Memorial Day 2018 is coming fast, Monday, May 28. Events are happening all through the weekend leading up to the big day. You don’t need to go to the shore to have an awesome Memorial Day Weekend! Check out our 2018 Philadelphia Happening Memorial Day Guide:
National Constitution Center
During Memorial Day Weekend, the National Constitution Center will pay tribute to those brave men and women by exploring how Americans today honor our military heroes.
Flag Ceremonies at NCCC
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Monday, 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 4:45 p.m.
The American flag will be raised every morning and lowered every evening on the museum’s front lawn. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate as they learn more about this patriotic ceremony. On Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2016, visitors can also join them for a special ceremony at 12 p.m. as they raise the flag from half to full staff, in accordance with U.S. tradition.
American Flag Etiquette Workshop and Giant Flag Folding
12:30 p.m. – Learn fun facts about the American flag’s history, as well as proper flag etiquette. Then help out members of the museum’s staff as we fold our 20X30 foot American flag. Remember—you can’t let it touch the ground!
Memorials: How a Nation Remembers Show
Saturday and Monday, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
This special program illuminates the history of our nation’s famous memorials and how they contribute to popular memory.
The Star-Spangled Banner: A History of Our National Anthem Show, 2 p.m.
Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem.
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
The Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest 2018 season runs weekend May 11-May 13 and May 18-May 20 before opening seven-days-a-week starting Memorial Day weekend. The Summerfest is free and open to the public. Roller skating, mini-golf, games, rides and concessions are pay-as-you-go.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
If you want to lounge in a hammock, indulge in some popular Philly foods like federal doughnuts or Franklin Fountain ice cream, taste local beers, or try out your paddle-board skills on the Delaware river than Spruce Street Harbor Park is the perfect way to spend your Memorial Day weekend!
Laurel Hill Cemetery
The traditional Decoration Day service of the Grand Army Meade Post #1 will be recreated at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia in 1868. A wreath-laying, speeches and honor guards will enhance the ceremony. The event is co-sponsored by the General Meade Society of Philadelphia, the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, American Legion Post #405, Post #1 Society, Union League, and Anna M. Ross Camp #1, Sons of Union Veterans.
The event will take place on Sunday, May 27 at 12pm sharp. Visitors can enter through Laurel Hill’s Gatehouse at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.
Admission to the event is FREE and open to the public; a $5 donation in support of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s work and preservation is suggested and would be much appreciated. For additional information, phone (215) 228-8200.
Bridesburg Memorial Day Parade
The Bridesburg Memorial Day Parade starts at 10 a.m. It begins on Richmond Street and follows to Bridge Street to Thompson Street and then Orthodox Street. Be sure to get there early to avoid road closures and find a spot to enjoy! It will be proceeded by the Bridsburg Memorial Day 5k.
On Saturday, May 26, Longwood Gardens will present a special evening fountain show. It will be set to popular, summertime anthems from artists like The Beach Boys, The Go-Go’s and Justin Timberlake.
The newly renovated fountains are one of the main draws to Kennet Square which includes more than 1,000 acres of gardens and meadows.
Tickets are $18-$50.
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348