THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BUCKET-LIST The Unofficial Start to Summer is Here!

It’s finally here: the three-day weekend that marks the unofficial start to summer. Winter is behind us and we can start focusing on longer days, BBQs, beaches, boats, fishing—you get the idea. We’ve put together a list of memorable achievements to check off next weekend and we guarantee they will get your summer started off right. Have fun but also make sure to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day. Take some time for reflection. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Indianapolis 500 | May 27
Racing fumes, beer and the brickyard; if you can find a better combination for kicking off summer, we’d like to hear it. Get a camping spot and seriously up your game—not to mention your ManScore. There’s nothing quite like 400,000 race fans in one place so buy that ticket now and witness the 102nd running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Bonus: If you’re feeling ambitious, NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 takes place the same day. See them both for some serious ManScore points

MLB Memorial Day Weekend
Summer baseball is as American as Abe Lincoln’s beard and there’s no specific location needed for this one. Tons of great games will be going on over the weekend and you can expect some themed jerseys to be worn by each team. Check off a historic field while you’re at it as games will be played at Wrigley, Fenway, Yankee Stadium and Dodger Stadium.

Carnaval San Francisco | May 26-27
San Francisco’s annual Carnaval is by far the most exciting street festival you’ll find on Memorial Day weekend (or any weekend really). The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday at 9:30am and features multicultural themes and engaging performers. You can expect top-notch cuisine, international music performances (concerts are free), dance, arts & crafts and so much more.

National Memorial Day Concert | Washington D.C. | May 27
Traveling to our nation’s capital for Memorial Day weekend is a no brainer. There’s the National Memorial Day Parade, memorials at Arlington National Cemetery and countless other events happening all over the city. If nothing else, try to attend the annual National Memorial Day Concert being held on May 27 at 8pm. This year’s concert will share the story of Korean War veterans Joe Annello and Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura, who helped each other survive during the Korean War as POWs. The concert will also pay tribute to women in the military in light of the 70th anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act and the story of Bill Rider. If you can’t make it to D.C., do yourself a favor and catch it live on your local public access station.

Fleet Week | New York City | May 20-26
New York is one of the premier cities to travel to but the overpopulation can be a turn off for most tourists. Well, you’re in luck. Most New Yorkers leave the city for Memorial Day weekend, allowing everyone else to enjoy everything the Big Apple has to offer. Fleet Week allows people to tour ships that are docked and get military demonstrations by men and women currently serving in the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. Also check out the Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade, an annual tradition since 1867 that invites all veterans to participate.

Navy Pier Fireworks | Starting May 26
Chicago has so much to offer but Navy Pier is where it’s at for Memorial Day weekend. Go see Cirque Shanghai that includes an insane daredevil motorcycle troupe then head over to the Landshark Beer Garden that opens May 25. After a couple brews and wandering around the spectacle that is Navy Pier, take in the Saturday night fireworks at 10:30pm. Not a bad way to kick off the summer, if you ask us.

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