Memorial Day occurs annually on the last Monday of May to honor the brave men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. For celebrants in the greater Seattle area, Memorial Day events range from the Northwest Folklife Festival to a Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show to a ceremony at the Museum of Flight. There’s something for every member of the family.

Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show
Hotel Deca
4507 Brooklyn Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(888) 619-0858

Date: May 24, 2014

Who done it? You’ll find out this Memorial Day weekend at the Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show at The Hotel Deca on Saturday, May 24 at 6:15 p.m. Enjoy a four-course dinner including salad and hors d’oeuvres, and featuring fresh local fare while solving a comical murder case. Everyone’s a suspect during this night of fun and cast members actually infiltrate the audience – your involvement can even change the course of events!

43rd Annual Northwest Folklife Festival
Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7300

Date: May 23-26, 2014

The Northwest Folklife Festival has been a big part of Seattle’s Memorial Day weekend for more than 40 years. The festival, which takes place at the Seattle Center, features arts and crafts, varied cuisine, music and dancing. The theme for the 2014 renewal of the Folklife Festival is “Washington Works,” which explores the occupational facets of folklore in the Pacific Northwest. From face painting to rock ‘n roll and from fair food to purchasing folk art, there’s something for every member of the family at Northwest Folklife.

Memorial Day Snoqualmie Valley Railroad Ride
Northwest Railway Museum
38625 S.E. King St.
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
(425) 888-3030

All aboard this Memorial Day weekend! From Saturday, May 24 through Monday, May 26, ride the five-mile Snoqualmie Valley Railroad, which departs from the Snoqualmie Depot. Alternately, you can catch the train at the North Bend Depot. View the majestic Snoqualmie Falls and enjoy the scenery of North Bend and the lower Snoqualmie River Valley. You can also visit the Northwest Railway Museum, which has served the local community for more than five decades.

Related: Best Railroad Experiences In Seattle For Kids

Museum of Flight Memorial Day Ceremony
9404 E. Marginal Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 764-5720

Date: May 26, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Museum of Flight has been a delight for family members of all ages for almost five decades. The museum is staffed largely by ex-pilots and veterans. On Memorial Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the museum will host a celebration honoring those who have served in the military. U.S. Military personnel and veterans who provide identification will receive free museum admission. Museum visitors will have an unforgettable opportunity to honor those past and present who have served in our military while seeing dozens of antique planes, exploring the museum’s control tower, visiting the interactive children’s area and grabbing a bite to eat in the Wings Cafe.

Memorial Day Weekend Run
Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115

Date: May 24, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Lace up your shoes and bring the entire family (including your dog) for a day of fun and exercise this holiday weekend. On Saturday, May 24, participants can choose between a 5k, a 10k, a 15k run/walk, a two-person team and a 400-meter Kids’ Dash for children ages two to 10. Exercise reduces psychological stress, increases immune function, decreases disease risk and brings loved ones together. And after the run, your dog can play with canine friends at the nearby off-leash park.

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