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2023 Memorial Day Weekend Events on Hilton Head Island

For those visiting Hilton Head Island this Memorial Day, keep reading for some events hosted on the island that will help you remember the significance of the day.

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More than 42 million people will be packing their bags and hitting the road to enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend this year. According to AAA, that’s nearly 3 million more than what the United States saw last year. The travel industry is booming, and we’re always glad to see travelers taking full advantage of holiday weekends to get out, go exploring, and enjoy some well-needed rest and relaxation. For those visiting Hilton Head Island this Memorial Day, keep reading for some events hosted on the island that will help you remember the significance of the day, and honor the brave men and women who died protecting our country and our freedom.

Hilton Head Annual Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

All are welcome to attend this ceremony at the Shelter Cove Veterans Memorial to honor the soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

Monday, May 29th, 2023

9:30am-10:30am

Veterans Park

50 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Photo by Martin Castro

Hilton Head Freedom 5K

The 8th Annual Hilton Head Memorial Day 5K Run & Walk, presented by the Palmetto Running Company, is a family-friendly event that honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Strollers and dogs are welcome, with custom medals given to the top 3 dogs! In addition to medals given to division winners, there is also a “Best Costume” Award, so make sure to dress in your patriotic best!

This race has sold out every year, so make sure to register in advance here!

A portion of the proceeds as well as all donations will be given to the Semper Fi & America’s Fund. For more information about this fund, click here.

Monday, May 29th, 2023

Port Royal Plantation

10 Clubhouse Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


Even if you’re only visiting for the weekend, there is plenty to do during your trip to Hilton Head. Get inspired and take a look at more of our recommended activities:

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