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Memorial Day Events: From Philly to Popular Shore Points

Posted by Admin PhillyLiving on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 3:37pm.

Philadelphia Memorial Day Happenings:

  • Parks on Tap FDR Park: Kick off your #MDW Wednesday at Parks on Tap! This weekend the park of choice is FDR park located in South Philly. Easy access from the Broad Street line, you can enjoy everything parks on tap has to offer for extended hours to celebrate the holiday! Thursday, however, there will be a #HappyHour from 5-7pm where 50% of the proceeds will support FDR park.
  • Sail Philly: Just when you think everyone is headed to the shore this weekend, Sail Philadelphia is expected to bring in more than 180,000 attendees to tour beautiful wooden ships, go on sailing excursions & enjoy a lively festival along the waterfront near Penn's Landing. This is a 5-day festival jumping off on Thursday & offering family-fun throughout the holiday weekend. This is a ticketed event, you can purchase tickets here, just be sure to choose the correct tickets for the events and activities you want to participate in!
  • Fireworks & Fountain Shows at Longwood Gardens: A little outside of the city, but well worth the drive, Longwood Gardens is hosting their Festival of the Fountains with evening illuminated performances! Thursday’s fountains will go off to music by The Beatles and on Thursday, Broadway hits. Saturday, guests can enjoy a special fountain showing with fireworks. For times and more details on these events, check it out here.
  • Phillies vs. Blue Jays: What’s more American than a good old tailgate before a baseball game? The Blue Jays are in town all weekend long so if you are looking for a good time & a way to enjoy the weather - grab some tickets to one or all of The Phillies’ games this weekend!
  • Delaware Riverfront Fireworks: In conjunction with Sail Philadelphia, fireworks will light up the night this Saturday beginning at 9 pm on the Delaware River. Unlike many of the Sail Philly events, this is free to the public, stop by & enjoy!
  • The opening of the Morris Arboretum Garden Railway: All Aboard! Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway is opening for the season this Saturday with its model train display spanning for more than a quarter of a mile. This is perfect for the family with little train lovers - this will keep them busy for hours!
  • Yoga on Race Street Pier: Namaste in Philly & work on my downward facing dog! This weekend, Friday at 7 am & Saturday through Monday at 9:30 am and then an additional class on Monday at 6 pm, join fellow yogis for practice on the pier! It’s free for attendees & a great way to start your morning - or your weekend! A bonus, this is not just available this weekend, it is offered through November - grab your mat & get ready to feel your best!
  • Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival: We’ve covered this before, but what better time to enjoy an evening of handcrafted lanterns than Memorial Day Weekend? It’s supposed to be beautiful this weekend, stop by Logan Square to see these beautiful masterpieces, have a drink at their multicultural beer garden (they offer other drinks too!) and then head out for a night on the town!
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park & Summerfest at Blue Cross RiverRink: If you’re from Philly or frequent the city, you know these are two of the most popular spots to head to if you’re feeling the summer vibe, giving yourself a feeling of being at the shore. Both the Spruce Street Harbor Park & the Summerfest at Blue Cross RiverRink will be open all weekend long with food & drink offerings plus views of the fireworks on the riverfront!
  • Tree Top Quest: Only open Saturday, Sunday & Monday, be prepared to get your adrenaline rush this weekend!  Quest Tree Top is open select days through November so if you’re away this weekend, you aren’t missing out. You can save a few dollars by planning ahead; if you book your tickets online you receive a discount.
  • Beer Gardens in Philly: Say no more...we’re there! One of our favorites (possibly because it’s a few steps from our office) is the PHS Pop Up at 15th & South. Great location, variety in their drink selections & small bites from The Royal Tavern. Although open year round, Frankford Hall is a great stop to celebrate this weekend. There’s the food & beer but the outdoor games will keep you occupied all afternoon while drinking with friends. How could you forget two Old City favorites...Morgan’s Pier & Independence Beer Garden?! Morgan’s Pier by day is a relaxing waterfront retreat with gourmet food options, drinks & an up-close view of the marina. By night, it becomes an outdoor nightclub with guest DJ’s, dancing & many drink options. Independence Beer Garden on the other wraps around businesses just off of Independence Mall with different plate options & drink options plus life-sized lawn games. There are so many more options throughout the city, check out the full list by Visit Philadelphia here.
  • Bok Bar Reopening: YES! We’ve been waiting what feels like forever since this high school rooftop bar closed for the season. It’s back this weekend with a variety of drink offerings, small bites, snacks & unparalleled views of Philly’s skyline. Aside from this outdoor bar being atop of an old school, the owners have allotted Sunday’s as family day - so what is typically a 21+ establishment, offers Sundays as an outing for families...including your 4-legged friends!

Shore Destination Memorial Day Celebrations:

  • Ocean City: 31 Memorial Beach Challenge & Kids Fun Run: A great way to workout before diving into the beer & burgers, but an even better result is that 100% of the proceeds from this event benefit the 31Heroes Project. This is an organization specializing in creating programs, financial support systems & future opportunities for service members, veterans & their families. For more info or to sign up, visit this site. Memorial Day Service: This will take place beginning at 11 am on Monday, May 28th at the Veterans Memorial Park on Wesley Avenue (between 5th & 6th Streets)
  • Avalon: Matthew Mullin Memorial 5K Beach Run/Walk: The 9th Annual run/walk starts at 8:30 am on Sunday, May 29th. Registration ends on May 25th at 8 pm, so if you are interested in participating, sign up before then hereAvalon Memorial Day Parade: Beginning at 9 am the parade is set to start at 32nd & Dune Drive & finish up at Veterans Plaza at 21st Street. It’s a great time to get out with the family and celebrate the holiday.
  • Stone Harbor: SURVIVOR Stone Harbor: Starting at 12 pm on Saturday, May 26th, cheer on Stone Harbor’s finest as they compete to unlock the ocean for 2018! 19th Annual Turtle Trot: This 5K & Fun Walk starts at 95th Street & First Avenue. If you’re interested, more information can be found hereFarmers Market: Located at 95th Street near the Water Tower Plaza, the farmers market will start at 8 am and go through mid-afternoon, ending at 12:30 pm. Come get your fresh meats, fruits & veggies to stock up for Monday’s grilling! Memorial Day Service: Remember the reason for the holiday and join others around the area, for a service beginning at 11 am on Monday, May 28th.
  • Wildwoods: Farmers Market Season #5 Kick Off: What better start to the season than a farmers market! From 8 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, browse and shop local fruits, veggies, flowers, plants, homemade baked goods, honey, wine & so much more! There will be live music starting at 9 am so be sure to swing by to enjoy this family-friendly event! International Kite Festival: Who knew the Wildwoods was home to the nation’s largest kite festival! Beginning at noon on Friday and concluding on Sunday there will be kite sales, an illuminated kite fly, silent and loud auctions & so much more all weekend long. For full details check out their site hereYoga on the Beach: Imagine closing your eyes and only hearing your breathing and the crashing of the waves. What better way to start your day that at yoga on the beach? At 9 am every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday at over the summer you can hop in on a pop-up yoga class on the beach behind the convention center. It’s $5 per class, you can’t beat that! Boardwalk Craft Show: Rain or shine...although we’d prefer shine, the boardwalk craft show is back; Saturday from 9-5pm and Sunday 9-4pm. Run to Remember 5K: Honor our Veterans by participating in the 5K run or 1-mile fun run/walk where all of the proceeds benefit the Veterans. You can sign up in advance and save $5 or if you want, show up the day of and participate! Registration starts at 7:45 am and the race kicks off at 9am. For more details visit their siteWildwood Crest Summer Kickoff Concert: Free outdoor concert for all ages! The Chatterband will kick off the season on Sunday starting at 7:30pm, all you need is a blanket of beach chair & be ready for a fun time! Wildwood Memorial Day Ceremony: Hosted at the Wildwood American Legion at 4200 Atlantic Avenue at 11am on Monday there will be speakers, recognition of fallen comrades, a firing squad, laying of wreaths & more.
  • Cape May: Annual Memorial Day Yard Sale: Bright & early on Saturday...we’re talking 7am (word on the street is the line starts as early as 6am however) the Kiwanis Club will be holding their annual yard sale. The club house is filled with all sorts of items from jewelry to books to all sorts of household items. Live Music at Hawk Haven Vineyard: From 2-5pm on Saturday the Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery will have live outdoor music. The BlueBone band will be playing; they are a local contemporary blues & blues rock band. Memorial Day Ceremony: Memorial Day Monday, gather at the Cape May Convention Center at 11am for a ceremony honoring our Military Veterans. Immediately following the ceremony the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center detachments will participate in presenting the Rifle Salute & launching of the flower boat from Gurney Street Beach.
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