Gearing up for Memorial Day goes hand-in-hand with welcoming summer. As the weather turns warmer and Memorial Day approaches, there’s nothing better than planning a memorable day weekend getaway at the end of May. Many cities across the country kick off the summer season with major events, festivals and concerts on Memorial Day weekend. Put these Memorial Day weekend getaways on your bucket list, especially those that feature patriotic parades and events to honor the fallen.
Destinations for Memorial Day Weekend Getaways
Memorial Day weekend celebrations in the Windy City are unparalleled. You won’t want to miss Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest, this two-day celebration features Local tribute artists playing all the hits in various genres and eras like ’80s hair metal, ’90s hip hop and today’s favorites. Chicago’s famous Navy Pier hosts breathe taking firework displays to close out the first official weekend of summer.
Known as the Las Vegas of the East Coast Atlantic City has something from everyone on Memorial Day weekend. You’ll find plenty of outdoor entertainment at beach bars, casinos, hotels and around the city. Some notable being Tropicana’s Boardwalk Block Party and fireworks. As well as the unofficial launch of summer The Beach Ball Drop to celebrate the opening of New Jersey’s beaches for the season.
Head to Virginia this memorial day to find some of the best historical cities in the country. Colonial Williamsburg, in particular, will be sure to put you in a patriotic spirit. The interactive history museums promise to keep everyone enthralled and the special Memorial Day Commemorative Program is not to be missed. Colonial Williamsburg has something for everyone for the holiday weekend.
Gettysburg National Military Park is a perfect place to spend your memorial day weekend. As the backdrop of the best-known battles of the American Civil War, it truly represents the real meaning of Memorial Day. The Memorial Day parade through the historic village and the ghost tour are both must-sees. You also won’t want to miss the Gettysburg BBQ Festival.
Sail off to Catalina Island for the holiday weekend but be sure to book your lodging well in advance. Catalina’s clear water, stunning views and plenty of fun outdoor activities make it the perfect place to kick off your summer. You can’t go wrong with renting a kayak, riding in a glass-bottom boat, scuba diving or snorkel to get a good look at the abundant marine life, enjoy any of the sightseeing tours, or just relax on the beach this Memorial Day.
Catalina Island, California
Whether you’re looking for a location within easy driving distance or you’re open to traveling further, you’ll have no problem finding an exciting destination from among these Memorial Day family getaways. Check out Reservations.com for some amazing deals too.