Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor those who died in military service for our country. It’s also the unofficial start of Summer. If you’re looking for ways to honor the brave men and women who lost their lives and ways to enjoy your long weekend, take a look at these 8 things to do this Memorial Weekend around Fort Wayne.
Veteran’s Memorial Shrine Watchfire
The Veteran’s Memorial Shrine located at 2122 O’Day Road will light their annual Watchfire on Friday, May 25 at 9 pm and will burn until Saturday, May 26 at 9 pm in honor of our fallen. Everyone is welcome to throw a log on the fire to honor a veteran who has passed.
Memorial Day Parade
This year’s annual Memorial Day Parade theme is “Women in the Military”. Bring a lawn chair to watch the parade. The parade starts at 11 am at the corner of Parnell Avenue and State Boulevard and will travel down Parnell to the Memorial Coliseum. A ceremony follows outside the Memorial Hall.
Catch a Movie at the Drive-in
Load up the car and head to the drive-in to catch a movie. Fort Wayne is lucky to be close to two drive-ins — The Huntington Twin Drive-In and the Auburn-Garrett Drive-In. This weekend’s movies include Solo and Deadpool 2
Music, Wine, Food, & Fireworks
Love wine? Love music? Head to Two EE’s Winery on Saturday for live music from one of Fort Wayne’s favorites, James and the Drifters, on the outdoor patio while sipping wine. They’ll also have food trucks and fireworks after the show.
Cool Off at the Lake
We’ve been waiting for warmer temps and they’ve finally arrived. This weekend, the temps will reach close to 90 degrees. Head to one of the nearby lakes (or ponds) to cool off! Fort Wayne is lucky to be within a short drive to many lakes including Winona Lake, Chain O’ Lakes, and the Dunes. Fox Island even has a pond, beach, and dog beach!.
Support Local Businesses at the Farmer’s Market
The YLNI Outdoor Farmer’s Market started back up on Barr Street last weekend and runs every Saturday through October from 9am-1pm. While veggies are great, there’s so much more! Grab some guacamole and chips from Young Urban Homesteaders or bite to eat from one of the local food trucks. Enjoy live music and yoga. Shop for veggies, meat, baked goods, soaps, and more at one of the many vendors.
Hit the Trails
Fort Wayne has over 100 miles of trails which are great for walking, running, and biking! Grab your dog or a friend and hit the trails!
Grill ‘n Chill!
You can’t celebrate Memorial Day without sparking up the grill! So light up your own electric grill or on one of our community charcoal grills and start cooking!
Happy Memorial Day from all of us at Poplar Ridge Apartments!