How to Have the Best One Boston Day Ever

Celebrate this beautiful city of ours and pay it forward.

Photo by Olga Khvan

Photo by Olga Khvan

Friday, Boston hosts the second annual One Boston Day, marking three years since the city rallied together in the face of unspeakable tragedy. Earlier this week, Mayor Marty Walsh secured the holiday a permanent spot on the city’s calendar, ensuring that no April 15 will pass without remembering those we lost on that fateful day.

“April 15 is a date that has come to stand for our city’s deepest values, and we continue to be amazed by the spirit of the day, in the City, and around the world,” Walsh said. “I am proud to sign this proclamation so that every April 15 we are inspired to come together to honor the bravery, the resolve and the unity of the City by reaching out, helping those in need, committing random acts of kindness.”

There are plenty of One Boston Day events happening around the city today, and with the weather as beautiful as it is, there’s no excuse why you shouldn’t go and celebrate all this wonderful city has to offer.

Museum of Fine Arts

The MFA will offer free admission for all visitors, inviting them to “enjoy kindness in art.” All donations will benefit the MFA’s Artful Healing program, offering free art-making activities for children, teens, young adults, and their families at hospitals and healthcare centers in the Boston area.

Museum of Fine Arts, 4-10 p.m.,

Museum of Science

The Sports Museum

Free Hugs from the Nutcracker Bear

Everybody’s favorite anthropomorphic dancing bear will give out free hugs for One Boston Day, courtesy of the Boston Ballet.

Copley Square, 12 p.m.

Donate Blood

The Red Cross sent 600 blood products to Boston area hospitals in the wake of the marathon bombing in 2013. These donations saved the life of MBTA Police Sgt. Dic Donohue, who was nearly killed during the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers. “I am here today because of blood donors.  I would not be alive if people hadn’t volunteered their time to give blood,” Donohue says.

Sheraton Boston, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.