How to Make the Most of Your Memorial Day on the Crystal Coast


How to Make the Most of Your Memorial Day on the Crystal Coast

The Memorial Day holiday is quickly approaching and the start of the summer season is right around the corner. Where are you going to celebrate Memorial Day this year? Come to Emerald Isle, North Carolina where life is a beach all year long, but especially on the weekends and holidays. Spend your Memorial Day holiday weekend with us and experience the best of what this area has to offer.

Here's how to make the most of your Memorial Day on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. We hope you get to do a little bit of all of this!


Time for Family

Emerald Isle Beach Time

Spend some time this Memorial Day holiday with the sun on your skin, the sand on your toes, and breathing in the salt air. The symbolic start of summer is best spent on the beach where you can relax and take a long weekend or more on the coast of somewhere beautiful—right here. Your Emerald Isle beach house awaits you!

Time for Family & Friends

Memorial Day is also about stepping away from the busyness of life for a bit and spending quality time with your family and friends. While you're here, make it extra special by enjoying a picnic on the beach with your family and friends. We have some perfect beach picnic recipes and ideas right here. Or prepare a memorial day feast right in your Emerald Isle vacation rental—it has everything you need. Most of all, relax and soak up the time together with the ones you love.


Time for Memorial

Remember the true meaning of the Memorial Day holiday. It's not just for beach time and barbecues. Set aside a little time to honor and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. There are some wonderful ways to make Memorial Day come alive with meaning during your holiday.

Time for Memorial

Visit the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall in Morehead City

The wall is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., standing six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end. This Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships, and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their hometown who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington. Round-the-clock viewing of the memorial commences following the opening ceremony scheduled for 11a.m. on Friday, May 26th until 8:30a.m. on Tuesday, May 30th when a brief closing ceremony is held. Visit Glad Tidings Church at 4621 Country Club Road in Morehead City to see it for yourself. You can find more details on the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Morehead City Facebook Page.

Attend a Memorial Day Ceremony on the Crystal Coast

Spend part of the Memorial Day holiday paying your respects and honoring those who have sacrificed for our country by attending a local Memorial Day service or ceremony. On May 29, 2017 at 10a.m., a Veterans Memorial Service is held at the Bayview Cemetery on North 20th Street in Morehead City. There is also the Carteret County Veterans Memorial Ceremony at Courthouse Square in Beaufort.

Learn more local military history at Fort Macon

Fort Macon is home to so much fascinating military history. Bring your Memorial Day holiday to life with a living history lesson. Cannon Day, musket firing demonstrations, and more history in action are all part of the experience. See a soldier's barracks, get an up-close view of military life and dress, and explore the nooks and crannies of the fort itself. Fort Macon has seen a lot over the years—if only it could talk, oh the stories it could tell! It's the perfect time to learn more about this historic fort and the history that surrounds it. You can read everything you need to know about Fort Macon here.


Fun Time with Fireworks & ConcertsFireworks

Celebrate with Memorial Day weekend with a bang! Enjoy fireworks on the beach as part of your holiday celebration. The Town of Atlantic Beach is sponsoring the annual fireworks display and Summer Kickoff Celebration on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 9p.m. along the boardwalk at the Circle beach access. Bring your chairs and blankets, but please leave your pets at home.

The SwanFest Concert Series is in full swing this Memorial Day holiday and is held on the lovely historic Swansboro waterfront. The free summer concert series features various live musicians in a range of genres each Sunday evening from 6:30-8p.m. The Pavilion at Olde Town Square is where it all happens; all you need to bring is your favorite lawn chair or a blanket so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the music. You can find the 2017 SwanFest performance lineup here.


Well, this is what we're up to this Memorial Day. What about you? See you on the sand!


What's on your Memorial Day holiday weekend lineup?

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