Memorial Day is when we recognize those who have given their lives in service to our country. Wichita has a number of recognition services happening on Monday; we’ve listed the ones we know of here.
Memorial Day is also the unofficial start of summer, and we’re ready to ring in the summer with you! Pools will be opening, events will be held, and fun will be had!
The big news is Cowtown’s popular Steampunk Day is two days this year! Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2019 is when they’ll be holding this big, fun history-meets-sci-fi event. Get your costume or your camera ready! (Do double-check for any weather-related delays or changes before you go.)
Scroll down to see everything we know of that’s happening on this special weekend.
Here’s a list we put together to help you get the most out of your weekend.
Since our weather is iffy right now, please remember to double-check on any outdoor events that are scheduled to make sure they haven’t been cancelled or delayed.
Memorial Day Events/Deals
Enjoy some of these events and deals before Memorial Day weekend!
Wayman oil is bringing back $6 propane refills on May 22, 23, and 24.
Ace Hardware has pledged to give out free flags for Memorial day!
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Thursday, May 23, 2019
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Saturday, May 25, 2019
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Monday, May 27, 2019
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Memorial Day Recognition Services
All of these ceremonies are on Monday.
Veterans Memorial Park Recognition
Wichita Veterans Memorial Park, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization that takes care of the downtown memorial and hosts recognition ceremonies throughout the year. On Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. The service will last 45 minutes to an hour, so bring a lawn chair if you’ll need to sit.
For this service, parking will be available in the lot west of the park, in a few spots on the street, or in the parking lots across the street from the park (which are normally not available to the public, but are okay to use for this event).
No public restrooms will be available.
Date: Monday, May 27, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Veterans Memorial Park, 339 N Greenway Blvd., Wichita, KS 67203
For more info: vmpwi.org
Resthaven Memorial Service
Reshaven Mortuary & Cemetery (11800 W. Kellogg) will have a large service at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 27th. The service will be held at the center of the cemetery and will have guest speakers, a parade of flags, and other commemorative activities to honor our Veterans. Remember to bring your own lawn chair, as there will not be any there to use. Parking is first come first serve, and is available along the garden or in the front parking lot.
Date: Monday, May 27th, 2019
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: 11800 W. Highway 54, Wichita, KS 67209
Sports & Outdoors
Wichita Pools Open Memorial Day
Most of the Wichita Area Splash Parks will open on Memorial Day as well! Some open sooner.
Rock River Rapids
The Derby water park will open for the season on Monday, May 27, 2019. According to its website, it will be open from 12:30-7 p.m. daily.
Museums & Attractions Open on Memorial Day
Old Cowtown Museum
Cowtown is regular price over Memorial Day weekend, but they’re hosting a really special event: It’s Steampunk Days! This should be a lot of fun! Bring your camera.
Field Station: Dinosaurs
The dinosaurs having taken up residence in Derby, KS. Field Station: Dinosaurs opened for the first time on Memorial Day weekend last year, and they’ll be open on Memorial Day again this year too. Check out their website, http://www.fieldstationdinosaurs.com for more information.
The Delano Wind Ensemble and 35th Infantry Band will perform a patriotic concert at Botanica for Memorial Day. The concert will begin at 3 p.m.
Blue Star Museums
The Blue Star Museums program opens on Memorial Day. Blue Star Museums offer FREE admission to more than 2000 museums for military families, including National Guard and Reserve.
Tanganyika Wildlife Park Memorial Day Discount
Tanganyika Wildlife Park will offer a 25% discount for all active-duty military and their immediate families, as well as to veterans, this Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, 2019! More info here
Restaurant Deals for Military
On Monday, May 27, all veterans, active duty military and reservists will eat for free from a select menu at Twin Peaks.
Find even more military discounts in Wichita
This Memorial Day, let’s go out of our way to thank those who still serve and let them know of all the FREE events happening around the Wichita area.
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