Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for our brave men and women who gave their lives serving our country. It also marks the unofficial start of summer, meaning this weekend is packed with great parades, celebrations and things to do. Check out these great events for Memorial Day Weekend in Rhode Island 2013.
The format is as follows
Town – Date(s) – Time
Name of the event
Where it takes place – Brief description of what it is
Link to official source confirming the dates
Barrington – May 27th – 8:30am
Barrington Memorial Day Parade
Victory Field Memorial Gates – Honor our veterans by attending this outstanding annual parade. Opening exercises begin at 8:30am
Bristol – May 25th – 9am – 10:30am
Wake Up in the Barnyard
Coggeshall Farm Museum – Learn what life was like in the 18th century as you help with farm chores.
Bristol – May 25th – 10am – 12pm
Bristol Tales of the Slave Trade Tour
Linden Place Mansion – A walking tour of the Linden Place Mansion focusing on the Slave Trade and the Dewolf Family.
Bristol – May 25th – 11am – 12pm
Behind the Scenes Tour
Blithewold Mansion – Experience the guided walking tour through this amazing, historic mansion
Charlestown – May 24th – After dusk (8pm)
Frosty Drew Observatory – The dome and telescopes are open to the public for all to explore the night sky.
Cranston – May 24th & 25th – 7pm – 11pm
In the Round Square Music Festival
Theatre 82 – Enjoy live music as we celebrate local Rhode Island artists and song writers.
Glocester – May 27th – 10am
Glocester Memorial Day Parade
Along Route 44 – Come watch this annual parade to celebrate our vets
Jamestown – May 27th – 9:30am – 12pm
Jamestown Memorial Day Parade
Narragansett Ave – Cheer on the parade as we celebrate our vets
Lincoln – May 27th – 11am
Lincoln Memorial Day Parade
Smithfield Avenue – Cheer on the parade as we celebrate our veterans
Newport – May 24th – 27th – 12pm – 5pm
Sampling of the South Coast Artists
Spring Bull Gallery – Come see this exhibit of local painters, sculptors, photographers, potters and other artists.
Newport – May 26th – 1-5pm
A Spectacle of Music
Washington Square & the Colony House – Sounds from RI’s 18th century traditions
North Kingstown – May 27th – 9am
North Kingstown Memorial Day Parade
Wilson Park – Watch the parade and celebrate our vets
North Providence – May 27th – 1pm
North Providence Memorial Day Parade
Governor Notte Park – The annual parade and celebration featuring live music, entertainment and great food.
Portsmouth – May 24th – Starting at 10am
Memorial Day Wreath Laying
Legion Park – Memorial wreaths are laid to honor the deceased in the military
Providence – May 24th & 25th – 8pm
Providence Ghost Tour
Prospect Terrace Park (East Side) – Take a haunted tour through Providence and learn the spooky stories of its past. See how my tour went here.
Providence – May 25th – 5:30pm – 6:30pm
RiverWalk: Before the Fires are Lit
John Brown House Museum – Learn the importance and history of Providence’s amazing rivers, makes a great lead in to WaterFire.
Providence – May 25th – Dusk (8:08pm)
Downtown Providence – Bonfires are lit up all along Providence’s rivers, vendors and food carts line the streets and live music fills the air. WaterFire is a great celebration!
Providence – May 27th – 2pm
Memorial Day with Larry Perlman
EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Blvd – An outdoor live jazz concert where you can dance the day away.
South Kingstown – May 25th – 12pm – 4pm
Whiskey Tours & Tastings
Sons of Liberty Spirits Company – Take a tour and a tasting of one of RI’s very own distilleries.
South Kingstown – May 27th – 10am – 12pm
South Kingstown Memorial Day Parade
Main Street – South Kingstown’s annual parade for Memorial Day
Wakefield – May 24th 1pm – 5pm & May 25th 10am – 4pm
In Cuba with Witness for Peace
Hera Gallery – A photographic journey of the lives of Cuban people and culture.
Warwick – May 25th – May 27th – 10am – 5pm
Gaspee Days Arts & Crafts Festival
Pawtuxet Village – Enjoy the arts and crafts of this great annual festival, this event also features live music, great food and rides.
Warwick – May 27th – 11:15am
Warwick Memorial Day Parade
Bishop Hendricken High School – This great parade starts at the Bishop Hendricken High School and ends at the Warwick Vets High School.
Westerly – May 25th & 26th – 10am – 5pm
16th Annual Virtu Art Show
Wilcox Park – Artists from around the country show and sell their work with live music and food.
Westerly – May 27th – 9:30am – 12pm
Westerly Memorial Day Parade
Pawcatuck Shopping Center – The annual celebration for Memorial Day