Carson Daly: Get Your BBQ On With These Los Angeles Memorial Day Celebrations!

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We’ve made it to the (unofficial) start of summer!

During Memorial Day weekend, we love to grill up some burgers, watch some parades, and relax in the sun.

So if you want to get your party on like us, check out our picks for the best celebrations in SoCal!

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The Queen Mary Honors Military Personnel

When: Memorial Day Monday, 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Queen Mary, 1126 Queen’s Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: Free for retired and active military with ID, regular price for all others
Parking: $12
Info: www.queenmary.com

The Long Beach-based cruise ship is offering free admission to all active or retired military personnel on Memorial Day.

This includes a self-guided tour and the Ghosts & Legends Show.

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Redondo Beach Memorial Day Celebration and BBQ

When: Memorial Day Monday, 1pm-2pm

Where: Veterans Park
South Catalina Avenue and West Torrance Boulevard
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 372-1171

Veterans and active service members get into the remembrance ceremony for free and it’s just $5 for everyone else.

Afterwards, stuff your face at the barbeque at the nearby Elk’s Lodge!

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Fiesta Hermosa in Hermosa Beach

When: Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday through Monday
Where: Directions and Map
Info: www.fiestahermosa.com

Bring the whole family to this party!

There’s a kiddie carnival, petting zoo, doggie costume contest, arts & crafts, and for the adults, a beer and wine garden!

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Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade

When: Memorial Day Monday, 11 am parade, 1:30-4 pm festival
Where: along Sherman Way from Owensmouth to De Soto ending at Quimby Park (one block south of Sherman Way on De Soto) in Canoga Park.
Info: www.canogaparkmemorialdayparade.com

My favorite part about Memorial Day is all the great parades.

The Canoga Park celebration includes military marching units, bands, floats, dignitaries, antique cars, classic cars, youth groups, flyovers by military aircraft, and equestrian units.

Make sure to head to the festival afterwards at Quimby Park with music, food and vendors.

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Garden Grove Strawberry Festival

When: Memorial Day Weekend, Friday through Monday
Where: The Festival is held at the Village Green, between Euclid and Main Street Streets in downtown Garden Grove, CA
Info: www.strawberryfestival.org, (714) 638-0981

The unofficial start of summer also means the beginning of delicious produce! Get a bite of the sweet stuff in Garden Grove this weekend.

Take part in the carnival rides, Red-Head Roundup Contest, Berry Beautiful Baby Pageant, Strawberry Idol karaoke contest, and a strawberry-themed parade!

[Sources: About.com & CBS Los Angeles]

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