Friday Five: 5 Fun Memorial Day Weekend Getaways!

Justin Narayan
May 23, 2014

Have you packed your bags yet? Memorial Day weekend is almost here, which means the unofficial travel season is about to kick off! Memorial day is known as the unofficial start of summer, so it’s no wonder that more than 36 million Americans will be hitting the road this three day weekend, according to AAA. So, are you ready to hit the road? If you haven’t got your bags packed yet, you better start packing! Here’s 5 awesome Memorial Day getaways that you’ll be sure to enjoy!

1. Washington DC

No one does a national holiday quite like Washington D.C. They host the National Memorial Day Parade, which is the largest of its kind in the U.S. The streets will be filled with active and retired servicemen and servicewomen, marching bands, floats, and music. To honer those who sacrificed themselves for our country, you can head over to hear the powerful tribute at Arlington National Cemetery where a quarter million mini flags will decorate the cemetery’s headstones. Along with these ceremonies and activities, there will be all the other D.C favorites, such as museums, presidential memorials, and free concerts! Have a great memorial weekend in the city that celebrates Memorial Day like no other.  

2. Orlando

Have fun in the amazing Orlando weather and their theme parks! Orlando is the home to Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios! You’ll never be bored here if you love roller coasters, games, and food. Disneyland is hosting a special all-night party for Memorial Day weekend 2014. Families that come to the 24-hour 'Rock Your Disney Side’ event are encouraged to dress as their favorite Disney hero or villain, as the park is set to put on a classic good-versus-evil show for park visitors. You’ll also have a chance to meet-and-greet your favorite characters throughout the park. There is also a planned firework show and parades to celebrate Memorial day. Orlando is a great place for you and your family to have fun in the sun.

3. San Francisco

This holiday weekend, why not catch some California sun? …Or maybe some San Francisco fog if you’re lucky. Have fun in San Francisco by walking and shopping around Union Square, checking out famous sites like the Golden Gate Bridge and Pier 39, and relaxing by the bay. Ride the cable cars or visit Alcatraz Island to experience those amazing views you see on TV. There are tons awesome places to enjoy great food, entertainment, and nightlife all around San Francisco. There’s something for everyone, making it a great destination for families, singles, and couples alike. For Memorial Day weekend, there will be free concerts, festivals, and parades around the city for you to enjoy. San Francisco will also hold their 36th annual Carnaval celebrations this weekend in the Mission District, making this a weekend filled with events for you to enjoy.

4. Las Vegas

For those who love to party, Vegas is the place. Parties will be held in just about every building on the strip. Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas is one of the busiest times of the year, along with New Year's Eve. Catch the biggest pool parties, club events, and live events this weekend. If you’re not much into the party scene, you can relax in a cabana, catch a famous vegas show, try your luck in the casino, and enjoy the weather and lively atmosphere the strip has to offer. Celebrate Memorial Day the Vegas way and have an unforgettable Memorial Day weekend.

5. New York

New York is a popular destination year round, but Memorial Day weekend is a great time to go with all the events they’ll have going on. Besides the hundreds of exciting landmarks, there will be free concerts, patriotic parades, and free summer movies displayed throughout the city. This year the city’s famous Fleet Week coincides with the Memorial Day celebrations, so they’re will be twice the action. Fleet Week events will include amazing naval ship tours, air shows, a music festival, parades, and a live marching band! You’ll definitely have a memorable Memorial Day weekend in New York.

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Post By: Justin Narayan