Memorial day is coming up and we know what that typically means summer kick off all around the metro!! However do you know what the true meaning of Memorial day? Did you know that Memorial Day was originally called Decoration day? Memorial Day was born out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
Below we have provided a list from NEWS OK of the different happenings across the metro for you and your family to do!!
45th Infantry Division Museum’s Memorial Day Ceremony: The ceremony honoring U.S. service members will include a helicopter flyover, massing of the colors and a distinguished guest speaker. It begins at 10 a.m. Monday at the museum, 2145 NE 36. Admission is free. Information: www.45thdivisionmuseum.com.
Celebration of Freedom, Hobart: Many festivities are planned Friday through Monday around the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum and throughout Hobart. The event will include a fly-in, parade, free concerts, Kiowa County Quilt Show and more. Information: www.tommyfranksmuseum.org.
Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children’s Cowboy Festival: The annual family favorite is celebrating its 25th anniversary and again features outdoor cooking, children’s activities, live western music and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63. Information: www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.
Rocklahoma, Pryor: The wildly popular three-day camping and rock music festival rocks Friday through Sunday at the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds, 1421 W 450 Road, off U.S. 69 north of Pryor. In addition, the campground stage hosts performances during the Thursday night campground party and in the afternoon and late-night hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This year’s festival will feature about 80 current and classic rock acts including Linkin Park, Tesla, Godsmack, Slayer, Volbeat, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Queensryche, Anthrax, Aranda and more. Information: www.rocklahoma.com.
39th Annual Paseo Arts Festival: The festival will feature more than 86 visual artists, special hours for the historic neighborhood’s 22 galleries, live music on two main stages, 12 food vendors, two children’s areas, a free shuttle service and the new Mustang Brewing beer garden. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday in the Paseo Arts District, between NW 28 and Walker and NW 30 and Dewey. Admission is free. Information: www.thepaseo.com.
Artesian Arts Festival, Sulphur: The event will include artwork from numerous American Indian and Southeastern artists, live music, artist talks, food vendors, children’s activities and more at Artesian Plaza, adjacent to the Artesian Hotel, 1001 W First Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Information: www.chickasawcountry.com.
Discover Aviation and Airshow Spectacular, Yukon: Meet career pilots, watch them in action and learn about aviation at the second annual free, family-friendly event Saturday and Sunday at Sundance Airport, 13000 N Sara Road. Gates open at 9 a.m.; the airshow begins at noon. Information: sundanceairport.com.
Tulsa Music Festival: Check out the free concert presented by tulsanightout.com to benefit Project Reach of Tulsa and Tulsa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The one-day fest starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Guthrie Green, 111 E Brady in the Brady Arts District. The lineup includes the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra in a large symphonic rock show with We The Ghost, Steve Liddell and Briana Wright. Information: www.tulsamusicfestival.com.
Double Dog Dare Derby, Pauls Valley: The Toy & Action Figure Museum, 111 S Chickasaw St., is again hosting its premier racing event for Mattel’s Hot Wheels cars Saturday. This year, the event will run inside the museum. The derby will include divisions for adults and children, with registration starting at 10 a.m. and races beginning at 11 a.m. Information: www.actionfiguremuseum.com.
Boley Rodeo and BBQ Festival: The historic two-day event features traditional rodeo events, barbecue and a parade at Boley’s Main Street and rodeo grounds. The parade begins at 3 p.m. Saturday. The rodeo bucks into action at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information: (918) 667-3612.
Mayor’s Red Dirt Ball, Medicine Park: Listen to The Dirty River Boys, Crooks, Derek Paul and The Handsome Devils, Bobby Dale Band, Carter Sampson and more Friday through Sunday in downtown Medicine Park. Music begins at 7 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday and Sunday. Information: www.medicinepark.com/RedDirtBall.php.
69th annual Will Rogers Stampede Rodeo, Claremore: The event will feature steer wrestling, team roping, bull and bronc riding, barrel racing and performances by Tomas Garcilazo, a traditional “charro,” or Mexican horseman. The action begins at 7:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Will Rogers Roundup Arena, E Blue Starr Drive. Information: www.willrogersstampede.com.
Bethany 66 Festival: Festivities include performances by gospel singer Sherman Andrus (of the Grammy-winning group the Imperials) and local favorite Edgar Cruz, a car, truck and motorcycle show, a children’s parade and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Bethany. Information: www.bethany66.com.
Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, Tulsa: Games start at 9 a.m. Thursday, 3:15 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, with the championship game at noon Sunday at ONEOK Field, in the historic Greenwood District of downtown Tulsa. Information: www.big12sports.com.
20th annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival, Muskogee: The family-friendly festival includes magicians, musicians, jugglers, jesters and other medieval-style performers, festive food and shopping for handcrafted items. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through May 31 at the Castle of Muskogee, 3400 Fern Mountain Road. The festival is also open on Memorial Day, when a $4 discount off the gate price is extended to attendees showing a current and valid military ID. Information: www.okcastle.com.
44th annual Trail of Tears Art Show, Park Hill: The longest-running Native American art show in Oklahoma closes Saturday at the Cherokee Heritage Center, 21192 S Keeler Drive, six miles south of downtown Tahlequah. Information: www.cherokeeheritage.org.
Tour de Meers: The 26th annual bike ride, which is a fundraiser for the Meers Volunteer Fire Department, starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Meers Volunteer Fire Station, 26362 State Highway 115. Registration begins at 6 a.m. Saturday. Routes are 10, 22, 36, 57, and 63 miles, plus a new six-mile kids’ route is planned for this year. Information: www.tourdemeers.org.
WONDERtorium food drive and free admission, Stillwater: Stillwater’s award-winning children’s museum, 308 W Franklin Lane, will offer free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. A canned food drive for Stillwater nonprofit Cowboys with Compassion is planned, too. Information: okwondertorium.org.