10 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend

Storyboard procession at Dallas Memorial March | Image by Dallas Memorial March
Storyboard procession at Dallas Memorial March | Image by Dallas Memorial March

Memorial Day Weekend is known as the kick-off of summertime, and events across Dallas will help participants remember what the holiday truly celebrates while enjoying good food, music, and fireworks.

Remembrance Concert – Allen

Start your weekend with a Memorial Day concert as musicians play songs of celebration and remembrance, such as Texas Star March and Grant Them Rest.

When: May 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Allen Public Library, 300 North Allen Drive

Cost: Admission is free

National Polka Festival – Ennis

Put on your dancing shoes, the National Polka Festival is coming to town this weekend. The three-day festival includes decorated floats, bands, food, and music. Colorful costumes are encouraged.

When: May 24 through May 26. Times vary depending on the location of the hall

Where: Events will occur in Ennis at the Sokol Hall, 2622 E. Hwy. 34; SPJST Hall, 1901 E. Ennis Ave., and KJT Hall, 1216 S. Paris St.

Cost: Ticket prices vary and can be purchased here

Punch Bowl Social – Dallas

This Memorial Day Weekend looks like it will be hot, and Punch Bowl Social is ready to celebrate the summer and holiday weekend all in one. Enjoy discounted $9 margaritas and a free shareable for the table with a reservation.

When: May 24 through May 26

Where: Punch Bowl Social, 2600 Main St., Dallas

Cost: Reservations can be made here

Military Appreciation 5k Run – DeSoto

Show respect to those who have served by participating in a military appreciation 5k run. The event, sponsored by The Veterans Affairs Committee, will feature prizes and a live DJ.

When: May 25, doors open at 8:30 a.m., run starts at 9 a.m.

Where: Amphitheater Pavilion, 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd., DeSoto

Cost: The run is free, reserve your spot here

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens – Dallas

Immerse yourself in a world of colorful flowers and birds at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens for their Memorial Day Family Fun Weekend. Stroll through a garden of 65,000 new plants, enjoy a petting zoo, complimentary tastings, music, and more throughout the weekend.

When: May 25 through 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas

Cost: Ticket prices vary and can be purchased here. Active military, honorable discharged veterans, and active first responders receive free entry on May 27

Fireworks  – Lake Grapevine

Perhaps the most memorable way to spend Memorial Day Weekend is watching fireworks. Lake Grapevine is hosting a free, 12-minute firework show on Friday.

When: May 25, at sunset

Where: Oak Grove Park, 2520 Oak Grove Loop S, Lake Grapevine

Cost: Free

Boots & BBQ – Plano

Celebrate the holiday weekend the Texas way with all-day-long country music, craft beer, and barbecue.

When: May 26 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Legacy Hall, 7800 Windrose Avenue, Plano

Cost: General admission and VIP tickets are available and can be purchased here

SoundBath: Release & Flow by the Lake – Plano

Slow down this weekend and take some time to relax by the water. Join beginners and experts for a guided meditation and breathwork session. Bring a yoga mat, blanket, journal, pen, and pillow.

When: May 26, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Plano Park and Recreation, 5901 Los Rios Blvd.

Cost: Tickets start at $11.11 and can be purchased here

Dallas Memorial March – Dallas

Spend the weekend celebrating what the holiday is truly all about. This two-day event celebrates the heroes who have fought for this country with a march, music, flag ceremonies, and speeches.

When: May 26 from 12 p.m. to 11:59 p.m., May 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas

Cost: The event is free; register to march here

Dallas Symphony at Flag Pole Hill – Dallas

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is putting on a patriotic show to close out Memorial Day, ending with fireworks. The U.S. Army Band “Perishing’s Own” and The U.S. Army Chorus From Washington, DC, will be performing.

When: May 27, 8:15 p.m.

Where: Flag Pole Hill, 8015 Doran Circle, Dallas

Cost: Admission is free

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