10 things to do for Memorial Weekend in Fredericksburg

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In Fredericksburg, we view Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer. It is the perfect holiday to enjoy with friends and family, while never forgetting the brave sacrifice of so many service members in both our community and nationwide. Here are 10 things to do for for Memorial Weekend in Fredericksburg, May 28-30th:

  1. Book a Tour – Our historical tours perfectly capture the history and culture of Fredericksburg, and whether by trolley, carriage, or foot, a brisk May weekend is the perfect reason to check out what our city has to teach you. And there is no better day than Memorial Day to experience our FXBG Civil War Tour
  2. Brock’s Riverside Grill – A Fredericksburg favorite that is known for its outdoor bar, Brock’s has recently renovated its back dining room. This dining room now has windows that provide a gorgeous view of the Rappahannock River, and give guests the feeling of being outside (especially with the windows open). Reserve your table at Brock’s for a beautiful dining experience this Memorial Day. 
  3. Chatham Trails – Part of the running trails that flow underneath Chatham Bridge have been open to the public for a few months. Memorial Day is the perfect excuse to take a stroll along the Rappahannock River, and enjoy the views that the trails have to offer. Watch Freehling Finds about biking in Fredericksburg 
  4. Fredericksburg Nationals – From Friday-Sunday on Memorial Day weekend, the Fred Nats will be facing off against the Salem Red Sox. Purchase tickets to help keep our home team first in the division. Go Nats!
  5. Fun Land’s Food Truck Music Festival – The always-exhilarating Fun Land of Fredericksburg has an even more thrilling attraction for Memorial Day weekend: on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th, bring your family to Fun Land for a weekend of food trucks and local music. Food trucks such as the Taste of Trelawny and Juan More Taco, and bands such as Sixty Miles South and The Excellent Drivers, will provide the backdrop for an extraordinary festival. 
  6. Get Out on the Water – Whether splashing on the banks of the Rappahannock or kayaking at Motts Run Reservoir, Fredericksburg has plenty of options for enjoying the water on Memorial Day. Make sure to book your kayak or paddle board rentals beforehand at Virginia Outdoor Center. 
  7. Luminaria and Memorial Day Commemoration at Fredericksburg National Cemetery – Hosted by the National Park Service, Luminaria, an event free and open to the public, honors those who have passed in service of the United States of America. A candle will be lit for each of the nearly 15,300 service members at Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Luminaria will be held from 8-11pm on Saturday, May 28th. Two days later, on Memorial Day itself, the National Park Service will commemorate the fallen with a free event consisting of a tour of Fredericksburg Battlefield, and speeches by local service members. See a list of Fredericksburg Memorial Day ceremonies and services.
  8. Otter-Ly Amazing Sculptures – Over the past few weeks, Main Street Fredericksburg has unveiled their gorgeous otter sculptures, crafted by Wegner Metal Arts, throughout downtown Fredericksburg. This Memorial Day, scour the streets and hunt for these furry friends…scavengerly speaking, of course. HINT: you might find two otters by the Fredericksburg Visitor Center…we are not telling you where though!
  9. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Fredericksburg Theatre Ensemble is proud to present their newest play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang. Scale the fourth floor of 810 Caroline St to FTE’s gorgeous theatre, and enjoy the directorial debut of Melissa Hennessey. NOTE: Fredericksburg Theatre Ensemble’s plays are meant for a mature audience. Viewer discretion is advised. 
  10. Wild Hare Cider Pub – One of the most popular cideries in Virginia, Wild Hare Cider, recently opened a pub right on William St. The only pub of its kind in Fredericksburg, Wild Hare Cider is the perfect spot to enjoy an Ophelia grapefruit cider on one of the prettiest patios in the city. 

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Enjoy yourself this Memorial Day weekend. Never forget.

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