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The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum

Memorial Day Weekend

Start your summer by celebrating Memorial Day weekend in New Orleans

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.

Justen Williams
Crawfish Boil at Bayou Beer Garden

Visit a Museum

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. 

Museums and Attractions with Military Discounts

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.

Why The National WWII Museum is a Must See
Why The National WWII Museum is a Must See

For those history buffs looking to learn more about the Battle of New Orleans, consider a trip to the Malus Beauregard House at the Chalmette Battlefield, which is located just a short drive from Downtown New Orleans.

Rebecca Todd
Chalmette Battlefield

Go On a Secret Garden Tour

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.  

Picnic Spots

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.

Rebecca Todd
Parkway Poboys Picnic on Bayou St. John

Best Places to Get BBQ

The start to summer often is accompanied by barbecue, and New Orleans is filled with great spots to get your fix. Try The Joint in the Bywater, Central City BBQ in Central City, or Blue Oak BBQ in Mid-City for the best of the best.