots, LoveJoy, Hozier, Travis Scott, Tyler Childers, Brandi Carlile, Guster, Pile, and others. Overall, there are more than 55 musical acts and plenty of comedy and entertainment on top of that. Three-day General Admission ticket costs at least $383. From there, prices go up, so be sure to book in advance!

Boston’s Run To Remember (May 27, 2024)

Boston’s Run To Remember is an annual half marathon race held on the Memorial Day by The Boston Police Department and Boston Police Runner’s Club. The race honors Law Enforcement Officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. It goes through downtown Boston with plenty of historic landmarks on its course.

Other celebrations in and near Boston

Other special services are held at the Veterans Memorial Park in the Back Bay Fens in Boston's Fenway neighborhood. Memorial Day parades can be observed in Cambridge, Medford, Watertown, and Newton, with veterans and local officials honoring fallen service members. A cannon salute takes place at 9:30 am on Monday in Cambridge.

Memorial Day weekend also means free admissions at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Boston Harbor provides a free ferry to visit harbor islands. For example, visit Georges Island to see the Fort Warren dating back to the Civil War.

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