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Memorial Day and Weekend Events in East Texas – What Are Your Plans?

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Looking forward to three or four days of this Memorial Day weekend? So are we.

The weather forecast for the weekend shows nothing but sunshine, which gives us the perfect excuse to travel and enjoy the outdoors.

If you’re not taking a road trip and are looking for some local events to attend, check out a few festivities we found, including lakes, veterans events, parades and more.

Whatever you decide to do, please be safe, and enjoy your weekend off!

Lake Livingston State Park

The park offers camping, picnicking, a swimming pool (opens this weekend for Memorial Day), mountain biking, horseback riding, nature study, fishing and boating.

Annual Memorial Poppy Day-American Legion Auxiliary Unit #113
Each year, American Legion Auxiliary volunteers distribute millions of red crepe paper poppies in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.

You can pay your respects to veterans at the Wal-Mart Super Center in Lufkin on Saturday, May 26th from 8am to 1pm

The Annual Avenue of Flags

In Lufkin, you can pay your respects at the Garden of Memories Memorial Park for the “Annual Avenue of Flags” event, starting at 11am on Monday, May 28th.

Memorial Day Celebration Service

Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors will recognize our veterans as well as active duty military personnel at a celebration service on Monday, May 28 in Nacogdoches from 9am to 11am. Continental breakfast will be served before, during and after the service, a tribute movie withe veterans from Nacogdoches will be shown, and free giveaways will be available for all attendees!

Sam Rayburn Lake

Enjoy this beautiful weather form the boat on Sam Rayburn Lake or from the beach. Activities include boating, fishing, hiking, camping, swimming, and much more.

Bill Shelton’s Totally Awesome Fishing Adventure

If you’re into fishing, get a team together and enter Dr. Bill Shelton’s 19th Annual Fishing Tournament on Saturday May 26th between 6am and 3pm at Cassels Boykin Park in Lufkin.

Cash prizes will be awarded, and this year’s event will feature a family friendly Dr. Bill’s Kidz Zone. All tournament proceeds benefit indigent cancer patients at the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center.


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