5 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day in the Coastal Bend - The Bend Magazine

5 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day in the Coastal Bend

Different ways to safely enjoy the three-day-weekend in a local way

By: Jessie Monsivais   Photo by:  Brynn Osborn

The weekend dedicated to honoring and remembering those who died in service for our country is upon us. This year’s Memorial Day commemorations will definitely look different than they have prior. However, you can still adhere to social distancing practices and health guidelines, a few different ways! We’ve put together a list of 5 ways to remember our fallen, support local, and enjoy the Coastal Bend safely over the three-day-weekend. 

Reconnect with nature at the South Texas Botanical Gardens 

Nothing sounds better than a day filled with nature, conservation, history, and spectacular beauty. Marvel at the wonderment of some native plant species and appreciate the outdoors with those close to you. As of May 1st, the South Texas Botanical Gardens have reopened with daily hours of operation from 9 am-6 pm. Tickets must be purchased online, and masks are required. Pack lunch and plan a picnic in the gardens. For more information, call 361-852-2100. 

8545 S. Staples St. 

Donate flowers to a fallen hero

The Coastal Bend is home to several veteran memorial parks and cemeteries from Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery to Sherill Park, which is located downtown, dedicated to Warren Joseph Sherill, who was the first casualty in World War II. On Memorial Day, show appreciation for veterans by donating flowers to their grave. Order flowers from local florist shops such as Golden Petal Florist or Black Tie Roses. 


Spend time with the wild

Visit the Texas State Aquarium (TSA) for adventures through land and sea with over 460 species, wildlife presentations, and a water playscape. TSA welcomes Members and the public to enjoy the Aquarium beginning today. The Aquarium is implementing numerous initiatives to protect guests, staff, volunteers, and animals. Daily hours of operation will continue from 10 am – 5 pm, including Café Aqua and Shoreline Grill. Tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate online only. For more information, call 800-477-4853.

2710 N. Shoreline Blvd.


Decorate with red, white, and blue

While traditional gatherings are limited these days, it doesn’t mean you can’t decorate. Search for red, white, and blue home decor to mark the occasion at local consignment stores such as Olive Blue Resale, Coastal Consignment and Resale, and Betty’s Trash to Treasures.


Get in touch with history

All aboard the USS Lexington (following Nueces County Public Health District guidelines of course). Now open to the public, the Lexington Museum resumes hours of operation from 9 am-5 pm, and offers extended hours on Memorial Day until 6 pm. Walkthrough the World War II Essex-class aircraft carrier and discover the history behind this national treasure. For more tickets and information call, 800-523-9539. 

2914 N. Shoreline Blvd.