Holidays

Memorial Day Weekend Festivals and Parades for LA Families

Quick, hit the brakes—there's a three-day weekend just ahead! Memorial Day, the holiday generally considered the first harbinger of summer, is on the horizon, and the forecast is for one of those LA Story, 70s-and-sunny weekends. There's only one problem: you were so busy looking for summer camps that you forgot to book a campsite or a beach getaway, right? No worries—when your kids ask why you're not going anywhere this weekend, just tell them you're staying in town to catch some of the great Memorial Day festivals and parades that only happen once a year.

Memorial Day Parades Around LA and the OC

One thing about Los Angeles - it's not a one-parade town. If festivals are too stationary for you, if you need a parade to drum up an appetite for that Memorial Day BBQ, then you've got it made in the shade (as long as you've found a shady spot for your  chair) in Los Angeles and Orange County on Monday. The good news for the parade abstainers is that none of the parades on this holiday marches down a major thoroughfare (unless the 405 gets shut down - in which case Topanga is going to hear plenty of honking that isn't for peace). For parade fans, the patriotic fanfare never sounded so good.

Celebrating Memorial Day in Eastern Connecticut

It's the unofficial start of summer so beaches are beckoning, carnivals are calling, and outdoor parks are just begging to be explored. However, Memorial Day is also the day in which we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and there are many parades, tributes, and ceremonies held in their honor across Eastern Connecticut. Enjoy our fair state and usher in the warmer months and brighter days ahead.

Ways to Commemorate Memorial Day With Kids in Boston

For many of us, Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer. It's the weekend we finally uncover our grills for backyard barbecues and make trips to the Cape. However, Memorial Day is at its core a day to honor and remember women and men who lost their lives in military service to our country. To mark the holiday, many families attend their local town parades and memorial services (the one in Chatham is quite a beautiful, moving event). We've rounded up some other family-friendly (and mostly free) events happening in and around Boston during Memorial Day weekend.

NYC Fourth of July Fireworks Cruises: See Macy's Show on a Boat

The NYC Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016, and some of the most spectacular views are from the water. The display lights up the East River, and nothing quite compares with watching the celebration up close from a boat. Plus, you don't have to battle the crowds with the kids.

Of course, these special cruises don't come cheaply and many are only open to ages 21 and older. We set out to find the lowest-cost Fourth of July Fireworks cruises in NYC that also welcome children. If you're interested, book quickly. Some already have sold out and the remaining tickets will go quickly.

Memorial Day Fun in NJ

For the brave among us (read: young), Memorial Day weekend means time to hit the beach or pool. For the rest of us, it means the start of summer and all the seasonal activities that come with warm weather. Backyard barbecues. Street fairs and festivals. Farmer's markets. Outdoor concerts. New animals to see at the zoo. And of course, vacations to look forward to. Whether you're ready for swimsuits and sandals or still wearing long sleeves and sneakers, our Calendar of Events includes something for everyone.

25 Things To Do for Mother’s Day 2016 in New York City

It's here! Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 8, and we think all you moms deserve to have a great weekend in NYC—rain or no rain. 

Of course you can go to brunch first—see our Manhattan/Bronx recommendations here; Brooklyn spots here; and Queens restaurants here—or lounge in bed while your fans bring you baked goods and large quantities of caffeine. (Can you tell what I plan on doing?) But then it's time to treat yourself and the kids to some quality family time, NYC style.

We've rounded up 25 ideas on how to celebrate Mother's Day 2016. Some are just for you, but most are special events that you can enjoy together with your children. Not enough for ya? Check out these fun NYC Mother's Day itineraries, the Spring Fun Guide or our weekend event picks for even more ideas.

Where to Have Mother's Day Brunch in Boston Without a Reservation

Going out for Mother’s Day brunch sounds like such a treat, but you may fear you’ve missed your chance if you didn’t make reservations weeks in advance. Not so. There are plenty of restaurants all over the Boston area welcoming walk-ins for breakfast and brunch on Mother’s Day. Some of them are even near a few of the spring festivals happening that Sunday, so you can stroll over after your meal to make a day of it. 

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