Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day after the Civil War when the graves of soldiers were strewn with flowers. Memorial Day now honors those who have given their lives for this country in all military theaters. Laurel Hill Cemetery is the final resting place for many Civil War and other veterans and is the new home for The Silent Sentry. This historic bronze statue of a Civil War soldier at parade rest was first dedicated in 1863 at Mount Moriah in SW Philadelphia and will be rededicated in its new home on Sunday with a public ceremony and parade…
…The National Constitution Center has special events all weekend to mark Memorial Day including flag ceremonies and workshops on national memorials…
…Historic Philadelphia’s Franklin Square has special family activities for Memorial Day weekend.
The Philadelphia Weekly said “Nobody in Philadelphia does Tom Stoppard better than The Wilma Theater!”and they’re at it again with a new production of Stoppard’s Tony award winner all about love The Real Thing through June 22nd.
The Devon Horse Show is underway, the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition. In addition to horse events there’s a Country Fair with proceeds benefitting Bryn Mawr Hospital. Through June 1st.
New City Stage Company celebrates the Presidency with its West Wing Festival, currently presenting the Philadelphia premiere of An Evening With Richard Nixon by Gore Vidal which hasn’t had a full production since its run on Broadway in the 1970s until now at the Adrienne Theater…and in the Adrienne Theater Skybox, a free presentation from their Presidential Satire Reading Series!
Philly PHAIR is running two open air festivals, one at Eakins Oval, the other at Headhouse Square, featuring artisans, food trucks, live music and more.
Almanac Dance Circus Theater presents Communitas, an epic dance-driven production about the establishment of a civilization told through acrobatics and music improvisation, at Christ Church Neighborhood House in Old City Saturday and Sunday.