Remembrance & Relaxation

Memorial Day Activities
Memorial Day officially kicks off summer on Cape Cod. Most of us will spend it on the beach, at backyard barbeques, or maybe even on a boat, surrounded by friends and family.

This landmark holiday has become known for three glorious days of relaxation, but it is really about remembering Americans who have died in active military service over the years. Take note of the stars-and-stripes lowered to half-staff, and special flags honoring prisoners of war and those missing in action. Memorial Day weekend offers many opportunities to reflect on the sacrifices made for our country. Take a visit to the Cape Cod Military Museum in Bourne or Veterans Park in Hyannis, with its monument to Korean War veterans. Across the Cape, communities gather for parades and ceremonies, including the notable Centerville Parade, which takes place May 27 at 9 am, and the Chatham Memorial Day ceremony, a moving occasion that incorporates a rifle salute followed by the playing of Taps.

Of course, we’re all for balancing reflection with celebration and there are plenty of ways to get involved.  Invite your friends down from Boston – they can skip the traffic by taking the new CapeFlyer, with $35 round-trip fares to Hyannis beginning May 24 and including returns on Monday, May 27!  There’s no better time to explore our maritime culture than the 20th Annual Cape Cod Maritime Days, occurring May 19 through June 21.  If you’ve never experienced the annual Hyannis-to-Nantucket Figawi sailing race, it’s worth checking out. Looking for a farm-to-table adventure?  Falmouth’s Coonamessett Farm offers a vegetarian buffet as well as a pulled pork BBQ on May 25 and 26, 5 – 8 pm.

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