MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCES

Valley Forge & Montgomery County 

Memorial Day honors military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country. Veterans Day, on the other hand, celebrates every member of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, whether they are still active or retired, living or deceased.

Memorial Day is also the unofficial kick off of summer 2016, but before you retrieve the shorts and flip flops from storage, consider attending one of the following Memorial Day ceremonies. Better still, bring along family and friends.

RELIGIOUS SITES - WASHINGTON MEMORIAL CHAPEL

VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

May 30
Valley Forge National Historical Park
1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia

Valley Forge National Historical Park marks Memorial Day with a service for fallen veterans at Washington Memorial Chapel at 12 p.m. It ends with the sounding of "Taps" over the Grand Parade. At 2 p.m., carillonneur Doug Gefvert will play an hour-long outdoor concert of patriotic selections. In addition, the park's cell phone audio tour (484.396.1018, prompts 101-105) will feature Memorial Day-themed content. 

HATBORO

May 24-30
Miller Meadow
York & Horsham Roads

Hatboro blends its patriotic fervor with a healthy dose of summer fun in its annual Summer Fun Festival. For six days, the Borough of Hatboro invites families to ride the rides, sample the food, enjoy the entertainment and gaze at the fireworks (May 27). But on May 30, the festivities take a short, serious pause in the 7 p.m. tribute to the men and women who have served in uniform. 

SCHWENKSVILLE

May 27
Saint Mary School
40 Spring Mount Rd

The Saint Mary Home & School Association sponsors its 10th annual Memorial Day remembrance, which has become a compelling teaching moment for the students. After a 9 a.m. Mass, attendees will gather for a flag raising, followed by a wreath presentation and the reading of students' Memorial Day-themed essays. Lunch for veterans follows. 

NORRISTOWN

May 28
Historic Montgomery Cemetery
One Hartranft Avenue

The grounds of Historic Montgomery Cemetery have, since its establishment in 1847, been the final resting spot for more than 400 veterans, representing conflicts from the War of 1812 to the Korean War. A Memorial Day ceremony honoring them and many of their compelling stories runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

MEMORIAL DAY - FREEDOMS FOUNDATION

VALLEY FORGE

May 29
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge
Medal of Honor Grove
1601 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville

The American Legion, Latin American Post 840, holds a commemoration at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge's Puerto Rico acre, recognizing all military personnel, especially those of Latin decent. Once the 1 p.m. program has concluded, visitors can walk the remaining 52 acres, viewing the honorary obelisks that chronicle, state-by-state, every Medal of Honor winner throughout our history. 

LANSDALE

May 30
Main Street/Memorial Park
300 East Main Street

Lansdale's traditional Memorial Day parade steps off in full red-white-and-blue finery at 9 a.m. and makes its way to Memorial Park. There, at 10 a.m., The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 32, The Virgillio Schembri Battavio Post No. 23 and the American Legion William Hare Post No. 206 will hold a ceremony of remembrance and gravitas. 

AMBLER

May 30
Whitemarsh Memorial Park
1169 Limekiln Pike

Hickory Brass plays a free outdoor concert at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, highlighting patriotic tunes, as well as well-known selections of classical music, popular music and movie themes. The park itself will be decorated with more than 400 full-sized flags, solemnly representing the men and women laid to rest onsite. 

GLADWYNE

May 30
Gladwyne Park
921 Youngs Ford Road, Gladwyne

The annual Memorial Day parade and block party are sponsored by the Gladwyne Civic Association and held in the heart of the village (Gladwyne Park), rain or shine. The noon parade features children who decorate their bikes, wagons, strollers and selves to navigate the route. When it wraps up, an honorific ceremony takes place, followed by a block party with food and entertainment. Attendees commonly dress in red-white-and-blue. 

MEMORIAL DAY - TRAPPE - PARADE

TRAPPE

May 30
Main Street to Waterworks Park, 230 West. 1st Avenue

Under the theme "Their Sacrifice, Our Freedom," Trappe gathers for a festive 10 a.m. parade from Augustus Lutheran Church (Main & Seventh) to Waterworks Park. The remembrance ceremony that follows features buglers, a ceremonial flag raising, a Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner" led by the Norristown Chorale, who will also perform a short concert. From there, a full day of music, food, arts and crafts and kid fun unfolds, lasting until 2 p.m. 

ARDMORE

May 30
Lancaster Avenue/ St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church 
415 East Athens Avenue, Ardmore

To set the proper tone for a morning of patriotic tributes, the Merion Concert Band will open with a selection of service-themed songs at 9:45 a.m. at Lancaster and Argyle Roads. By 10:30 a.m., parade participants should be ready to march down Lancaster Avenue from the start point at Greenfield Avenue. At 11:15 a.m., attention shifts to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church for brief remarks, flanked by a color guard and pipers.

Concerts, Plays, Musicals and More

Montgomery County's stages are always filled with world-class entertainment, but Memorial Day weekend is jam-packed with concerts, music festivals, stage productions and live performances. See our top picks, and grab your tickets today.

MEMORIAL DAY - DAUGHTRY

DAUGHTRY

May 29
Valley Forge Casino Resort Music Fair

One of the biggest stars to ever come through American Idol, Daughtry takes the stage at the Valley Forge Casino Resort on May 29. 

MEMORIAL DAY - THE MONKEES - KESWICK THEATER

THE MONKEES

May 28
Keswick Theatre

One of the greatest acts in music history, The Monkees are coming to the Keswick Theatre on May 28. Original members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork will perform all of the band's hits including "I'm a Believer," "Daydream Believer" and more.

MEMORIAL DAY - CRAFT BREW, WINE & MUSIC FEST

CRAFT BREW, WINE & MUSIC FEST

May 28-29
Country Creek Winery

Country Creek Winery hosts a Craft Brew, Wine & Music Fest Memorial Day weekend featuring more than 15 acts, local craft beers, Country Creek wines and more.

MEMORIAL DAY - A SINGLE SHARD

A SINGLE SHARD

Through May 29
People's Light

People's Light presents the regional premier of A Single Shard, the inspirational story of a young orphan and his quest to find his true home. Evening performances are on Friday and Saturday with matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

MEMORIAL DAY - FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

Through May 28
Steel River Playhouse

Fiddler on the Roof, the classic Broadway musical, comes to the stage at Steel River Playhouse in Pottstown through May 28 with 8 p.m. performances on Friday and Saturday, plus a Saturday matinee.

MEMORIAL DAY - MANATAWNY STILL WORKS

GABE TRAYNOR

May 28
Manatawny Still Works

The Manitawny Still Works Live Music Series continues with a performance by local artist Gabe Traynor. Gabe will be performing his unique brand of acoustic rock starting at 7:30 p.m. on May 28.

GALENA BRASS

May 28
Green Lane Park

Galena Brass brings its lively horn section to Green Lane Park on May 28 as part of the park's Summer Concert Series. The band will be performing its mix of jazz, folk, Dixieland and patriotic songs starting at 7 p.m.

MEMORIAL DAY - KISS ME KATE - ACT II PLAYHOUSE

KISS ME KATE

Through June 26
Act II Playhouse

Ambler's Act II Playhouse presents the classic musical comedy, Kiss Me Kate, on stage through June 26. Seating is very limited, but tickets are still available for Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28.

FULLY COMMITTED

Through June 5
Theater Horizon

The outrageous one-man show Fully Committed runs at Theater Horizon through June 5. Memorial Day weekend performances include 8 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 29.

MEMORIAL DAY - STELLA & VOODOO FISH - STONE AND KEY CELLARS

STELLA & VOODOO FISH

May 28
Stone and Key Cellars

Rocking out to the hits of the 1980s through today, Stella and the Voodoo Fish arrive at Stone and Key Cellars on May 28. The family friendly concerts runs from 3 to 6 p.m.

MEMORIAL DAY - MEMORIAL DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL

MEMORIAL DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL

May 28-30
Chaddsford Winery

Chaddsford Winery presents three days of music and merlot during at its Memorial Day Music Festival. Five bands will take the stage between Friday and Sunday. Be sure to grab lunch or dinner from the Luigi & Giovanni Catering food truck. 

MEMORIAL DAY - ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. - MONTGOMERY THEATER

ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR.

Through May 29
Montgomery Theater

Based on the 1951 Disney film Alice in Wonderland and the Lewis Carroll novels, this adaptation includes all the favorite characters: Alice, the White Rabbit, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Queen of Hearts and a bubble-blowing caterpillar. The show runs until May 29. 

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