The San Francisco Bay area will be a busy place over the Memorial Day weekend, with a wide range of activities offered during the long weekend.
With deep military roots and the home of the West Coast’s first national cemetery, San Francisco hosts what’s being called the largest Memorial Day event in the region.
On the other side of the bay, in Alameda, a special commemoration will be held at the USS Hornet Museum, the now decommissioned aircraft carrier.
And on the same weekend, there’s also a beer festival, and the San Francisco Giants are playing at home as well.
MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY AT SAN FRANCISCO NATIONAL CEMETERY:
Organizers say the ceremony on Monday, May 26 is not only the largest Bay Area Memorial day event, but this year’s ceremonies will also provide a special recognition to Vietnam veterans.
The ceremony includes a parade through the Presidio beginning at the Main Post at 10:30 a.m., then ending at the National Cemetery.
The parade features the 191st Army Band, with veterans organizations and a number of local dignitaries taking part. The official program ends with a 21-gun salute.
For more information and directions see the cemetery’s website:
SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY AT THE USS HORNET MUSEUM:
Across San Francisco Bay veterans will be remembered with another Memorial Day event being held on one of the nation’s most famous aircraft carriers.
Serving from World War II through the Vietnam war, the USS Hornet is now a national historic landmark.
On Monday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. a special memorial ceremony will be held on the carrier.
The ceremony includes an an invocation, a wreath-tossing ceremony, a parade and special guests. All admission proceeds go to the the USS Hornet Museum.
For admission prices and more information:
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL :
For an especially festive event, there’s also the 31st San Francisco International Beer Festival, being held on Saturday, May 24 at the city’s Mason Center.
Tickets need to be purchased in advance. For prices and more information:
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS BASEBALL:
And the San Francisco Giants are home to host the Minnesota Twins to start the weekend, then the Chicago Cubs come to town for a three-game series beginning Monday afternoon.
For tickets and information: