Memorial Day Weekend in Cambridge

Filed in Lifestyle, Local Events, Things to Do by on May 27, 2010 1 Comment


If parades are your thing Cambridge will have a Memorial Day parade that starts off at the Cambridge Common on Monday at 9:30am.  This annual tradition is brought to you by the Cambridge Veterans Organization.  As is usual the Mayor will be involved which means Mayor Maher will be acting as one of the parade commentators.  More details on the Cambridge Memorial Day Parade can be found here.

The weekend will start with the decoration of Veteran’s graves at cemeteries across Cambridge with flags.  Flags will be made available to those in private cemeteries as well but the actual placing of the flags will have to be done by family members.  More details about the placing of the Grave Flags for Memorial Day in 2010 can be found here.

Memorial Day is meant to commemorate and celebrate those that died in war for the United States.  Though we must never forget that Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial start of summer.

In Cambridge one of my favorite summer past times is spending time on the Charles River along Memorial Drive.  Memorial Drive was renamed from Charles River Road in 1922 in honor of those who gave their lives in World War I.  The stretch of river along Memorial Drive is quite pretty and on Sunday’s a part of it is closed to cars so that it can be enjoyed by pedestrians, bikers, joggers and rollerbladers alike.

The closure of Memorial Drive is done annually by the DCR from the end of April to mid November.  From 11am to 7pm from the last Sunday of April until the second Sunday in November we are free to enjoy that stretch of the Charles(Western Ave to Mount Auburn St).  Now that my children can really ride their bikes we are very excited to spend plenty of Sundays there this summer.

Enjoy the long weekend but don’t forget why we have it…

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