Best Money Saving Activities for Memorial Day
Memorial Day is right around the corner and if you haven’t made plans yet, don’t worry there are many ways to enjoy this holiday weekend without spending a lot of money. After recently moving to the area and as a working college student, I decided to find some great activities for Memorial Day Weekend that won’t break the bank. Here’s what I came up with:
1) Alton Memorial Day Parade (Monday, May 28)
Alton Memorial Day Parade
Who doesn’t love a parade? Come to Alton and celebrate Memorial Day by experiencing the oldest consecutive running Memorial Day Parade in the entire nation. This year marks the 151st anniversary of the parade. More than 50 groups will take part in the parade honoring military veterans who served our country while also honoring the history of Pie Town, and Upper Alton. Fun fact: Pie Town is a portion of Alton and it dates back to the 1840’s when soldiers en route to the Mexican War camped in the area. Women in the surrounding homes would deliver pies to the travelers. Thus, the legend “Pie Town” originated. So bring your lawn chairs and line the streets to show your support and join in on the fun.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Alton Middle School, 2200 College Ave. and ends at the Upper Alton Cemetery, 2090 Oakwood Rd.
2) Bethalto Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony (Monday, May 28)
The annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonial Service will be held on May 28. Line up your chairs and blankets alongside the route. The parade will start at Prairie St. and Plegge Blvd. at 10 a.m., travelling down Plegge to Roselawn Cemetery. The memorial service begins at 11 a.m. at the cemetery.
3) Jacoby Arts Center (627 E. Broadway, Alton)
Jacoby Arts Center
Who doesn’t like spending time looking at new, interesting, cutting edge art? I know I do! I plan to spend part of my holiday scoping out The Essence of Pure Expression: An Artists’ Journey by Susan Van Norman at Jacoby Arts Center. This exhibit focuses on a process of translating basic concepts of figure painting into successful narratives by emphasizing emotional intent in the face and body expression of each figure.
The Exhibition will be open on Memorial Day weekend during normal business hours: Friday/Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Noon to 4 p.m., but will be closed for Memorial Day. Admission is free.
4) Open Mic Night at Germania Brew Haus (617 E. Broadway, Alton)
What’s better than live music paired with craft beer or a great coffeehouse latte? Start the long holiday weekend at Germania Brew Haus. Grab your friends, show some support for local entertainers during Open Mic Night Friday, May 25. The music will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Want to be a part of the show? Germania will have a sign-up sheet for entertainers and it will be a first-come first-serve basis. Artists will be provided with sound equipment and a keyboard. Guitars or other stringed instruments aren’t provided.
5) Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market (Saturday, May 26)
Alton Farmers' & Artisans' Market
I know where I’m going to get my great Memorial Day produce. The Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market is the go-to source for delicious fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, plants & flowers, locally-raised hormone-free meat, handmade soaps, jewelry, artwork, pottery and more to enhance your Memorial Day festivities.
Admission is free for shoppers and there is plenty of parking at its new permanent location in the city-owned parking lot at the corner of Landmarks and Henry Street. The market runs from 8 a.m. to Noon.
6) Grafton Riverside Flea Market (May 26 and 27 at 401 Front St. Grafton, IL)
Grafton Riverside Flea Market
Who doesn’t love a great deal or searching for one? There are over 50 dealers with antiques, glassware, tools, candles, furniture and good old-fashioned junk at the Grafton Riverside Flea Market. Guess where I’ll be Memorial Day weekend? Join the fun inside the Historic Boat Works building next to The Loading Dock in Grafton Memorial Day weekend. Admission is free. The Flea Market is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 26 and 27.
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