Memorial Day reminds us to honor and remember those who serve and protect our country. It gives Americans the time to appreciate the sacrifices that are made every day to continue the American freedoms and dreams. Memorial Day also serves as the unofficial kickoff to summer – compelling people to get with their families and plan a quick trip to relax and have some fun. We put together a list of some of the most popular Memorial Day Weekend events and a few fun activity ideas to help you plan out a handful of easy Memorial Day Weekend getaways. Have a few laughs and cheers during your Memorial Weekend getaway with friends and family before summer officially rolls in. Let us help you find what to do on Memorial Day Weekend to have a memorable Waycation!
Florida Memorial Day Weekend
Miami Memorial Day Weekend is a very popular tourist destination as well as one of the most exciting places to go visit for the Memorial Day weekend holiday. The most anticipated event of the season is the Miami Beach, “Air and Sea” show. Being that it is one of the most exciting places to go on Memorial Day Weekend, thousands of people each year flock to Miami Beach to see a spectacular showcase of the men, women, technology, and equipment from the five branches of the United States Military. Along with the amazing show with a few of the finest military equipment, you can also bust a few dance moves to some of the world’s top recording artists. While out vacationing in Miami, you should also take the time to do some activities that are highly enjoyed by both tourists and locals!
Kennedy Space Center
Taking one of the many Kennedy Space Center Tours is an absolute must while visiting Florida. Once you purchase your Kennedy Space Center tickets, you’ll have access to hours of fun and wonderment, fit for the entire family. There are so many attractions offered at the Kennedy Space Center, that many people suggest visitors plan for two days there to experience everything offered at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Some of the top favorite attractions are the Dine with an Astronaut program, the Hubble Space Telescope along with the space footage IMAX movies, the Shuttle Launch Experience, and the NASA Bus tour. The Kennedy Space Center gives an in-depth and entertaining look into the daily activities and happenings when in space. The Kennedy Space Center also has an amazing exhibition dedicated to the astronauts who have lost their lives in space while on their way to the cosmos or on their way home.
Chicago Memorial Day Weekend
Chicago hosts one of the largest parades in America, the Chicago Memorial Day Parade. The Chicago Memorial Day Parade features thousands of participants that range from high school marching bands, drum and bugle corps, veterans’ groups, JROTC cadets, as well as current members of our armed forces. The Chicago Memorial Day Parade ceremony is both fun and heartwarming. The city of Chicago presents Gold Star Lapel Pins and Next of Kin Lapel Pins to families of fallen soldiers, not as an award, but as symbols of honor in remembrance of their fallen loved ones and the massive price the families had to pay. If you are wondering what to do on Memorial Day Weekend that’s beautiful, a fun spectacle while also paying your respects, the Chicago Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony is the way to go!
Chicago Architecture River Cruise
This Chicago river cruise is a wonderful experience for those who are visiting Chicago and even those who have lived in Chicago their entire lives. The informative and charismatic guides provided by the Chicago Urban adventure bring Chicago’s rich history and world-renowned architecture to life! This tour has several departure times, but we suggest choosing to go around the time of sunset to see the astonishing skyline change from day to night. You will get to ride not only on Lake Michigan but on the main branch of the Chicago River as well!
Las Vegas Memorial Day Weekend
If you are looking for more of a party this Memorial Day Weekend, flying into Las Vegas is right up your alley. Las Vegas parties start on Friday and go all the way through Memorial Day on Monday. With Las Vegas hotel bars, casinos, and pool parties all competing to host the biggest Memorial Day bash, you are set with things to do in Las Vegas. The city doesn’t sleep so you can keep the party going all day and weekend long. For those who are veterans or active in the military, all restaurants, shops, bars, casinos, and hotels are offering wonderful discounts to veterans and active military members.
The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil
If you’re in Las Vegas, take the opportunity to watch one of the many shows the city has to offer. The Beatles Cirque du Soleil show is an awe-inspiring tribute to the 1960’s band. The Beatles Cirque du Soleil showcases The Beatles music and explores the content of their songs with innovative performances. The Beetles show also keeps to the traditional style of Cirque du Soleil through aerial performance, extreme sports, and urban freestyle dance. The unique soundscape of The Beatles’ music was specifically created for this show using the master tapes at the famous Abbey Road Studios. When it comes to the various Cirque du Soleil shows Las Vegas has to offer, this is one you have to check out.
We hope to spark a bit of wanderlust, or at least give you some ideas on things to do this Memorial Day Weekend if you have been racking your brain. If none of these ideas tickle your fancy, then check out the variety of events and activities Way offers. Also, don’t forget to book your event parking as well! All easily doable all in one go! If you are flying to your destination this weekend, booking your airport parking with Way is easy as well. Whatever you end up doing, remember to take some time to remember that all we have is thanks to the members of the armed services who put their lives on the line every day.