Fireworks, concerts and more happening in San Diego Memorial Day weekend

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SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — Memorial Day weekend is coming early again this year. As you prepare for the long weekend honoring those who have died in service to our country, the unofficial start of summer has no shortage of things to do.

Among the memorial services, cookouts and beach days most of us are planning on attending, we have compiled a list of things to do from fireworks and concerts to sports games, Memorial Day festivals and family-friendly events.

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Memorial Day weekend is one of the long weekends you can almost count on seeing fireworks.

Locally, SeaWorld San Diego is putting on fireworks everyday over Memorial Day weekend. From May 24-27, SeaWorld will hold a daily Flag Ceremony at 10 a.m., along with live music at SkyTower Lawn.

Parkgoers and those nearby can watch the fireworks every night from Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27. Don’t miss as SeaWorld honors the military with a fireworks salute 10 minutes prior to park close at 9 p.m.

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Enjoy free, live music at the Del Mar Plaza from 3 to 7 p.m. on Memorial Day — Monday, May 27. Listen to tunes by American Mile on the Ocean View Deck, with a front-row seat to the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. The Memorial Day Live Music: American Mile event is free and open to the public.

G-Eazy is heading to San Diego’s Parq Nightclub with Shabazz and DJ Quiz on Saturday, May 25 at 9:30 p.m. You can get tickets online here.

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San Diego County’s free “2024 Summer Movies in the Park” series kicks off this Memorial Day weekend on Friday at Waterfront Park. The season starts at 6 p.m. Friday with a showing of “Barbie.” To celebrate the start of the season, there will be a variety free activities for kids and families, including music, games, bounce houses, themed crafts, among other free activities.

Coronado Summer Concert Series: Over Memorial Day weekend, the annual Spreckels Park summer concert series presents the Coronado Concert Band on Sunday, May 26 at 4:30 p.m. Then at 6:30 p.m., Laurie Beebe Lewis & The Electric Underground will take you on a trip with music from the 1960s.

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Chilean and Mexican musician Mon Laferte is bringing the “Autopoiética Tour 2024” to Gallagher Square at Petco Park on Sunday, May 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online here.

A few days after Memorial Day weekend ends, Jordan Davis is bringing his “Damn Good Time World Tour” to Petco Park on Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. With hit songs “Buy Dirt” and “Take It From Me,” Davis is bringing the party with Mitchell Tenpenny and Ashley Cooke. Tickets are available online here.

Atomic Groove’s Memorial Day Kickoff Dance Party Happy Hour is taking place Friday, May 24, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Belly Up in Solana Beach.

An Evening with Natalie Merchant – Keep Your Courage Tour, originally scheduled for Sept. 29, 2023, has been rescheduled for May 25, 2024. Tickets for the original show date will be honored on the new date. The show at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay is sold out.

Honor the brave men and women who serve aboard the USS Midway

Memorial Day aboard USS Midway Museum: This Memorial Day weekend, the USS Midway Museum is honoring the men and women who have served with Legacy Week from May 24-27.

Some of the events you can expect during Legacy Week at the USS Midway Museum are the Remembrance Wall Exhibit; Top Gun Party & Movie Night (Sold-Out); Mesa Continuing Education Choir; Meet the Aviators; and Author Book Signing.

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On Memorial Day, the USS Midway Museum is holding a Memorial Day Wreath Ceremony in remembrance of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. This event is free and open to the public. The museum noted guests must arrive at the ceremony by 9:20 a.m. to receive complimentary admission to the museum following the ceremony.

Liberty Station: From Barracks to Brews — Take a tour of the former Naval Training Center in Liberty Station to learn what its like to join the Navy. Cap off the tour and the completion of your “training” with a snack and a brew. Tours started March 21, and take place Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sports games

The New York Yankees are heading to San Diego for a series against the San Diego Padres over Memorial Day weekend.

  • Friday, May 24, 2024 – 6:40 p.m. vs. New York Yankees

  • Saturday, May 25, 2024 – 6:40 p.m. vs. New York Yankees

  • Sunday, May 26, 2024 – 1:10 p.m. vs. New York Yankees

San Diego Strike Force vs Frisco Fighters: The San Diego Strike Force take on the Frisco Fighters on May 26 at 3:05 p.m. for the Indoor Football League game at Pechanga Arena San Diego. Tickets are available online here.

Memorial Day festivals

The Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival is taking over East County on May 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with live music and entertainment, food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides and much more. The event is free and open to the public. The local Boy Scouts will have a pancake breakfast where proceeds directly benefit the Boy Scouts.

Legoland California Resort in Carlsbad is gearing up to debut North America’s first-ever LEGO World Parade on May 24. The LEGO World Parade will feature six floats inspired by your favorite LEGO themes, along with entertainers in glittering costumes as they march, sing, and dance across the park. It is included with your Legoland ticket or pass and will take place about an hour before close.

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The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society’s 17th annual Pancake Festival will honor our Military on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Webb Lake Park in Rancho Bernardo. Pancakes will be flipped by Los Rancheros Kiwanis Club and Poway Kiwanis Club. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice, yogurt, and coffee.

Massive Memorial Day Weekend Bar Crawl is happening all weekend at DAY N NITE SD. Get ready for a bar-hopping adventure as you celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in downtown San Diego.

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The City of Solana Beach and Solana Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars are holding their annual Solana Beach Memorial Day Celebration on Monday, May 27 from 11 a.m. to noon. The event is happening at the La Colonia Park Veterans Honor Courtyard and will pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. The event is free and open to the public.

Click here for a list of more Memorial Day ceremonies happening around San Diego like the Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day Ceremony, Mt. Soledad Memorial Day Ceremony and the Miramar National Cemetery Veterans Memorial Service.

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