The Greenway Parks were named after Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, who was born and raised in Boston, as a way to honor the many accomplishments of her life. On Friday, July 22 on the Greenway we will celebrate Rose’s birthday – and her legacy. Look for “rose”-themed dishes at our participating food vendors and “rose”-themed activities for kids and adults throughout the parks!
Rose’s Garden Story Hour
10AM in the North End Parks
ReadBoston will be reading Rose’s Garden, a story by Peter H. Reynolds.
Greenway Activity Carts
11AM – 4PM in the Wharf District Parks
The carts will feature a special paper rose craft activity.
12:00 – 1:00PM starting in Wharf District Parks by the Rings Fountain and ending in the North End Parks
Learn more about Rose F. Kennedy by visiting important landmarks from her life.
some activities may be canceled due to the heat advisory check our calendar for updates
More about Rose…
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on July 22, 1890 in the North End. She is remembered nationally and internationally as daughter of John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, the mayor of Boston in the early twentieth century; the wife of Joseph P. Kennedy, a self-made multimillionaire and government official; and as the mother of accomplished children, including John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States and Robert F. Kennedy, a former US Attorney General, Eunice K. Shriver, Founder of the Special Olympics and Edward M. Kennedy, U.S. Senator for 47 years. Rose Kennedy encouraged her children to lead active lives, to study and to contribute to society in every possible way. She inspired their interest in history, politics, geography, arts, culture and their faith.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy is a beloved Boston icon for her many accomplishments, wonderful character, and tremendous spirit. Her legacy lives on with the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway – a new space in Boston that links the city’s rich historical past with a bold vision for the future – a space that, true to Rose Kennedy’s philosophy, blends history with optimism for Boston’s future. It is only appropriate that this new public space honors not only one of Boston’s greatest mothers, but all mothers whose love is at the very heart of life in every city.