Best Memorial Day Weekend Events in Los Angeles 2017

Annual Los Angeles Memorial Day Festivals and Ceremonies

Fireworks over Knott's Berry Farm
Fireworks over Knott's Berry Farm. Knott's Berry Farm

Commemorate Memorial Day and kick off summer with these Memorial Day Weekend events from parades and ceremonies to street fairs, musical and cultural festivals and more.

Memorial Day, on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service and is also considered to be the official start of summer. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

To find commemorative ceremonies near where you are staying, call the closest Vet Center.

To celebrate the beginning of summer in LA, there are many festivals that take advantage of the three-day weekend. Spending a day or more at LA Beaches, or taking a short road trip is a popular way to kick off summer. Here are some other ways you can celebrate Memorial Day and Memorial Day Weekend around Los Angeles and Orange County.

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29, 2017.

Patriotic Memorial Day Programs at Forest Lawn
Patriotic ceremonies honoring veterans.
When: Memorial Day Monday
Where: Various Forest Lawn locations

Rose Hills Memorial Day Observance 
A family-friendly observance and remembrance with community and patriotic groups, including the chamber singers, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and American Heritage Ensemble as well as other musical performances, tributes and a keynote address.
When: Memorial Day Monday, 11 am - noon
Where: The Gardens at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier

USS Iowa Military Appreciation Day
In addition to active military members and veterans getting in free, there will be carnival games, food trucks and live entertainment. (2017 details TBA)
When: Memorial Day Monday, 10 am - noon
Where: USS Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd. , San Pedro, CA 90731
Cost: Free for military and veterans. Regular $19.95 adults, 16.95 Seniors 62+, 11.95 youth 6-11. $2 off online. Discount tickets Adult/Youth $11, Seniors $7  available at .

Knott's Berry Farm and Knott's Soak City Honor U.S. Military Personnel
Knott's Berry Farm and Knott's Soak City USA will both offer FREE admission to all U.S. active and retired military personnel Memorial Day Weekend Saturday through Monday. The celebration at Knott's Berry Farm features a fireworks show Sunday night at 10 pm. Military personnel will be able to purchase discounted tickets for family members.
When: Saturday though Monday, Soak City 10 am - 6 pm, KBF Sat 10-10, Sun 10-11, Mon 10-8
Where: 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park CA 90620
Cost: Free for retired and active military with ID, discount for family members, regular price for all others
Parking: $18
More on visiting Knott's Berry Farm and Soak City USA

Queen Mary Salutes U.S. Military Personnel
The Queen Mary will offer FREE admission to all U.S. active and retired military personnel on Memorial Day Monday. General Admission includes a self-guided tour and the Ghosts & Legends Show.
When: Memorial Day Monday, 10 am - 6 pm
Where: Queen Mary, 1126 Queen's Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: Free for retired and active military with ID, 30% off regular price for family and friends (limit 6)
Parking: $18
Check out my Queen Mary Visitors Guide

Fiesta Hermosa in Hermosa Beach
Seaside arts and crafts festival with multiple entertainment stages and over 400 vendor booths. There's also a kiddie carnival, petting zoo, extensive food court and Beer and Wine Garden.
When: Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday
Where: Directions and Map

Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade
The annual parade includes military marching units, bands, floats, dignitaries, antique cars, classic cars, youth groups, flyovers by military aircraft, and equestrian units.

The procession is usually followed by a car show and entertainment in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church.
When: Memorial Day Monday, 10 am - noon
Where: Begins at the corner of Sherman Way and Owensmouth Ave and proceeds east on Sherman Way to the First Baptist church at Cozycroft.

Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
Four day festival celebrating everything to do with the humble strawberry. Carnival rides, pageants, Strawberry Idol karaoke contest, Red-Head Roundup Contest, Berry Beautiful Baby Pageant, and, of course, a strawberry-themed parade on Saturday.

When: Memorial Day Weekend, Friday through Monday
Where: The Festival is held at the Village Green, between Euclid and Main Street Streets in downtown Garden Grove, CA
Info:, 714-638-0981

Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
A full schedule of Cajun, Zydeco Blues and Roots music interspersed with dance lessons, demonstrations, kids area, dog team demonstrations.
When: Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, California 93063, see web site for directions and parking.


St. Nicholas Valley Greek Festival
Live Greek music, social dancing and costumed youth performances, Greek imports and other vendors, church tours, and of course tons of amazing Greek food.
When: Memorial Day Weekend, Sat-Mon 1-9 pm
Where: 9501 Balboa Blvd., Northridge, CA
Info: (818) 886-4040

Annual Topanga Days Country Fair:
A new-age hippy hillbilly jamboree including multiple stages of entertainment, fine arts and crafts fair, healing. Think belly dancing to Old Timey music, with a Monday morning parade for good measure.

When: Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday. Parade - Monday, 9 am.
Where: The Topanga Community House, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290

Scottish Fest (formerly ScotsFest) and Highland Games
An annual celebration of Scottish (and some Irish) music, Highland Dancing, Highland Games and everything to do with the Scottish culture in Orange County.
When: Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend
Where: The Orange County Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

Pier Pressure Yacht Parties in Long Beach and Marina Del Rey
Hornblower Cruises is throwing a Yacht Party on 3 decks with 5 DJs and 2 rooms of music in Long Beach on Sunday and Marina Del Rey on Monday.
When: Sunday 3 pm, Monday 3:30 pm of Memorial Day Weekend
Where: Catalina King Yacht, 1046 Queens Hwy, Long Beach; Entertainer Yacht, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey
Cost: $25-50, Table reservations available
Info: Long Beach Sunday, Marina del Rey Monday 

Memorial Weekend Club Crawls in Hollywood
Prefer to do your holiday celebrating at night? Catch a Hollywood Club Crawl on Saturday or Sunday night.
When: Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend
Where: Starts at Outpost Hollywood, 1624 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA
Cost: $30 advance, $40 includes guided tour, no per-club cover, drink discounts and free drinks of the venues' choice.
Info:  FridaySaturday

VIBE Memorial Weekend SaturdayNight Escape at W Hollywood

Rooftop party Saturday night at the W Hollywood hotel. 
When: Saturday, May 29, 2017, 9:30 pm - 2 am
Where: W Hollywood Rooftop, 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
Cost: $20 advance, $30 VIP, table, cabana and group rates available
Tickets and Info 

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