Memorial Day is a time to remember those who died while serving in the armed forces. It also unofficially marks the start of summer. Although Fort Worth ISD schools don’t get out until June 1, the holiday weekend gives students a little warm up and a study break for those who have final exams.
Here are some Memorial Day events and things to do in Fort Worth to jump-start your summer and honor the fallen.
Carry the Load Dallas Memorial March
Amon G. Carter Stadium
2850 Stadium Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76109
Come join the Carry the Load Relay Team as they walk through Fort Worth. Or follow the West Coast Team that’s walking 4,300 miles from Seattle to Dallas. At 3 pm, you can walk with them for four miles while they’re in Fort Worth. The relay team walk departs at 6:30 pm from the Fort Worth Police and Firefighters’ Memorial at the north end of Trinity Park Pavilion (2201-2247 West 7th Street). The walk ends at Billy Bob’s Texas. To participate, visit the website to register.
Summertime in the Stockyards
Friday – Monday
131 E. Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164
Summertime in the Stockyards is open every weekend in the summer with extended hours for Memorial Day weekend. The Stockyards schedule includes longhorn cattle drive, legends of Texas gunfights, live music, food trucks, farmers market, and a beer and wine garden. You can play cornhole and horseshoe toss.
Stockyards Championship Rodeo
Friday – Sunday
121 E. Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76164
You can catch the Stockyards Championship Rodeo from Friday through Sunday. At this event, rodeo athletes will do roping, barrel racing, bronco riding, and bull riding. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show has four start times during the holiday weekend. The show is a historical reenactment of the original show of the same name where the entire family can marvel at their trick roping, trick riding, and trick shooting skills and top of the experience with cowboy songs.
Starting Memorial Day weekend and running through Labor Day weekend, Grapevine hosts fireworks every Friday night. It occurs at Lake Grapevine beginning at 9:30 pm. You can download the special music that goes with the show.
Scarborough Renaissance Festival
2511 FM 66
Waxahachie, TX 75167
Here’s your opportunity to travel back in time to the 16th century and the days of King Henry VIII at this annual event held in Waxahachie. Memorial Day weekend is the final weekend of the Faire. Enjoy the last huzzah with a Veterans Parade and tribute to fallen heroes. Endless hours of entertainment takes place across 27 stages. In between, you can explore 200 shops, watch artisan demonstrations, fill up on Renaissance and modern day food, and catch jousting.
These are just some of the things to do in Fort Worth. You have many more options as not all places have special Memorial Day events. Get ideas for fun things to do on a hot day in Fort Worth (and it’s usually hot by Memorial Day) or explore these 10 free things to do in Fort Worth.