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.
Los Angeles, CA, May 24-27
New York, NY, May 24-30
Boston, MA, May 26-28, Location: Harvard Athletic Complex
Lakeville, CT, May 26-29, Location: Lime Rock Park
Wareham, MA, May 28, Location: Main Street
Stonington, CT, May 29, Location: U.S. Coast Guard Foundation Headquarters
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.
Baltimore, MD, May 27-28, Location: Maryland Zoo
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, FL, May 26-28, Location: Downtown Palatka’s waterfront
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, 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
Monterey, CA, May 25-28, Location: Monterey County Fairgrounds
San Diego, CA, May 26-29, Location: USS Midway Museum
Simi Valley, CA, May 27, Location: Rancho Santa Susana Community 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
Brinnon, WA, May 27-28, Location: 251 Hjelvicks Road
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