Getting Out for Memorial Day

 Getting Out for Memorial Day

Local events help families enjoy the holiday weekend while staying safeCorinne Minard For many of us, Memorial Day means pools, barbecues and fireworks. With most large events canceled and the state still in the process of opening up, we can’t do much of what we would typically do for the holiday. However, many new (or newly reimagined) events are happening this weekend to help you and your family celebrate Memorial Day.

You can get some of that beginning-of-summer feeling by making a stop at Hidden Valley Orchards in Lebanon May 22-24 between 2 and 9 p.m. Hidden Valley will be hosting a Cones & Cocktails event throughout the weekend. Visitors to the orchards will be able to enjoy soft serve ice cream, cocktails and snacks like pretzels and beer cheese and smoked turkey baguettes while remaining social distant. Those who attend can use the outdoor seating or bring their own fold-out chairs. Make sure to not forget about the family activity that will encourage everyone to explore the farm.

Baseball season is still on hold, but the Florence Y’Alls are putting UC Health Stadium to good use by making it into a drive-thru animal farm for the holiday weekend. May 22-25, visitors can drive through an animal farm supplied by Honey Hill Farm that features kangaroos, camels, emu, llamas, yaks and more. Afterwards, guests will be able to see performances from the Cincinnati Circus Company, with acts such as jugglers, aerials artists and a stunt show, without leaving their cars.

Another way to celebrate this national holiday is to support local nonprofits. The Freestore Foodbank’s will be a virtual event this year. On Memorial Day—May 25—participants will walk, run, skip or stroll 3.1 miles to support the Freestore Foodbank. All registration fees and virtual donations will support the nonprofit’s network of 511 partner food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and community centers.

And for those who would like to take some time on Memorial Day to honor and remember those who have served in the armed forces, they’ll find that the city of Fairfield is still doing its Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony. However, instead of having the parade go through the city, the parade will follow a special route that goes past the homes of veterans and Gold Star soldiers. A special ceremony with the Honor Guard will play on TV (channel 18 for Fairfield residents who are Spectrum customers) and on Fairfield Parks & Recreation’s Facebook page at 11 a.m. There will also be a Cincinnati Warbird EAA Squadron 18 flyover between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. in Fairfield.