Memorial Day 2021: What’s Happening This Weekend?

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Memorial Day 2021 might look a little different from previous years. With many Americans getting vaccinated, there are more events this year and that means busier travel times.

Many people celebrate Memorial Day with barbecues, family get togethers or visiting the beach. Like last year, Memorial Day 2021 will be a little different. Don’t worry, there are plenty of events being held in person and virtually.


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Memorial day 2021 Events & Celebrations

As COVID-19 comes to an end, we still need to practice safe distancing and wear mask where ever mandatory. These special Memorial Day weekend celebrations are to honour those brave people who died while serving the U.S. military.

Here are several events you can attend both in person and online.

National Memorial Day Concert

The National Memorial Day Concert is traditionally a live performance on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This year will be a different celebration and the PBS special we be pre-taped and air on Sunday, May 30th at 8 PM EST.

The 90 minute concert is hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. It will also be available online for up to two weeks after the broadcast.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum Events

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum will be hosting multiple celebrations over the holiday weekend. On Friday May 28th, a virtual run and walk and a candlelight vigil at 8pm EST will be held.

Additionally, a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony on the museums rooftop at 10 am EST on Monday May 31st. Both of these events will be virtual and in-person.

Friends of the World War II Memorial Event

An in-person, 30 minute ceremony on Monday May 31st at 9 AM EST. Everyone who wishes to attend must register online first. Additionally, social distancing and face coverings will be required.

The National World War I Museum and Memorial Event 

The National World War I Museum and Memorial will be hosting numerous events during Memorial Day weekend.

There will be a morning ceremony at 10 AM EST, a bell tolling ceremony at 12 PM, a flag ceremony at 12:15 EST and ceremony to dedicate the memorial’s Walk of Honor at 2 PM EST.

All Events are free to the public.

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Planning on travelling for the weekend? Keep these important dates, times and destinations in mind

Most Popular and Busiest Tavel Dates:

  • Departure Day: Thursday May 27th and Friday May 28th
  • Return Day: Monday May 31st and Wednesday June 2nd

Busiest Airports:

  • Atlanta (ATL) – busiest travel time is 5:45 AM
  • Chicago (ORD) – busiest travel time is 7:15 AM
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – busiest travel time is 6:30 AM
  • Dallas (DFW) – busiest travel time is 6:45 AM
  • Denver (DEN) – busiest travel time is 6:35 AM
  • Seattle (SEA) – busiest travel time is 5:30 PM
  • Orlando (MCO) – busiest travel time is 7:15 AM
  • New York City (JFK) – busiest travel time is 7 AM
  • San Francisco (SFO) – busiest travel time is 7:55 PM

Busiest American Destinations for Memorial Day 2021

Most-Booked on Hopper

  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Miami, Florida
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Los Angeles, California

Celebrate Memorial Day 2021 with more freedom than last year. However, it is important to remember to follow safe distancing, wear your mask and wash your hands!

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