Bloomsday celebrates Thursday, June 16, 1904

The day was immortalized in James Joyce's 1922 novel Ulysses

Bloomsday is a yearly commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce.

The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Joyce's novel Ulysses, and the novel's events are set on the same date in 1904. 

Bloomsday is a tribute to Joyce's contribution to literature and a celebration of Irish culture and heritage.

Ulysses begins at 8 AM on June 16,1904 when we meet Stephen Dedalus at the Martello Tower in Sandycove, south of Dublin. A later episode introduces Leopold Bloom at breakfast at his home in Eccles Street, Dublin, also at 8 AM. The novel ends at 2 AM the following morning with the celebrated 24,000-word soliloquy of Molly Bloom, the wife of Leopold Bloom. 

Between the opening and closing pages of the book, 18 episodes, loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey, record many details, some fictional, some based on historical and geographical facts, of life in Dublin on that day. In doing so, the book traces the activities, various conversations, and, through the use of the inner monologue, the thoughts of Bloom and Stephen throughout the day, up to and including their eventual meeting in the red-light district and subsequent late-night conversations in various other locations in the city.

Photograph, David Costa

Photograph, David Costa

Photograph, David Costa

Here Comes Everybody has been celebrating Bloomsday in the Boston area for many years, with performances, readings, and music, all derived from Joyce’s works.

Bloomsday 2023


Barney Kiernan's Pub


Stephen and Bloom 


Molly Bloom's soliquay