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Things to do in Lancaster, PA Memorial Day Weekend

A tank in a parade in Lancaster County, PA

Trying to find some interesting things to do in Lancaster, PA this Memorial Day Holiday weekend? Many of us look to Memorial Day as a signifier of the unofficial start of summer: backyard barbecues, opening a pool, blowout sales, and more. Don’t forget to honor what the weekend truly memorializes: the brave men and women who died serving our country and protecting our freedoms.

You’ll find a range of exciting activities and attractions in Lancaster, PA, but also things to do that encourage your family to pause and reflect on the people who gave so much. Here, you’ll find our list of favorite things to do on Memorial Day weekend in Lancaster County, Pa.

Attend a Memorial Day Parade

Get into the holiday’s spirit by cheering on marching bands, veterans, and local organizations at a Memorial Day parade. You can honor members of the military who died serving our country at a parade or celebration in just about every corner of Lancaster County. From Strasburg to Manheim, people gather and parade through the streets, honoring those who served bravely. After the parade, you can spend time shopping, eating, and exploring the unique small towns of Lancaster County.

Tour Lancaster County from Above

Hot Air Balloon over Lancaster, PA

Lancaster County is the ideal place to get outside, enjoy some fresh air, and experience a new adventure. Soar to incredible new heights on Memorial Day weekend with a trip on a hot air balloon with the Lancaster Balloon Rides (operated by The US Hot Air Balloon Team). It’s an exciting way to take in the majestic views of Lancaster County rolling Amish farmlands and maybe even sneak a peek at the Chesapeake Bay or Delaware Bay if the weather cooperates.

 Taste the Flavors of Pennsylvania Wine

Mount Hope Estate & Winery

Every Memorial Day weekend, Mount Hope Estate & Winery hosts Flavorfest on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in the town of Manheim. During this unique wine festival, visitors can sample from over 20 wineries and distilleries from Pennsylvania. Event attendees can shop from the wineries and other local merchants and enjoy food from the on-site kitchens.

Explore One of the Oldest Buildings in the Country

Lancaster County’s historic sites and museums make a great way to reflect and learn something new during Memorial Day weekend. Established in 1732 by German settlers, Ephrata Cloister is one of the oldest religious communities in the United States and is open all weekend long for tours. Discover the culture and history of another way of life among the unique European-style buildings and distinctive folk art.

Shop until You Drop at the Outlets

Shopping at Rockvale Outlets

All weekend long, you’ll find great deals across Lancaster County, including the Rockvale Outlets and Tanger Outlets. During their Memorial Day weekend sales, you can save money when you shop your favorite outlet brands. For specific sales and merchandise deals, be sure to contact the particular store.

Longer days mean more time to enjoy all that Lancaster County has to offer. When planning your Memorial Day weekend in Lancaster, or any weekend, there’s a multitude of things to do, places to visit, top attractions to check out, and beautiful sights to take in. So contact us today to book your ride, and while you’re planning out the rest of your weekend activities, you may even want to seek out volunteer opportunities or other ways to honor those who have given so much.