Flags in Boston Common. Memorial Day in and around Cambridge Massachusetts.

The unofficial start of summer—Memorial Day Weekend!—is finally here and we rounded up four ways to celebrate the holiday in Cambridge.

Boston Calling

This annual music festival outgrew its original location at Boston’s City Hall and has since moved to the Harvard Athletic Complex, just a short walk from Harvard Square. Over the course of the multi-day festival, you can listen to acts like The Killers, Paramore, Jack White and St. Vincent. Want even more star power? Harvard graduate, actress, producer and director Natalie Portman is curating a series of original film programming as part of Boston Calling.  May 25-27. http://bostoncalling.com/

Cambridge Parade

If you’re feeling extra patriotic, head to Cambridge’s Memorial Day Parade starting at 11 a.m. from the Cambridge Common with a cannon salute and making its way through Harvard Square, Mount Auburn Street and Coolidge Avenue to the Cambridge Cemetery.

Sightsee by Bike

Explore Cambridge over the holiday weekend on bike thanks to Blue Bikes (formerly Hubway). The Bike share’s partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield in Spring 2018 is helping expand the network meaning more bikes on the road! Grab a Blue Bike and wind your way through Harvard, Inman, Central and Kendall Squares before taking in a leisurely ride along the Charles River on Memorial Drive.

See the Cities from the Water

Want to spend all day on the River? Rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard from Charles River Canoe and Kayak in Kendall Square and take in the Boston and Cambridge views from the current-less water. The Kendall Square location even offers a Barbecue Tour, an evening kayaking experience that ends with a feast from Redbones.


Are you planning on visiting Cambridge during Memorial Day Weekend? Make sure to check out our other guides to the area, from Cambridge’s Best Bakeries to Why Fresh Pond in Cambridge is Boston’s Best Kept Secret.