Memorial Day 2021 in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding areas, is inching back closer to normal, with some in-person gatherings, both to commemorate our fallen military personnel, and to just celebrate the beginning of the summer.
We will be adding freebies and discounts for military personnel as soon as they’re announce. Also, please scroll down for our full calendar for Memorial Day Weekend 2021 in the Triangle.
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Memorial Day Weekend Freebies and Discounts
Check back soon! We will add the freebies and deals as soon as they’re announced.
- Firebirds Wood Fired Grill: Dine with a veteran, active duty service member or Gold Star family and their lunch or dinner is free. The free entrée must be equal or lesser value than your purchase. Locations in Durham, Raleigh and Morrisville.
- More coming soon!
Memorial Day Weekend Ideas
First Fruits Memorial Freedom Festival
Memorial Balloon Festival at First Fruits Farm in Louisburg stretches from Friday, May 28th, to Monday, May 31st, and honors are fallen military members while also providing for a fun summer kickoff. It includes live music, hot air balloon rides, nightly fireworks shows, Bandit Flight Team, an all-veteran group parachute team, U.S. Veterans Corps Paragliders, carnival rides, a war history museum, static military displays and tons more. Daily tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. We have a contest on Triangle on the Cheap, through May 18th, to win 4 tickets! Enter contest.
Hillsborough Last Friday Art Walk
Kick off the weekend with the Last Fridays Art Walk in Downtown Hillsborough. Explore art in various galleries, listen to live music, watch circus performers, and much more. Friday, May 28th.
Dine Out Downtown
Raleigh’s Dine Out Downtown program is moving around the city this summer, offering outdoor dining in different neighborhoods. This Saturday, May 29th, it’s happening at City Market.
Town of Cary
The Town of Cary is holding a Memorial Day Remembrance on Monday, May 31st, 2021, at 2:30 p.m., at Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop. Speakers are from the Town of Cary and the North Carolina USO. There will also be a Field of Flags at Veterans Freedom Park, 1517 N. Harrison Avenue, Cary, all weekend.
Ace Hardware is giving away 1 million American Flags on Saturday, May 29th, 2021. These are 8×12-inch stick flags, suitable for placing on a grave, field or garden as a tribute.
Candid Yams Kickback Movie Experience
Beats n Bars Festival and Candid Yams are presenting the Candid Yams Kickback Movie Experience at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The movie Friday, May 28th, 2021, is Remember the Titans. Attendees will be socially distanced in the stadium seats. The cost is $10 a person. Kids under 10 are free. Tickets are limited, so follow the above link to see if any are available.
WakeMed Movies by Moonlight
WakeMed Movies by Moonlight are at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Seating is by pod, and is limited. On Friday, May 28th, 2021, the movie is Star Wars — The Rise of Skywalker. The size and configurations of the pods vary, but they are all, in effect, $5 a person. Follow the above link to see if any tickets are left.
Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music Series
Bynum Front Porch has repurposed the old Bynum General Store, at 950 Bynum Road, in Pittsboro, into a community gathering spot. Every Friday night this summer they’re hosting live music outside the stores. Bring your chair, bring a little cash donation for the band (admission is free), and some money for the food truck, and enjoy a relaxing night of live music. The performer on Friday, May 28th, is KneeDeep.
Triangle Wind Ensemble–An American Celebration: Back in Action
Triangle Wind Ensemble is celebrating America with a concert at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary on Sunday, May 30th, 2021, at 7 p.m. The concert features favorite music from film, stage, video games and more. Seating is by pod. Tickets start at $10 per person.
Sundays at Sundown Concert
On Sunday evenings, Sundays at Sundown Music Series takes place on the Green at Southern Village, 600 Market Street, Chapel Hill. The cost is $10 for a pod of up to five people. Follow the above link to purchase tickets. The performers on Sunday, May 30th, 2021, are Barry Gray and Wes Collins. This is the last concert of the series.
Enjoy the grounds of Historic Oak View County Park, and visit the resident goats if they are out and about. There are two new baby goats who have joined the herd!