Free Memorial Day weekend events across Hampton Roads

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Commemorative Memorial Day Events:

Colonial Williamsburg is hosting a free commemorative event on May 26th:

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Gather for a modern service honoring military veterans who died while serving their country. A procession with Fife and Drum support will proceed from the Palace to Bruton Parish Church and the French gravesite. Wreaths will be laid, prayers given, and volleys fired at each stop to honor soldiers of the American Revolution and Civil War interred nearby.

Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Various sites in the Revolutionary City

Yorktown County Memorial Day Ceremony

Includes the posting of colors, historical re-enactors, a guest speaker, the placing of flowers, and the presentation of awards to student winners of the “York County Remembers” Poster Essay Contest. Hosted by the York County Historical Committee. Free. Call 757-890-3500.

Time: 12-1 p.m.
Location: York Hall, 301 Main Street, Yorktown, VA 23690

Eat for FREE (or, really cheap!)

Hooters is offering 10 free wings with the purchase of a drink on memorial day to retired and active duty military personnel AND their spouses, which is fantastic.

“Military spouses have to make some of the toughest sacrifices in the world, especially when their loved ones are away on active duty,” said Andrew Pudduck, vice president of marketing, Hooters of America. “Expanding our military Memorial Day deal to include spouses is a small display of Hooters’ steadfast commitment to supporting the scores of courageous families within the armed forces.”

Shoney’s is offering a free All American Burger to military men and women on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th.

For generations, Shoney’s has always been a ‘welcome home’ sign to America’s military, On Memorial Day, we look forward to welcoming our veterans and troops with a free burger as we remember those who made our very freedom possible. – David Davoudpour, Chairman & CEO, Shoney’s

Military folks who are a part of the Red Robin Royalty Program can receive a free $5 appetizer on Memorial Day with $10 or more purchase in-house.

Play for FREE

Free admission to Busch Gardens through their Waves of Honor program. Read more HERE

Free annual pass to national parks! ($80 value). Read more HERE and scoop one up for a lovely day outdoors with your family.

If you’re interested in taking a bit of a drive, head to Kings Dominion and get in for free with your military ID this weekend!

 FREE Family Fun Events

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Salute to Summer at the Beach

Concerts are being held from 8 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at three different locations along the oceanfront:

  • 17th Street: Friday – Rare Mixx; Saturday – Nature’s Child; Sunday – The River Boyz
  • 24th Street: Friday – TRADOC Concert Band; Saturday – Jesse Chong Band;   Sunday – Seth Stainback & Roosterfoot
  • 31st Street: Friday – The Fuzz Band; Saturday – DEJA; Sunday – The Deloreans

Probably the best part about this weekend salute? Their Heroes Walk:

The “Heroes Walk” display stretches along the boardwalk from 17th to 31st streets.  Original essays written by local high school students are reproduced on four by eight foot banners easily read by passers-by.  These essays describe the military conflicts in which the United States has been involved throughout history.  They help to remind us of the price that has been paid and is still being paid today by our United States military. 

Portsmouth Annual Memorial Day Parade

A Portsmouth tradition since 1884, this year’s parade boasts floats, marching bands and the Naval Shipyards Commander as the Grand Marshal. The festivities start at 11 a.m. off of High and Crawford streets.

Family Great Adventure Series : Blizzard Beach Blast

Details from the event site:

Saturday, May 24 (Movie: Frozen)

On the beach at 27th Street

Family interactive adventure, 6:00 p.m.

Movie on the beach, 8:30 p.m.

Report to the beach at 27th Street promptly at 6 p.m.!

Can your team earn enough points to stop Elsa and free the kingdom from her icy grip?  Compete in a series of “winter-themed” games on the beach and become the heroes in an epic adventure!  The winning teams take home trophies, but everyone gets a Family Great Adventure Series medal!  Then settle in on the beach for a family-friendly movie shown on our giant inflatable screen.

 

These events are free and happening throughout the summer, so if you can’t make it this weekend, you should look at the upcoming dates and join in on the family fun!

31st Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival 

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Rides, strawberry picking and finish off with a pie eating contest. What more could you ask for in a family outing? Admission to the festival is free, however, parking and entertainment associated with the festival have costs.

Where: 1776 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Va 23456

When: May 24th & 25th

Time: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day

Memorial Day with the Air Force Band
Monday, May 26, 2014
5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
City Center – Oyster Point Newport News
Fountain Plaza

Face of Fox Andria Lea
Face of Fox Andria Lea

The Face of FOX43 Andria Lea will warm the crowd at City Center’s Fountain Plaza before the Air Force Band takes the stage.

Virginia Arts Festival presents a Memorial Day Concert with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. Raise the flag, raise your spirits and celebrate this proud holiday at City Center. Come out early and enjoy patriotic performances and pay your respects. Then grab some delicious food and picnic on the lawn to hear the best music played by an extraordinary ensemble of musicians! Free Admission. Free Parking. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Food ($) and beverage ($)

What are you planning to do for the long weekend? 

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