Visit Fort Snelling for educational tours and rock out to live music at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in south Minneapolis

Image courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

By Kerry Roberson

Memorial Day—the day when people across the nation take a moment to remember all the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. In honor of not only past, but also present members of the military, many businesses are closed for the day. Those that are open host a variety of events, cookouts and ceremonies that everyone can attend.

Fort Snelling
Costumed interpreters roam St. Paul’s historic Fort Snelling leading events and workshops and teaching the living history of the American armed forces as well as explaining the influence that Indigenous-Americans and African-Americans had on shaping the beginning and final outcome of the Civil War. Fort Snelling isn’t the only location conducting this day of learning. Lakewood Cemetery, located near Lake Harriet in south Minneapolis, and St. Paul’s Minnesota Air National Guard Museum will also be open for anyone wanting a closer look.

Family Fun Time
With many businesses being closed for the day, Memorial Day is a great opportunity to have a little family fun in the sun. Backyard barbecues, biking and participating in the 20th annual Brian Kraft Memorial 5k are just a few things the entire family can enjoy on Memorial Day.

Outdoor Concerts
Every summer the Twin Cities’ parks have outdoor concerts where performers of all genres come to show off their musical talents. The first performance will be on Memorial Day at 5:30 p.m. with Rubber Soul The Tribute and Socaholix at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. All park concerts are free. While you’re there, be sure to grab a bite to eat at Twin Cities restaurateur Kim Bartmann’s Bread & Pickle, a fancy concession stand located right next to the bandshell.

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