Memorial Day, the last Monday of May, honors the brave men and women who lost their lives fighting for what they believed in. In New Orleans, many observe Memorial Day by visiting museums or picnicking with family and friends. Here, we’ve gathered some ways to honor the day and celebrate the official beginning of summer in New Orleans. Plus, New Orleans is the perfect place to book a last-minute Memorial Day weekend trip, as hotels will be offering deals and discounts to kick off the summer season. Find it all here.
Named the #2 Museum in the World by TripAdvisor, The National World WarII Museum is an incredible place to pay tribute on Memorial Day. The exhibits are interactive, educational, and truly fun for the whole family. With so much to see, you can easily spend a whole day here.
Many museums and attractions offer a military discount that reduces admission price. This includes the National WWII Museum, where active or retired military, veterans or military spouses receive discounted admission and WWII veterans receive free admission. Other attractions with military discounts include The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The New Orleans Museum of Art, JAMNOLA, The Louisiana Children’s Museum, The Cabildo and Presbytère, and The New Orleans Jazz Museum.
Hosted by Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre, the French Quarter Secret Garden Tour is an annual event in which multiple courtyards in the Quarter will be open for a self-guided walking tour. See centuries-old Spanish-and French-style architecture in the heart of the city. Event tickets are about $20, and the event is Saturday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer begins with festivals on this three-day weekend. This Memorial Day weekend, enjoy the return of festivals in a modified format. Greek Fest returns with "A Tribute to Greek Fest" on May 28 and 29, where you can order ahead, and get all your favorite Greek foods in one place. Find out more about how we're celebrating our favorite spring festivals here.
If your ideal Memorial Day weekend includes relaxing with a local beer and a picnic, NOLA’s parks and green spaces are for you. Spend a day at The Fly along the Mississippi River playing frisbee, or check out the beautiful New Orleans City Park and find a spot to grill under the Oaks. You can also pick up po-boys or crawfish and have a relaxing picnic along Mid-City’s Bayou St. John. If you're looking for other places to drink outside, see our round-up here.