Arlington prepares to celebrate on Saturday

UPDATE September 16: The return of Town Day – the 44th – includes fireworks on the evening of Saturday September 17, the city reports. See the program of events >>

See the Town Day brochure >> See a list of more stalls on Mass. Ave. between Jason and Pleasant as well as Whittemore Park >>

The event has not taken place since 2019 due to the ongoing pandemic. Note that this area of ​​Mass. Ave. will be closed as well as access to Mass. Ave. from adjacent side streets.

The MBTA has rerouted its bus lines accordingly. Traffic delays are to be expected. Visitors are encouraged to walk to the event, if possible.

One Day Race in the City of Walter V. Moynihan

Traditionally held on City Day, the race will have a new course: three laps around the newly renovated Arlington Reservoir.

The event is hosted by Arlington Recreation, Arlington Boys and Girls Club and Arlington’s Fidelity House, with all net proceeds going to youth programming.

Learn more and register >>

Morning AHS visits

AHS Tour, April 30, 2022Residents tour the new AHS wing on April 30. / Photo Alisha Gandhi

The new wings of Arlington High School will be open for tours on City Day, September 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Visit the new Performing Arts and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Art) wings before heading to Town Day.

Self-guided tours begin and end in the lobby of Mass. Ave. and only include the new fenders.

Participants are advised to park near the entrance to Mass. Ave. (accessible parking is available on Schouler Court). There is no access through the back entrance on Mill Brook Drive.

The Phase 1 wings were opened to students in February. Phase 2 construction is underway and will last until fall 2023, when the new Humanities wing
and district administration and preschool spaces should open. For more information, visit www.ahsbuilding.org.

AFD Touch-a-Truck and Smoke House, Jaws of Life demos
The protests are behind the library
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Arlington firefighters will be doing fire safety demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. behind the library. Smoke House by Metro Fire SAFE, a three-room travel trailer designed to teach children about fire hazards in the home. Jaws of Life demonstrations (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and touch-a-truck opportunities are also planned.

APD and K9 Eiko Demos Family Services Team
APD booth at the Mass and Robbins Library.

Arlington Police will provide public safety information and discussion at their booth on Mass. Ave. at the entrance to Robbins Library throughout the city day. The Family Services team will be on hand to provide assistance on a wide range of topics. ODA K9 Officer Michael Hogan and K9 Eiko will perform demonstrations (10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.) in the Robbins Library parking lot.

Free Drinking Water on City Day – BYO Water Bottle
Find the ZW area between Academy and Jason streets.

When you crave a glass of water on Town Day, you can quench that thirst at a kiosk sponsored by the Zero Waste Committee’s campaign to reduce single-use plastics in Arlington. Bring your water bottle, travel mug or mug to the zero waste zone between Academy and Jason streets and refill for free! Arlington tap water is a healthy, delicious and valuable resource. The new Arlington on Tap campaign aims to make access to clean water more convenient for people on the go.

Some of the Town Day booths

Pie Palace: First Unitarian Universalist Parish of Arlington offers pies in front of the church, in Mass. Ave. and Pleasant Street. Stop by and get a slice of delicious homemade pie, with or without ice cream or whipped cream. All the money raised goes to fund social justice activities at the church.

Park Avenue Congregational Church: Distribute information about attending Sunday morning services and upcoming events, in person or virtually. Meet Reverend Leah Lyman Waldrons. Talk about how you have survived the pandemic so far. What would you like PACC to do to serve Arlington and the wider community? Bowl of water available for four-legged friends.

Arlington Community Media Inc.: ACMi provides access to equipment, training, and hands-on television production experience in Arlington. Stop by our booth to learn more and see how we cover Town Day live, on air.

The Julie A. Bankovich FoundationInc. (“JAB”), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, raises funds to create memories and bring joy to people living with metastatic breast cancer, a terminal illness. JAB was launched in honor of Julie (Brusgulis) Bankovich, who grew up in Arlington and passed away from the disease in April 2020.

Morningside Music Studio: We’ll have instruments to try, sharing information about private and group lessons and offering discounts on lessons.

Zero Waste Arlingtona city committee: visit to learn more about how to implement zero waste efforts in Arlington, including the city’s ban on single-use plastic water bottles, as well as how the committee works to reduce them in the community, composting and textile recycling.

Radius Wealth Management: On its first Town Day, Radius is a family-owned registered investment advisory firm that specializes in working with individuals and families to improve their investments. Our booth features an overview of many of the leading financial planning/investment management software. Contact Christian von Stackelberg at This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Arlington-Teosinte sister city project: Buy Fair Trade Salvadoran coffee, textiles and handicrafts! Great items for a good cause. To volunteer, register here >>

Arlington Children’s Theater: ACT program and registration information for the 2022-2023 season, and sweatshirts to commemorate 30 years of ACT available for purchase.

Arlington Land Trust: information on Land Trust projects

Open Space Committee/ Custody commission (joint stand): plans, draft plan for green spaces and leisure activities, etc.

Arlington Community Map Thompson School PTO: Purchase the Arlington Community Card on Town Day and receive year-round discounts at over 35 local Arlington businesses. Buy local, save money and contribute to our curriculum and rewarding student fundraiser. One hundred percent of proceeds from card sales go directly to Thompson PTO.

YourArlington: Answer city questions in a real-life news test for a chance to win a restaurant certificate. Tell our reporters which stories we should cover.

Town planning: Visit Ministry of Planning and Community Development staff and committees, including:

Custody commission
Open Space Committee
Affordable Housing Trust
Arlington Community Electric
Clean Energy Futures Committee
Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture
Transportation Advisory Committee
Cycling Advisory Committee

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  • Name of your group;
  • Its website address; and
  • Basic information about what you plan to display.

See the list below.


September 18, 2019: City festival celebrated before the showers fall
City Day 2017: A view from above

This announcement was posted on Thursday May 12, 2022, updated July 7 to describe the new Moynihan race route based on information from the town’s website and updated August 14 to clarify wording and invite participants to share their plans with YourArlington readership. It is updated periodically until September 16 to add participating groups that provide the requested information.

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