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Spending Memorial Day in Branson

Make the most of your holiday weekend in the Ozarks.

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Memorial Day is a time for paying homage to those who have made and continue to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country: the veterans and active duty service members of our armed forces. If not for them, we would not be granted the freedoms that we enjoy every day. Many people celebrate this special weekend by spending quality time with their friends and families, with many of these activities taking place outside on account of the newly warm weather. To kick off the unofficial start of summer, we have selected some extraordinary activities for your Memorial Day weekend in Branson. 

Veterans Memorial Garden

A most fitting way to commemorate Memorial Day is at Veterans Memorial Garden. Located in the heart of Branson at the intersection of 76 Country Boulevard and Roark Valley Road lies an elaborate garden dedicated to our courageous military veterans. This spot is often referred to as the “Gateway to Branson” because of the particular reverence Branson extends to U.S. veterans. Featured in this space are The Honor Wall, ornate landscaping, benches, walkways, a water feature, and art work, including a deeply moving bronze sculpture of WWII soldiers. Veterans are invited to hold meetings and ceremonies in the garden if they feel inclined. Veterans Memorial Garden is completely free to the public and is open year-round. Visitors are welcome from 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. 

Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass & BBQ

If you like slow-smoked barbecue, live bluegrass bands, and the most thrilling rides and roller coasters in Southwest Missouri, you’ll want to head to the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival at Silver Dollar City. The festival’s menu includes ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and chicken, as well as incorporating more unique options like the Bourbon Barbecue Pulled Chicken & Green Apple Slaw sandwich, available at Taste of the City. With several excellent live bluegrass performances, there will be no shortage of entertainment at The City. The festival will come to a close on May 29, so go while you can and experience everything the park has to offer this Memorial Day weekend!