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Memorial Day Weekend Events 2012

DFW Loves to Celebrate; Many Activities are Free!


Memorial Day was established to honor our veterans and pay tribute to the men and women who died while serving in the military. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. In 2012, it's May 28th.

Many events offer free admission to active or retired military personnel with a military ID card.

1. May 27: Free Admission to the Amon Carter Museum for Active Military Personnel

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art will honor military personnel by again participating in the Blue Star Museums program in partnership with Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and more than 1,500 museums across America.

The Blue Star program allows free museum admission to active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Because admission is always free to the Amon Carter, the museum is offering a free souvenir book. This special gift is extended to both active-duty and retired military personnel when they visit from May 27 to September 2.

Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Ft. Worth, TX 76107. 817-989-5065

2. May 24: Fireworks Over Lake Grapevine

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What's better than a free activity? Watch the 12-minute fireworks display over Lake Grapevine starting at 9:30 p.m. every Friday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2013. The best viewing locations are your favorite lake parks or on top of the parking garage at the Gaylord Texan Resort for the Garage Rock Out Party. May 24 - August 30, 2013.

There is no fee for Oak Grove Park. To enter Meadowmere Park or Rockledge Park (to view fireworks) there is $5 per vehicle charge on Friday evenings. On Wednesday, July 4th, the price is $10 per vehicle at Rockledge and $5 at Meadowmere. Visit the Lake Parks section of www.grapevinetexas.gov for details.

3. May 27: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery

What: Flags will honor our veterans.

When: Don't miss the 11 a.m. service Monday, May 28, 2012 with patriotic music and a 21-cannon salute.

Where: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211. 214-467- 3374.

4. Dallas Arboretum

Spend Memorial Day outdoors at the beautiful Dallas Arboretum with family fun activities for the whole gang. From Friday, May 24 - Monday, May 27, the garden will offer complimentary admission to all active and retired military personnel (must have valid ID).

On Monday, May 27 the garden will be rocking with 2 concerts on the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn from children entertaining legend Eddie Coker, sponsored by Dallas Child. Concert times from 11am-12pm and 2pm-3pm. Also, from 10am - 2pm there will be a petting zoo, face painting and arts & crafts. All activities are included in the price of admission.

Visit the Adventures of Great Explorers exhibit with replicas of destinations traveled by Marco Polo, Hernan Cortes, Admiral Byrd, Captain James Cook, Ponce de Leon and Lewis & Clark.

5. May 24: The Party Crashers

It's a high-energy, 7-piece band that in classic rock and roll, dance, and party music covering five decades from the 50's thru the 90's and playing everything from Little Richard to The Red Hot Chili Peppers. May 24, 2013. Call the Palace Arts Center Ticketline: (817) 410-3100.

6. May 27: Lone Star's Winstar Million Dollar Day

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Memorial Day is WinStar “Win a Million” Day, sponsored by WinStar World Casino, at Lone Star Park. Two lucky people will get an opportunity to play for $1 Million in the “Win a Million” promotion. Customers will also enjoy the delicious food truck festival featuring the top food trucks in the Metroplex, and rock to live music by Incognito in the Courtyard of Champions from Noon until 4 p.m. The Family Fun Park will feature bounce houses, pony rides, and a petting zoo for the kids. Members of any branch of the military receive free general admission with a valid military I.D.

When: Monday, May 27, 2013. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. First race is at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75050.
972-263-RACE (General Information)

7. May 27: Memorial Day Car Show

It's the annual Lynn Smith Chevrolet's Memorial Day Car Show on Monday, May 27, 2013 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Lynn Smith Chevrolet, 925 N. Burleson Blvd., Burleson, Texas 76028
The guys move out the cars and we have lots of wonderful parking, food and fun. 

Many awards, including Best Of Show, Best Of Show Truck, Under Construction, Special Interest, Cycle, Late Moels. Family friendly. 

Cost: Free. $10 to register, open class, everyone is welcome. Drive it, drag it, push it, tow it or shove it we will register you if you can get it to the show.

All events are subject to change or weather conditions, profits go to D & D Christmas for Kids 2012 Project. Hosted by D & D Rockin’ Rods Classic Car Shows, call 817-797-1197

Free to the public, $10.00 to register, open class, everyone is welcome. Drive it, drag it, push it, tow it or shove it we will register you if you can get it to the show.

8. May 27: DSO's Memorial Day Concert and Fireworks at Flagpole Hill

Love music? The Dallas Symphony Memorial Day will perform for free -- complete with fireworks and an Americana-themed program that pays tribute to America's Armed Forces. Rain Site: Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street

When: Monday, May 27, 2013 at 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

9. May 26: Richardson Community Band Concert

When: Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Where: Concert on the Lawn, Richardson Civic Center

Cost: Free

The Richardson Community Band is a diverse, all-volunteer wind ensemble whose mission is to provide high-quality and challenging musical experiences for its members while educating and entertaining family audiences in Richardson and the Metroplex.

10. May 26-27: Carry the Load

Carry the Load Dallas 20123 helps people celebrate a meaningful Memorial Day by organizing and conducting a 20-hour event that honors veterans and active duty members of the military, law enforcement officers, firefighters and their families for their sacrifices; and raises money to support nonprofit organizations that serve these heroes.

It’s a life-changing journey for people as they walk or run as long or as little as they can in the 20-hour period. Like the service members they honor, they carry more than they have to, longer than they think they can. Each participant is encouraged to make a donation to help the wounded and the families of the fallen. This year, we'll show our commitment by working in teams and as individuals to "carry the load" for 20 hours and 12 minutes. Some will choose to carry weighted packs as a symbol of their commitment.

When: May 26-27, 2013 at Reverchon Park/Katy Trail.

Walk or run as long or as little as you can along Dallas' Katy Trail. Much like the service members they honor, participants carry often more than they have to, longer than they think they can. Some may choose to carry weighted packs as a symbol of their commitment to Carry The Load.

Each participant is encouraged to make a donation to help the wounded and the families of the fallen. Details are available at CarryTheLoad.org/Dallas. WFAA news anchor John McCaa will be on hand to help kick off the event.

11. ENERGY STAR Tax-Free Weekend 2013

It's ENERGY STAR's tax-free weekend. If you are in the market for some energy-efficient appliances, now's the time to save. From ceiling fans to washers to light bulbs, save money this weekend.

12. CityArts Festival / Postponed

Friends of Fair Park is postponing CityArts Festival this year so it can devote extra attention to this year’s slate of events, especially helping promote the new Summer Adventures in Fair Park.

CityArts Festival will return in 2014 the weekend of May 30 – June 1.

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