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One Boston Day – April 15, 2023

One Boston Day, observed on April 15 every year, is an American holiday born after the events of the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013. It is a holiday born by the death of some, injuries to many others, and the emergency responders’ bravery. These include police and other personnel who immediately took charge of the situation and did their best to get as many people as possible to safety following the blasts. One Boston Day serves as an opportunity to celebrate the resilience and strength shown by the people of Boston and those worldwide in responding to the Boston bombings.

History of One Boston Day

One Boston Day came about as a result of the tragedy of the bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 15, 2013. The 2013 Boston Marathon, organized by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), was the 117th edition of the annual marathon race held in Boston, United States. Moreover, it also played host to the second World Marathon Majors to be held in 2013, with over 23,000 runners participating.

The running event was disrupted by a terrorist attack where two consecutive explosions were on the sidewalk and near the finish line. The terrorist attack subsequently caused the competition to be suspended, with many runners unable to participate in the remainder of the match. The attack occurred almost two hours after the competition winners had completed their races. A series of two explosions occurred near the finish line killing three spectators and leaving 264 others injured — with 17 of those injured reported to be in critical condition and at least 14 requiring amputations. Tagged as “The Boston Marathon bombings,” the attack received widespread international media attention. Over 5,000 participants unable to finish due to halted race were given medals.

On May 16, a month after the incident, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) gave early entry into the 2014 race to participants who ran at least half the distance but could not complete the 2013 Marathon due to the attack. They also waived qualifying standards for these participants. A Pablo Eduardo sculpture was erected in August 2019 on Boylston Street as a memorial to the tragic events of April 15, 2013.

One Boston Day timeline

1887
The B.A.A. is Established

The Boston Athletic Association is established in March 1887.

2013
The 117th Boston Marathon Takes Place

The 117th Boston Marathon event takes place in April 2013 and is also interrupted by terrorist bomb attacks.

2017
The Movie “Stronger” is Released

The movie “Stronger”, a biopic of Jeff Bauman, a surviving victim of the blasts, is released in 2017.

2019
Boston Bombing Memorial is Erected

A memorial for the Boston bombings, a bronze sculpture by Pablo Eduardo, is erected in 2019.

One Boston Day FAQs

What is One Boston Day?

One Boston Day is an American holiday dedicated to honoring the heroes and victims of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.

What is the origin of One Boston Day?

One Boston Day came about as a result of the tragedy of the bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 15, 2013. The 2013 Boston Marathon was the 117th edition of the annual marathon race in Boston, United States

When was the Boston bombing?

The Boston bombing occurred the same day as the 117th Boston Marathon, which took place on April 15, 2013.

How to Observe One Boston Day

  1. Show some appreciation to a first responder

    For One Boston Day, it is a good idea to show some appreciation to first responders and remind them how important to the community they are. They’ll surely appreciate it.

  2. Visit the Boston Bombing Memorial

    You should visit the Boston Bombing Memorial sculpture on Boylston street. Not only is it in memory of the lives lost, but it is also a wonder to behold.

  3. Post on Social Media

    Share your experience on social media! Whether it’s your training for this year’s marathon or any other related activity, post online with the #OneBostonDay hashtag.

5 Unique Facts About Boston

  1. Boston is home to America’s oldest park

    The oldest public park in the United States is in Boston.

  2. It’s also home to America’s first subway

    Boston can be credited with pioneering the American subway system as it built the first subway in the United States.

  3. First American chocolate factory

    Walter Baker opened his chocolate factory in 1765 in Boston, making Boston the home of the first chocolate factory in the United States.

  4. First American Thanksgiving holiday

    The first Thanksgiving holiday in the US was celebrated in Boston after the Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in the New World in 1621.

  5. Boston is home to America’s first college

    The prestigious world-renowned institution of higher learning, Harvard, is the first college in the United States, established in 1636 and located in Boston.

Why One Boston Day is Important

  1. it’s an occasion to honor the bombing victims

    One Boston Day is an occasion for us to honor the victims of the Boston bombings who either lost their lives, were injured, or survived any other trauma from the terrorist attack. See what you can do on this day to honor them.

  2. An opportunity to appreciate first responders

    One Boston Day is an opportunity to appreciate first responders, law enforcement officers, and everyone else whose job is responding to and taking charge of some of the most threatening situations. Show your appreciation on this day.

  3. It’s a way to preserve Boston’s culture

    The Boston Marathon is an integral part of the culture of Boston. The celebration of One Boston Day further strengthens that culture.

One Boston Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 15Saturday
2024April 15Monday
2025April 15Tuesday
2026April 15Wednesday
2027April 15Thursday

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