Memorial day is the perfect time to get away and visit the beach. Memorial day is the start of the summer season for many. People come from all corners of the country to celebrate the holiday in Virginia Beach and Williamsburg. From festivals to charity events there is no shortage of activities for Memorial Day in Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.
On Memorial Day we honor those who have served our country. Many of the events that take place at the shore on memorial day weekend are patriotic because of the nature of the holiday. That being said, it is also the kick off of the summer season at the shore so that also plays a role in the activities that are scheduled as well.
Pungo Strawberry Festival
This festival promises all the strawberries you can eat prepared in 50 different ways. Activities include pie eating contest, strawberry bake-off, entertainment on three stages, a parade, a carnival, Military display, pig races, youth art show and craft booths. The event takes place over two days Saturday and Sunday.
This three day event takes place the weekend after Memorial day. This is a military celebration to honor our armed forces personnel and their families. The event has concerts, military expos, and displays. The concerts will be at 5th Street and Oceanfront Friday and Saturday evening along with Sunday afternoon. The event will feature Rascal Flatts, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Carrie Underwood, Michael McDonald, Wayne Newton, Temptations, Four Tops, Sugar Ray, Big & Rich, Sugarland, Gretchen Wilson, Brian McKnight, Travis Tritt, Gary Allen, Zac Brown Band, David Cook & Matt Nathanson, Uncle Kracker, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Jason Aldean, The McClymonts, Steel Pulse, Darius Rucker, Beach Boys, Robin Meade, The Blue Angels, Mranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry and Jake Owen.
Salute To Summer
This event will be held at Dairy Queen Grill and Chill 17th Street Park Along with 24th Street Park and 31st Street Park. This event honors the military men and women who have sacrificed their lives throughout our history. The event offers live free entrainments on three outdoor stages.The event will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday of memorial day weekend.
Virginia Aquarium Family Great Adventure Series
This event will be held Saturday evening of Memorial day weekend. The event will be held on the beach at 27th Street. The event features a movie and than a mystery hunt that take you to several locations on the boardwalk so you can unravel the mystery. The event is free.
Memorial Day Commemorative Program
This event will take place at the Palace Green in Williamsburg. It will be held on Monday of Memorial day weekend. The event is meant to honor military veterans that died serving their country. A parade of fife and drums will march from the Palace to the Bruton Parish Church and the French Gravsite. Wreaths will be laid, prayers given and volleys fired at each stop.
This event will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Memorial day weekend. It will feature 18th-century music performed by the Handel and Haydn Society. It will also feature fiddle player Eileen Ivers and world-renowned conductor Nicolas McGegan.