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Memorial Day Weekend 2024

Festivals, parades, and commemoration events all weekend long

Dates: May 24–27, 2024

Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend

Maryland's Memorial Day weekend promises to be exciting, jam-packed with historical memories, outdoor celebrations, and patriotic tributes. Communities all around Maryland come alive with a vivid tapestry of events, which combine celebration and reverence as the state honors the sacrifices of its fallen warriors.

Maryland offers a variety of activities to commemorate the occasion, ranging from memorable parades winding through charming villages to solemn ceremonies honoring the country's heroes. There is something for every traveler, whether it's paying respects at one of the state's many military memorials or soaking up the sun at a lively waterfront festival. So, let's dive into the details!

Annapolis Memorial Day Parade (May, 2024, TBA)

Annapolis holds one of the largest Memorial Day Parades in Maryland. It starts at Amos Garrett Boulevard and West St., then goes down West Street to Church Circle and down Main Street to City Dock. After the parade, there is the Memorial Day Ceremony at Susan Campbell Park. Participation in the parade is free of charge, however, all participants must submit an application beforehand.

Bowie Memorial Day Parade (May 25, 2024)

Bowie Memorial Day Parade takes place on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to honor members of the Armed Forces who gave lives in service to their country. The parade features marching bands, performing groups, patriotic music, floats, and local organizations. The procession departs from the Belair Annex on Belair Drive at 11 am and goes down Belair Drive, turns right on Sussex Lane, and onto Stonybrook Drive in front of Acorn Hill Park. It finishes on Sage Lane. Acorn Hill Park has lots of stalls with food and merchandise as well as plenty of entertainment after the parade. Bowie Marketplace and side streets along the parade route provide parking options for those attending the procession.

Chestertown Tea Party Festival (May 24–26, 2024)

Chestertown Tea Party Festival takes place on Memorial Day weekend in Downtown Chestertown. It is dedicated to the events of 1774, when the citizens rebelled against the British rule and tossed a ship loaded with tea into the Chester River. The Tea Toss Reenactment is the major highlight of the festival. There is also a Friday night Block Party, Saturday 5K and 10M races, craft beer tasting, vendors, and a parade. Most events take place in the historic downtown of Chestertown that dates back to the 18th century.

Hometown Holidays Music Festival and Rockville's Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade (May 25–26, 2024)

One of the most cheerful events of the Memorial Day Weekend is Hometown Holidays, the annual Memorial Day festival in the streets of Rockville, Maryland. This three-day event offers a range of activities like the Taste of Rockville, multiple stages with dozens of entertainers performing on them, kids' rides, a festival of fine arts, ​and, of course, the Memorial Day ceremony and parade. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, while the ceremony and parade traditionally occur on Monday. The schedule is from 11 am to 7 pm.

Memorial Day Ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Timonium (May 27, 2024)

Perhaps, the most well-known Memorial Day Ceremony in the state takes place at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. Held within the Circle of Immortals section of the Field of Honor, this patriotic gathering honors servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives defending America. The ceremony features the 229th Army Band, Maryland Army National Guard, Maryland Sings, and other musical bands. On Friday, May 3, 2024, there is also a Fallen Heroes Day Ceremony, commemorating those who gave their lives in acts of duty.

Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival (May, 2024, TBA)

Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival incorporates a traditional Memorial Day ceremony, family entertainment, music, and picnics. The Festival starts on Saturday morning at the Veterans’ Memorial Park. There is an essay and poetry contest as well as a house and business decorating contest. Local churches and museum exhibits war memorabilia, military equipment, and there is also movie screening at North Beach. The U.S. Naval Academy Brass Quintet and the U.S. Navy Band Country Current play live music during the festival.

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