Top Vacation Destinations for Memorial Day Weekend

by Emma W.R. on May 20, 2015

Memorial Day is a holiday tradition that began in order to honor the soldiers of the Union and Confederate Armies who died during the American Civil War. Eventually this day came to be a remembrance for all those deceased veterans of wars fought by American forces.

When planning my long holiday, family vacations, I of course want to do something we will all enjoy, but I also try to bring in the reason for the school break. I want my children to understand the reasoning behind each holiday and appreciate why they have the freedoms and privileges that all Americans have.

My top Memorial Day Weekend destinations include:

  • Williamsburg Virginia – There is so much to do in this city. I try to make this stop a four or five day weekend. Your family can experience Colonial Williamsburg where there are battle reenactments, colonial games, art museums and entertainment. You are also just minutes away from Busch Gardens Amusement Park, great shopping and delicious dining. This is a vacation destination that has something for everyone.
  • Boston, Massachusetts – Another place rich in history with plenty to do for the entire family. There are many things to immerse yourself in in this beautiful cities. You can walk the Freedom Trail and delve into colonial history, take in the first public botanical garden in the United States, or explore the Boston Harbor Islands. Besides all of this culture, while in Boston, you can check out Red Sox baseball game or a Revolution soccer game. Still not sold on Boston, how about the festivals, dining or shopping?
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – This was one of my family’s favorite adventures. We roamed the streets visiting the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Betsy Ross’ house all while devouring cheesesteak sandwiches. While in Philadelphia, you can’t pass up a visit to the Philadelphia Zoo and Valley Forge National Historical Park. One thing we did that was a huge hit was take a Duck Boat tour on the Delaware River. We road on a horse drawn carriage during the day and ate dinner outside at a little sidewalk pub. There are just so many things to do and see in this great city for all ages while still learning about the history of great country.

I could go on and on about each of these three wonderful truly American cities. Each has its own place in history. Your family can immerse themselves in the colonial times in one afternoon, then that night, experience something thrilling from the present. Every child should have the chance to understand the history of our country out of the classroom. Williamsburg, Boston and Philadelphia all offer the best learning experiences and fun adventures along the way.

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Sammie May 8, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Great suggestions but the best place to be is home! Get some thing done around the house and enjoy a nice bbq.


Barbie M. October 17, 2016 at 1:17 pm

I’m hoping to go to Colonial Williamsburg in the spring. To see the battle re-enactments, participate in colonial games and eat like our forefathers did is my idea of a good time. I’m not a fan of amusement parks, though art museums and shopping should fill up the time nicely. So glad you mentioned 5 days as I was thinking I could do it all in a 3 day weekend.


Simone April 14, 2016 at 3:12 pm

When I hear Memorial Day [Weekend] I always head towards the beach. But Boston sounds like fun, change things up


Alana June 16, 2015 at 11:00 am

wish i saw this sooner! had planned to get away for MDW, and it just snuck up on us this year so no weekend trip.


Darla Adamson May 21, 2015 at 11:23 am

I loved your post. It brought back memories of my childhood. My grandparents took me to Williamsburg, Boston and Philadelphia as a child and that stirred my love of history. Another great place in Washington, DC where you can also go to nearby Mount Vernon.


Hope May 21, 2015 at 10:15 am

Great idea to find destinations that have ties to the real meaning of Memorial Day. I think most people forget why we have the day off.


Eli May 20, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Excellent suggestions! I spent a brief period of time in Philadelphia and four days in Williamsburg and enjoyed immersing myself in the history of both places. I have not yet been to Boston but plan on visiting there one of these years. Another historic place to visit during Memorial Day weekend would be Washington, D.C. with all the pomp and ceremony that goed with it all, esepcially nearby Arlington National Cemetery which our President visits every year on this special holiday. Also, Gettysburg in Pennsylvania or any of the other major Civil War battlefields such as Antietam in Maryland or the many areas in Virginia where battles were fought.


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