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Memorial Day Events In Philadelphia

We've compiled a list of five events and activities for the whole family in Philadelphia for Memorial Day Weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend is more than just a long holiday weekend. In Philadelphia, a city filled with histories, it’s a weekend we spend with families, doing family things, and together, we are reminded of such freedom that we have now come from those who gave their lives for this country. We are to always remember and never forget such sacrifice.

Five Things to do in Philadelphia during Memorial Day Weekend

Sesame Place

Sesame Place will be celebrating Memorial Day Weekend from May 29 to May 30. There will be music in the air as the sky is covered with brilliant colors inside the park. Visitors have the opportunity to be in the pictures with Elmo dressed in patriotic red, white and blue attire at Photos with Elmo & Friends on May 28 and 29. The Fireworks display is available from various viewing areas around the park on May 29 at 9:00 p.m. 

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Sesame Place (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia®)

National Constitution Center

Various activities are available for visitors to honor American fallen military heroes from Friday, May 27 to Sunday, May 29, 2022, at the National Constitution Center. Visitors can learn about the connection of the holiday to the Reconstruction Era, American flag etiquette, flag folding workshops, or go to the ‘Thank-A-Vet” postcard writing station and other arts and craft activities. 

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National Constitution Center (Photo by D. Cruz for Visit Philadelphia®)

2022 Memorial Day Parade at Kennett Square

The Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 30, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to attend to honor U.S. Military personnel who sacrificed their lives while defending our country. Admission is free. Participants can bring friends and family, wave their flags to support and enjoy the freedom that these fallen heroes brought us. 

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Kennett Square (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia®)

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will take place at Devon Horse Show Grounds from Thursday, May 26, to Sunday, June 5, 2022. Festivities include equestrian-themed exhibitions, Horse riding competitions, shopping, shows and more, as well as the Memorial Day Ceremony to pay tribute to fallen American military heroes. 

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Fairground Rides at Night (©Scotty Turner)

Museum of the American Revolution

Visitors are encouraged to join the Museum of the American Revolution over Memorial Day Weekend (May 27 - 30, 2022) both at the location and online to pay tribute to those who died serving our country during the Revolution War and the freedom they brought us. Admission is free for veterans, military, and Blue Star Families through Memorial Day Weekend. 

Admission includes access to the special exhibition, Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolution War, watching the Joseph Plumb Martin Performances, visiting the Revolution Place Discovery Center, hearing the Stories on Deck: Life at Sea, listening to the 10-Minute Pop-up Talks: Veterans Wall, learning from Discovery Cart: Soldier’s Pack, using the Gallery Guide: Remembering Fallen Revolutionaries and finally, Color a Postcard: A Revolutionary Thank You to the military members for their service. 

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Fairground Rides at Night (©Joseph Gidjunis / Museum of the American Revolution)