Range of events planned in Lowcountry during Memorial Day weekend
Memorial Day weekend is here, which means it’s time to break out the red, white, and blue attire, cook out with friends, and attend some big events the Lowcountry has planned.
In addition to all the live music and other happenings around Beaufort County and Savannah this weekend, there are several festivals and events taking place. And, after a weekend of celebrating, there’s a handful of commemorative celebrations scheduled for Monday all over the county.
PSA: It’s going to be a scorcher outside this weekend with record-high temperatures expected to sweep over the region so if you’re celebrating the holiday outside be sure to stay hydrated and use sunscreen.
SATURDAY, MAY 25
8 a.m. — 2019 Savannah Mile starting in Forsyth Park. The race will end with a celebration in Johnson Square. The race also includes a Memory Walk for families of fallen first responders and a Heroes Heat for all first-responders and mil
itary who can compete while wearing their full gear.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Day One of the Hilton Head Island Art Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. This 11th annual festival will feature a wide selection of art that was all made in the USA. The event is rain or shine and free to attend.
10 a.m. to midnight — Original Gullah Festival 2019 at the Waterfront Park in Beaufort. Multiple events are going on all weekend to celebrate Gullah heritage with traditional storytelling, dance, music and food. Tickets are required for some events.
SUNDAY, MAY 26
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Day Two of the HHI Art Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina. The 11th annual festival will feature a wide selection of art that was all made in the USA. The event is rain or shine and free to attend.
10 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. — Original Gullah Festival 2019 at the Waterfront Park in Beaufort. Multiple events are going on all weekend to celebrate Gullah heritage with traditional storytelling, dance, music and food. Tickets are required for some events.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. — America Sings! at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head. The event is presented by the Hilton Head Choral Society and will include folk songs, patriotic favorites and more. Tickets are required.
MEMORIAL DAY, MONDAY, MAY 27
7 a.m. to 9 a.m. — Hilton Head Freedom 5K at Coligny Beach. A portion of the race proceeds and all donations go toward the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes. Participants are encouraged to dress in patriotically.
10 a.m. — Beaufort Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in Beaufort. The parade will follow the traditional parade route, which starts down Boundary Street from Rogers Street, onto Carteret Street, Bay Street and then back to Rogers Street ending at the Beaufort National Cemetery. After the parade, there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at the cemetery.
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Memorial Day Tribute at the Veterans Memorial in Shelter Cove. The annual event is one of the biggest on Hilton Head commemorating Memorial Day.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Bluffton Township Memorial Day Ceremony at the Bluffton Police Department. The ceremony —sponsored by Dennis J. Becker Post 205 of the American Legion — will honor all military men and women who have given their lives in defense of America. It will culminate in raising the American Flag from half-staff to full-staff.
Lucas Hiers, 5 of Fairax, places a flag in front of a headstone at Beaufort National Cemetery on Friday morning. Lucas’ father, Luke, said his son loves the military, attends all of the similar local events and is obsessed with flags. He is able to identify all of the state flags, Luke said.
Rich Regan, 74, places flags in front of headstones at Beaufort National Cemetery on Friday. Regan, a Hilton Head Island resident, said he is a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam and volunteered to place the flags with several other members of Knights of Columbus.