Free family events in Minneapolis Memorial Day weekend 2018
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The Memorial Day holiday will be a three-day weekend for many, so it will be a great time to spend time with family and friends to gather outdoors for cookouts and other family-friendly events in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul area. It will also be a time to reflect upon the sacrifices of the people who served in the military to protect the freedom that citizens of the United States cherish. The following are some of the Memorial Day observances and special event in the Twin Cities region. 

Memorial Day Celebration at Lakewood Cemetery
May 28 @ 10:30 a.m.
Lakewood Cemetery, 3600 Hennepin Ave., S., Minneapolis, MN 55408

Take the family to remember the sacrifices of the military and to honor veterans. The day will begin with a ceremony at the cemetery and will continue in the afternoon with music, exhibits, and free history tours. They will also honor the Centennial of the end of World War I. This event will be free and open to the public.

Minneapolis Veterans Home Memorial Day Program
May 28 @ 2 p.m.
Minnesota Veterans Home – Minneapolis, Building 19 Atrium, 5101 Minnehaha Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55417

The annual Memorial Day program will feature guest speaker Brigadier General Sandy Best. The Copper Street Brass Quintet will entertain the family with music. This patriotic event is sponsored by the 5th District American Legion.

Memorial Day Observance 
May 28 @ 10 a.m.
Chester Bird American Legion Post 523, 200 Lilac Drive N, Golden Valley, MN 55422

This outdoor ceremony to honor the sacrifices of the military will be free and open to the public. The program will include a Bagpiper, Bugler, Honor Guard with three Rifle Volley, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Robbinsdale City Band, and more. the observance will be followed by a reception.

Music in the Parks
May 28 @ 5 p.m.
Spring Café, 1360 Lexington Pkwy., N. Saint Paul, MN 55120

There will be free music at various times and locations during the weekend and during the entire summer. On May 28 the Minnesota State Band will perform at Spring Cafe at 5 p.m.

Memorial Day Ceremony at Stillwater Veterans Memorial
May 28 @ 11:30 a.m.
138 Pine St. W., Stillwater, MN 55082

This patriotic program will include music by the Stillwater Wind Symphony Band, the Croix Chordsman Singers, a flyover of military planes, the VFW Rifle Squad, and American Legion Color Guard, and refreshments.

Memorial Day March & Mayhem for Them
March 28
Redwing to Hastings, MN
Rotary Pavilion, Veterans Memorial Park, 20 Ramsey St., Hastings, MN 55033

Veterans and active duty personnel march along a planned 28-mile route between Redwing and Hastings from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A shuttle bus will leave the Hastings American Legion at 5:15 a.m. sharp to transport marchers to Bay Point Park in Redwing. The march will be paced at 3 miles per hour, with rest breaks along the way.  Registration for the march is on the event website. The Mayhem will be at the Rotary Pavilion from 5-7 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation for music and food. Veterans and active duty military will be admitted free.

Marine Corps Painting Dedication at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery
May 26 @ 2:30 p.m.
Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, 15550 Hwy 115, Little Falls, MN 56345

There will be a public unveiling and dedication of the fourth of five paintings at the cemetery, located north of Little Falls, MN. The Marine Corps painting will join the previously completed paintings representing the Army, Navy, and Coast Guard. The ceremony will include Brigadier General Lowell Kruse of Camp Ridley, artist Charles Gilbert Kapsner, military personnel, and others.

Memorial Day program and Camp Ripley Military Museum
May 27 @ 10 a.m.
Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, 15550 Hwy. 115, Little Falls, MN 56345

There will be a day of music and remembrance at the cemetery in Little Falls.  The program, which will begin at 1:30 p.m., will include music by the Richfield Symphonic Band, a rifle salute, and more. The Military Museum at Camp Ripley will be open for guests from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Note: The following events are not free, but are still fun,

Memorial Day Weekend at Fort Snelling
May 26-28 @ 10 a.m.
Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave., St. Paul, MN 55111

Historic Fort Snelling will hold a weekend that will explore the history of the region, including Native American history and the fort’s role in the expansion of the U.S. They will also share information about Dred and Harriet Scott and their struggle to gain freedom from slavery, which helped to ignite the Civil Ware. The entire family will enjoy activities and watching demonstrations of blacksmithing, cannon firings, and more. The events will be included with admission to the site ($6-$12, free for children 4 and under).

Memorial Day Weekend at Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
May 25-28 @ 10 a.m.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN 56359

There will be special events all weekend, including “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces,” the Minnesota American Indian Stories & Storytellers Film Festival,” the American Indian Artist Showcase,” the “American Indian Artist Showcase,” the American Indian Music Fest,” and the Memorial Day Powwow.” The special events will be included with admission to the museum ($6-$10, free for children 4 and under).