Memorial Day Festivities


Although the official first day of summer isn’t until June, Memorial Day weekend feels like the ultimate summer kickoff. From boating, BBQs and re-opening of seasonal businesses, it’s also known to many boaters as the start of the season. Each year, we hope for sunshine and clear skies to honor such an important holiday. 

If you’re not heading to the beach for Memorial Day, get outdoors and check out the following events featuring food and music festivals, tours of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels, boat parades, shows, fundraisers and honorary celebrations that salute our military services.


Fleet Week

Los Angeles Fleet Week

Los Angeles, CA, May 24-27

New York City Fleet Week

New York, NY, May 24-30



Boston Calling Music Festival

Boston, MA, May 26-28, Location: Harvard Athletic Complex

Trans Am Memorial Day Classic

Lakeville, CT, May 26-29, Location: Lime Rock Park 

Wareham Oyster Festival & 5K

Wareham, MA, May 28, Location: Main Street

Virtual Run to Remember

Stonington, CT, May 29, Location: U.S. Coast Guard Foundation Headquarters

Memorial Day Remembrance

Bar Harbor, ME, May 29, Location: Village Green


Chestertown Tea Party Festival

Chestertown, MD, May 26-28, Multiple locations throughout Chestertown such as Roy Kirby Stadium at Washington College, Wilmer Park, Heritage Village and stages throughout town.

Memorial Day Ceremonies

Brew at the Zoo

Baltimore, MD, May 27-28, Location: Maryland Zoo

Memorial Day Ceremony

Timonium, MD, May 29, Location: Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens

Memorial Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony

Washington, DC, May 29, Location: Navy Memorial Plaza


Memorial Day Weekend Salute to Summer

Virginia Beach, VA, May 26-28, Location: 17th Street, 24th Street and 31st Street Parks, and the Heroes’ Walk displayed along the boardwalk

20th Annual Coastal Edge Steel Pier Classic

Virginia Beach, VA, May 26-29, Location: 1st Street Jetty

Coastal Empire Run to Remember

Savannah, GA, May 26, Location: U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah

Palatka Blue Crab Festival

Palatka, FL, May 26-28, Location: Downtown Palatka’s waterfront

Great American Beach Party

Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 27, Location: Las Olas Oceanside Park and along Las Olas Blvd. Classic Car Show located between Las Olas Blvd. and Seabreeze Blvd.

Air & Sea Show and U.S. Army SaluteFest

Miami, FL, May 27-28, Location: Miami Beach


Green Cove Springs Riverfest

Green Cove Springs, FL, May 29, Location: Spring Park

Boca Raton Memorial Day Celebrations

Boca Raton, FL, May 29, Location: Ceremony at Boca Raton Cemetery and concert at Mizner Park Amphitheater 


California Roots Festival

Monterey, CA, May 25-28, Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds

Legacy Week 

San Diego, CA, May 26-29, Location: USS Midway Museum

Happy Face Music Festival

Simi Valley, CA, May 27, Location: Rancho Santa Susana Community Park

Art in the Park

Morro Bay, CA, May 27-29, Location: Morro Bay Park

Memorial Day Sunset Sail on Freda B

San Francisco, CA, May 28, Location: Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 465

52nd Annual Northwest Folklife Festival

Seattle, WA, May 26-29, Location: Seattle Center

Hood Canal Fjord Fest

Brinnon, WA, May 27-28, Location: 251 Hjelvicks Road

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