Scaled-back holiday activities are planned with safety guidelines in mind.
Memorial Day events have been scaled back this year as North Texans continue to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19. For those who want to get out and about, here are some fun options that also include social distancing and capped attendance. For a traditional commemoration, check Facebook Live for a streaming Memorial Day service. And on May 25 at 3 p.m., a nationwide moment of silence will honor our fallen military and first responders.
ADDISON’S SALUTE TO HEROES FLYOVER
Warbirds from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum take to the skies for a Memorial Day weekend flyover event that honors first responders, essential workers and veterans. The warplanes will take off from Addison Airport, fly over Belt Line Road and circle seven area hospitals and the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery before landing back at the airport. Among the historic aircraft scheduled to participate are a Beechcraft Starship, Cessna T-37 Tweet, B-25 bomber, P-40 Warhawk and T-6 Texan trainer. Go to the Visit Addison Facebook page for a route map and aircraft details.
May 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. facebook.com/VisitAddison.
CARRY THE LOAD MEMORIAL DRIVE
Carry the Load’s flagship event, the Dallas Memorial March, switches gears this year to become a drive-through experience. Instead of a 20-hour march in Reverchon Park, participants will drive a 2-mile route down Turtle Creek Boulevard — from Maple to Blackburn — from 9 a.m. to noon. Along the way, streets will be lined with storyboards and other displays that honor fallen military members and first responders. Everyone is encouraged to get into the spirit of the day with patriotic decorations and signs. Turtle Creek will not be closed to regular traffic, so there are restrictions in place to control the traffic flow. No stopping along the route or getting out of your car and no foot traffic will be allowed. You must preregister your vehicle for an open time slot. The drive is free, but online donations are encouraged to benefit Carry the Load’s programs for veterans.
May 25 from 9 a.m. to noon starting at Maple Avenue and Turtle Creek Boulevard in Dallas. Free. carrytheload.org.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT LEGACY HALL
The Plano food hall celebrates with the return of live music to the outdoor Box Garden on May 22 and 23 and family-friendly bingo games in the afternoon on May 24. More than 20 food stalls will be open serving snacks and beverages. Led Zeppelin tribute band Battle of Evermore entertains May 22, and Bryan Adams tribute Summer of ’69 takes the stage May 23. Advance registration for the concerts is required. On May 24, four hourlong bingo games begin at 12:30 p.m. Bingo packages are $15 at the door, and the games are come-and-go. Check the website for safety guidelines, which include no more than six people per table, social distancing and face covering. Face masks will be available at the entrance for $1.
May 22-23, with check-in by 8 p.m., and May 24 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Legacy Hall, 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano. Free-$150. legacyfoodhall.com/events.
REUNION TOWER LIGHT SHOW
Keep your eye on the ball high atop Reunion Tower for Memorial Day-themed light displays all weekend. On May 23-24, the 259 LED lights on the tower will honor the red, white and blue with shows from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. A special Memorial Day display will light up after dark on May 25.
May 23-25, light shows begin nightly at 8 p.m. at Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. E., Dallas. Free. reuniontower.com.
SUNDAY SIP AND SWIM
The Lorenzo, a trendy hotel on the edge of the Cedars neighborhood, hosts a limited-capacity holiday pool party. Chill by the pool, listen to beats provided by DJ Michael Jerome and sip specialty cocktails. $20 cover includes your first drink.
May 23 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and May 24 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Lorenzo Hotel, 1011. S. Akard, Dallas. $20. facebook.com/Lorenzohotel.
VIRTUAL MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE
Dignity Memorial presents a traditional Memorial Day program originating from Bluebonnet Hills cemetery in Colleyville. The event will include speakers, placing of a wreath and playing of taps. The event will stream on the Facebook pages of Dignity Memorial-affiliated funeral homes including Bluebonnet Hills and Laurel Land.