One Boston Day Celebrates the Spirit of the City

Posted April 14, 2015 by Lindsey Day in Downtown Boston
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This year, a new tradition is set to enter Boston history: One Boston Day. The inaugural One Boston Day, scheduled for April 15, is intended to honor “the resiliency, generosity and strength of the city” after the Boston Marathon bombings, Mayor Walsh told the press. Prepare for the celebration this year (and every year going forward) by learning more about the events taking place on that day and the spirit of togetherness One Boston Day is meant to evoke among residents.

One Boston Day Events

In a statement to the press during the unveiling ceremony for this year’s Boston Marathon street banners, Mayor Walsh remarked that, “April 15 is a date that has come to stand for our city’s deepest values. I hope everyone can mark this day in a way that is appropriate and inclusive for each of our experiences.” April 15 of course was the date of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.

This year’s banners have a heart with the word “Boston” inside and feature the slogan, “There’s only one.” This plays on both the famous reputation of the Boston Marathon among the running community, and gives a nod to the “One” of the inaugural One Boston Day.

The Mayor will spend April 15 visiting different Boston neighborhoods and connecting with residents. For One Boston Day, the city will raise temporary banners along Boylston Street honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

At 2:49 p.m., the Mayor will lead a moment of silence; city residents are encouraged to participate in the moment of silence. Throughout the day, church bells will ring to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the bombings.

One Day Community Service

Spread good will and community service. Photo Credit: Fought70

While there is no formal community service commitment for One Boston Day, residents are invited to perform “random acts of kindness” throughout the day. Mayor Walsh envisions the day as an opportunity for Boston residents to come together, give back, and help one another.

If you remember the events of the 2013 Marathon bombing and want to give back, you could find a community service, volunteer, or donation opportunity to spread some goodwill in the city. Or you could come up with your own personal tradition to honor the city’s civic spirit. Perhaps in years to come, the Mayor will formalize some part of this community spirit within the events of One Boston Day.

History of One Boston Day

April 15 marks the two year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. This year’s event takes place mid-week the week before the Marathon and comes just after admitted Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty in federal court. No doubt, this will make the event bittersweet for some, who still feel the events and aftermath of the Marathon bombing are too close to home.

The Marathon bombing killed 3 people and wounded more than 260 others. Many who were personally impacted by the event, or who know others who were, want to find a way to honor the victims of the bombings and celebrate the resilient spirit that thrived in the city’s neighborhoods in the days after the bombing. Community service is one simple yet effective way to do this.

2014 Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi told the press that, “The inspiration of the spirit of the victims – the crowd was phenomenal it turned me on and there’s no way I would have won the race without that support of the crowd.”

Will you be honoring that spirit or showing your support on One Boston Day with any special celebration, either personal or by attending the citywide event? If so, use the hashtag #OneBostonDay to show your participation via social media.