Memorial Day weekend is a great time to gather with family and friends for cookouts and pre-summer activities. It's also a great time to teach your children about our true heroes, the servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. As you bite into your celebratory hot dog, consider visiting these area Memorial Day weekend activities.
VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK
WHERE: Irving Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. 75060
WHEN: Sunday, May 27 @ 2:30 pm
Each year the Veterans Memorial Park Committee hosts a Memorial Day Service to honor the Irving veterans who fought through many decades representing several wars. Beginning with a patriotic musical performance by The Silvertones, they will hold a solemn and reverent ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park at the Wall of Commemoration, 644 Rock Island Road. LEARN MORE
IRVING CONCERT SERIES 4 KIDS
WHERE: Irving Soccer Complex, 3585 World Cup Way 75038
WHEN: Friday, May 25 @ 9 am
Hey Lolly Music, created by Austin musician Laura Freeman, will bring the kids an array of interactive, educational children's shows that are fun for the whole family. This concert is designed for toddlers and preschoolers and will encourage them to sing, dance and play along. Children ages 5 & younger. Doors open at 9 am, show begins at 10 am. LEARN MORE
SUMMER BLAST-OFF MAGIC SHOW
WHEN: Saturday, May 26 @ 2:30 pm
Summertime is ready to jump out of the hat, so what better way to kick it off than with a MAGIC SHOW! The West library will also feature a crafts table, treats, other activities and surprises. Encourage your child to visit the library often this summer. There's no better way to begin than with this spectacular show. LEARN MORE
AN AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
with Flutissimo! Flute Choir
WHEN: Saturday, May 26 @ 2:00 pm
Having received the highest praise of "Outstanding Adult Amateur Ensemble" at the Texas Flute Society competition each year since 2005, Flutissimo! Flute Choir comes to Irving for an afternoon immersed in music and movies. They'll be performing musical favorites from movie classics, as film clips are projected on the big screen. This concert is designed for young and old, so be sure to bring the whole family. LEARN MORE
IRVING'S POOLS & SPRAY PARKS
WHERE: Cimarron Family Aquatic Center | Lee Park | Lively Park | Northwest Spray Park | Senter Park | West Irving Aquatic Center
WHEN: Saturday, May 26 - Monday, May 28 | 1 - 7 pm
The whole family can cool off this weekend at Irving's City Pools, Aquatic Centers and Spray Parks which will be open for Memorial Day weekend, and then for the rest of the summer beginning June 2. Although toddlers (ages 3 and younger) and Seniors (ages 50 and older) are free, there is a small fee for daily admission and seasonal passes for children and adults. LEARN MORE
OTHER AREA EVENTS TO HONOR OUR FALLEN
To honor of our armed forces, the Dallas Arboretum offers free admission into the main garden on May 25-28 to active duty members and veterans of the U.S. military, and to first responders with a valid photo ID. On Memorial Day, the celebration continues with face painting and a petting zoo in the Pecan Grove. Enjoy $2 hot dogs and $2 root beer floats at the Terrace Cafe.
Reverchon Park in Dallas hosts the Dallas Memorial March/Carry the Load beginning at noon on Sunday, May 27, and ending at 4:40 pm on Monday, May 28. This event will feature music, inspirational speeches, stories of fallen heroes, flag ceremonies and more. No registration or payment is required to attend — we simply ask you to respect those who have given everything to protect and serve us all.
Grand Prairie hosts a Memorial Day Ceremony on May 28 including a 21-gun salute, vintage aircraft flyover, bag piper, guest speaker, patriotic music and wreath ceremony. Following the observance, everyone is invited to an all-American lunch provided by local Rotary Clubs. Gather at 9:30 am, services begin at 10 am.
The D/FW National Cemetery will host a Memorial Day Program on May 28 with Capt. Jonathan R. Townsend, Commander Naval Air Station Fort Worth, delivering keynote remarks at this solemn Memorial Day program. The Waxahachie High School Wind Ensemble and the Duncanville First Baptist Worship Ministries Choir will perform patriotic selections. Other highlights include a rifle salute by soldiers from Fort Hood and a Missing Man formation fly over by the 301st Fighter Wing, 457th Fighter Squadron. The program begins at 11 a.m. Seating is limited so it is suggested that visitors arrive early and bring lawn chairs or blankets. Free parking is available at the nearby Potter's House (6777 W. Kiest Blvd.) with free shuttle to the cemetery starting at 9 a.m.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra continues its tradition of performing its Memorial Day concert and fireworks display at Flagpole Hill on May 28. Pre-concert activities start at 6:30 p.m. with the DSO performance at 8:15 p.m.
On May 28, Plano hosts a Memorial Day Ceremony at Sunset at Memorial Park, including a brief address by Ret. Sgt. First Class John Wayne Walding, a native Texan and retired Army Special Forces operator who lost a leg in the battle of Shok Valley, Afghanistan. An honorary folded flag will be presented to the widow of Sgt. Casey Joyce. A Plano Senior High graduate and U. S. Army Ranger, Joyce was killed in action in Somalia in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, depicted in the movie Black Hawk Down. The event is sponsored by the City of Plano in coordination with Blue Star Mothers, American Legion Post 321 and VFW Post 4380.
For more area events this weekend, be sure to visit our website at www.irvingtexas.com.