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Blue Star Museums – Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America. First launched in the summer of 2010, Blue Star Museums offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Service of Commemoration – Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, May 23, 5:30-7:00pm Words and music will help us to remember those who have gone before us during this Memorial Day Service on Bigelow Chapel Lawn. In the event of inclement weather, the Service will be held in Bigelow Chapel.
Street Performers Festival – Boston – May 25-27 – Street performers, world-class jugglers, clowns, storytellers, mimes, acrobats, dancers, storytellers, and others will perform on the cobblestone streets of the Faneuil Marketplace. Location: Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Time: all day. Cost: Free. 617- 523-1300.
GREATER BOSTON PARADES
NORTH OF BOSTON
Newburyport Spring Fest – May 25-26 – Celebrate the season in downtown Newburyport! Thousands attend to enjoy great live music, art, fine crafts, food from Newburyport’s best restaurants and Kid’s Korner featuring entertainment for children and families and the ever popular Teddy Bear Parade. Location: Downtown Newburyport . Time: 10a.m.– 5 p.m. Cost: Free Information: 978-462-6680
NORTH OF BOSTON PARADES
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SOUTH OF BOSTON
Free Admission for Veterans – Battleship Cove – May 25-27. All active duty, retired and reserve military personnel who show proof of service will be honored with free admission to Battleship Cove.
Memorial Day Ceremony – Battleship Cove – May 27. Honor and commemorate the men and women who gave their lives for freedom. Experience a traditional military observance at 12:00 PM with the raising of the American flag from half-staff and a 21-gun salute. The ceremony is open to the public.
Military Service Appreciation Day – Buttonwood Park Zoo – 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford – May 25 – 27. On Memorial Day Weekend all active duty, retired and reserve military personnel and their dependents who show proof of served will be honored with free admission to the Zoo.
SOUTH OF BOSTON PARADES
Fall River: 1:00
New Bedford: 11:00
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CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS
Massachusetts National Cemetery – May 28 Annual Memorial Day Services. Bourne (508) 563-7113
Figawi Race Weekend
– May 24-27 -
Sailboat race from Hyannis to Nantucket Island and back; weekend-long festivities
Hyannis Yacht Club, Hyannis & Nantucket Boat Basin, Nantucket
Wool Days at Old Sturbridge Village – Sturbridge – May 25-27 Wool Days means sheepshearing at Old Sturbridge Village, plus demonstrations of other parts of the seasonal processing of wool, including scouring, carding, dyeing, spinning, and weaving. Try your hand and learn about other fibers available to early New Englanders at our textile exhibit. Wool Days fall on Memorial Day weekend, when the Old Sturbridge Village stagecoach returns for the summer, along with the Quinebaug River Boat Ride.
AIS 49th Annual Memorial Powwow – May 26-27 Native American powwow 4H Camp Marshall, 92 McCormick Rd., Spencer
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Veterans and military enter Tower Hill for free on Memorial Day.
CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS PARADES
The parade steps off Sunday at 9:00am in front of the Church on the common
West Brookfield: 9:00
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Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair – May 25-26 Sheep shows, sheep dog trials, spinning contest, fiber contests & workshops, handcraft & hand spun yarn contests, fleece show & sale, shearing demo & shearing service. Location: 97 Fairgrounds Rd., Cummington Time: Fee: $8:00 per vehicle . Information: 413-458-0168
Memorial Weekend Sidewalk Sale May 24-27. Annual Memorial Weekend Sidewalk Sale featuring incredible savings on spring clearance and summer merchandise at participating stores. Lee Premium Outlets Lee
Paradise City Arts Festival – May 26-28, County Fairgrounds, Northampton. Ranked the #3 arts fair nationwide. This is truly one of the most spectacular fairs of fine craft, painting and sculpture in the whole country, lauded for its fresh, innovative approach. Four buildings, a big tent and a lush Sculpture Garden showcase 260 of the nation’s finest artists and craftspeople, featuring furniture, glass, large-scale sculpture, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, fashion and home furnishings. The Festival Dining Tent cooks up sensational cuisine by Northampton’s best chefs and a soundstage featuring live music with a New Orleans beat by the likes of Charles Neville and Samirah Evans. The theme this spring is “Wild Things!”, with an exhibit of art inspired by the animal kingdom, a silent art auction to benefit the Dakin Animal Shelter and a host of children’s activities and demonstrations centered on animals. Boston Magazine writes, ‘There’s no better place in the country to pick up original artwork than the Paradise City Arts Festival.
WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS PARADES
East Longmeadow: 10:50
Orange: Tully-9:00 & Downtown Orange-11:00
South Hadley: 11:00
West Springfield: 9:00