Memorial Day: 5 Places To Celebrate This Year


The last Monday of May is a special day for Americans all over the nation. It is the day we remember those who gave their lives in active military service. It is also the unofficial start of summer and the travel high season. During this long weekend, many US cities organize outstanding celebratory events, including local festivals, fireworks, and much more.

It is also the chance to spend time with friends and family, enjoying the balmy weather while commemorating the military men and women who died to protect for the country.

Memorial Day Destinations to Visit with friends

Washington D.C.

It makes sense to visit the nation’s capital on Memorial Day. If you are with family or friends, know that D.C. homes incredible yet free attractions and monuments you must see at least once in your life. Visit the many memorials as you walk down the National Mall — from the Lincoln Memorial to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Of course, a visit to D.C. would be incomplete without the Smithsonian museums –most of which are free and bustling with fantastic collections of unique items. And for the occasion, special events over the weekend include the military grave decoration ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery, the annual Memorial Day Parade, and local festivals all over the Washington-Virginia area.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - Washington D.C.

Austin, Texas

In Austin, Memorial Day means the beginning of boating season. People flock the lake to enjoy high temperatures under the Texan sun. Most of the fun and the celebrations are on and around the lake. Swim, sunbathe on a boat, or just catch glimpses of the Capital of Texas Triathlon runners.

Austin is the liberal heart of a conservative Texas. There are many tours and special events taking place all year round. You and your friends will love Austin’s vibrant nightlife, its exciting party scene, and – of course – the festivals.

Austin Texas - Memorial Day

Charleston, South Carolina

One of the first observances of Memorial Day took place in Hampton Park in 1865 as a commemoration of the soldiers who died during the Civil War. However, Charleston now attracts people on Memorial Day more for its art scene and its famous southern hospitality.

All over the long weekend, enjoy the famous Spoleto Festival which fills Charleston’s outdoor spaces, historic theaters, and churches with all sorts of performances. Jazz, food, fun, there is something for every taste and budget.

Memorial Day celebrations in Charleston

New York City, New York

Pretty much like Paris, NYC is always a good idea. The Big Apple is a booming multicultural metropolis that celebrates every significant world celebration including Memorial Day, of course. For the occasion, visitors can tour military ships at Pier 92 for what is known as Fleet Week. There are also free concerts and parades all over town. The most notable are the Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade and the New York Philharmonic’s musical performance.

New York City has way too many things to do and see. Be sure to go out to sample authentic New-York-style pizza pies before giving into the incredible nightlife.

Fleet Week, NYC Memorial Day
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Boston, Massachusetts

Boston was among the earliest American cities and it played a significant role in shaping of this nation. Boston has many historical sites, attractions, and museums. Walk the Freedom Trail, on the footsteps of the forefathers, explore the landmarks where the American Revolution unfolded.

You must take part in the Memorial Day Parade and, in the evening, take a boat ride in the harbor. Of course, your Boston vacation would be incomplete without crawling the Irish pubs.

Boston Memorial Day celebrations

How do you plan to celebrate Memorial Day this year? Tell us all about it in the comments below.

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