On the final Monday of each May, we all take a moment to honor and recognize the sacrifice of military men and women lost in service to the United States. Many in Oklahoma City take the opportunity to visit the memorials of loved ones and spend time with family at annual events. Here's a list of some of the Memorial Day events in the Oklahoma City metro area.
When: Begins 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29
Where: 2145 NE 36th Street, south in the Adventure District just east of Martin Luther King Jr.
What: Pay tribute to the veterans at this annual ceremony that includes helicopter flyover, massing of the colors, patriotic music and guest speakers.
When: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on May 27
Where: NW 39th Expressway in downtown Bethany
What: With a car show and concerts the night before and a full day of exciting festival events such as arts and crafts vendors, games and more, the Bethany 66 Festival is a treat for the whole family.
Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
When: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on May 27-28
Where: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum at 1700 NE 63rd, just north of I-44 at NE 63rd and NE Grand Boulevard
What: A Memorial Day weekend event with more than 20 years of history, the Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children's Cowboy Festival plenty of cowboy-favorite foods, live entertainment and western activities such as wagon rides and rope-making.
When: May 27-28 (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.), May 29 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Where: Historic Paseo Arts District around Walker and NW 28th
What: The annual Paseo Arts Festival runs during Memorial Day weekend and includes 80 artists with their work on display. There's pottery, jewelry, paintings, crafts and more.
In addition, the festival has two stages with live music and a children's area.
When: May 27-29
Where: Arcadia Lake (near Edmond), Lake Hefner (northwest OKC near Britton Road), Lake Overholser (northwest OKC just south of NW 39th Expressway), Lake Stanley Draper (southeast OKC near I-240 and Post Road), Lake Thunderbird (Norman just north of Highway 9)
What: Wherever you are in the Oklahoma City metro, there's a major lake not too far away, and they become quite the popular spots over Memorial Day weekend. Note that you will need all the proper permits and that some lakes exclude particular activities (for example, swimming is not allowed at Overholser or Hefner), so check the link above to get all the recreational details for each lake.
Free Museum Admission for Military
When: May 29
Where: Oklahoma History Center, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, OKC Museum of Art, Gaylord Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, and Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
What: All active duty military personnel and their families receive free admission to a number of area attractions, including museums, on Memorial Day.