Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a time of remembrance in the United States for those who have died while serving in the nation’s armed forces. More than two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day celebrations.
Although no one knows for sure where the holiday originated officially, it’s certain that most of us have a day off on the last Monday of May. Take advantage of that three-day weekend with a fun-filled getaway with the family.
Here are a few of our favorite Memorial Day special offerings across the nation:
The headline event is Party in the USA, an outdoor bash with water slides, a bounce house and more. When the party wanes, partake in some reef snorkeling with a guide, golf, tennis and bicycle rides through the sun-filled city.
On this bucolic 4,200-acre estate in the Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is ideal if you seek tranquil surroundings, holistic spa treatments and heavenly meals. And Memorial Day weekend on Blackberry Farm is an especially festive time to visit.
During your three-day getaway, enjoy complimentary events and activities to celebrate summertime, including the Great Memorial Day Barbeque, an ice cream social and a movie on the Main House Lawn.
Crosby Street Hotel
New York City
This elegant English-themed hotel, located in the heart of SoHo’s shopping district, is rolling out the perks for your three-day holiday in the Big Apple. When you book a room in Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Crosby Street Hotel, make sure to request the Memorial Day Weekend package.
Get ready to celebrate your long weekend in style with a complimentary bottle of champagne, breakfast and late checkout at 2 p.m. Be sure to book a superior, luxury or deluxe room for a guaranteed upgrade.
Through September 24, save 30 percent on daily Hersheypark admission plus enjoy two nights of deluxe accommodations at Four-Star The Hotel Hershey. This package includes a complimentary breakfast both mornings, admission to Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story museum.
Take this long weekend to spend time with loved ones on a fun-filled getaway in Houston at the Four-Star Hotel Granduca. When you arrive at your two-bedroom suite, you’ll find a plate of freshly baked cookies and cold milk waiting.
The Reconnect with Family package also includes four tickets to the Houston Zoo or Children’s Museum, full breakfast in your room or the hotel restaurant, free ice cream for the kids daily and family movie night, complete with candy and popcorn, in your suite.
Williamsburg Inn & Williamsburg Lodge
Kick off summer learning about 18th-century colonial life in a key city of the American Revolution. Explore Colonial Williamsburg, the world’s largest living history museum — composed of an entire town filled with live actors — that educates young and old alike about America’s founding generation.
Book the Summer Getaway Package for a fun (and educational) family getaway. Enjoy a three-night stay at any of the Colonial Williamsburg hotels, plus daily breakfast, tickets to the Colonial Williamsburg museum and Busch Gardens theme park for two adults and two children.
Although there are six hotels to choose from at Colonial Williamsburg, our picks are Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Williamsburg Inn (remodeled in 2017) and Williamsburg Lodge, both opened by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in the late 1930s.
With the Family Fun-cation offer, enjoy an overnight stay in this luxury hotel with complimentary children’s meals, a buffet breakfast in Capriccio Grill, a kids welcome amenity, free parking and a 30-minute carriage ride around downtown Memphis to kick off your holiday weekend.
You’ll get accommodations in the heart of our nation’s capital complete with weekend brunch and bubbly for two at The Greenhouse. Plus, pick up a $50 gift card to be used at CityCenterDC, a chic, upscale shopping mecca featuring luxury brands like Gucci, Dior, Kate Spade New York and Louis Vuitton, as well as trendy restaurants like Fig & Olive and Momofuku.