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The best ways to observe Memorial Day in Dayton

Events that are planned in honor of military or to enjoy the holiday weekend.

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and Dayton has some exciting activities planned for the long weekend. Below are a few things to do to have fun while also remembering those who have served this country. 

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☀️Memorial Day Weekend at Young’s Dairy 

“Celebrate Memorial Day with us. You show up, we’ll supply the fun,” according to Young’s website. Spend the beautiful Memorial Day Weekend at Young's Jersey Dairy enjoying ice cream, miniature golf, the driving range, batting cages, slides and more. Once you’ve completed your 18 holes at the miniature golf course, head over to the special carnival to enjoy a few rides. 

WHERE: Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield Xenia Road, Yellow Springs 

WHEN: Memorial Day weekend Thursday, May 23, through Monday, May 27. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

INFO: Visit the website or Facebook for information about hours, directions, food, events and more. 

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Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs offers more than 50 flavors of creamy, delicious homemade ice cream. Heaven! CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

☀️Feast of the Flowering Moon Festival 

A short drive away, celebrate your Memorial Day Weekend at the Feast of the Flowering Moon Festival. Experience Native American culture featuring music, dancing, traders and exhibits, and loads of activities and demonstrations for children and adults alike. The festival is free.

WHERE: Yoctangee Park, Chillicothe 

WHEN: Friday, May 24, through Sunday, May 26. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

INFO: The event is free. For information about parking and complete schedule, visit the website

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The Feast of the Flowering Moon features Native American dancing, bands, art, pageants and more.
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☀️Patriot Freedom Festival 

If you’re having trouble trying to figure out what to do for Memorial Day weekend, the Patriot Freedom Festival is something you won’t want to miss. See re-enactments from the Civil War to Vietnam, meet Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, and enjoy a bus tour of the campus. Honor those who have served the country by attending the Flag Refresh Ceremony and Memorial Day Services for the Gold Star Mothers. In between the fun, enjoy food from various vendors. 

WHERE: Dayton VA Medical Center Campus, 4100 W. 3rd St., Dayton. 

WHEN: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, May 26 & 27

INFO: Facebook

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☀️Dayton Heritage Day 

Dayton Heritage Day is a great way to get in touch with your inner Daytonian and celebrate the Memorial Day weekend. Carillon’s collection of buildings and exhibits will be on display as a full day of entertainment is planned. The Dayton Philharmonic will play patriotic favorites. There will be costumed interpreters, historical demonstrations, mini train rides and more.

WHERE: Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton. 

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26

COST: $10 per adult (18-59), $9 per senior (60+), $7 per child (3-17), $7 for all active military, retirees, veterans, and reservists with valid I.D. FREE to Dayton History Members

INFO: WebsiteFacebook | 937-293-2841 

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The Dayton Philharmonic will cap off a day of historical fun with patriotic music.
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☀️Scene 75 BOGO Day

In honor of Memorial Day, Scene 75 will once again be hosting their BOGO day. This year, they will include a Memorial Day Super Pass, which includes one Go-Kart ride, one laser tag mission, 18 holes of 3D black light mini golf and more. All of these items purchased separately would cost $54, but with the Super Pass the cost is $29.

WHERE:  6196 Poe Ave., Vandalia

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday, May 27

INFO: scene75.com or 937-619-3200

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A military ID means a free go-kart ride and game card discounts at Scene75 Entertainment Center.

☀️Rocky’s Run for Freedom 5K 

Honor Miamisburg resident Marine Cpl. Paul “Rocky” Zanowick II, who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan on June 3, 2011 by participating in this 5K run. All proceeds will benefit Blue Skies For Good Guys and Gals Warrior Foundation - Warrior Weekend To Remember and The Uriah Edward Zanowick Trust Fund.

WHERE: Library Park, 35 S. Fifth St., Miamisburg 

WHEN: 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. Saturday, May 25

COST: $20 per runner 17 and under; $25 per runner 18 and up. Register by May 18 to guarantee T-shirt

INFO: For registration and more details, visit their Facebook or speedy-feet.com

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☀️Kings Island Military Days 

Kings Island will once again be honoring those who serve by offering free admission for all members of the military, past and present. The amusement park will also provide up to six tickets for immediate family members for $35 each. Enjoy roller coasters, Planet Snoopy and Soak City Water Park as the park shows appreciation for all members of the military. 

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WHERE: Kings Island Drive, Mason 

WHEN: Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27 

INFO: visitkingsisland.com

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Photo: Staff Writer

☀️4 Paws Veteran Program Fundraiser 

Lucky’s Taproom and Eatery has chosen the 4 Paws For Ability veteran program for this year’s Memorial Day benefit. The restaurant looks to raise as much as possible for the program, which provides service dogs for veterans. They will be selling raffle tickets to win prizes, including a $75 gift card to Lucky’s, a 9/11 commemorative Makers Mark bottle and display, and a signed bottle of Eddie Russel’s Reserve. Drawing at 8 p.m. and you don’t have to be present to win. Ten percent of sales on Memorial Day plus the raffle proceeds will be donated to 4 Paws for support animals for veterans.

WHERE: 520 E. Fifth St., Dayton 

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday May 27

COST: Raffle tickets will be $5 each or 5 for $20. Tickets are available now.

INFO: Facebook or 937-222-6800

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