Best Places to Spend Memorial Day Weekend: Charleston, SC

Dating back to the Civil War, Memorial Day commemorates the brave men and women who have died serving our country. But coming at the end of May with the weather heating up and the kids getting out of school, it’s not surprising that the three-day weekend also provides an opportunity to break out the shorts and flip-flops, head to the beach and indulge in some summer fun.

The unique combination of American history, remembrance and summer fun that is Memorial Day at its best makes Charleston, South Carolina a prime choice for a long weekend getaway. One of the earliest observances of Memorial Day took place in Charleston’s Hampton Park where a group of freed slaves gathered to give thanks in 1865 just weeks after the end of the Civil War.

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Today, you’ll find plenty of summer fun along the flag-draped streets of this historic town as Charleston’s renowned Spoleto Festival kicks off the start of Memorial Day weekend. Running from May 24 through June 9, 2013, the internationally acclaimed performing arts festival showcases renowned artists and emerging performers in theater, opera, dance and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music.

A feast for the senses, this year’s Spoleto Festival features an excitingly diverse schedule of performances. From the Cajun honky-tonk sound of the Red Stick Ramblers to the mellow jazz of soul singer Gregory Porter and Johnnyswim’s soulful R&B to twice-daily chamber music programs, Spoleto showcases some of the world’s most renowned musical artists. A wealth of stage productions offers everything from the campy 1930’s set Intergalactic Nemesis to the American premier of Toshio Hosokawa’s ethereal new opera.

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