Memorial Day is held every 4th Monday of May to honor the men and women who died while in military service protecting the rights and freedoms of the United States from its inception 237 years ago to present day. In observance, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, attend parades and place flags on veterans’ graves. There will be patriotic Memorial Day programs at different Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in the Los Angeles Area on Monday, May 27th. Canoga Park will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade starting at 11am with military bands, marching bands, floats, equestrian units and more. There is a festival that follows the parade. There are also many local communities that will be hosting parades and events. Many organizations, museums and attractions will have special military discounts on Memorial Day as well. Check with the organization or attraction for more information.
Memorial Day is also the official start of summer and there are many events and festivals in the Los Angeles area to kick off the summer. You can attend some of these events or just enjoy the holiday with a picnic with friends and family. There are many multicultural music and food events that represent the many cultures in Los Angeles over Memorial Day weekend. Drake Stadium at UCLA hosts the 27th Annual Jazz Reggae Fest on May 26th and 27th, where national and local jazz and reggae artists perform on multiple stages. The Cajun Creole Music Festival will feature Zydeco music and more in Simi Valley. Men in kilts will be taking over the OC Fair & Event Center on May 25th and 26th for the ScotsFest. This event celebrates Scottish music, dance, food, games and more! (And there will be men in kilts!)
There are other events and festivals in the Los Angeles area celebrating the start of summer. Fiesta Hermosa is Southern California’s largest craft and arts fair with over 400 vendors. There is also food, entertainment, a kid’s carnival, petting zoo and a beer and wine garden. The city of Topanga hosts the 40th Annual Topanga Days, where 30 bands with musical styles from Folk to Country to Rock N Roll will be sharing 2 stages from May 25th through 27th. There is also a Memorial Day parade that kicks off at 9am on Monday, May 27th.
Magellan Storage salutes all who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We hope that everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!