Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a federal, American holiday observed on the last Monday of each May. It originates from a time period after the civil war designated for decorating the graves of our fallen soldiers and comrades who died defending their country.  Nowadays, it isn’t uncommon for parades to be held in cities across the United States and they often feature military personnel and veterans. For example, New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago are known for their massive parades.

Although this unofficial beginning to the summer season brings with it the opportunity for BBQs, weekend trips, and parties, it is important we do not forget the meaning of Memorial Day. Here are a few events to keep an eye out for during the three-day weekend:

Visit the World War II Memorial in the Heights and the ceremony at the Houston National Cemetery to pay your respects to those who served our country.

The Woodlands Memorial Day Celebration. Live music, concessions, activities, and games for children, with fireworks from 6 to 9 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Comicpalooza at NRG Center. Comic book aficionados, cosplayers, and fans of television series unite at NRG center for a weekend of exhibits and autograph sessions. This year includes appearances by Spiderman, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Rob Liefeld, creator of Deadpool!

Crawfish Boil at Revelry on Richmond. One of our favorite places to visit from our blog on where to watch the Rockets, Revelry is hosting an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil with drink specials, lots of fun games, and a dynamite patio.

Soccer! The Houston Dynamo host New York City FC on Friday at 7:55 PM and the Houston Dash take on the Washington Spirit on Sunday at 6:00 PM. Both games are at BBVA Compass Stadium so wear something orange!

Justin Timberlake in concert at Toyota Center. JT brings his top, pop hits from his latest album, Man of the Woods. If you can’t stop the feeling, grab your tickets and enjoy the show!

Memorial Day Food Truck Fest. Do we really need to explain this one? We’re one of the best cities in the world for quality food trucks. Tickets are only $5 for this Saturday event.

Memorial Blowout at White Oak Music Hall. Headlined by the Flaming Lips and supporting a stacked lineup, this inaugural musical event takes over a venue that spans over 5 acres just north of downtown. Organized by the same team behind Free Press Summer Fest, Pegstar Productions.

Brunch, Brunch, and more Brunch – 365 Things To Do In Houston has compiled a wonderful list of all the brunch spots to visit this Memorial Day weekend as you’ll have three days of brunch opportunities. Click here to see their handy list.

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