Memorial Day Weekend Events in Charleston, SC

Memorial Day Weekend starts tomorrow and Charleston has lots of events to celebrate!  Before I share the events, I want to share an interesting fact about Memorial Day and Charleston SC.  Did you know that the first widely publicized event for Memorial Day, then called “Decoration Day”, was held in Charleston to honor the Union dead in what is now Hampton Park.  Charleston had been a holding place for captured Union Soldiers and at least 257 soldiers died while in the custody of Confederate soldiers. These soldiers were remembered during the ceremony on Decoration Day which now is commemorated through Memorial Day and includes all fallen soldiers from all of the wars. The city of Charleston is still doing a lot to celebrate Memorial Day….

Memorial Day Concert
Monday, May 26 12pm
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Charleston

As part of the Piccolo Spoleto Special Events Series, the Charleston Men’s Chorus will present a somber and celebratory tribute to our veterans and current armed forces members at its annual Memorial Day Concert.
Memorial Day Band Concert
Monday , May 26 3pm
Marion Square Park, Charleston SC
The combined community bands of Charleston (director Basil Kerr) and Columbia (director Bill Ackerman) will be performing a free one hour concert of patriotic music at Marion Square at 3 p.m.

Share Our Suzy Memorial Day Weekend Party
Saturday, May 24 6pm
Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, Mount Pleasant SC

Share Our Suzy presents the 10th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Party on Saturday, May 24 at 6 p.m. Enjoy music from Indecision & Five Way Friday while helping SC breast cancer patients…

Memorial Day at Magnolia Plantation
Monday, May 26 9am
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston SC

Free admission to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will be offered on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, to active duty military personnel and their immediate family.

Summerville Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 26 10:30am
Summerville Cemetary, Summerville
Robert E. Besal, a retired Navy rear admiral and decorated veteran will speak at this ceremony honoring veterans and active service members, followed by a reception and fellowship

Nancy D Hawk Memorial Day Concert
Monday, May 26 4pm
Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner SC

The Ensemble of St. Clare at Mepkin Abbey and featured soloists will perform works by Bach and Villa Lobos, followed by a reception.

Memorial Day Concert: Piccolo Spoleto
May 26, 3pm Free Admission
This concert features rousing marches and Broadway show tunes, and concludes with a patriotic musical tribute to each of the Armed Forces of our great country. Features Charleston Community Band and Columbia Community Concert Band. Marion Square, King & Calhoun Sts.

Family Day at Marion Square – 
May 24, 10-3pm Admission Free

Our Family Day at Marion Square is a community kick-off for the Festival, with preview performances and family-friendly fare all morning and afternoon, punctuated mid-day by the cacophonous arrival of the Feed and Seed Marching Abominable.  Fun for all, alongside the Charleston Farmers Market and our Outdoor Art Exhibition.
Marion Square, corner of Calhoun & Meeting Sts.


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