Memorial Day Weekend 2023

Memorial Day Events Around Bluffton

Hilton Head Island | Freedom 5K

Palmetto Running Company presents the 8th annual Hilton Head Freedom 5K run & walk held on Memorial Day, May 29th, 2023 at beautiful Port Royal Plantation on Hilton Head Island. The Freedom 5K is a great opportunity to honor those among us who have served in the armed forces with a fun, family friendly event. Run with the American flag, dress in your patriotic best Red, White & Blue maybe you’ll win the most patriotic runner award. Enjoy one of the most scenic courses on Hilton Head. A portion of the race proceeds and 100% of all donations will go directly to the Semper Fi & America’s Fund.

This event has sold out every year, register early and you’ll receive a commemorative Freedom 5K Dog Tag along with your race shirt.

Entry Fee and Registration:

$35– 5K Run Adult
$25– 5K Run Military and immediate family (must present ID)

$20 – 5K Run Children 12 & under

Strollers and leashed dogs are always welcome.

Packet pick up and late registration will be held on Sunday May 28th 2-5PM at Palmetto Running Company, Shelter Cover Towne Center, Hilton Head.

*First 300 runners will receive a Freedom Run 5K race shirt and will receive a special Freedom Run dog tag. We highly recommend coming to packet pick up on Sunday, May 28th 2-5PM. Shirt size are not guaranteed. There will be NO race day registration.

Custom Medals to Overall male and female and top 3 division winners and top 3 Dogs!
12U, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

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Hilton Head Island | HARBOURFEST 

Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina 1 Shelter Cove Ln Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928

HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina on Hilton Head Island, S.C. is a weekly celebration during the summer with live music and entertainment, arts & crafts, kids activities and Tuesday night fireworks. Cappy the Clown will be at the harbour with kids activities:
Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28), May 29 – Sept 1 (Monday-Friday) and Labor Day weekend (Saturday, September 2 & Sunday, September 3) 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Please visit for details and updates.



Veterans Park (map)

Join us for a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Veterans Park in Shelter Cove at 9:30am.

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Beaufort Memorial Day Parade

A Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in Beaufort will begin at 10 AM on Monday, May 30th, 2022. The parade will follow the traditional parade route, which starts down Boundary Street from Rogers Street, onto Carteret Street, Bay Street and then back to Rogers Street ending at the Beaufort National Cemetery. After the parade, there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at the cemetery.  It will feature bands from Parris Island and the Marine Corps Air Base, and units from the Naval Hospital.

At noon, a ceremony to commemorate all those in the military who lost their lives in service to our country will be held at Beaufort National Cemetery. The keynote speaker will be Cmdr. LaDonna M. Simpson (photo), who is the commanding officer of the USS Carter Hall.

Cmdr. Simpson’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (two awards).

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Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2023 will occur on Monday, May 29.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

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