Memorial Day Weekend is Boston’s unofficial introduction to summer (although we’ve been ready for weeks), and this year it looks like it’ll finally be appropriately hot! Beantown empties a bit as families head off to beach houses on the Cape or cabins in New Hampshire, leaving behind plenty of fun, less-crowded stuff to do on your mid “summester” break! Here are our top picks for your weekend plans:
Each year, the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund “plants” 37,000 miniature American flags on the Boston Common, each representing a Massachusetts service member who gave their life serving our country since the Revolutionary war. The tribute is placed just in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and creates a powerful visual representing community support for the families of fallen heroes. Take a stroll through the Common to check out the exhibit, or come to the Memorial Day Concert on the Common at 5pm featuring the Boston City Singers and the Metropolitan Wind Symphony Orchestra.
No Cape Cod abode? No problem! Check out Revere Beach just north of Boston (and easily accessible by T; it’s only a 10 minute walk from the Wonderland stop on the Blue Line). It’s the oldest public beach in the US, complete with Victorian-style pavilions and an old-world public bath. It attracts over 100,000 visitors each summer, so be prepared to throw some elbows to snag a spot in the sand. The Weather Channel tentatively predicts that Saturday will be in the mid-80s…perfect beach weather!
Forget a swanky eatery right on the Cape, The Merchant has $1 oysters fresh from the bay all Memorial Day Weekend! From 5 pm onwards, oyster platters will be offered to diners at a buck-a-shuck. Although this Downtown Crossing brasserie has plenty of other delicious eats on the menu, we say you skip entrees and go for the equivalent ~20 bivalves.
While music festivals aren’t really known for their outstanding food, Boston’s always been a bit ahead of the curve and thus so is the Boston Calling Block Party! The Boston Calling Music Festival has become something of a Memorial Day Weekend tradition, but you can still enjoy the festivities even if you couldn’t snag tickets. On Thursday, May 26th from 5 to 8 pm, the Rose Kennedy Greenway will morph into a GIANT block party, teeming with local bands and crowds relaxing in lawn chairs. Venues will be set up all along the green, each with its own performers and out-of-this-world street food. Delicacies on offer include Vietnamese snacks from Bon Me, steak sandwiches from the delectable Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and veggie bowls from Whole Heart provisions.