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5 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day in the Heart of Eastern Iowa
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5 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day in the Heart of Eastern Iowa

Looking for a quick trip away during Memorial Day weekend? Unwind in Iowa City and its surrounding areas for the re-energizing break you’re looking for. Below are a few ideas for a memorable trip in the heart of Eastern Iowa.

1. The annual Friday Night Concert Series is a favorite way to start off the weekend during the late spring and summer months. May 26th will feature local high school jazz ensembles on the Weatherdance Fountain Stage in the pedestrian mall – so take a seat or dance to the music as the community comes out to enjoy good tunes and good times. 

2. Try your hand at a 19th-century style game of American cricket May 28th at Plum Grove Historic Home’s season opening. "Play Ball!" the early Iowa way, then enjoy refreshments with origins of a bygone era thanks to the Historic Foodies of Iowa City. Plum Grove was the former home of Iowa’s first Territorial Governor and is open for visitors to explore its gardens, which are part of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens.

3. Take a short drive to the east to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum for a free afternoon Eastern Iowa Brass Band concert on May 29th. The 35-member band performs a repertoire of original works for brass band in addition to well-known pieces. Memorial Day seems incomplete without a live concert!

4. If you’re a fan of the outdoors, head to Terry Trueblood Recreation Area to kayak, canoe or paddleboard on Sand Lake. Perched at the lake’s edge, Fin & Feather H2O is open daily, offering equipment for rent by the hour.

5. In acknowledgment of the holiday, stop into the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus to visit the main memorial display. Located on the first floor in the Hubbard Commons, a glass case encloses American and Iowan flags, with plaques listing the names of students and alumni who died during World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. The building is closed on Monday but will be open Friday through Sunday prior to Memorial Day.

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    It sounds like Iowa City has it all for Memorial Day! Thanks for the post.
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