7 Fun Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day in L.A.

Mark the start of summer with a pool party, salute the troops at the Queen Mary, and five more ideas

Memorial Day in Los Angeles means it’s time to kick off the summer months. Planning a long weekend getaway is fun, but there’s tons to do if you’re staying in the city too. Here are some of our favorite events and suggestions.

Queen Mary Memorial Day Salute to Service


The Queen Mary was used as a troop ship during World War II. Learn more about that era while paying respects to members of the armed services with historical reenactments, demonstrations, lectures, and more. Admission is free for active or retired military and first responders. Sat.-Mon., May 25-27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach.

MDW Parties at Harriet’s 


Everyone’s favorite new rooftop spot Harriet’s is celebrating MDW with daytime parties on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday afternoons. Check the event listings at the link above for details on times and DJ talent throughout the long weekend. Harriet’s, 8490 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.  

National Burger Day at Smorgasburg


Chow down at everyone’s favorite food pop-up, Smorgasburg. In honor of Memorial Day, this Sunday’s edition is a special Burger Day theme. Try burgers from regular vendors, plus some special folks coming in just for the occasion. Sun., May 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Smorgasburg at ROW DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., downtown.

Free Museum Day at LACMA


LACMA usually charges its guests, but not so on Memorial Day. If you haven’t been in a minute, though, plan a visit. Be sure to catch new exhibits of work by artists Frank Stella and Eleanor Antin. Mon., May 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire.

DEEP-LA Presents SIS and Marques Wyatt


It’s not every weekend when staying out dancing until 3 a.m. on a Sunday night is a responsible choice (unless maybe it is for you, we don’t know your life). Take advantage of the opportunity with this rooftop getdown in DTLA. Sun., May 26, 10 p.m.-3 a.m.; Treehouse, 686 N. Spring St. downtown. Tickets $20-$30. 

Pick Up a Picnic from the Grill on the Alley


With locations in Beverly Hills and Thousand Oaks, the Grill on the Alley is ready to get you stocked for any holiday weekend plans. They’re offering special picnic totes that come packed with with your choice of dishes, sides, and even cups and tablecloths. Call 24 hours ahead to reserve your custom picnic. The Grill on the Alley, 9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills & 120 E. Promenade Way, Thousand Oaks.  

Pool Parties at the Garland


Grab your swimsuit and head to NoHo for a weekend of pool parties and “dive-in” movie screenings at the Garland. The hotel will also have an “all-American” cook-out with hot dogs and burgers, make-your-own ice cream sundae stations, and other wholesome fun. This event is intended for guests of the hotel, so be sure to make friends with someone booking a room. Sat. & Sun., May 25 & 26, 5-9 p.m.; The Garland, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood.

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