Whether you plan to grill in the backyard or relax on the beach on Memorial Day, there's a full slate of other activities in Fairfield to keep you busy leading up to the holiday:

Catch the soul-stirring gospel music of the Blind Boys of Alabama at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Fairfield Theatre Co., 70 Sanford Street. For tickets and information, call 203-259-1036 or visit www.fairfieldtheatre.org.

On Saturday, the annual memorial service for military personnel who perished at sea will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the South Benson Marina, end of Turney Road. Following the program, a flotilla will lay a wreath on Long Island Sound in tribute to those lost.

The University of Notre Dame's Folk Choir will perform a free concert Sunday at Sacred Heart University's Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 5151 Park Avenue. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Fairfield County. For more information call 203-394-1876.

Rain or shine, the town's Memorial Day parade steps off at South Pine Creek and the Post Road at 10 a.m. Monday, marching east along the Post Road to the Old Post Road at the Fairfield Public LIbrary, the south to the Fairfield YMCA and then east past the reviewing stand on Town Hall Green.

But that's not all there is today on a Fairfield Memorial day:

From 7 a.m. to noon, flip out for the traditional flapjacks breakfast at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road, next to Town Hall Green

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsors its annual tag sale at the Old Academy, 635 Post Road, on Town Hall Green. For more information call 203-259-9604.

And from noon to 3 p.m., the Fairfield Museum and History Center hosts its annual Memorial Day picnic, featuring games, food and fun on its campus at 370 Beach Road, just behind Town Hall Green.