Memorial Day Events & Specials Around Boston

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If you’re sticking around town this Memorial Day weekend, don’t fret about plans. Here are some of the best events, restaurant specials, and bargains to help you celebrate the unofficial start of Summer as well as honor our fallen service members.

Not your average backyard barbecue or beachside clambakes –

Bites from Journeyman.
Bites from Journeyman.

Journeyman & Heat (9 Sanborn Court, Somerville, 617-718-2333) will offer wood-fired specialties to satisfy your craving for charred food. Check out the skewers of duck, kimchi, and scallion, or king trumpet mushrooms with quail egg and sweet potato.

Sit on the porch at Bistro du Midi (272 Boylston Street, Boston, 617-426-7878), for fabulous people watching and a great view of Boston Common, and try executive chef Josue Louis’ creations: a lobster roll with yellow peach and brown butter, or sea bass with pea tendrils, heirloom tomatoes and a chorizo emulsion, and a nectarine and rhubarb cobler with bourbon caramel and blueberry ice cream for dessert.

The patio at Bistro du Midi.
The patio at Bistro du Midi.

UNI’s (370 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, 617-536-7200) new Japanese-inspired street food offerings from executive chef and partner Tony Messina kick up the flavor of clambake ingredients. Try the whole roasted lobster with Singapore black pepper glaze and yuzu drawn butter or the roasted oysters with kosho hollandaise, Chinese sausage and shallots.Bocce Kit

If you don’t have a backyard, Branch Line (321 Arsenal Street Watertown, 617-420-1900) has you covered! This neighborhood rotisserie has a large dining terrace complete with a bocce court and perennial garden.

Cool off or heat things up at The Rooftop@Revere’s pool (200 Stuart Street, Boston, 617-482-1800), which is offering complimentary access from 11 a.m. to Midnight on Memorial Day. The Rooftop is 21+ with vibrant cocktails like the Stuart Street Sip n’ Slide, made from Medford Rum, pineapple, lime, and simple syrup.

Garden of Flags

Each year a garden of flags are planted by the Massachusetts Military Heroes organization in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common. This display honors and remembers the Massachusetts service members who died defending our country in battles since the Revolutionary War. The 37,000 flags were arranged on Wednesday and will remain until sundown on Monday, May 30.

Honor & Tribute: Memorial Day Concert

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston Veterans’ Services in collaboration with the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund have organized the third annual Memorial Day concert on Monday, May 30, at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. The hour-long concert, starting at 5 p.m. will feature the Boston City Singers and the Metropolitan Wind Symphony Orchestra. General admission seats are available here or you can choose to bring your own blanket to sit on the lawn.

Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise to See the USS Constitution

Take in the sunset as you learn about Boston Harbor’s history and sights during this 90-minute tour, departing from 1 Long Wharf, Boston. Additionally, you’ll have a perfect view of the USS Constitution for its traditional sunset cannon blast and ceremonial flag lowering. Visit http://www.bostonharborcruises.com/boston-harbor-cruises/ for tickets or check out Goldstar for reduced prices.

Museum of Fine Arts is Free on Memorial Day

Enter at the Fenway Entrance from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., for a free stroll through exhibitions that include a quilt display, impressionism, and contemporary Latin American works.

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Kerry Stanton is a recipe writer, culinary instructor, and restaurant consultant. She writes for Dirty Water Media and the Boston Herald. “I will not settle for anything less than exceptional food at every meal. This doesn’t mean that I demand excessive extravagance or prized ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner - I just want well-cooked, properly seasoned food, presented beautifully. I think we all deserve this much.”

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