Memorial Day is an ideal time to visit San Francisco. The city has numerous events planned including a celebration at the National Cemetery in the Presidio as well as festivals, baseball games and much more.
A DAY OF HONOR & REMEBERANCE AT THE NATIONAL CEMETERY
Beginning at 10:30am on Monday, May 29th, the National Cemetery in the Presidio holds a celebration to honor those who have given their lives for our country and the preservation of our freedom. The event begins at the Main Post on Anza with a parade lead by the 191st Army Band followed by veterans organizations and distinguished guests. At 11am, the formal program commences, featuring speeches by local dignitaries and veterans, ending with a 21-gun salute conducted by the US Army's 75th Pacific Division. Attended by military members, friends and family, this Memorial Day event is open to the public. National Cemetery tours are available beginning at noon and the Presidio Chapel is also open during this special event.
MILITARY ATTRACTIONS IN SAN FRANCISCO
Memorial Day is also a great time to visit one of the many military attractions in the city including two World War II vessels, the SS Jeremiah O'Brien and USS Pampanito, Angel Island and the Fort Point National Historic Site.
The SS Jeremiah O'Brien is an historical WWII Liberty ship now permanently docked at Pier 45. Built in 1943, it served in the war and is now one of two fully functional Liberty ships remaining.
The USS Pampanito is a WWII Balao class Fleet submarine, also located at Pier 45. Responsible for patrolling the Pacific, it suck several Japanese ships and inflicted damage on numerous others.
Both of these 'floating museums' offer tours daily.
Angel Island sits a mile off the shore of San Francisco and was used as a US Army base during the Civil War to protect the city from attack by other countries. Two buildings of Camp Reynolds are open to visitors, offering a glimpse into the island's military past.
Fort Point National Historic Site was constructed in the late 1800s by the United States Military as a stronghold to help defend our country's shores from attack. The site almost met it's end during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge but plans were altered to build around this historic location. Fort Point is open to visitors and admission is free.
CARNIVAL CELEBRATION & PARADE
The Mission District is holding their 36th annual Carnaval Celebration on Memorial Day weekend. This two-day street fair will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 27th and 28th along the 8 city blocks of the Mission, primarily on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets. Free to the public, the event includes live Latin and Caribbean music and entertainment, food and an impressive parade on Sunday.
OTHER EVENTS TO ENJOY
The San Francisco Giants will be playing at AT&T Park Friday, May 26th, Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th against the Atlanta Braves.
Enjoy a cruise around the Bay at sunset, enjoying stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Angel Islands and the Palace of Fine Arts.
Catch a performance of the blockbuster musical, Hamilton, at the Orpheum Theatre or enjoy a performance from the San Francisco Symphony.
There is so much to see, do and experience in San Francisco on Memorial Day weekend. For a complete list, we suggest visiting SFtourismtips.com