Duckling Day

Duckling Day 2016

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.   Thank you all for joining us! Photos coming soon on our Facebook page.

Duckling 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 in advance; $40 per family at the event.  Each child who registers will receive a special goody bag filled with Duckling Day themed items.

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.

For nearby parking information please visit the website of our lead sponsor: Motor Mart Garage

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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, a magician, and puppet show. Walk on a circus tightrope with  Esh Circus Arts, or climb and jump with the Knucklebones crew. Moms are invited to enjoy a free mini-massage thanks to local volunteer Massage Therapists. All families are welcome to decorate their wagons or strollers, bring a picnic, and enjoy springtime on the Common!