Even though it’s been hot for a few weeks, the official beginning of summer kicks off in a few days with lots of Lowcountry Memorial Day events. What’s your favorite way to mark the occasion? If you can stand the temperatures, outdoor events are a staple around the country as the BBQs and poolside parties move into high gear this weekend.

Looking for ways to celebrate around the Lowcountry community? Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the events we’ve rounded up below. Whether it’s a relaxing picnic in the park, taking in a golf tournament or running in a 5K, you are sure to find a few Lowcountry Memorial Day events to enjoy.

No matter how you decide to celebrate Memorial Day, you can’t go wrong wearing red, white, and blue!

Beaufort Memorial Day Events

A Relaxing Day at the Park

Beaufort is a coastal city on Port Royal Island with tons of things to do, and Memorial Day is the perfect time to celebrate the Lowcountry lifestyle. The summer weather brings out the best of our foliage and wildlife! Park-going and biking can be very enjoyable this time of year so long as you’re stocked up on water and sunscreen.

Check out the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park and enjoy the water views, charming coastal shops, and history. Relax on the swings, sit a spell at one of their picnic spots, or bike along the water. Kids in tow? Don’t mind the new, beautiful playground right at the corner of Bay St. and the bridge.

Set Sail: Beaufort Water Festival Regatta

Memorial Day Weekend in the Lowcountry isn’t complete without a water activity. Jump in a boat for the complete experience or watch for free from Waterfront Park. Catboats and keelboats are welcome. 

  • Cost: $35 per adult boat; $20 per junior boat

  • When: Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31 at 11:30 am

  • Pre-register online: byscnet.com/Sailing 

Memorial Day BYOP (bring your own picnic)
It’s time for yard games and activities! The BYOP picnic event provides grills for families to use, as well as a bar and games open to the public

  • When: Monday, May 31, 4:30-6:30 pm

  • Where: Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club: 30 Yacht Club Drive, Beaufort


Bluffton Memorial Day Events

There are endless things to do in Bluffton; especially since it’s continually one of South Carolina’s fastest-growing towns. You can’t go wrong spending some of your Memorial Day on Calhoun Street enjoying the new waterfront park, the gorgeous shops, art galleries, and Spanish moss. A walk around Old Town Bluffton is a celebration in itself!

You may like to take the family to enjoy the Memorial Day Observance Ceremony by the Bluffton American Legion Post 205 and a guest speaker.

  • When: Monday, May 31, 11:30 am 

  • Where: Veterans’ Memorial at Buckwalter Place, 2 Venture Drive, Bluffton

  • Details: Water will be available, bring chairs for comfortable enjoyment


Hilton Head Island Memorial Day Events

Golf Tournament
The Dolphin Head Golf Club is hosting a Memorial Day Tournament! 

Get Moving
Hilton Head Freedom 5K is the sixth annual family event at Port Royal. Patriotic costumes are encouraged, and there is even a costume contest! A portion of the funds raised will be donated to the Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military. 

  • Event signup: Palmetto Running Company

  • Cost:

    • $30: 5K Run Adult

    • $25: 5K Run Military and immediate family (must present ID)

    • $20: 5K Run Children 12 & under

  • First 300 runners receive Freedom Run 5K and dog tag

  • Last day for late registration is packet pickup day, Sunday, May 30, 2-5 pm 

Enjoy the Arts

Experience the outdoor Hilton Head Island Art Festival Memorial Day weekend. 

  • Cost: Free

  • When: Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30, 10 am-6 pm

  • More information: hiltonheadartfestival.com


Start the summer season by celebrating Memorial Day in the Lowcountry! Check out: 

  1. Beaufort Memorial Day events: Beaufort Water Festival Regatta and BYOB mean you can take the day to relax and enjoy the Lowcountry’s waterways.

  2. Bluffton Memorial Day events include a nice ceremony at the Veterans’ Memorial. 

  3. Hilton Head Island Memorial Day events are for the athletes! Enjoy the Dolphin Head Golf Club’s Memorial Day Tournament, a 5K, and the outdoor Art Festival!

Tell us what Lowcountry Memorial Day events you want to attend! 

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