Duckling Day @ Boston Common

Duckling Day is Sunday, May 12, 2024.

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” authored by Robert McCloskey.

Each year, event attendees meet up and parade through the iconic Boston Public Garden and Boston Common, 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 sculpture.

About the Parade

Prior to the parade will be Playtime on the Common, a vibrant array of family entertainment including a creative play area, a magician and other performers, interactive circus games, live music, and more. Families are welcome to decorate their wagons or strollers, bring food and a blanket for a picnic, and enjoy springtime in beautiful Boston Public Garden. The Ducking Day Parade is possibly the most adorable thing you’ll ever see! Be sure to take lots of pictures.

Register for the Event Today!

More info:



May 12 2024


10:00 am - 12:00 pm








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