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Memorial Day Events In & Around Philly

(Credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

(Credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

There’s so much to do in the Philadelphia area this Memorial Day! Check out some of the best Memorial Day events and parades happening in the PA suburbs this year.

EVENTS:

Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest
www.padutchcounty.com
May 28 – 29, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Head out to Lancaster County for FlavorFest, a celebration of all things regional and flavorful in Pennsylvania. Enjoy cuisine, wine-tastings, cooking demos and more.

Fireworks & Fountains
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd.
Kennett Square, Pa.
www.longwoodgardens.org
May 29, 9:15 p.m.
Adults: $38, Under 15: $22

Longwood kicks off its 2011 season of Fireworks & Fountains with a Memorial Day “Summer Pops” concert, a fountain show and of course, fireworks—woohoo!

Memorial Day BBQ & Fireworks at Sesame Place
100 Sesame Rd.
Langhorne, Pa.
www.sesameplace.com
May 29, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Adults: $24.95, Kids 2-11: $16.95 *Park admission also required

Join your favorite Sesame Street friends at Big Bird’s Riverside Pavilion for a BBQ dinner followed by fireworks.

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast
Doylestown Masonic Lodge
55 E. State St.
Doylestown, Pa.
May 30, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Adults: $6, Kids 6-10: $3, Kids Under 6: FREE

Eat-in or take-out steaming hot pancakes and other breakfast goodies at the annual Doylestown Pancake Breakfast.

PARADES:

Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade
Kennett High School
100 E. South St.
Kennett Square, Pa.
www.historickennettsquare.com
May 30, 10 a.m.

Lansdale Borough Memorial Day Parade
W. Main St. & Cannon Ave.
Lansdale, Pa.
www.lansdale.org
May 30, 8 a.m.

Lansdowne Memorial Day 5K Race & Parade
30 N. Lansdowne Ave. (start & finish)
Lansdowne, Pa.
www.runtheday.com
May 30, 8:30 a.m.

This year’s race also includes a performance by Scintillations.

Malvern’s 143rd Annual Memorial Parade & Family Fun Day
Malvern Fire Station on King St.
Malvern, Pa.
www.malvernmemorialparade.com
June 5, 1:30 p.m.

Recognized as the oldest continuously held Memorial Parade in the U.S., Malvern’s isn’t actually on Memorial Day. Following the parade, there will be a Farmer’s Market, local school band performances, field activities for kids and an old-fashioned “Cake Walk.”

Media Memorial Day Parade
Veterans Square & W. State St.
Media, Pa.
www.media.patch.com
May 30, 10 a.m.

Quakertown Memorial Day Parade
9th St. & Park Ave.
Quakertown, Pa.
May 30, 9 a.m.

Radnor Township Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
Radnor Financial Center (ends at memorial on S. Wayne Ave.)
555 E. Lancaster Ave.
Radnor, Pa.
www.radnormemorialday.org
May 30, 9:45 a.m.

Upland Memorial Day Parade & Picnic
Upland Baptist Church
3 Main St.
Brookhaven, Pa.
May 30, 9 a.m.

Warminster Memorial Day Parade
Township Building on Gibson Ave.
Warminster, Pa.
www.warminstertownship.org
May 30, 10 a.m.

Wyomissing Borough Memorial Day Parade
Wyomissing Hills Memorial Park
51 Valley Rd.
Wyomissing, Pa.
May 28, 9:45 a.m.

THINGS TO DO IN PHILADELPHIA

There’s so much to do if you’re spending the holiday in the city — here’s a list of events to help you plan your weekend.

AMERICAN LEGION ROCHE POST #21 MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
67th St. & Elmwood Ave., Sunday, May 29, 1 – 2 p.m.

Over 200 participants are scheduled to partake in this parade, which heads eastbound on Elmwood to 64th Street and eventually ends at 6400 Paschall Ave.

BRIDESBURG MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Richmond & Juniata Sts., Monday, May 30, 10 a.m.

After the Memorial Service and placing of the wreath, the parade will commence from Richmond & Juniata Sts.

HANG FREE
http://www.hangfree.org

Monday, May 30th, noon – dusk

A free outdoor DJ party in Fairmount Park. Bring your kids, pets and picnic blankets. Located on the grassy area on West River Drive just past the Strawberry Mansion Bridge, towards the Falls Bridge.

ONCE UPON A NATION STORYTELLING BENCHES
This free program begins Saturday, May 28 and runs 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily

Hear riveting stories of our nation’s history in the places they actually happened at these 13 benches scattered through the Historic District.

TEAL RIBBON OVARIAN CANCER WALK
http://www.trocrf.org
Memorial Hall in front of the Please Touch Museum, Sunday, May 29, 8:30 a.m.

Help raise money for ovarian cancer and show your support to those living with the disease.

HISTORY MAKERS
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily from May 28

Meet a person from the past at locations all through the Historic District.

COLONIAL KIDS’ QUEST
Leaves from the Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28.

Kid-friendly “whodunit” has tour-goers searching for a missing copy of the Declaration of Independence.

INDEPENDENCE AFTER HOURS
Leaves from the Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut, 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 27 & Saturday, May 28.

Evening walking tour includes a delicious dinner at City Tavern followed by a nighttime visit to Independence Hall to eavesdrop on the goings-on in July 1776.

FRANKLIN SQUARE
12-3 p.m. Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29 and join in free fun & games on the Great Lawn from 12-3 p.m. on Monday, May 30. The Square is open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday, May 27, Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, May 28.

In addition to putting through famous Philadelphia landmarks on the Philly Mini Golf course and taking a ride on the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel, Memorial Day weekend visitors will enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities. Take a train ride around the Square on the Lightning Bolt Express all weekend long, enjoy face painting.

BETSY ROSS HOUSE
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Participate in a Memorial Day scavenger hunt through the House and enjoy the new Civil War-themed exhibit, Rally ‘Round the Flag: Civil War Color Bearers & the Flags they Carried.

LIBERTY 360 IN THE PECO THEATER
The Show runs every 20 minutes 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday, May 27-28; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, May 29 and 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday, May 30.

Be among the first to see this spectacular new 3D experience. Embark on a journey through America’s symbols of freedom, led by none other than Dr. Benjamin Franklin.

FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS
Friday, May 27th 6-8pm $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Panorama Restaurant sommelier William Eccleston hosts and educational wine event featuring cheese, hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting discussion. Proceeds benefit the Society Hill Fund, which helps with the the beautification and maintenance critical to preserving historic Washington Square.

OH MY GODARD!
Saturday, May 28, 2011 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, May 29, 2011 from 12 – 3 p.m.
Oh My Godard Gallery at The Pier Shops at Caesars (1 Atlantic Ocean #1132, Atlantic City, NJ 08401), (609) 441-2040

It’s board game artists, J&K Keifer! Internationally acclaimed board game artists, J&K Keifer will bring their limited-edition collection, “The Art of the Game” to the boardwalk during an exclusive in-store appearance at the Oh My Godard Gallery at the Pier Shops at Caesars.

ARROW SWIM CLUB
1031 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19123, (215) 606-7402

The city’s first over 21 private poolside oasis, is allowing all of their members to bring three guests free of charge over Memorial Day Weekend! Rent a luxury cabana at the Northern Liberties club and throw a pool party, Philly-style! Memberships are still available.

EVENTS IN THE PIAZZA IN NORTHERN LIBERTIES
http://www.atthepiazza.com

Friday, May 27 6:30pm Outdoor boxing; amature fights in piazza hosted by Shalyte Promotions
seated event $30 a seat

Saturday, May 28th Free showing of baseball on the big screen: Phillies vs Mets 7pm

Sunday, May 29th Free showing of baseball on the big screen: Phillies vs mets 1pm; 7pm Philadelphia Underground Film Festival, Independence Film Series.

Monday, May 30th free showing of baseball on the big screen: Phillies vs. Washington 1pm.

LIBERTY BELL CLASSIC
http://www.libertybellclassic.org

A softball tournament, one of the largest in the country.
Friday, May 27th: Registration. Women’s Div at Sisters 1320 Chancellor St; Men, co-ed at iCANDY, 254 S. 12th St.

Saturday, May 28th: All day play

Sunday, May 29th: Championship

Sunday evening: Closing party at Sisters Nightclub

ORIGINAL CAMAC STREET BLOCK PARTY
Saturday, May 28th: Free block party from 8-10pm on Camac Street.

UNITY PICNIC
Lemon Hill Pavilion & Picnic Area, Monday, May 30, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

About 500 people will join together to celebrate unity with a massive picnic at the Lemon Hill Pavilion.