Memorial Day is a time of remembrance and tradition. It is also a time where families come together for barbecues and fun events. Blue skies, warm weather and friends mark the beginning of summer and the last long weekend before the kids are out of school. Here are some of the best places to celebrate Memorial Day with your family:
59th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
Euclid St & Main St, Garden Grove, CA 92840
Monday, May 29th (10 am to 9 pm)
Free admission $35 For Unlimited all day rides some lively performances and contests. For more information call (714) 638-0981.
The Strawberry Festival takes place at the Village Green, between Euclid and Main Street in downtown Garden Grove. There will be hundreds of booths set up on the grounds offering food, hand-crafted items and souvenirs. Try your luck at a game of chance on the Midway. Head over to the Showmobile to catch one of the great musical acts. The Amphitheatre will be the site for some lively performances and contests.
Veterans of War Memorial Day Event, Dana Point
Monday, May 29th from 10-11:30 a.m.
The VFW Post 9934 and the City of Dana Point will present a beautiful 90-minute Memorial Day Service in Pines Park, overlooking the blue Pacific honoring the sacrifices made by our nation to earn our freedom. This Memorial Day Service will include special recognition for Vietnam veterans, as a part of the events of the National 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. The Program is recognized as an official event of the National Commemoration Committee. Bring your children, your parents, and your friends and pay respect to those who gave so much. For more information or to donate to support the event, call 949-248-7696.
Memorial Day Ceremony, Huntington Beach
Monday, May 30th at 11 a.m.
This annual Memorial Day Ceremony, hosted by the American Legion Post 133, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Jewish War Veterans features a 21-gun salute, flag-raising and playing of taps. Local dignitaries will also be in attendance. This event is open to the public.
Memorial Day Ceremony in Irvine
Monday, May 30th at 10 a.m.
The City of Irvine will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony in the Formal Garden. Attendees will have the opportunity to memorialize our troop’s sacrifice by writing down a brief remembrance to be posted on a memory board at the event. Cards will also be available for well-wishers to send a message of appreciation and support to members of Irvine’s adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion.
For more information call: 949-724-6715
Memorial Day Half-Marathon, Laguna Hills
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center - Laguna Hills Community Center Monday, May 30th
This favorite Memorial Day running event takes place in the beautiful Orange County cities of Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods, and Laguna Niguel. Runners and walkers of all experience levels are invited to come out and enjoy the Memorial Day festivities! With a half marathon (13.1 miles), 5K Run/Walk (3.1 miles), 10K Run/Walk (6.2 miles) and a Kid's Run (1/2 Mile), there is something for everyone! All events and the Finish Line Expo will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017. The half marathon, 5K and 10K both start in front of the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and finish at the Laguna Hills Community Center. The Kids Races start and finish at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
For More Information call 949-975-8506
Memorial Day, San Clemente
City of San Clemente Community Center
Monday, May 30th
Join in the Memorial Day observance with keynote military speaker Lt. Col. Luke McConnell, Mayor Kathy Ward, color guard teams dressed in authentic uniforms, patriotic music, and a Presentation of Wreaths and Flowers, Bag Pipers and Tap Buglers. This event is free and co-sponsored by the local chapter of VFW, South Coast Detachment, Marine Corps League, Orange County Sheriff Department, MOWW, and many civic organizations and volunteers.
For more information call 949-361-8264.
Memorial Day Services in Anaheim
Monday, May 30th at 11 a.m.
The Orange County Cemetery District will host Memorial Day Services honoring veterans at Anaheim Cemetery. All services are open to the public and attendance is free. Services will be held rain or shine. Seating may be limited. However, you can bring a blanket or chair to sit on. For more information call 949-951-9102, extension 10.
Dana Point Memorial Day Service - vfwpost9934.org
Huntington Beach Flag- CaliforniaBeaches.com
Saddleback 5K - renegaderaceseries.com
Anaheim Cemetery -uscemetaryproj.com
SanClemente - ocregister.com
Bill Barber Park - ocregister.com