May is Military Appreciation Month, and it wouldn’t be complete without Armed Forces Day. If you need something to do this weekend in Central PA, there is no lack of activities.
The Army Heritage and Education Center is hosting Army Heritage Days complete with live re-enactors, lectures, and presentations. We’ve gone in years past and it’s been a lot of fun for the whole family. The event runs 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday and is free and open to the public.
Harrisburg City and Ft. Indiantown Gap will once again partner to turn City Island into a military base for the day. Exhibits open at 10am. There is also a 5K fun run/walk hosted by the YMCA that starts at 8am, May 19th. The 5K is free for military members, but there is a small fee if registering online.
Letterkenny Army Depot is also hosting their annual line up of Armed Forces Day Events. There will be a children’s fishing rodeo, golf tournament, exhibits, tours, among other things to see and do for the whole family. Letterkenny’s events start at 8am and run until 2pm.
Carlisle Barracks and Carlisle YMCA are hosting an Armed Forces Day Running Festival. Registration begins at 7am for the 5K for ages 14-adult (fee), and ages 4-13 will run at approximately 10am (free).
Also starting on Armed Forces Day weekend, current military members and dependents can get a free annual pass to National Parks and other public lands.