This weekend FINALLY marks the unofficial beginning of summer. So get your sunblock ready and your white clothes picked out… let’s get the beach parties and barbeques started!
If you’re looking for a unique Memorial Day adventure, here are some cool things to do this weekend in a few major US cities.
Summer Movie Series: Top Gun | Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum | Friday, May 23, 7:30pm
The USS Intepid’s 6th-annual Summer Movie Series is adding Top Gun to their list of free-to-see movies. Bring a blanket (and bug spray!), chairs, and some snack, and settle in to watch this classic movie under the stars. Seating is limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis. There are no admissions after 8:30pm. If you are a museum member, you will be given priority admission in the “members only” line. The museum also encourages guests to take a guided tour while they are waiting at the museum for the movie to start. The tours run at 6:00pm or 6:15pm, and tickets cost between $15 and $20.
Green-Wood’s Memorial Day Concert | 500 25th Street, Brooklyn | Monday, May 26, 2:30pm
This free Memorial Day concert, now in its sixteenth year, features the ISO Symphonic Band, which was founded in 1995 to showcase students throughout New York City. Bring chairs or blankets; food and refreshments will be on sale throughout the day. Tickets are free for this event, but they are encouraging you to RSVP here so they are able to gauge crowd turnout.
Memorial Day Special Trolley Tour | Green-Wood | Monday, May 26, 5:00pm
Directly following the Memorial Day Concert is this special tour, which costs $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Take a tour of this historic area aboard a trolley! Seating is limited and fills up quickly, so it might be a good idea to reserve your tickets in advance.
Wreath-Laying Ceremony & Chicago Memorial Day Parade | Daley Plaza | Saturday, May 24, 11:00am
The wreath-laying ceremony begins at 11:00am at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza, and the parade will kick of starting 12:00pm. The parade is one of the largest in the country, and honors current and fallen heroes.
Summer Kick-Off at Howl at the Moon | 26 West Hubbard Street | Sunday, May 25, 7:00pm
Check out this dueling piano bar and dance along to summer-themed hits as you sip Memorial Day drink specials! You may have seen this bar chain in many cities across the US, but Chicago’s location is headquarters, and the party is sure to be wild. Register here for 2-for-1 admission at this 21+ spot.
Remembering Our Heroes | USS Constitution, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown | All Weekend
Can you think of a better way to honor our heroes than to check out this unique museum? There will be many patriotically-themed activities to participate in, including toasting those who have served. Suggested donations for entrance are appreciated.
Memorial Day Weekend Kids’ S’more Pop Making Activity | Whole Foods Market Charles River Plaza Cafe, 151 Cambridge Street, Boston | Saturday, May 24, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Participate in making what may very well be the #1 summertime treat: s’mores! Though this event is free to attend, advance registration is required.
Honor & Tribute: Boston’s 2nd Annual Memorial Day Concert | Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, 200 Atlantic Avenue, Boston | Monday, May 26, 7:30pm
Join Boston and the City of Boston Veterans’ Services in this wonderful musical tribute to honor soldiers. Though this event is free to attend, they recommend you reserve your spot by registering online.
We wouldn’t have Memorial Day Weekend without those who are in service or who have served in the US military, so please: thank a soldier you know or any that you see!
For transportation to and around any of the above mentioned cities, don’t forget to visit GotoBus.com to book your bus tickets!