The last Monday of May is a US federal holiday where the women and men that had served in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. This originated after the Civil War to commemorate the Confederate and Union soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th Century, this day was extended to all military personnel who have died while in the military service.
Many visit cemeteries and memorial, to honor those who have died. Many also place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Others attend commemorative ceremonies near where they are staying.
The long Memorial Day Weekend is also considered to be the official start of summer, so there are many festivals that take advantage of the three day weekend. To name a few:
Queen Mary Salutes U.S. Military Personnel
When: May 26, 2014
Where: Queen Mary, Long Beach 90802
Cost: Free for retired and active military with ID
Rose Hills Memorial Day Observance
A community family-friendly observance and remembrance with musical performances, tributes and a keynote address.
When: May 26, 2014
Where: The Gardens at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier
Fiesta Hermosa in Hermosa Beach
Arts and crafts festival with entertainment stages and over 400 booths that includes beer and wine garden.
When: Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday
Where: Hermosa Beach Strand
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
Four day festival celebrating everything to do with the humble strawberry. Carnival rides, karaoke contest, pageants, and strawberry-themes parade on Saturday.
When: Friday through Monday, Memorial Day Weekend
Where: Village Green, between Euclid and Main Street in downtown Garden Grove
Annual Topanga Days Country Fair
A new-age jamboree including entertainment, fine arts and crafts fair, and healing.
When: Saturday through Monday, Memorial Day Weekend
Where: The Topange Community House
Scottish Fest (Scotfest) and Highland Games
Annual celebration of anything Scottish, such as music, dancing, games and everything with the Scottish culture in Orange County.
When: May 24 and 25, Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend
Where: The Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa
Grand Park’s Got Moves Salsa Festival
A celebration of all things Salsa including bands and dance performances. Plus it’s free.
When: Memorial Day, Monday
Where: Grand Park, LA
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