Happy Memorial Day! We’ve got tons of events and ways to feel Patriotic this Memorial Day Weekend in Raleigh. Whether you’re looking for a spot to host a picnic, events to honor our fallen heroes or just a fun time for family, we’ve got you covered! Here are a few of our favorite ways to celebrate Memorial Day in Raleigh!
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1. Fres Fruits Farms Memorial Balloon Festival
Have you ever wanted to ride in a hot air balloon? Check out this weekend-long celebration in Louisburg! Located just under an hour away from downtown, this festival is bound to get you in the Memorial Day mood.
With performances from the American Bombshells (think modern-day Andrew Sisters), tethered balloon rides, parachute demos, and of course, a fireworks display, this festival will bring out the patriotism in everyone!
And don’t worry about getting hungry, check out the Festival Food Court, complete with food trucks and ice cream.
🗓 MAY 30 | 12PM–10PM
📍 2595 E River Rd
2. An American Celebration: Back in Action
The Triangle Wine Ensemble is back for their annual Memorial Day concert! This rain or shine concert is filled with your favorites from film, the stage, video games, and more.
This concert is perfect for the entire family! BYO drinks and snacks (in a clear 12″ x 12″ 9″ cooler), check out Crescent Cafe, or pre-order concert snacks from Koka Booth’s Picnic in the Park Partners–Pizza Hut, Lowes Food, or Taziki’s Mediterranean Café.
🗓 MAY 30 | 7PM–9PM
📍 8003 Regency Pkwy
3. Memorial Day Observance in Cary
Honor those who gave their life at this Memorial Day Ceremony in downtown Cary. The ceremony will feature speakers from the Town of Cary and the North Carolina USO. Afterward, swing by Veterans Freedom Park to view the special Field of Flags placed in honor of those who fought and died defending our freedoms!
🗓 MAY 31 | 2:30PM–3:30PM
📍 119 Ambassador Loop
Other Ways to Celebrate
Raleigh is home to some amazing green space! Take advantage of it this Memorial Day by hosting a picnic, taking a walk, or just soaking up the sun.
PLUS nothing says springtime like berry picking, it’s a great pastime for kids and adults alike! Here are a few of our favorite places to enjoy the sun:
Places To Eat
Memorial Day means lots of delicious BBQ. But we know (1) not everyone has a smoker, and (2) not everyone has the time to cook a perfectly tender brisket. So whether you prefer eastern or western style, these local joints will hit the spot.
Plus, you can always take the food home to eat in your comfy clothes, which is definitely a win-win situation!
Grab a Flag!
Ace Hardware is partnering with the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) to honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Visit a participating Ace Hardware on May 29 and receive a free 8″x12″ American flag and a second flag will be donated to a local VFE post to be used for marking and honoring veterans’ graves this Memorial Day.
Last year over 530,000 American flags were given out to 2000 VFW posts nationwide!
Happy Memorial Day!
We hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend in Raleigh. If you’re looking for more things to do this weekend, check out our website and make sure to tag us in your photos (@StuffToDoInRaleigh)!