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Memorial Day Activity Guide

No need to hit the road this weekend. Stay local!



    Memorial Day Activity Guide
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    The San Francisco travel association put together a list of fun events for Memorial Day.  The City has a mix of the traditional and the wild.


    Memorial Day Monday

    Presidio Memorial Day Ceremony

    The official San Francisco Memorial Day Ceremony will take place on Monday at the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio, 1 Lincoln Blvd. Events start at 10:30 a.m. with a parade led by the 191st Army Band pipes and drums from the Main Post Parade Ground at Montgomery and Sheridan Streets to the cemetery. The formal program begins at 11 a.m. in the cemetery; it will feature music, a color guard and remarks by Rev. Dr. John L. Young, of the Presidio Interfaith Center. The ceremony concludes at noon with a 21-gun salute by the U.S. Army 5th Brigade 75th Division.

    Admission: Free
    Location: Parking has changed due to Main Post construction. Free shuttle service will be available from parking areas around the Main Post to the National Cemetery. For information visit or call 415-561-5418.

    Submarine “Lost Boat” Ceremony

    At 10:30 a.m. join submarine veterans in the "Lost Boat" ceremony aboard the USS Pampanito, honoring comrades and submarines lost at sea. This moving ceremony features 65 bell tolls for each boat and crew on "eternal patrol."

    Admission: Free
    Location: The USS Pampanito is located at Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 45, Taylor Street and The Embarcadero. For information visit or call 415-775-1943 ext. 13 or RSVP at

    16th Annual California Blues Festival    

    Come prepared to join folks from many diverse communities enjoying a day of live entertainment and plenty of fun in the sun. This event brings together the best of the best in entertainment from the Bay Area blues community.

    Admission: Free, noon-6 p.m.
    Location: Hamilton Park at 1900 Geary Blvd. between Scott and Pierce streets. For information visit

     USS Hornet Museum Ceremonies

    Veterans of past and present wars will be honored during a special Memorial Day service at 1 p.m. onboard the USS Hornet Museum. A National Historic Landmark, the USS Hornet is one of America’s most decorated ships. Families can experience naval history and space exploration firsthand with authentic aircraft, Apollo exhibit and flight simulator.

    Admission: Admission ranges from $6 to $15, children 4 and under free with paying adult; group rates available. The ship is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Location: The USS Hornet is berthed at Pier 3, Alameda Point, Alameda. For information visit or call 510-521-8448