Things To Do in Southern California Memorial Day Weekend 2024

Photo: Field of Honor at Mission San Juan Capistrano


Celebrate Memorial Day with your family while honoring our heroes. Explore Kidsguide’s list of family-friendly events and places that pay tribute to the brave.



2024 Memorial Day Events in Southern California


Field of Honor
Mission San Juan Capistrano
May 21-27, 2024

Mission San Juan Capistrano transforms into an awe-inspiring Field of Honor with more than 400 American flags, each standing seven-feet tall in solemn formation, waving proudly in honor of military, veterans, first responders, including K-9 and equestrian heroes. Display is included with regular admission. Active duty, veterans, and first responders are free. Tickets: $9-18


Field of Honor
Castaways Park, Newport Beach
May 17-27, 2024

See 1,776 U.S. flags fly in honor of all military service members, firefighters, lifeguards, police, medical personnel, and other first responders. Ceremonies will be held at noon on Armed Forces Day (May 18) and Memorial Day (May 27). FREE


LA Fleet Week
Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
Neighborhood Activations: May 22-25, 2024
Public Tours & EXPO: May 24-27, 2024

LA Fleet Week is an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over the extended Memorial Day Weekend. Events include active duty ship tours, military displays and equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, aircraft flyovers, culinary cook-off competitions, and concerts. FREE


Honoring Our Heroes: A Sunset Ceremony
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
Long Beach Navy Memorial
May 26, 2024

Join the City of Long Beach for a free, family-friendly event to commemorate Memorial Day with live patriotic music, information fair, kids zone, aircraft flyovers, exhibition drills, and speakers. FREE


Candle Lighting Ceremony
Northwood Gratitude & Honor Memorial, Irvine
Sunday, May 26, 2024

A special candle lighting ceremony will be held at the Northwood Gratitude & Honor Memorial, the first permanent memorial to honor every American fallen service member in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. FREE


Sailors’ Salute
Sixth Street Bridge, Long Beach
Monday, May 27, 2024

Walk across the bridge with the United States Navy. The public is invited to join 500 sailors on the Sixth Street Viaduct in a tribute honoring the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. After a brief ceremony at the midpoint of the bridge, the location will transform into an open street of festivities. FREE


Memorial Day: The Story of Our Flag
Fairhaven Memorial, Santa Ana
Monday, May 27, 2024

Join Fairhaven Park & Mortuary for their annual Memorial Day Ceremony featuring military speakers, live music, aerial flyover, Honor Guard detail, antique cars on display, and more.


Memorial Day
Historic Wilmington Cemetery
Monday, May 27, 2024

Full ceremonial program, dignitaries, guest speakers, post of colors, drum barracks, wreath presentation, 21 Gun Salute, and more. FREE


Memorial Day Commemoration
Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley
Monday, May 27, 2024

Join the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to honor the fallen men and women who served in the United State Military. The program includes live musical entertainment, a flyover by the Tiger Squadron, color guard, and more. All Memorial Day programming is free to attend, reservations recommended. Admission rates apply to tour the museum or special exhibits. FREE


Memorial Day Air Fair & Flower Drop
Palm Springs Air Museum
Monday, May 27, 2024

Join the Palm Springs Air Museum to honor the fallen with a fly-by and flower drop of over 3,000 red and white carnations from a B-25 Mitchell bomber. Plus, enjoy flight exhibitions, warbird rides, kids’ activities, jazz band, food vendors, and more. Visitors are welcome to pick up a flower to take home. Flight exhibitions and activities scheduled all day long, Memorial Ceremony and Flower Drop scheduled for 1pm. Tickets: $22-24


Legacy Week
USS Midway Museum, San Diego
May 24-27, 2024

The USS Midway Museum’s “Legacy Week” is the heart and soul of Memorial Day commemoration in San Diego with iconic activities onboard the aircraft carrier. Event highlights include the Remembrance Wall Exhibit, choir performance, meet the aviators, and wreath ceremony.


The Blue Angels in IMAX
Now Playing – Released May 17, 2024

Soar with The Blue Angels in a brand-new documentary featuring never-before-seen footage that chronicles a year with the Navy’s elite Flight Demonstration Squadron–from selection through the challenging training and demanding show season–showcasing the extraordinary teamwork, passion, and pride that fuels America’s best, the Blue Angels.


More Memorial Day Ceremonies

May 24: City of Irvine

May 24: City of Lakewood



Military-Themed Places to Visit


American Military History Museum, South El Monte
An outdoor museum dedicated to preserving our nation’s military history. See over 170 military vehicles and military equipment on display.

Drum Barracks Civil War Museum, Wilmington
The Drum Barracks served as the main staging, training, and supply base for the Union Army and military operation in the Southwest. Visitors can tour the courtyard, parlor, armory, barracks room and more.

Battleship USS IOWA, San Pedro
This battleship served our country proudly in WWII, Korea, and the Cold War. General access pass offers exhibits on the Battleship of Presidents, Gunnery Hazards, HUP-2 Helicopter, and more.

S.S. Lane Victory, San Pedro
Self-guided tours are offered on the museum ship that was once used in World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War.

Lincoln Memorial Shrine & Civil War Museum, Redlands
Learn about the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln and learn the stories told through letters and objects from the Civil War.

Nixon Presidential Library, Yorba Linda
Step aboard Army One, the presidential helicopter used by Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford. See artifacts from The Vietnam War and their newest exhibit honoring prisoners of war.

Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley
Walk and explore the actual Air Force One that flew seven presidents, see a full-size replica of President Reagan’s Oval Office, the Berlin Wall, and the F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter and F-14 Tomcat, Marine One Helicopter, M-1 Abrams Tank, and more.

USS Midway Museum, San Diego
Navy aircraft carrier featuring more than 30 restored aircraft and nearly 10 acres of exhibits. Climb aboard real cockpits, tour the bridge and captain’s cabins, walk through spaces where the crew lived, and explore the hangar and flight deck.



Air Museums with Military Aircraft


Flight Path Museum, Los Angeles

The Proud Bird, Los Angeles

Western Museum of Flight, Torrance

March Field Air Museum, Riverside

Museum of Flying, Santa Monica

Lyon Air Museum, Santa Ana

Planes of Fame Air Museum, Chino

Yanks Air Museum, Chino

Blackbird Airpark, Palmdale

Joe Davies Heritage Airpark, Palmdale

San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego





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