Memorial Day in Columbia SC
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:00 AM by Charlene Slaughter
On the Water
Spend the holiday experiencing one of Columbia SC’s many waterways by boat, kayak or along walking trails. Palmetto Outdoor Center is open for tube and kayak rentals. Float downstream for three miles, or see the rare Rocky Shoals Spider Lily on the Spider Lily Kayak tour. Explore the 650 miles of shoreline on Lake Murray with a boat rental, or head down to the Cayce Riverwalk Park to engage in waterside recreation along the more than three miles of paths and boardwalks running along the Congaree River.
Baseball is back so score some Columbia Fireflies tickets to home games at Segra Park against the Augusta Green Jackets May 26-30, with fireworks after the game on Saturday May 29. The Lexington County Blowfish home opener is May 26 with another home game following on Saturday May 29.
The Senate presents a dueling pianos show Friday May 29. Advance reservations are suggested to guarantee a table. Steel Hands Brewing will celebrate all things live music, love, peace and tie-dye at their very own Woodstock event on May 29 (free admission). The Main Course celebrates the beginning of summer with a “Pua Hana” Luau party on Saturday May 29, complete with tiki cocktails, tropical beers, pulled pork sliders and more. Tickets are $35.
Step out of the sun and cool off with culture at the Columbia Museum of Art. At 1pm on May 29 docents will be chatting it up with visitors during their “Ask Me About the Art” program.
From the Kitchen
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. Spotted Salamander is keeping their take-and-make cooler stocked with favorites like pimento cheese, BLT pasta salad, chicken and dumplings, chicken salad, caramelized onion and bacon dip and more. Or grab a grazing box from Honey River Catering, who is also offering sweet tea brined and packaged Carolina Heritage Farms Pork Chops that come ready to grill with peach chutney! Drool. 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.
Selecting your Memorial Day beer is as important as selecting the playlist, and the breweries of Columbia and Lexington deliver. Angry Fish Brewing Co.’s Freedom Lager pairs well with boats and barbecue and their “Shoo Shoo BayBee Dreamsicle” tastes like the popsicle of your youth. Columbia Craft Brewing Company transports you to the islands with their Fruit Punch Sour Ale (guava, pineapple) on tap and People Power (mango, pineapple and…a hint of Fruit Rollup in cans to go).
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. Vietnam Veterans of America’s local chapter will host an a Memorial Day Ceremony including music and words of remembrance at Memorial Park’s Vietnam War Memorial Wall on Monday May 31 at 9am.