Do you suddenly have free time this Memorial Day weekend? As the weather starts reflecting summertime more and more, the urge to book getaway trips are rising as well. Here is a list of a few of the best spots that either have in-person activities to celebrate Memorial Day or have great ways to kick off the summer with outdoor adventures. Check out some of these great places for a last minute trip to have fun and relax!
Did you know that Memorial Day has a home town? The idea to celebrate the fallen was first suggested in 1865 and then was made a formal holiday, later, by General John Logan. In present days, the celebration includes a parade, illumination ceremonies, a downtown Waterloo historical scavenger hunt, and so much more! Some forms of celebration are still on hold while everyone still tries to keep safe. But there is still plenty to dive into while you’re there!
If the beach is more your scene, check out Miami! This beach city comes alive even more during the Memorial Day weekend. Events include music, fireworks, the Flamingo Gardens Memorial Day Kidz Fest (which has it’s Big Bugs exhibit opening this weekend), and more! Amongst the festivities, take a break at the beaches where you can still socially distance while basking in the sun.
One of the more obvious spots to celebrate Memorial Day is Washington, D.C. where the largest Memorial Day parade in the country is held! This year, the parade will be filmed for television only, and will not be open to the public. But it will still be an event you won’t want to miss watching!
“And for the first time, the American Veterans Center is proud to present a very special Independence Day television companion: Our Sacred Honor: An American Salute. Televised on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CW stations nationwide, the National Memorial Day Parade and Our Sacred Honor commemorate the shared values of service and sacrifice that have brought us together throughout our history.”
During Memorial Day weekend, Denver is a great place to go for the Colorado Music & Arts Festival that takes place in Centennial Center Park. There you can experience live music, great food, and so much more! Everything is put together with COVID safety in mind.
The Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle celebrates Memorial Day by featuring more than 800 musical performances in multiple genres. It also includes events such as cultural dance workshops, storytelling sessions, film screenings, cooking demonstrations, and conversation panels about the arts. You can even join in during some of these events!
Whatever you decide to do this weekend, remember to stay safe!
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