Memorial Day Traditions

Memorial Day Traditions

Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May, is a solemn day dedicated to honoring and remembering the men and women who have died serving in the United States Armed Forces. Over the years, it has also evolved to mark the unofficial beginning of summer, with people across the country participating in various traditions to commemorate this day. Here are some of the most notable Memorial Day traditions that reflect the spirit of remembrance and community.

Commemorative Events Philadelphia is home to several significant historical sites. Philadelphia’s role in creating and signing the Constitution cemented its place in American history as a city where foundational principles of democracy and governance were debated and established. Today, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell stand as enduring symbols of the struggle for freedom and the birth of a nation built on the ideals of liberty, justice, and equality.

  • In honor of Memorial Day, the National Constitution Center celebrates the holiday with unique programming and free admission. The event runs from May 25-27. [Event - Memorial Day Weekend Constitution Center](
  • The Museum of the American Revolution hosts special programming to commemorate Memorial Day. The Museum honors the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. Admission is free for all active military, veterans, and Blue Star Families all weekend. The event runs from May 25-27. Memorial Day Weekend 2024 at the Museum - Museum of the American Revolution

Visiting Cemeteries and Memorials

  • One of the most profound ways Americans observe Memorial Day is by visiting cemeteries and memorials dedicated to fallen soldiers. Many volunteers place American flags or flowers on each grave in national cemeteries. This act of remembrance serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made for the country’s freedom and peace.
  • On Sunday, May 26th, the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia will continue its long-time tradition of a Memorial Day Commemoration. The event starts at noon and will run to 2 p.m. This ceremony is free and open to the public. Memorial Day Celebration - Laurel Hill

Beach Season Kick-Off

  • Memorial Day weekend often signifies the eagerly awaited start of summer, beckoning families and friends to embrace the warmth and freedom of the season. Heading to the beach becomes a cherished ritual for many, marking the occasion with the first sun-soaked getaway of the year. The coastlines, whether in New Jersey, Maryland, or Delaware, come alive with the laughter of children building sandcastles, the rhythmic sound of waves crashing against the shore, and the tranquil sight of sunbathers lounging under the bright sky.
  • Wildwood, NJ, is kicking off the 2024 summer season with events like the Wildwoods International Kite Festival, Memorial Day Weekend Boardwalk Craft Show, a Food Truck & Music FEASTival, and much more. The events start on Friday, May 25th, and run till Monday, May 27th. The Wildwoods Welcome Visitors & Kick Off Summer 2024 With Jam-Packed Memorial Day Weekend Events Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27 - The Wildwoods, NJ
  • Rehoboth & Lewes, DE, will both be hosting events over the weekend in honor of Memorial Day. Rehoboth Beach will host a ceremony by the American Legion Post 5 on Monday, May 27th. Lewes, DE, will hold a Memorial Day parade at 9 am sponsored by the American Legion Family of Post 17. Your Guide To Memorial Day Weekend In Delaware

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