7 events for Memorial Day Weekend in Northwest Philadelphia

 The 71st Pennsylvania Infantry Volunteers at Laurel Hill Cemetery on Memorial Day 2012. (Brad Larrison/for NewsWorks)

The 71st Pennsylvania Infantry Volunteers at Laurel Hill Cemetery on Memorial Day 2012. (Brad Larrison/for NewsWorks)

If you are looking for some Memorial Day weekend fun but don’t want to fight Center City traffic, you’re in luck. There are a handful of traditional patriotic events in the area, along with some wildcards to spice up your holiday weekend.

Saturday, May 24

Walk down memory lane at Roxborough Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Roxborough Citadel Corps Community Center will host a “Walk Down Memory Lane” event at 6:30 p.m to celebrate their 125th anniversary. During the event, members and friends will share their stories and experiences of their past associations with The Salvation Army in Roxborough. Attendees will also be treated with a performance from a special Salvation Army anniversary brass band.

Morris Arboretum Garden Railway Grand Opening

Make your way to the Morris Arboretum Garden Railway grand opening at 1 p.m. Celebrating their 16th year, this year’s theme is “Who Lives Here?” Along with the “Home Tweet Home” theme displaying six houses built by Thomas Burke, best known in this area for meticulously creating some iconic houses that artist Andrew Wyeth painted, kids can participate in scavenger hunts and free ice cream while supplies last. The loops, tunnels, bridges, trestles and miniature buildings create an exciting experience for all ages. This family fun railway is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue in Chestnut Hill.

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The Brewers Outlet

The Brewers Outlet will be pouring a vast selection of craft beers, Belgians and imports for your tasting from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Brewers Outlet is one of the regions largest providers of craft and specialty beers from around the world. This beer tasting will be sure to kick off your weekend the right way with the diverse product and friendly service. This tasting will take place at 7401 Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy.

Sunday, May 25

Rededication of ‘Silent Senrty’ at Laurel Hill

At 12 p.m., the Laurel Hill Cemetery will hold a two-hour, outdoor, public ceremony rededicating the “Silent Senrty,” a historic bronze statue of a Civil War soldier. Participants will gather for a parade that will go through historical gravesites and conclude at a seated ceremony with four keynote speakers. The day will end with beer, light luncheon refreshments and commemorative items. The services will take place in the East Falls section at 3822 Ridge Avenue.

Live Music: Gin Canaries at Earth- Bread+Brewery in Mt. Airy

At 8 p.m., Miss Christa and her band of boys will be playing upbeat jazz music that will make you want to get up on your feet. The vivacious entertainment can be found at 7136 Germantown Avenue.

Monday, May 26

Yoga at Blue Banyan

Blue Banyan Yoga will start off your holiday with a special 9 a.m. class with teacher Sophie for all levels located in the heart of Mt. Airy at 7153 Sprague Street. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time on the Blue Banyan website.

21st Ward Veterans Memorial Day Parade

At 11 a.m. the 21st Ward Veterans is hosting the annual Memorial Day Parade following the memorial services at the Hattal-Taylor VFW post located at Pechin Street and Lyceum Avenue in Roxborough. Following the service at the Wissahickon Memorial there will be a special 1:30 p.m. service at the Gorgas Park War Memorial. The service will be honoring all World War II veterans from the community.

Correction: An earlier version of this story included an open-house event that won’t be held this year. NewsWorks apologizes for any inconvenience.



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