Memorial Day Events in San Jose and Santa Clara County
Memorial Daywas established as a day for the citizens of the United States to honor, mourn and remember those who died serving our country. Although many people now view it as just another three-day weekend to have fun, it's important to acknowledge the people whose sacrifices made it possible for the rest of us to enjoy freedom.
A federal holiday, Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May. Originally known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. Although it started as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil War, by the early 20th century, Memorial Day evolved into a day of remembrance for all of their loved ones who'd passed away, whether they had served in the military or not.
Events happening Memorial Day Weekend (not Memorial Day related)
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
• Memorial Day Weekend San Jose Sports Fan Package: San Jose SaberCats & San Jose Giants San Jose SaberCats vs. Georgia Force, Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 PM at the HP Pavilion. $15 per person for one lower level end zone ticket to the SaberCats game May 28 at HP Pavilion, 7:30PM PLUS one San Jose Giants game during Memorial Day Weekend at Municipal Stadium (either Sunday, May 29, 5:00 PM or Monday, May 30, 2:00 PM).
• Oakland A's vs. Baltimore Orioles Special Fireworks show following the evening game on May 28
• Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras and Fun Runs, May 28 and 29. Featuring live entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, gourmet offerings, mushroom education, strolling musicians, street performers and block s of unique booths. Free admission. May 28 and 29
SATURDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY
• FanimeCon 2011: Annual anime convention in San Jose. May 27 - 30 at the San Jose Convention Center, Market St., San Jose.
MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS-SUNDAY
Family Event to Honor Those Defending Our Freedoms. English & Spanish dual translation event. Special program for children. Barbecue will be served following the service. 10:30 a.m.-noon Sunday, May 29. International Christian Center, 3275 Williams Rd., San Jose. 408-243-0256.
MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS-MONDAY
• United Veterans Council Memorial Day Observance at Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose. Presented by The United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County, the event includes a keynote address, music performance and the posting of colors, and a special memorial ceremony honoring Japanese-American veterans. 10 a.m. Monday, May 30. 300 Curtner Ave., San Jose. 408-297-2447
• Memorial Day Ceremony at Central Park. Event will honor the country's veterans. 3 p.m. Monday. 1500 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara. 408-615-2260.
• Memorial Day ceremony at Milpitas City Hall. Event will honor local service members who have given their lives for the cause of freedom. Additionally, there will be a presentation of colors by the Nights of Columbus, a 21-gun salute and reflections on our nation's day of remembrance. 9 a.m. Monday. 455 E. Calaveras Blvd. 408-586-3210.
• Memorial Day Concert featuring the San Jose Metropolitan Band: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., May 30, 2011. At Los Gatos Memorial Park, 2255 Los Gatos Almaden Road, San Jose.
• TroopsDirect Memorial Day Event, Oakland A's vs. Yankees. TroopsDirectserves troops on the front lines where needed gear, hygiene, service animals and nutrition supplies are scarce or non-existent. Two levels of tickets: 1 includes private barbeque starting at 11:00 a.m. and game ticket; or just buy game ticket here. Features include an active duty Marine throwing the first pitch, a group of applicant Marines being sworn in on home plate with an F-16 Squadron fly-by, open invitation to all OIF/OEF veterans to hold the oversized flag during the national anthem, and more. Proceeds Benefit TroopsDirect! Private (tickets required) barbeque starts at 11:00 a.m.; game starts at 1:00 p.m. at Oakland Colliseum, Oakland.
Anyone too drunk to safely drive on Memorial Day is eligible for a free Tipsy Tow courtesy of AAA on Memorial Day. Just call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and tell the AAA operator, "I need a Tipsy Tow," and a truck will be on its way. AAA membership not required.