How To Celebrate Memorial Day In Houston

May 9, 2014 7:00 AM

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Memorial Day honors those who have died while serving our country. It is also the unofficial first day of summer. Both of these are reasons to get out and experience some of the celebrations and events around town. There will be something for everyone in the family this Memorial Day weekend.
The Woodlands Memorial Day Festival
Town Green Park
2099 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 363-2447

Date: May 24-25, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
The Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day, head north to The Woodlands for a Memorial Day event with live music and fireworks on both nights at 8:55 p.m. Performers scheduled to appear include The Buck Yeager Band, Leannasaurus Rex, Will Makar and The Redline and The Knowhow. There will also be face painters, balloon artists, roving entertainers and much more fun for the whole family.

Flag Planting with KSEV 700 Radio
Houston National Cemetery
10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77038

Date: May 25, 2014 8 a.m.
KSEV 700, a local AM radio station, will be hosting a flag planting at Houston National Cemetery this year. To sign up for the event, fill out the form on the radio station’s website. Participants will meet at Greenspoint Mall and then be shuttled from there to the cemetery. Plan on three hours for the flag planting, but the time depends on the number of participants. Last year, the group planted 65,000 American flags at all of the graves in the Houston National Cemetery. Families, children and groups are all welcome to participate.
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We the People
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 639-4629

Date: May 26, 2014 at 10 a.m.

On Memorial Day this year, you can take the family to the Houston Museum of Natural Science to watch “We the People” on the giant screen. During this 40-minute show, you will learn more about the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and those who fought to create and support them. This film is appropriate for all ages. It will be a good way to introduce your children to the reason for celebrating Memorial Day to make the day more meaningful to them than just a day off from school.

City of Houston Pools Open
Houston, TX
(832) 395-7129

Dates: May 24-25, 2014
It has been several years since all of Houston’s 37 public pools have opened on Memorial Day weekend. This is that weekend. While you won’t be able to swim on Memorial Day, you will be able to take your kids for a dip on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. You will have to wait until June 10 to swim on Tuesdays through Fridays. Take advantage of this opportunity to swim in one of Houston’s many public pools to make a splash into the start of summer.

Sugar Land 6th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
Sugar Land Memorial Park
15300 University Blvd.
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(281) 275-2825

Date: May 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For the last five years, Sugar Land has held a free Memorial Day ceremony, and this marks the sixth annual event. This patriotic day will include a flag ceremony from a local Boy Scout troop, musical performances and a presentation of the colors. Events and activities for the whole family will also happen around Sugar Land Memorial park. A free shuttle bus will transport people from the University of Houston Sugar Land campus, which is also located on University Boulevard.
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Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at

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