Memorial Day in Greater Palm Springs is a heartfelt occasion that invites everyone to participate in various events and activities throughout the weekend. Join us this 2024 Memorial Day weekend in Greater Palm Springs as we celebrate our community and commemorate our brave soldiers.


Flower Drop at the Palm Springs Air Museum

Palm Springs Air Museum

A highlight of Greater Palm Springs' Memorial Day weekend is set for May 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.! Join us at the Palm Springs Air Museum for the historic Flower Drop! This annual event begins with a brief memorial service at 1:00 p.m. to honor local military members, followed by the Flower Drop itself.

The main event features a vintage warbird flying over Palm Springs, dropping red and white carnations to honor fallen soldiers. Visitors are encouraged to gather flowers to take home as a commemoration. In addition to the main event, the air museum will host local food and drink vendors, live music, and kids' activities and offer affordable rides in vintage warplanes!


LGBTQ-Friendly Memorial Day Events

Aerial view of the pool at The Saguaro surrounded by the colorful resort buildings.

Greater Palm Springs Memorial Day weekend is a highly anticipated event within the LGBTQ community! As this fantastic weekend draws near, there are numerous activities to enjoy. With countless gay resorts and bars hosting nonstop events including drag shows, dancing, and poolside relaxation, there's never a dull moment. And, of course, you won't want to miss the quintessential Greater Palm Springs-style brunch. 

Kick off your Memorial Day weekend at Hunter's on Thursday the 23rd with a lively happy hour! Afterward, head to Copa’s for the renowned Lipstick drag show at night—be sure to dress to impress! The excitement continues throughout the weekend with the annual Desertopia festival, running from the 24th to the 27th. This celebration marks the queer community's vibrant presence in Greater Palm Springs, Memorial Day style. Dive into various evening festivities, including pool parties, block parties, club nights, and live music shows. Plan ahead to secure your spot. 

For those interested in drag performances, the Saguaro Hotel and Oscar’s each host their famous weekend drag brunches, bottomless mimosas and all! And if you need a place to stay, check out the exclusively gay resort Vista Grande, with its fabulous hot tubs, saunas, services, and vibe! Don’t miss out on LQBTQ-friendly Memorial Day events in Greater Palm Springs. 


Greater Palm Springs Weather Over The Long Weekend

Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage

With summer quickly approaching, staying hydrated throughout the day is crucial. During peak heat, it is best to avoid strenuous outdoor activities and stay indoors or find shaded areas. 

Drink plenty of water, monitor children and pets for signs of dehydration, and wear light, breathable clothing. With the sun in full force, make sure to wear a hat and apply plenty of sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays—the higher the SPF, the better!

As we pay tribute to the courageous individuals who have served our country, Greater Palm Springs offers a diverse and vibrant setting this Memorial Day three-day weekend. While some events are designed to honor the lives and sacrifices of our military heroes, others celebrate the spirit of community with various activities suitable for all tastes.