Memorial Day 2021 in California

Memorial Day is coming up fast and people want to know, what is there to do this year? Well, with the world opening up even more and getting closer to the June 15th reopening date, more and more events are popping up throughout Los Angeles. But first, why do we celebrate Memorial Day? It is important to know that Memorial Day isn’t just a holiday to party, it has a much deeper meaning. Keep reading below to find out what this holiday is all about, and some insight into the most happening Memorial Day events this year!

History of Memorial Day

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day 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. It also unofficially marks the beginning of the summer season.

The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30th, the date General Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees.

Where to Celebrate?

Now that we’ve got the history out of the way, lets talk about the fun stuff! What to do this upcoming Memorial Day and where to celebrate! If you’re looking to put together a lighthearted day trip or three-day weekend, the options in the list below cover a wide territory, from San Diego to Santa Catalina Islands!

San Diego’s Waterfront:

In just 10 miles, the Harbor Drive delivers multiple hotspots to stop and enjoy the surroundings! Starting with vintage ships, to delicious seafood and lobster rolls, a ballpark, and an aircraft carrier – this Harbor Drive has it all! The best part of it all is its only 3 hours away from Los Angeles and is the perfect getaway (not only for its weather) for a long Memorial Day weekend!

Catalina Island Escape:

Just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island offers an escape like no other. Taking a short ferry ride with Catalina Express, departing from either San Pedro, Long Beach, and Dana Point, you will experience the picturesque town of Avalon filled with activities on land and sea. As well as the rustic village of Two Harbors, with spectacular campgrounds and beautiful beaches.

Los Angeles River Recreation

If you want to stay local to Los Angeles, we have good news for you! Starting on Memorial Day, the Los Angeles River is set to open to the public to kayak, fish, and participate in guided tours! LA Sanitation and Environment will also operate visual “water quality beacons” to keep visitors apprised of conditions in the river. While kayaking and fishing are permitted, swimming is prohibited in the river. More information at

From all of us at Stephen White Real Estate, we hope you have a great Memorial Day, whether thats a long weekend getaway or commemorating our fallen soldiers, and we look forward to being of real estate service to you real soon!

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