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Mother’s Day

Treat the women in your life by indulging them at XV Beacon!  This is the perfect way to say Happy Mother’s Day .

A History of Mother’s Day

The earliest celebrations of motherhood date back to the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. During the 1600, “Mothering Sunday” was celebrated in England on the fourth Sunday of Lent. In 1872, Julia Ward Howe (the author of the lyrics to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”) organized a day for mothers to rally for peace. For several years, she held an annual “Mother’s Day” rally in Boston. In 1905, a woman named Anna Jarvis began a campaign to establish Mother’s Day in memory of her mother, and Appalachian homemaker, who had rallied for a day to raise awareness of the bad health conditions in her community. Anny Jarvis lobbied politicians, businessmen, and event presidents to create a day to honor mothers. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill that recognized Mother’s Day as a national holiday. At first, Mother’s Day was celebrated by going to church or writing letters to mothers. By 1923, it had developed into a gift-giving occasion, and Anna Jarvis became enraged that Mother’s Day had become commercial. But Mother’s Day endured… and we’re glad (because, after all, that’s why you’re here!) So, toast your mom and remember to celebrate her always.

Boston’s Duckling Day event is a wonderful way to celebrate the Holiday as a family, where experiences become lasting memories for years to come.

Duckling Day

Hosted by: Friends of the Public Garden


A beloved tradition for over 30 years, the event celebrates the children’s classic book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. Every year, hundreds of children parade through Boston’s most picturesque parks, dressed like characters from the story. Led by the Harvard University Marching Band, the parade will begin in the Boston Common at the Parkman Bandstand and end in the Public Garden near the famous Make Way for Ducklings sculptures. Bring your cameras – this is the most adorable event in all of Boston!


Prior to the parade will be Playtime on the Common, a vibrant array of family entertainment from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. All activities are included with event admission:

  • Interactive Circus Games with Esh Circus Arts
  • Jenny the Juggler
  • Peter O’Malley, magician
  • Jump, climb, and play with Knucklebones
  • Meet our giant Duck!
  • Visit with the Harvard University Band
  • Make Way for Ducklings reading station
  • A goody bag for every kid – full of Duckling Day-themed items!


The registration fee is $35 per family group in advance (before May 6th) and $40 per family on the day of the event. Guests are required to follow City of Boston public health advisories and mandates in place at the time of the event. Each child who registers will receive a special goody bag.


Date: Sunday, May 8th

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common


Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at XV Beacon Hotel.

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