As Memorial Day approaches, Anaheim and Orange County gear up to commemorate the sacrifices of our military heroes. From vibrant events celebrating the spirit of the holiday to monuments honoring the fallen, there's something for everyone to participate in and pay tribute to this Memorial Day Weekend in Anaheim.


Anaheim Cemetery Memorial Day Program | May 27

Join the Orange County Cemetery District in honoring veterans at Anaheim Cemetery with a special Memorial Day program. Starting at 11:00 a.m., the event will feature guest speakers, a wreath presentation, and a Rifle Volley Salute, paying homage to local residents who served in the military.



Strawberry Festival Garden Grove/Anaheim Memorial Day Weekend

Garden Grove Strawberry Festival | May 24–27

Celebrate Memorial Day with a slice of sweetness at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival. Running from May 24th to 27th, this festival boasts one of the best parades in Orange County. Indulge in the iconic strawberry shortcake cutting ceremony on Friday at 6 p.m., and enjoy dozens of park rides suitable for all ages. From the Kite Flyer to the Zombie Carnival, there's endless entertainment for the whole family!



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Newport Beach Wine Festival | May 24–26

For adults looking to unwind, the Newport Beach Wine Festival offers a sophisticated Memorial Day experience. With each day featuring different events such as wine and spritz tastings, champagne brunches, and live music, this festival promises a Memorial Day Weekend of indulgence by the sea. This year’s event weekend will feature an elegant Justin Winery Limited Release Wine Dinner, the Grand Tasting featuring a wide selection of wineries and distributors, and a Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brunch.



Newport Beach Waterfront Resort & Marina 4th of July Day Celebration

Newport Dunes: Tunes at the Dunes | May 24–26

Kicking off Memorial Day weekend, Newport Dunes will host "Tunes at the Dunes," their annual spring celebration featuring live music, food, and more! Dive into their inflatable water park, enjoy watersport rentals, and groove to live performances each evening. Food trucks and full bars will be set up along the waters of the Upper Newport Back Bay. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs and floats to fully enjoy this family-friendly event under the stars. This year’s musical lineup includes classic rock on the 25th and surf-reggae on the 26th, ensuring a lively atmosphere for all attendees.




Laguna Hills Memorial Day Run | May 29

For those seeking a way to honor our military, the Laguna Hills Memorial Day Run is the perfect way to get active and contribute to a greater cause. This charity event is held on May 29th and pays tribute to the United States Marine Corps DARKHORSE Battalion. Participants can choose from a range of distances, including a kids run, 5K, 10K, or half-marathon. After the race, refuel with delicious food from local vendors, unwind at the beer garden, and rock out to music to celebrate the day.



Richard Nixon Library & Museum

Visit the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum

The Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is a great place to learn about our country's history and honor those who served our country. They have many exhibits and artifacts that highlight the bravery and sacrifice of our soldiers. 



Mission San Juan Capistrano

Visit Mission San Juan Capistrano

As part of Memorial Day activities at Mission San Juan Capistrano, Homefront America's 2024 Field of Honor will be held from Tuesday, May 21, through Monday, May 27, 2024. In honor of military, veterans, first responders, including K-9 and equestrian heroes, the mission's courtyard will be transformed with a field of American flags, each standing seven feet tall in solemn formation. Members of the Mission Preservation Society, active duty military personnel, veterans, and first responders will be offered free admission during the exhibit.



Visit Military Memorials & Monuments In Orange County, CA

As you explore the area, you are sure to find plenty of memorials and monuments honoring those who took the ultimate sacrifice for this country. 

  • Vietnam War Monument—14199 All American Way, Westminster, CA 92683
  • Korean War Memorial—1321 N Brea Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92835
  • Brea War Memorial—1 Civic Center Circle, Brea, CA 92821
  • Marine War Memorial—700 Dover Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Yorba Linda Veterans Memorial—4766 Valley View Ave, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
  • Veterans Memorial Park—Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point Harbor, CA 92629
  • World War II Submarine Memorial—842-1010 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach, CA 90740
  • Northwood Gratitude & Honor Memorial—4531 Bryan Ave, Irvine, CA 92620
  • Veterans Memorial at Depot Park—100 N Atchison St, Orange, CA 92866
  • Patriot Point—Bluff Top Park, 2201 CA-1 (Pacific Coast Hwy), Huntington Beach, CA 92648
  • Heroes Hall Museum – OC Fair & Event Center: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Whatever you choose to do during the long weekend, take a moment to remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Explore the top things to do in May for more ideas on how to spend your Memorial Day weekend.