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Memorial Day Weekend in Philadelphia

Looking for something to do this holiday weekend? Here are 10 great Memorial Day events going on in the city!

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
A new-and-improved Blue Cross RiverRink is set to open just in time for Memorial Day! Along with their outdoor roller rink, this warm-weather haunt will also feature a nine-hole mini-golf course and urban beach lounge.
When: Friday, May 27, 2016
Where: 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA
Cost: Pay as you go

Memorial Day Weekend at the National Constitution Center
In celebration of Memorial Day, the National Constitution Center will be presenting a variety of special programming in addition to their permanent and temporary exhibits. These include participating in flag ceremonies, learning to fold giant flags, writing thank you letters to veterans, and much more.
When: May 28-30, 2016
Where: 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
Cost: General admission prices apply on Saturday and Sunday, but admission is free on Monday, May 30

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Source: | Photo by D. Cruz for Visit Philadelphia

Memorial Day Service at Laurel Hill Cemetery
This cemetery was the site of the first Memorial Day observation in Philadelphia, taking place in 1868. This year, to honor its past, the cemetery invites guests to gather around General George Gordon Meade’s burial site for a service that honors all fallen veterans with wreath-laying, speeches, and more.
When: Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Cost: Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested and highly appreciated to help aid the preservation of the cemetery

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Source: | Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Franklin Flea at Reading Terminal Market
This annual market is setting up shop this summer at Reading Terminal. Head over to browse vintage and handmade items from dozens of vendors. Franklin Flea is known for their wide array of furniture, handcrafted jewelry, vintage items, and more.
When: Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: Reading Terminal Market, 51 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Cost: Pay as you go

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Source: | Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

NCAA Lacrosse Championships at Lincoln Financial Field
College lacrosse’s most talented athletes will take up their game on the Eagle’s home field this weekend for the 2016 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships.  Head on over to cheer these men on in the semifinals and championships during this fun-filled time.
When: May 28-30, 2016
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia, PA
Cost: $50-$135

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Source: | Photo courtesy NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship

Independence After Hours
Travel back to 1776 with your tour guide after a 3-course meal at the historic City Tavern. Following dinner, head on over to Independence Hall for an after-hours tour.
When: May 27-28, 2016
Where: City Tavern – 138 S 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA | Independence Hall – 1 N Independence Mall W., Philadelphia, PA
Cost: Adults – $85.00, Students/Military/Seniors – $80.00, Children 12 and under – $55.00 (costs include dinner, entertainment, tour, and gratuity)

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Source: | Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Twilight in the Gardens
Enjoy the Magic Gardens by moonlight on Friday, and stay for the music by two graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, crafts, and after-hour tours of the museum. Note that this event is also BYOB!
When: Friday, May 27, 2016 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Where: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
Cost: Adults – $18.00, Students and Seniors – $15.00, Members – $12.00

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Source: | Photo courtesy Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Philly POPS Memorial Day Salute
The Philly POPS will perform this years first major Memorial Day concert at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts!
When: Saturday, May 28 at 7:00 PM
Where: The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Cost: $15-$25 | Free tickets are available for military members and first-responders

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Source: | Photo Courtesy the Philly POPS

Memorial Day Weekend on Independence National Historic Park

Independence National Historic Park will be honoring the nation’s veterans throughout the weekend with special history lessons, tours, and more in addition to famous historic attractions, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the President’s House.
When: May 28-30, 2016, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: Meet at the Signer’s Garden, corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets
Cost: Free Admission

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Source: | Photo by D. Cruz for Visit Philadelphia

Yoga on Race Street Pier

BYOM (bring your own mat) and come out for free hour-long yoga sessions at Race Street to kick off all of the Memorial Day activities and barbecues that you’ll be heading to later. Namaste.
When: May 28-29, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Where: Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA
Cost: Free Admission

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Source: | Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC