This Monday we will get to enjoy Memorial Day, the holiday which reminds us to pay respect to the U.S. soldiers who have sacrificed themselves in service to our country. Memorial Day is also a lovely oasis that grants us a much-needed three day weekend. We knew that you’d be scrambling to decide how to ring in the first official weekend of summer, so we threw together a list of fun Memorial Day Weekend events to enjoy. No matter what kind of warm-weather fun you’re after, you’re guaranteed to find something exciting on this list. Read on to discover the best Memorial Day Getaways in Pennsylvania for 2015.
1. Spruce Street Harbor Park, Philadelphia
Spruce Street Harbor Park saw great success last summer, during its first year on the Delaware River Waterfront. Opening this Memorial Day, the free pop-up park will be open daily until September. At Spruce Street Harbor Park, visitors can play Bocce, hang out in colorful hammocks, or participate in various events such as the Philly Beer Garden Series or the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest.
2. The Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest, Mount Hope Estate & Winery
If you're a wine lover, you'll enjoy the Pennsylvania FlavorFest, where over twenty wineries will provide complimentary samples of their products. Craftsmen and food venders will also showcase their fare at this event that boasts free admission and free parking. We suggest making sure you have a designated driver before arriving at the 8th annual FlavorFest.
3. Enjoy a Memorial Day Weekend Package at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs
A multitude of fun activities will be available for you and your family at Seven Springs on Memorial Day Weekend. The deal includes breakfast, lodging, fireworks, a rock wall, paddleboats, and much more.
4. Cook Forest Area Scenic Trail Ride & Dude Ranch, Clarion
Do you love horses? The Memorial Day Weekend package at the Cook Forest Area Scenic Trail Ride & Dude Ranch includes camping, meals, guided service, and other events. You can rent their horses or bring your own. Giddy up!
5. Opening Weekend at Sandcastle Water Park, Pittsburgh
The most exciting waterpark in western PA will celebrate its opening day this Memorial Day Weekend, on Saturday the 23rd. A fixture in the Pittsburgh area since 1989, Sandcastle will entertain you and your family and friends all weekend with its thrilling water slides and rides.
6. Annual Memorial Day Celebration at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh
This free community event takes place each year with the true spirit of Memorial Day at its heart. The day will kick off at 11 a.m. with a ceremony to honor fallen Pennsylvania soldiers and will continue throughout the day with tours of the museum, free entertainment, and food and drinks to enjoy for purchase. Various community organizations support the annual event.
7. Go To Your Community Pool
Most public and private swimming pools ring in the summer every Memorial Day Weekend. For a low-key celebration, check your local city's website to find out the pool nearest you. Nothing beats the serene feeling of being one of the first people to enjoy the swimming pool each year.
8. Boalsburg Memorial Day Run, Boalsburg
Boalsburg claims to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, thanks to its residents' decoration of soldiers' graves on July 4, 1864. Whether or not you give Boalsburg credit for founding the holiday, it is undoubtedly a festive destination for the weekend. Even if you aren't up to the 3.8 mile Memorial Day Run, a plethora of other activities will keep you occupied. Enjoy the parade, the car show, historical re-enactments, or one of many other celebrations.
What are your Memorial Day Weekend plans for this year? What has been your favorite event for this holiday weekend in the past? Tell us in the comments below!