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Top Memorial Day Celebrations in Philadelphia

Our top events and happenings over the holiday weekend

Get excited, Memorial Day Weekend officially kicks off summer. Enjoy Philadelphia’s extensive offerings as warmer weather approaches. A number of locations in Philadelphia and the countryside are hosting celebratory events in honor of the long weekend.

Spend time with friends and family and be sure to commemorate our military men and women at any one of the Memorial Day Weekend events.

Read on for our top picks this Memorial Day Weekend.

2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships at Lincoln Financial Field

May 25-27

Some of college lacrosse’s best and brightest are headed to Lincoln Financial Field for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships. From May 25 to May 27, semi finals and championships fill the field. Purchase your tickets soon to join in the action and root for your favorite team’s victory. Outside of the stadium, the free LaXperience Fan Fest invites fans to show off their lacrosse skills, meet some of the tournament’s star athletes and enjoy food and drinks.

Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens

May 25

On Saturday, May 25, fireworks illuminate the night sky at Longwood Gardens’ Fireworks and Fountains event. The Memorial Day event marks the first in the summer series of fireworks. The show is coordinated to music by Elton John including Philadelphia Freedom, appropriately. Tickets to the event are available online and also include all-day access to Longwood Gardens.

Memorial Day Weekend at Chaddsford Winery

May 24-27

From Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 27, Chaddsford Winery is ushering in live music, food and plenty of wine at its Memorial Day celebration. A $10 wine tasting is available for those looking to try a variety of sweet and dry wines. Sangria slushies are on the menu as well. The merriment lasts from noon to 6 p.m. each day of the festival.

Memorial Day Programming at the National Constitution Center

May 25-27

From Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27 the National Constitution Center celebrates military heroes with a number of family-friendly activities for museum guests. Activities include a Patriotic Karaoke Station, American pride-themed arts and crafts, a flag etiquette lesson and a giant flag folding exercise on the front lawn. Each activity is included in the price of museum admission. The museum also provides guests with extended hours on Sunday, May 26; the museum will remain open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Amistad at the Independence Seaport Museum

May 24-29

In accordance with the Independence Seaport Museum’s new exhibit Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River, the historic Amistad Schooner will visit the museum’s docks for a multi-day run from May 24 to May 29. Deck and sail tours will be available for guests. The ship has traveled around the globe to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade.

Memorial Day Parade, Service and Reception at Laurel Hill Cemetery

May 26

Laurel Hill Cemetery is home to the burial plot of General George Gordon Meade, a war hero from the Battle of Gettysburg. On Sunday, May 26 honor the famed war hero, and all war heroes, at the cemetery which will host a service and wreath-laying followed by a reception with complimentary refreshments.

Franklin Square Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend

May 25-27

The Old City attraction hosts a celebratory weekend this Memorial Day. From Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27, Franklin Square hosts family-friendly festivities for all to enjoy. Children are invited to hop aboard the Lightning Bolt Express for a train ride around the park. Be sure to grab a bite to eat at the popular SquareBurger restaurant, ride around and around on the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel and challenge friends and family to a game of mini golf.

Memorial Day in Historic Philadelphia

May 25-27

The Historic Philadelphia Center raises its hat to Memorial Day with a slew of events from Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27. Each day at 3:45 p.m. listen to a live reading of the Declaration of Independence behind Independence Hall. At 10 benches throughout the historic district, listen to stories about America’s history from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children are invitied to march to a militant drum at 2 and 3 p.m. where they will learn marching and musket etiquette at the Signers’ Garden. Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell will also be open all weekend long for visitors.

Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway Opens Memorial Day Weekend

May 25

Morris Arboretum’s garden railway opens to the public on Saturday, May 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. The train brings guests from continent to continent as part of this year’s theme features the 12 architectural wonders of the world. Guests are transported from The Great Wall of China to Machu Picchu to the Eiffel Tower to landmarks around Philadelphia and much, much more. Free ice cream will be available for those who arrive at the beginning of the excitement.

40th Street Summer Series Presents Brooklyn Qawwali Party

May 25

On Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, University City District presents the first performance in its series of free outdoor concerts known as the 40th Street Summer Series. On Saturday, May 25, at 6 p.m. Brooklyn Qawwali Party, an eleven piece brass band, performs classic Pakistani music with a modern twist for the audience.

Spy at The Franklin Institute

May 25-27

The Franklin Institute’s new marquee exhibit, Spy: The Secret World of Espionage, is open to the public all Memorial Day weekend long. The interactive exhibit is a hands-on adventure for the whole family. It boasts a digital disguise maker, more than 200 artifacts and real stories from some of the CIA’s finest.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Remains Open on Memorial Day

May 27

The Philadelphia Museum of Art keeps its doors open for the holiday weekend, visit the museum on a Monday, a day that the PMA is normally closed. Explore some of its temporary exhibits along with its permanent collection. With the U.S. Open Championships at Merion Golf Club quickly approaching, take up the opportunity to visit the Art of Golf exhibit at the museum. Also check out the Journey to New Worlds and Great and Mighty Things exhibits while visiting the museum this holiday weekend.

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