Memorial Day 2010 beckons and what better way to show your patriotic spirit than to be a spectator or participant at one of the many fun-filled events slated to take place over Memorial Day weekend, which runs from Friday, May 28 through Memorial Day on Monday, May 31. A host of parades, fairs and other events are in the offing, all of which are free of charge. Adding further relief for your pocketbook are scores of Memorial Day Weekend hotel deals [http://news.getaroom.com/memorial-day-hotel-deals], some offering room rates up to 60% off. Read on for a sampling of key events in major cities.
1. New York City - Fleet Week
Memorial Day weekend has ushers in Fleet Week in New York City, which was made an annual tradition in 1984 to honor the U.S. and Marine Corps. Fleet week comprises everything from military demonstrations and tug of war competitions to ship tours and lectures. All events with exception to those held at the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum are free.
2. Washington D.C. - National Memorial Day Parade
No city says patriotism like our nation's capital, and this flag-waving D.C. event on Monday, May 31 at 2:00 p.m. makes a great place to spread it. Sponsored by the World War II Veterans Committee, it honors and remembers those who have sacrificed their lives to serve our country. The National Memorial Day Parade begins at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street and makes its way along Constitution Avenue, past the White House, before ending at 17th Street. The parade includes marching bands, active duty and retired military units, youth groups, and patriotic floats.
3. Chicago - Downtown Chicago Memorial Day Parade
If your Memorial Day weekend plans include the Windy City, you'll want to be a spectator at the downtown Chicago Memorial Day Parade, which is regarded as one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Scheduled for Saturday, May 29, the parade will step off at noon and proceed south on State Street from Wacker Drive to Van Buren Street. Made an annual tradition by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in 1997, the event is preceded by a Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at the Eternal Flame Memorial on Daley Plaza.
4. Los Angeles - Annual Memorial Day Weekend Street Fair
Held on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend from noon through 10 p.m., this Los Angeles fair closes off the streets at Wilshire and Alvarado to accommodate scads of carnival games and rides, live music performances, arts and crafts, health screening booths and merchandise stands. On average, the event draws more than 30,000 fair goers each year.
5. San Francisco - 2010 San Francisco Carnaval Festival and Parade
Coupling sizzling live entertainment and beautiful arts and crafts with scrumptious food, the multi-cultural San Francisco Carnaval Festival showcases the best of Latin American and Caribbean cultures. Spanning seven blocks, the San Francisco Carnaval Festival will take place on Harrison Street between 16th and 23rd streets from Saturday, May 29 through Sunday, May 30 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days). Moreover, California's largest multi-cultural celebration includes the popular Carnaval Grand Parade, which begins Sunday, May 30 at 9:30 a.m. at Bryant & 24th Streets before proceeding down Mission Street to 17th Street.
by Jeff Martinez