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Best Things to Do In Connecticut for Memorial Day Weekend

MDW 5.17.18Memorial Day weekend provides plenty of opportunities for you to kick-off your summer to a great start. Whether you’re interested in a traditional parade or looking for something out of the ordinary to do for the holiday weekend, you’ll find a number of options to choose from in Connecticut. Below, are just some of the Memorial Day events taking place around the state.

Revolutionary War Encampment

If you enjoy reliving history or learning more about a historical event while celebrating the holiday, make plans to head to the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum on Saturday, May 26th for a free Memorial Day event. This museum, located in Wethersfield, features a Revolutionary War Encampment from 10AM to 4PM. Visitors can chat with the 5th Connecticut Regiment, who will all be dressed in colonial outfits for reenactments.

Connecticut House Music Festival

If you want to spend the holiday dancing, spend the day at Bushnell Park in Hartford on Sunday, May 27th. The Inaugural Connecticut House Music Festival takes place day from 10AM to 10PM. It will feature a wide range of music from several DJs from different areas of Connecticut.

Lady Katharine Cruises Brunch Cruise

If you would rather spend Memorial Day weekend on water instead of land, book a brunch cruise in Middletown. This brunch cruise is a great way to enjoy delicious food while taking in scenic views of the Connecticut River Valley. Live entertainment is also part of this experience. The cruise, which takes place on Sunday, May 27th from 12PM to 2PM, leaves from Harbor Park Landing.

Decoration Day

If you want to make sure that you honor the spirit of Memorial Day, celebrate Decoration Day at Mystic Seaport on Monday, May 28th. This event, which lasts from 9AM to 5PM, includes a tribute to fallen Civil War soldiers and a musical performance from the fife and drum contingent. You’ll also have a chance to learn more about the seaport’s history.

Fairfield Memorial Day Parade and Concert

Memorial Day parades are a tradition for many places in Connecticut. In Fairfield, you can make plans to watch the annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28th. The parade route runs from South Pine Creek Road to South Benson Road and starts promptly at 10AM. Afterwards, head to Sherman Green for a free concert featuring Silver Steel.

Keep in mind that these are just a few of the events going on around the state for Memorial Day weekend. No matter where you stay in Connecticut, you'll find local celebrations and festivities to enjoy for the holiday.