Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. It is also considered by many to be the unofficial start of summer.

In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and military memorials across the country, and volunteers can be seen placing American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. The National Moment of Remembrance, which begins at 3 p.m., local time, is an act of national unity and a way to pay respects to those who fought for our freedoms.

Though the mild weather may seem like Los Angeles is an eternal summer, Angelinos use this long weekend to spend a day (or more) at a local beach, take a short road trip up the coast, or enjoy one of the many happenings in the area.

Prefer to do your holiday celebrating at night? Join one of the club crawls on Friday or Saturday night in Hollywood or Downtown LA. Each crawl will visit between three and five different venues, and a party host will be there to lead the way. You won’t have to worry about waiting in line because your ticket includes express entry and special prices on drinks at each location.

The Forest Lawn, which owns a number of local cemeteries honors veterans on Memorial Day each year with a rifle salute, a color guard procession, patriotic music, and more.

The time of celebration begins at 10 a.m., or 1 p.m., depending on the location, and free souvenirs and refreshments are offered to all attendees.

This free, family-friendly observance at the SkyRose Chapel at Rose Hills Whittier features performances from chamber singers, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the American Heritage Ensemble.

Board the USS Iowa for Military Appreciation Day, where you can enjoy carnival games, food trucks, and live entertainment. The USS Iowa is a real former battleship that was used in World War II. The ship is now a museum that offers educational exhibits and public tours.

Fiesta Hermosa is southern California’s largest arts and crafts festival. Taking place twice during the summer (Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend), you can enjoy multiple entertainment stages while you shop at over 400 vendor booths, all with a gorgeous seaside backdrop. There’s also a kiddie carnival with a 30-foot slide, pony rides, a petting zoo, and face painters, as well as a free bicycle valet service that is very popular with locals.

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