Commemorate Memorial Day 2018 in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and beyond with these free or low-cost events. Check back soon for more events, plus some freebies and special deals for military members and veterans. Follow the links for more details.
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Check back soon for more Memorial Day events, plus some freebies for veterans and military members.
Memorial Day Events in the Triangle
Freedom Balloon Fest
Friday, May 25th, through Monday, May 28th
Fleming Loop Park, 503 Fleming Loop Road, Fuquay-Varina
Tethered balloon rides, live music, children’s area, food vendors, craft beer, military displays, and, most importantly, the ascension of more than 35 hot air balloons.
Free but there’s a cost for tethered balloon rides, some other activities, and parking.
Saturday, May 26th, and Sunday, May 27th
Various locations in Chapel Hill
This weekend celebration includes lots of live music, food trucks, a punk rock flea market, human foosball, a dunk tank, a pet costume contest, and, of course, Jaws on the big screen
Price varies. Some events are free. The main live music shows are $5. Human foosball is $25 a team.
Memorial Day Remembrance: The American Soldier Through the Ages
Saturday, May 26th, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 27th, 2018, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bennett Place State Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham
Join military living historians representing the American soldier of all time periods.
$3 for adults, $2 for kids
Memorial Day Observance in Cary
Monday, May 28th, 2018, 2:30 p.m.
Veterans Freedom Park, 1513 N. Harrison Avenue, Cary
The patriotic ceremony and celebration will honor veterans of all wars and conflicts.The ceremony will feature speakers from the Town of Cary and local armed forces community support groups. Flag sponsorships and toy soldier dedications available to honor loved ones.
The ceremony will feature speakers from the Town and local armed forces community support groups including Paul Berry, who retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Sergeant Major after 30 years of service; David Wagoner, the incoming commander of the Cary VFW Post 7383.; and Navy veteran Frank Stancil.
The Cary Town Band will be performing patriotic music throughout the event and Carolina Veterans Support Group will be providing a field of flags. Those that would like to sponsor a flag can do so by visiting www.cvsgnc.org. The Town will again offer toy soldiers that citizens can write a soldier’s name on and place in the memorial as a way to honor all of those who have served in the armed forces. These soldiers will be saved and placed in the monument every Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Parking will be available at Cary Academy, 1500 N. Harrison Ave., across the street from Veteran’s Freedom Park. A free shuttle that is handicap accessible will run from Cary Academy’s parking lot to Veteran’s Freedom Park, and there will be a police patrol to assist with pedestrian crossing of Harrison Avenue.
Memorial Day Concert by Raleigh Concert Band
Sunday, May 27th, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Raleigh National Cemetery, 501 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh
Memorial Day Observance at Orange County Veterans Memorial
Monday, May 28th, 2018, 7:30 a.m.
2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill
Memorial Day Weekend Freebies and Discounts
- McCormick & Schmick’s: Monday, active members of U.S. military and National Guard, as well as veterans, get a free lunch or dinner entrée. Monday, May 28th.
- Ace Hardware: On Saturday, May 26th, all participating locations of Ace Hardware are giving away free American flags, while supplies last. They’re giving away one million flags across the country. This is for anyone, not just military personnel.
- Hooters: On Monday, May 28th, current and former U.S. military members can enjoy a free entrée from Hooters Memorial Day Menu by presenting a valid military ID at participating Hooters locations nationwide. Choices include: 10-Piece Traditional Wings, 10-Piece Smoked Wings, 10-Piece Boneless Wings, Buffalo Chicken Salad,
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and Hooters Burger.
- Sweet Frog: Every Monday in May participating Sweet Frog locations are offering current and former U.S. military members 20% off.
- Hickory Tavern: Monday, May 28th, veterans and troops get 20% off the whole menu. Food only, not alcohol.