Memorial Weekend Fun in Philly!

If you’re like me you don’t have any plans for this holiday weekend. Doesn’t mean that’s a bad thing. Luckily there’s a great line up of events going on this long weekend here in Philly for you and your family to enjoy!

Memorial Day Fun at Franklin Square. All weekend long from noon to 3pm Ride the Lighting Bolt Express around the Square, enjoy face painting (5/28-29), fun and games on the Great Lawn (5/30). Tickets required for the train and face painting
Games on lawn: Free.

Memorial Day Celebration at Betsy Ross House. All weekend long from noon to 2pm kick off the summer season with make-and-take crafts for kids. While supplies last.

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at the National Constitution Center will celebrate the people and events of the nation’s past. The American Flag will be raised each morning during a special ceremony at the Center. Guests are invited to join in this event to learn proper flag raising protocol. During the special program, “Memorials: How a Nation Remembers”, visitors will learn about monuments across the country, including Little Bighorn, the U.S.S. Arizona, and the Lincoln Memorial. As the home of Pennsylvania’s Liberty Tree, the Center will honor its “birthday” with the compelling story of this living memorial. Visitors can sing their favorite American anthems during “Patriotic Karaoke”, and create memorial poppy pins, American flags and American star memorial wreathes at activity tables. FREE with museum admission.

Garden Railway Grand Opening at Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. On Saturday May 28th, from 1pm – 3pm, the Garden Railway is a quarter mile track with model trains weaving its way through a miniature world set in the splendor of a summer garden, featuring historic buildings created entirely of natural materials, each meticulously detailed with leaves, bark, vines and twigs. This year’s garden railway theme is Painted Ladies, replicas of the colorful Victorian houses seen in cities across the country like San Francisco, Cape May, and St Louis a perfect miniature village, all made from nature materials. Tickets: $16 Adults, $14 Seniors, $7 3-17 yr old and students. Children under 3 are FREE!

Great Meal Deal:
Half priced burgers at Perch Pub. The recently opened Perch Pub (the former Upstares at Varalli at the corner of Broad and Locust), the first gastropub on the Avenue of the Arts, is obsessive about its burgers. So in celebration of National Burger Month (month of May) and Memorial Day, Perch Pub is celebrating with half-priced burgers — all day on Memorial Day 5/30 from open to close. So, calling all burger connoisseurs: Here’s your chance to indulge in a Pat La Frieda custom-ground Perch burger — and no worries about having to clean that grill! How to take advantage of the special? Just say ROOSTER to the server.

Before or after your meal at Perch Pub stop into the Kimmel Center and check out the 81-foot light-bulb-filled Eiffel Tower that reaches for the sky as trains and planes zoom overhead. Great time to check out this sight before it’s gone.

Let’s not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. It commemorates men and women who died while in military service to the United States. The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.” Whatever you are doing please take the time to think of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Also stay safe!

Disclosure / Disclaimer:This post reflects my personal experience and opinion which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. 

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