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Top Things to Do In Philadelphia This Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30, 2022)

Learn about some of our favorite family-friendly events in Philly this weekend!

Happy Memorial Day!🇺🇸 This long weekend is packed with events that give Philadelphians of all ages the opportunity to learn about our history, remember those who have lose their lives in the US Armed Forces, and celebrate how far we have come as a nation. From museum tours to nighttime fireworks displays, there is something for every member of the family to participate in all weekend long.

Of course, we can’t forget that Memorial Day Weekend is also the unofficial “start of summer.” There’s no better way to kick-off the season than by enjoying one of the many outdoor activities or events sprinkled throughout the city. And if you don’t know where to look, we’ve got you covered!


PHILLY BABY GUIDE: Did you recently welcome a new little bundle of joy into the family? Whether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned pro, it’s natural to have some questions after bringing a baby into the world. While we may not have all the answers, we put together the Philly Baby Guide to give you access to local businesses and experts throughout the area. With this guide, you’ll have access to professional advice and essential tips so that you can enjoy each milestone along the way.


Find more family events for this weekend (and every week/weekend) on the Philadelphia Family Calendar. If you’re planning to spend some time outside of the city, take a look at our calendars for Bucks County Parent and Main Line Parent.

Top Weekend Events For Philly Families

Here are just some of our favorite family-friendly Memorial Day Weekend events happening in Philadelphia this weekend: (May 27-30, 2022):

All Weekend/Multiple Days

Memorial Day Weekend at the National Constitution Center

May 27 – 29, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

National Constitution Center – 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia

Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® / EDITORIAL AND ADVERTISING USE APPROVED; ©VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

The National Constitution Center will honor America’s fallen military heroes over Memorial Day Weekend. At special educational programs, visitors can explore the holiday’s connection to the Reconstruction era, when it was known as “Decoration Day.” Visitors can also participate in a variety of family-friendly programs and activities, including American flag etiquette and flag folding workshops, a “Thank-A-Vet” postcards writing station, and arts and craft stations.

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration

May 29 (10:00 am – 9:30 pm) & May 30 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm)

Sesame Place – 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at Sesame Place! Don’t miss photos with Elmo dressed in festive red, white and blue all weekend at Photos with Elmo & Friends. Fireworks display at 8:25 pm on 5/29.

Memorial Day Weekend at the Museum

May 27 – 30, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Museum of the American Revolution – 101 S 3rd Street, Philadelphia

Joseph Gidjunis / Museum of the American Revolution

Join the Museum over Memorial Day Weekend to pay tribute onsite and online to the men and women who lost their lives in service to their country during the Revolutionary War and celebrate the freedoms they fought to secure for future generations.

Veterans, military, and Blue Star Families enjoy free admission through Memorial Day Weekend, courtesy of Comcast NBCUniversal.

Friday, May 27

Twilight in the Gardens

May 27, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens – 1020 South Street, Philadelphia

Join Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) for our Twilight in the Gardens series! On these special evenings experience PMG after hours with a live musical performance, guided art workshop, and casual mini-tours. Guests are encouraged to BYOBBS (Bring Your Own Booze, Blanket, and Snacks) to get comfortable and picnic in our mosaicked labyrinth.

Taking place every fourth Friday from May -October, each event is unique and encompasses a variety of musical genres and art experiences. Bring a drink, a friend, and some curiosity. Let PMG help you kick off your weekend with Twilight in the Gardens!

Comcast NBCUniversal Memorial Salute with The Philly POPS

May 27, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Mann Center – 5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia

The Philly POPS presents the sixth annual Comcast NBCUniversal Memorial Salute at the Mann, presented in partnership with Welcome America—a community concert honoring the American tradition of service, on Friday, May 27 over Memorial Day weekend.

In celebration of those who serve, free tickets will be provided for veterans, active military, Philadelphia police officers, and firefighters.

Led by guest conductor Byron Stripling, the POPS will perform a stirring line-up of patriotic anthems, Great American Songbook classics, and showtunes, with guest vocalist Sydney McSweeney and violinist Jennifer Orchard. Favorites include “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Hymn to the Fallen,” and “America the Beautiful,” along with the popular “Armed Forces Salute.”

End the evening under the stars with a special fireworks display!

Special ticket links will be available through affiliated bases and organizations for veteran, military, police, firefighter, and first responder groups.

Final Fridays at The Rail Park

May 27, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Rail Park – Noble Street, N Broad Street

Photo by C. Smyth for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® / EDITORIAL USE APPROVED; ©VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Join The Rail Park first event in the Final Friday series on May 27, from 6 PM – 8 PM, featuring poetry readings by People’s Paper Coop Fellows, and a cello performance by Aijee Evans. People’s Paper Coop will be previewing their upcoming art installation which highlights the impact of the criminal justice system on women in Philadelphia, and celebrates their individual and collective journeys towards freedom. The completed multimedia installation will premiere at the Rail Park in June.

Saturday, May 28

Student Day: Life of a Sailor

May 28, 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Battleship New Jersey – 62 Battleship Place, Camden

Students and their parents can experience a guided tour of the Battleship and a classroom-style lesson.

What’s it like living aboard a ship? Find out for yourself! Lay in a rack where the sailors slept, visit sick bay, write a letter from the ship’s post office, and learn how the sailors kept from getting lost in the ship’s 1600 compartments. This program consists of a tour of the ship and culminates in a visit to the ship’s 1980’s television studio where guests will have the opportunity to make their own short program.

Student Day is a monthly program designed for school-aged children and their adults to learn the science and engineering behind the ship. Every month has a unique tour and hands-on class. Admission is $12 for all.

Family Fundays at The Kimmel

May 28, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Kimmel Cultural Campus – 300 S Broad Street, Philadelphia

It’s family time on the Kimmel Cultural Campus! Gather the littlest arts lovers and enjoy 2 hours of creativity. Experience a lively spectrum of engaging activities, enchanting stage performances, and interactive demonstrations in the Plaza stage, engaging young minds with the transformative power of the arts.

This Family Funday event will be an interactive morning of family fun featuring music, movement, storytelling, and artmaking. Reenact the story of a young John Coltrane; strut to the rhythms and mimic the sounds in a story about the musical styles of New Orleans; and honor the Art of Jacob Lawrence with bright bold shapes collating urban neighborhood landscapes.

Paddle Penn’s Landing Grand Re-Opening

May 28, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Independence Seaport Museum – 211 S Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Photo Courtesy of The Independence Seaport Museum

Beginning May 28, Paddle Penn’s Landing will reopen, allowing visitors to enjoy an afternoon of fun under the sun paddling around the Penn’s Landing basin in a kayak, rowboat, and paddleboat. Visitors can also look forward to planning a scenic kayak excurision and, due to popular demand, expanded hours and tour availability of ISM’s historic ships, Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna.

In addition to the family-friendly on-water programming, the Museum will be introducing a new after-hours, pirate-themed program, the Pirate Rum Challenge, that takes visitors through seven different adventures under the watchful eye of Calico Jack and his friends. Visitors can test sea skills by walking the plank, “firing” a cannon, and singing sea shanties with a complimentary cocktail.

Paper Airplane Day at PTM

May 28, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please Touch Museum – 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

Celebrate all things paper airplane with as we recognize National Paper Airplane Day on May 28 — you can even meet a real-life pilot! ✈️

Memorial Day Weekend Signature Dinner Cruise

May 28, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Penns Landing – 101 North Columbus Boulevard

Dine, dance and take in the amazing views aboard Spirit of Philadelphia. Departing from Penn’s Landing, a dinner cruise on the Delaware River lets you relax and enjoy the beauty of Philly’s historic waterfront. Whether you’re looking for a romantic night on the water, or enjoying the company of old friends, an evening aboard Spirit is one you’ll remember!

On Saturday May 28th, there will be fireworks on the waterfront during the dinner cruise.

Visit Philadelphia’s Kickoff-to-Summer Fireworks Show

May 28, 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Delaware River Waterfront – 121 N Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

L. Berckey / EDITORIAL AND ADVERTISING USE APPROVED; ©VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Get ready for a brilliant start to summer 2022 in Greater Philadelphia.

This Memorial Day weekend, head to the Delaware River waterfront for Visit Philadelphia’s Kickoff-to-Summer Fireworks Show, brightening up the Historic District and beyond on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

A live concert and a fireworks display — is there any better way to start one of the four best seasons of the year in Philadelphia?

Sunday, May 29

Memorial Day Ceremony

May 29, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Laurel Hill Cemetery – 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia

The traditional Decoration Day service of the Grand Army Meade Post #1 will be recreated at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia in 1868. Special guests, honor guards, and the public will gather at the resting place of General George Gordon Meade, hero of the Battle of Gettysburg, to perform the traditional service honoring all veterans who fell defending the nation.

The event is presented by The Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries, the General Meade Society of Philadelphia, and Patriotic Sons of America, Washington Camp. Refreshments will be served after the ceremonial proceedings.

Garden Bros Nuclear Circus

May 29, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Philadelphia Mills Mall – 1455 Franklin Mills Circle, Philadelphia

The World’s Largest Circus Under The Biggest Big Top On Earth! This year’s show has blasted into the next generation of showbiz with breathtaking special effects, concert style sound and lighting and 3 RINGS bursting with excitement, laughter and memories that families will always cherish. The very best performers from over 22 countries make up this action jammed, fast paced 100 minute performance: featuring the Crazy Cossacks Riderz, Human Slingshot, Wheel of Death, Human Cannonball, Motorcycles in the Sphere of Fear, Showgirls Hanging from their Hair, Olympic Gymnasts, the Funniest Clowns, Back Flipping Dogs as seen on America’s Got Talent.

KIDS FUN ZONE: ride a camel, a circus pony, a giant slide, or a bouncy house and the whole family can get their face painted like Spiderman. Come hungry cause there’s plenty of food.

Honoring their Sacrifice: Veterans of the Revolutionary War Look Back

May 29, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Independence National Historical Park – Philadelphia

Join a ranger for an engaging illustrated talk that focuses on the earliest commemorations honoring the service of Revolutionary War soldiers.


We hope that you and your family enjoy your Memorial Day weekend in Philadelphia! Remember to keep checking our events calendar and social media pages all spring and summer long to stay up-to-date on upcoming events in the city. 

Featured Image: Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® / EDITORIAL AND ADVERTISING USE APPROVED; ©VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


Writer for Philadelphia Family. Email tips to lani@familyfocus.org.

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