Fire up the grill and break out the BBQ! Some people consider Memorial Day as the official start of summer, but the day is very important to not take for granted. Some ways people use to honor and celebrate the military members who have fought for our country include cooking up hot dogs on the grill, picnics, volunteering throughout their communities, and even attending Memorial Day ceremonies that include hanging flags and bands playing patriotic music.
This year, there are many ways to commemorate the holiday right here in the Capital City. Here are a few events that you can check out this weekend leading up to Memorial Day 2022:
Memorial Day Weekend Country Bash at Beauvoir Park
Friday, May 27
On Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m., Beauvoir Park will present three bands – James McCann & The Northbound Drifters, Eleanor Thibodeaux and Dominick Michael – that are sure to satisfy your soul! Doors open at 6 p.m. with music to follow at 7 p.m.
Blue Star Mothers Flag Ceremony
Saturday, May 28
Honor those who sacrificed so much for us at this year’s flag ceremony at the Louisiana State Capitol.
“Hero Hump” is a 6-mile march where current and former military members carry flags starting at 7:30 in the morning from the Memorial Tower on Louisiana State University's campus to the Blue Star Mothers (BSM) of Louisiana at the State Capitol grounds. The members will carry over 11,000 flags to pay homage to Louisiana’s fallen heroes from past wars. Volunteers will plant the flags and then read of names of military members from 9/11 to present day. The ceremony will start around 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 28.
It's All Chicken Scratch! With Live Music at Tin Roof Brewing Co.
Saturday, May 28
A Baton Rouge favorite, Southerns Food Truck is motoring from New Orleans to our lawn and will be slinging at noon. They'll be slaying with those spicy chicken sandwiches, and may have a special here or there...who knows?!? You'll have to come and see.
Sunday, May 29
The more live music, the better.
Come show off your dance moves at the Red Stick Social this Memorial Day weekend! With great food, drink specials and plenty of bands, the Grass Fest is sure to be a fest that you will not want to miss out on. Doors open at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, while the live music will kick off at 7 p.m. Grab your buds and purchase your tickets to make sure you get a front-row seat for this event!
Monday, May 30
Show your support and come enjoy patriotic music played by the Baton Rouge Concert Band.
The band has set a concert for Memorial Day on Monday, May 30. The sounds will start at 7 p.m. at the Main Library at Goodwood. The concert is free and open to all people wanting to honor those who spent their lives fighting for ours.
Memorial Day at the USS KIDD
Monday, May 30
USS KIDD Veterans Museum will be open each day this Memorial Day weekend, including Monday, May 30.
From the authentically restored National Historic Landmark USS KIDD to the intricate models and historic artifacts of the shoreside Museum, there is something of interest to nearly everyone. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in military service. Learn more about Louisiana citizens who lost their lives in combat at the Louisiana Memorial Plaza.