Memorial Day Weekend in the Triangle

Memorial Day Special Events in the Triangle

The Triangle is full of special events, patriotic based or simply a kick off to summer. If you’re not back yard barbequing, out on the lake (which may involve some crowds) or taking in an evening show or movie.

1. When: Sun. at 7pm
Where: Cary‘s Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Triangle Wind Ensemble’s American Celebration: Salute to the Cinema, featuring a musical salute to veterans, plus music by James Horner (The Perfect Storm), Bill Conti (Rocky), John Williams (E.T., Star Wars) and some favorites from Disney films. Gates open at 6pm, and picnics are encouraged! Food and beverages will also be available for purchase on-site.
2. When: Monday
Where: Cary Veterans Freedom Park, Mon.
Memorial Day Remembrance to honor those who have served our country.
The ceremony is 2:30-3:30pm and will feature speakers from the Town of Cary and local armed forces community support groups.

Or take in a baseball game

  1. Carolina Mudcats baseball game at Five County Stadium in Zebulon.
Mudcats versus the Myrtle Beach Pelicans from Fri.-Mon.
2. Catch Friday Night Fireworks at the Fri. game and again after the Sun. game to celebrate Memorial Day.
3. From May 25-31, Ting Stadium at Ting Park is hosting the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) Division I World Series. Eight regional winners will travel to Holly Springs to compete for the NCBA Division I Championship and participate in other events, such as a fan fest, home run derby and more.
4. The NCAA Division II Baseball Championships return to Cary, May 26-June 2, at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, which offers free parking and a full concession stand. This event brings together eight regional winners to compete for the national title.

Or catch a concert

  1. Where:Midtown Beach Music Series in North Hills
When: Thurs. evening, May 24, 6-9pm
Sing along with Jim Quick and Coastline and shag dance the night away.
2. Where:Wake Forest
When: Sun., May 27, 5-7pm.
Melissa Reaves during the Six Sundays in Spring music series.
3. Where: The Ritz
When: Thurs., 8pm
Another great way to kick off the weekend a little early is with Ledisi a 12-time Grammy Award-nominated vocal powerhouse.
4. Where: Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
When: Fri., 5:30pm
The Outlaw Music Festival featuring Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Alison Krauss and more at
5.  Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR and Lance Skiiiwalker
See a full list of concerts over at!

Here are the patriotic offerings courtesy of the The News and Observer

  • The Tar Heel Detachment 733 of the Marine Corps League Department of North Carolina will host a wreath-laying ceremony to honor all veterans at the N.C. Veteran’s Monument on the Edenton Street side of the State Capitol at 11 a.m.
  • Historic Oakwood Cemetery will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 4 p.m. in the cemetery’s Veterans’ Field of Honor. Barry Porter, executive director of the Eastern North Carolina Region of the American Red Cross, will speak. Music by flutist Mary Norris and the 2ndMarine Aircraft Wing, and presentation of the colors by the Capital City Young Marines.
  • American Legion Post 7 in Durham will install 600 flags on graves at Maplewood Cemetery at 11 a.m. Sunday and will present the colors and hold a Memorial Day service at the cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday. Rain site is Post 7, 406 E. Trinity Ave.
  • The groundbreaking ceremony for the Orange County Veterans Memorial will be held at the Southern Human Services campus, 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill, at 3 p.m. The privately funded memorial will pay tribute to the thousands of men and women from Orange County who served or are serving in the U.S. armed forces. Visit orangecountyveteransmemorial.comfor more information.
  • The Orange County Peace Coalition will sponsor a Memorial Day commemoration at the Chapel Hill Public Library at 2 p.m. Lori Khamala, director of the North Carolina immigrant rights program for the American Friends Service Committee, will be the keynote speaker. There will be music, including the playing of taps, and a tribute to the late peace activist John Heuer led by Doug Ryder of the Triangle Chapter 157 Veterans for Peace.
  • Cary will hold its Memorial Day Remembrance at Veterans Freedom Park, 1513 N. Harrison Ave., from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cary Town Band will open with patriotic songs, followed by a moment of remembrance led by Mayor Pro Tem Ed Yerha. Chris Froeschner and David Cole, both U.S. Air Force retired, will speak.
  • The Garner Memorial Day observance will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Garner Veterans Memorial, at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road. Sponsored by the town, the Garner Veterans Advisory Committee, American Legion Post 232 and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 10225. Keynote speaker will be U.S. Navy Reserve Ret. Commander Van Carpenter, founder and chief creative officer of the Why Not Creative Group.
  • The Johnston County Council of Veterans Organizations is sponsoring a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday inside the courthouse in Smithfield. Retired Brig. Gen. Steve Hargis and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 990 President Ron Whittington will speak.
  • A Memorial Day service will begin at 11 a.m. in the mausoleum at Raleigh Memorial Park cemetery, sponsored by Heartland Hospice and led by members of the U.S. Navy from Raleigh’s Operational Support Center. Navy Chaplain Tom Riley will speak, and there will be a flag ceremony, the playing of taps and a balloon release.
  • On Sunday, American Legion Post 148, 5100 Wendell Blvd. in Wendell, will hold a memorial service at 5 p.m. Free hot dogs and refreshments to follow.
  • American Legion Post 549 in Graham will hold a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. at The Graham Civic Center, 503 McGhee St. A light lunch will follow the ceremony.
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