A Memorable Memorial Day

New Orleans can be a fiercely patriotic city, and a trip to the National World War II Museum in the heart of the city is a must this holiday weekend. Admission is free on Memorial Day, and the annual commemoration features the US Marine Corps Band New Orleans playing patriotic music beginning at 10:30am. Personal tributes in a touching ceremony are at 11, and “Hoofing for Heroes” takes the stage at 2pm at the BB’s Stage Door Canteen, all culminating with a period of silence at 3pm.


Try the Barman’s Fund Memorial Day Crawfish Boil from 11-5, an annual free event benefiting the Help for Heroes charity. A full day of drinks, music, food and fellowship is a fantastic way to show support to New Orleans’ firefighters, police and first responders who were injured during duty.

Long Weekend Options

The Memorial Day Jam Concert kicks off at Lafreniere Park every year, hosted by the Patrons of Lafreniere Park. Free, open to the public and always a great time, it’s an incredible way to enjoy some of the best music in the city.

Museum hopping is a popular pick, from The Historic New Orleans Collection to the 1850 House. The Backstreet Cultural Museum, Confederate Memorial Hall, and The Museum of the American Cocktail all feature stunning permanent exhibits that will give you a taste of the city’s history.