Memorial Day Weekend on Lake Murray

Spend the holiday experiencing one of Columbia SC’s many waterways by boat, kayak or along walking trails. Lake Murray's calm water is just right for a smooth cruise on a pontoon boat with your squad with coolers and snacks in tow. Every weekend, hundreds of visitors and locals alike hit the lake with pontoon boats of their own or rentals. You can be the captain of your own boat by renting one from Better Boat Rental or Aqua Fun Boat Rentals and Tours. If you want to appreciate the marina from dry land, just join the party at restaurants like Rusty Anchor & Catfish Johnny's and Liberty on the Lake that open the decks, bring on the music, and transform the scene into a daylong celebration.

Memorial Day Weekend on the Three Rivers Greenway

With access points in Cayce, West Columbia and Columbia, the Three Rivers Greenway has an option for everyone. At the West Columbia Riverwalk and the Saluda Riverwalk, Palmetto Outdoors is open for tube and kayak rentals. Pro tip - They have a newly released double tube for leisurely floats or whitewater rapids. Or, head down to the Columbia Riverfront Park or the Cayce Riverwalk Park to engage in waterside recreation along miles of paths and boardwalks running along the Congaree River.

Memorial Day Weekend Food

If you are hitting the river or lake, pick up hearty biscuits from Rambo’s Fat Cat Biscuits in the NOMA district. Varieties like The Southern Comfort (bacon, mac n’ cheese), Fried Green Tomato (with pimento cheese), or Brie and Fig Jam will fuel you through a host of holiday happenings. Or, order a grazing box and tea sandwich box from Honey River Catering, to compliment your weekend parties. For a vegan twist, take home crispy fried “chicken” minis and drumsticks, BBQ “spareribs” and “chicken” strips in family sizes from A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen. For a list of local restaurants with takeout, outdoor and indoor dining options, check out our restaurant page.

Memorial Day Weekend Things to Do

Woodstock is back and it's moved to South Carolina. Celebrate like it's the summer of '69 at Steel Hands Brewing Woodstock on May 26th from 12 PM to 11 PM with live music, a tie dye workshop and local artists. With baseball season in full swing, the Columbia Fireflies are away this weekend but the Lexington County Blowfish home opener is Thursday, May 26 with another home game following on Friday, May 27.

Remember our fallen soldiers with a visit to Memorial Park. Located on Hampton Street, the park is a memorial to 980 South Carolinians who died in Vietnam. It also has monuments honoring the USS Columbia warship and those that served with her during WWII; the China-Burma-India Theater Veterans of WWII; casualties of the Pearl Harbor attack of December 7, 1941; a Holocaust monument; and a Korean War Memorial.