Following the tragic events at last year's Boston Marathon, this year's edition, to be held Monday, April 21, will have special significance. The oldest and one of the (if not the) most prestigious races of its kind, the annual April event always attracts plenty of attention. But interest in the Marathon is at an all-time high, and organizers are expecting double the number of the typical 500,000 spectators as well as 36,000 runners, 9,000 more than last year.

If you will be among the participants, the cheering squad of runners' friends and family members, or visitors who want to experience the Marathon firsthand and show your solidarity with the event and the people of Boston, we welcome you. In addition to the race and all of the other wonderful things to do in our fair city, there are some special marathon-related events you may want to explore.

  • To Boston With Love April 1 to April 30, 2014 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
    The uplifting display features over 1700 flags created throughout the country and around the world in the wake of the Marathon tragedy to demonstrate harmony and unity with Bostonians. On Saturday, April 19, the MFA will present To Boston With Love Community Day and offer free admission to the exhibit and the entire museum. Visitors can help contribute to the America 4 Boston prayer canvas, a national art project, that will be unveiled at Fenway Park on Sunday, April 20.
  • Dear Boston- Messages from the Marathon Memorial April 7 to May 11, 2014 at the Boston Public Library.
    A selection of objects placed at the makeshift Marathon memorial will be displayed to mark the anniversary of the tragedy. On April 19, the library will present "Aftermath: A Photographic Reflection on the Boston Marathon Bombings," from 2 to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
  • Peace Cranes April 8 to 22, 2014 at Old South Church in Boston.
    The church will display the cranes which were given to the city as a plea for peace and an end to violence. It will be part of a memorial installation at the place of worship, which overlooks the finish line of the Marathon.
  • Boston Marathon Tribute Ceremony April 15 in Boston. 
    On the anniversary of last year's Boston Marathon, there will be a special event at the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center by invitation only for survivors, first responders, and others to pay tribute to the victims of the attack. While the event itself will not be open to the general public, the Color Guard will lead a procession down Boylston Street where, just before noon, Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh will lay wreaths at the site of the attacks. To mark the moment of the tragedy, churches throughout Boston will ring their bells at 2:49 p.m.
  • Free admission to the Mary Baker Eddy Library April 21 in Boston.
    In support of the city's healing, the library will offer complimentary admission and invite visitors to participate in its Transcending Boundaries exhibit by adding a personal message of hope.

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