Memorial Day Weekend 2016: Stay In or Go Out
Your Guide to Spending Memorial Day Weekend in Long Beach
In addition to being a day to honor those who died in service, Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the start of summer and is a time for friends and family to gather together. Whether you want to stay home or go out this Memorial Day weekend, we’ve got you covered. From local events to entertaining guests at home, here’s how to make the best of your long weekend.
Out and About
Choose from these fun events in and around Long Beach:
Memorial Day Weekend at The Queen Mary
Active service members of the armed forces, retired military personnel and veterans receive free admission. Discounts will also be available for their family members.
Head up the coast to Hermosa Beach for the annual Fiesta Hermosa, when over 300 artists and crafters are featured Saturday through Monday. Known as the “largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California,” it’s sure to be a fun event. In addition to arts and crafts, there will be live music, food, a beer garden, and a Kiddie Carnival. If you need a break from the crowded streets, the beach is just a stroll away!
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
Enjoy free admission to the 58th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival Friday through Monday. There will be a big parade on Saturday morning, as well as rides, events, and vendors to visit all weekend long!
Memorial Day Services:
The U.S. National Submarine Memorial West, located at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, will host a public Memorial Day services at 11 a.m. Monday. Event includes the unique “tolling the boats” ceremony, during which the name of each of the 52 U.S. submarines lost during World War II is read aloud, along with the fate of the crew, as a bell is tolled. The guest speaker will be Cmdr. Kenneth Douglas, Commanding Officer the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Pasadena. The submarine memorial is located aboard the naval weapons station at 800 Seal Beach Blvd., between Westminster Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, in Seal Beach. (*Source: www.presstelegram.com)
Hounds on the Hill:
Join Friends of Long Beach Animals for a fun and free pet-friendly event. The 6th annual event features contests, live music, demonstrations, children’s activities, pet adoptions, children’s activities and more. The event is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Signal Hill Park, 2175 Cherry Ave.
Long Beach Antique Sale
Veterans Stadium in Long Beach will have its 5th Sunday Special Sale on Sunday, featuring over 700 sellers. Vendors offer a huge variety of collectibles, furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry, pottery, antiques and much more. General admission is $6 for adults (from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and children under 12 are free. Early bird admission from 5:30 – 6:30 a.m. is $12. Location: 4901 E. Conant St., Long Beach.
Whether you’re entertaining a bunch of guests or just a few, here are some helpful tips.
Have an Outdoor Space:
The weather will no doubt be beautiful here in Long Beach, so take advantage of the sunshine and relax outdoors. The added bonus is a cleaner house too. Set up a seating area outdoors, as well as a space to relax that’s shaded. Guests will likely end up hanging out indoors too, but it’s a good idea to have a central gathering space outdoors.
Perhaps the most important part of entertaining is the food. Save yourself some time by going potluck style and asking everyone to bring a dish if you’re inviting a large crowd. Consider providing the main dish and asking others to bring the side dishes. This pasta salad is easy to make and will almost definitely satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Most importantly, you don’t want to run out of food. Fill tables with bowls of chips and other snacks just in case.
Every good party needs a plentiful bar. Prevent guests from traipsing through your kitchen for a cold drink by putting ice coolers outside. Want to serve up something unique? This red, white, and blue sangria is sure to be a hit! Make sure to have kid-friendly drinks on hand too though.
There’s no better way to bring in summer than with a BBQ party! Break out the grill and become a grill master. Impress your guests with this bourbon-chile barbeque grilled chicken!
Add a Festive Touch
You don’t have to spend a fortune or a lot of time to enhance your space. Subtle decor touches like flower filled mason jars tied with a red and white ribbon will also go a long way in making your party feel more festive.
Often times the best conversation starters are activities. Corn hole or Jenga should do the trick!