Duckling Day

The Friends of the Public Garden, in association with the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department, celebrates Mother’s Day with Boston-area families during its annual Duckling Day event. We look forward to seeing you there!

A beloved tradition for more than 30 years, Duckling Day celebrates the children’s classic book, “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey. Every year, over 1,000 people meet up and parade through Boston’s most picturesque parks, dressed like characters from the story. Led by the Harvard Marching Band, the parade will begin on the Boston Common at the Parkman Bandstand and end in the Public Garden near the famous Make Way for Ducklings sculptures. Bring your camera – the parade is possibly the most adorable thing you’ll ever see!

Prior to the parade will be Playtime on the Common, a vibrant array of family entertainment including crafts, face painters, and a magician. Climb and jump with the Knucklebones crew. All families are welcome to decorate their wagons or strollers, bring a picnic, and enjoy springtime on the Common!

1d80fe9c-bdb4-48f7-a9c3-276c389c7651Duckling Day Quick Facts:
Save the Date:  Sunday, May 14, 2017
Boston Common – Parkman Bandstand
Hosted by the Friends of the Public Garden 

  • 10:00 a.m. – Registration/check-in begins
  • 10:00 a.m. – Playtime on the Common begins
  • 11:45 a.m. – Executive Director Liz Vizza greets families
  • 12:00 p.m. – Parade begins  

Registration fee: $35 per family in advance; $40 per family at the event.
****REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Click here to register****

Each child who registers will receive a special goody bag filled with Duckling Day themed items.

For nearby parking information please visit the following pages: Motor Mart Garage or Boston Common Garage


Promote Your Business at Duckling Day!

Would you like to showcase your company’s products or services to hundreds of Greater Boston families? The Friends is seeking business sponsors to exhibit at this fun, family event on Boston Common on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, 2017.  In addition to on-site exhibit space, the Friends offers pre- and post-event promotional benefits for your business. For more information, contact Mary Halpin at  or (617)723-8144.

Photography Policy

Visitors may be filmed, videotaped, and/or photographed by an employee or contract photographer at any event sponsored by the Friends of the Public Garden. Admission to the event serves as permission for the use of images of visitors by the Friends of the Public Garden and its constituents. The Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall are public places and as such photos of our guests are permitted as they would be in any public space, such as a park, trail, or roadway. However, visitors may ask – either the photographer or a Friends of the Public Garden staff member – not to be photographed. The Friends asks all photographers to respect the wishes of Friends of the Public Garden’s guests. Harassment of any visitor or infringement on their personal space is prohibited. Please contact us at if you would like your picture removed from one of our online platforms.