Kid's Menu: Old Ironsides sailing and fireworks on tap for Friday

The USS Constitution will set sail from the Charlestown Navy Yard to Fort Independence on Castle Island and back on Friday in commemoration of the 76th anniversary of the key World War II Battle of Midway in the Pacific Ocean Area. See story at left. The ship’s crew will pay tribute to the fallen of WWII with a wreath-laying ceremony toward the destroyer USS Cassin Young.
US Navy photo by Casey Scoular

Welcome to June, everyone! Who’s ready to have some summer fun? Whether it’s splashing around at your favorite park or beach or watching fireworks over Dorchester Bay, there’s always something to do in Boston’s biggest neighborhood.

Anchors A-Weigh and Fireworks Overhead – On Friday (June 8), don’t miss your chance to see Old Ironsides under way. The vessel will depart from the Charlestown Navy Yard at 10 a.m. and sail to Fort Independence at Castle Island, where the ship will fire a 21-gun salute at approximately 11:30a.m.. The event will commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Midway in World War II.

Later on Friday, at 9:30 p.m., the city of Boston will sponsor a fireworks display over Dorchester Bay. This event is part of the 86th United States Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting, which is taking place in Boston this weekend. The fireworks display will be launched from Columbia Point and be viewable from beaches along Dorchester and South Boston.

Bikes and Kites Festival at Franklin Park – On Saturday ( June 9), pop over to Franklin Park for the fourth annual Bikes and Kites festival from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. Hosted by the Franklin Park Coalition, this festival annually brings out more than 1,000 people to fly kites, ride bikes, picnic, and enjoy the sun. With food trucks, affordable kites for sale, and the beautiful scenery of Franklin Park, this event is not to be missed!

Free Fun on Fridays at Museums, Venues – The Highand Street Foundation has announced its #FreeFunFridays, when admission is waived to various cultural venues across the city every Friday from the end of June through the end of August. Go to highlandstreet.org for a list of participating venues.

Join the “Boston Read 1 Million Minutes” program – Participate in the BPL’s summer reading program- and get your kids reading- by making note of the number of minutes spent reading and letting your friendly neighborhood librarian know. They’ll send in the totals every week. Will your library be the one with the highest number of minutes? Make the challenge even more fun by picking up a BPL Bingo card, which, when completed, could win you VIP tickets to the Boston Book Festival this fall.

Save the Date for the Sportsman’s Tennis Ball – It is scheduled for Fri., Nov. 16, at Lombardo’s in Randolph. This evening of dining, dancing and recognition will help STEC fulfill its mission of building “leaders on the court, in the classroom, and in the greater community by providing academic, social development, health and wellness programs” for youth and young adults.

Here are some other fun times to fill up your June calendar:

• Sat., June 9, 11 a.m.— Boston Black-Owned Business Pop Up Market at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave, South Boston’s Seaport District.

• DOT ART Saturday Studios. Drop in time for 3-10 year olds is every week at Little House from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Tues., June 12, 8:30 a.m. — Fresh food truck at the Daniel Driscoll-Neponset Health. The Fresh Truck is a mobile food market where you can get great savings on produce and dairy items.

• Thurs., June 14, at 8 p.m. — Work Inc. Annual Awards Night at the IBEW, Freeport Street. Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley will serve as MC.

• Sat., June 16 – Beginner Guitar for Teens at Adams St BPL. Grades 6 to 12: You are eligible to register for free, beginner-level ukulele and guitar classes taught by professional musicians.

• Sun., June 17, at 2 p.m. at the JFK Library— Boston City Singers will present a program of South African music celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela as part of a South Africa Partners program.

• Sat., June 23 – World Giraffe Day at Franklin Park Zoo. Join in activities and zookeeper chats throughout the day. A perfect opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the giraffes that call Franklin Park Zoo home. Chats are at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

• Sun., June 24, at 2p.m. – Unified Bike Ride, starting from the Bowdoin Bike School, 786 Dudley St. Unified Rides are a safe space for people of all identities and walks of life. All are welcome. $5 suggested donation, bike and helmet loans and rentals available. Enjoy a friendly and leisurely ride through the neighborhood.

Sat., July 21, at 3 p.m.— Kids’ Day at Carson Beach presented by Boston Triathlon. Splash & Dash, Fun Run, Games and More for kids of all ages.