On November 28th 1942, the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub fire took the lives of 492 people and sent over 1,000 other individuals to every major Boston metropolitan hospital. At the time, it was the worst loss of life in the United States since the attack on Pearl Harbor and today is still the second deadliest fire in American history.

     As a result of the fire's magnitude and the investigations that followed, the Cocoanut Grove has been responsible for life saving medical advances in burn treatment, overhauled building codes, and improved fire safety regulations that have saved countless lives over the last 75 years.

     There is, however, no appropriate memorial in New England to honor those 492 victims, nor the first responders of the

worst tragedy in the history of the City of Boston. 

     The Cocoanut Grove Memorial Committee, a registered

501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was established in 2015 to help Boston recognize this historic event, allow future generations to learn, and to help those currently in need.

     Our objective is to create a memorial that preserves and honors the memory of the victims, survivors, first responders and medical professionals. 

     All involved in the committee are volunteers and we hope you will help us create a lasting tribute to the victims that perished and commemorate this tragedy.

Please join us in raising a

"Phoenix from the Ashes"

July 2020

Cocoanut Grove Survivor, Marshall Cole, passes away at age 94. Learn more about his story

2019 Major Milestone Accomplishments

- City of Boston Parks & Recreation Department approves location for Memorial at Statler Park

- The Brown Fund awards $30,000 for memorial design bid process. Bids reviewed by Boston Arts Commission and Grove Memorial Committee



November 28, 2017.

Group Pushes For Permanent Memorial To Honor All 492 Cocoanut Grove Fire Victims

November 28, 2017.

The deadliest disaster in Boston’s history happened 75 years ago. Some worry the city is forgetting.


The Boston Globe

July 11, 2016.

A memorial to Cocoanut Grove tragedy is long overdue

The Boston Globe

July 9, 2016.

Cocoanut Grove plaque shoved down the street

November 28, 2015.

The worst nightclub fire in history happened 73 years ago in Boston


Boston Fire Historical Society

The Story of the Cocoanut Grove Fire

National Fire Protection Association

Public Education on the Cocoanut Grove Fire​

The Cocoanut Grove Coalition

Archival documents, images, and artifacts

75th Anniversary Event
60th Anniversary NECN Video

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