Memorial Day, a holiday rich with a history of American patriotism and unity, is the official kick off to every summer across the U.S. Celebrated to commemorate the lives of countless war veterans that have served our country valiantly and sacrificed their lives since 1868, Memorial Day is also the celebration of the first united Union and Confederate holiday in the country—and where better to celebrate than the nation’s birthplace! Enjoy this brief but exciting list of ways to celebrate the holiday in Philadelphia this year!
1) Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Where: 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd
When: Opens 5/27/16
A roller rink complete with a mini-golf course and a beach lounge! All-age fun never sounded so good! For more information, go to VisitPhilly. Prices vary.
2) Franklin Flea at Reading Terminal Market
Where: 51 N. 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
An exclusive, curated Flea Market boasting dozens of vendors featuring handmade and vintage items! Browse and shop!
3) Garden Railway
Where: Morris Arboretum 100 Northwestern Avenue
For those looking for a mini escape from the city, you’re in luck! Opening Saturday, May 28th, and running through October, the Morris Arboretum is featuring a new sculpture display highlighting the region’s most beautiful lighthouses and local art. Visit Morris Arboretum’s website for more details. Prices vary.
4) Memorial Day at Independence Seaport Museum
Where: 211 S. Columbus Blvd. (215) 413-8616
On Memorial Day, everyone will be looking for the best spot to watch the fireworks at Penn’s Landing later on in the evening beginning around 4 PM. Feel free to beat the crowd and be in the area hour before enjoy this historical presentation including a pop-up video and photo display, firing of the Spanish American War cruiser Olympia’s signal guns and complementary free admission to the Seaport Museum. Space is limited for this event so make sure to call ahead and confirm a reservation!
5) Living History: Meet The Patriots!
Where: New Hall Military Museum, 320 Chestnut Street
Independence National Historical Park will be hosting a live action reenactment of accounts from the American Revolution! On Saturday, May 28th, you’ll get to see a militiaman discuss his experiences during the Revolution while Sunday’s account will come from Molly Pitcher—a real gem. Each account begins at 1 PM on Saturday and Sunday. By the way, it’s free for all ages!