Memorial Day Events and Discounts
While many associate Veterans Day and Memorial Day with service, the two are not the same. Veterans Day is a celebration of those who serve and have served. Memorial Day is a solemn day and a day to reflect on those veterans and military personnel who are deceased.
On this page you will find our most up to date information on Memorial Day events around the country. Please check back frequently as this list will be updated until Memorial Day. Click here to find your local installation and find out what events they have planned for Memorial Day.
May is also National Military Appreciation Month and many businesses or organizations offer special discounts to veterans over the Memorial Day Weekend. Visit the Military Appreciation Month Discount Center to find out what offers are available throughout the month of May.
MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS
For a schedule of Memorial Day events at VA national cemeteries around the nation, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. Memorial Day ceremonies vary by cemetery, and may include parades, speeches, music performances, and more.
Washington DC and Surrounding Area:
On Monday, May 30 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM ET, the Air Force Memorial will hold a wreath-laying ceremony open to the public.
On May 29 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM, Arlington National Cemetery will have guided tours narrated by historians. All tours start at the Welcome Center and require some walking. The tours of free, but registration is required.
PBS sponsors a free concert on Sunday, May 29 from 8:00 to 9:30 pm ET on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The concert features actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, and other guests along with the National Symphony Orchestra. General Admission gates will open at 5:00 p.m.
The nation's largest Memorial Day event, the 2016 National Memorial Day Parade, will take place on Monday, May 30 at 2:00 PM ET in Washington, DC, starting at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets, NW and ending at 17th Street. The parade was launched in 2005 by the American Veterans Center and the World War II Veterans Committee in Washington, D.C.
On Monday, May 30 at 1:00 PM, the Navy Memorial will hold a wreath-laying ceremony.
Rolling Thunder will assemble at the North and South Pentagon parking lots on Sunday, May 29 at 7:00 a.m and depart at noon. After the run, police will direct riders to West Potomac Park.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is holding its annual Memorial Day Observance at The Wall on Monday, May 30 at 1:00 p.m. The wreath-laying ceremony is open to the public.
Veterans, active duty service members and families get complimentary tickets to the Memorial Day Weekend concert at Carnegie Hall, The Triumph of Hope: The Military Wives in Concert on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 7 PM. Click here to sign up.
Fleet Week New York is May 25-31, 2016. On May 30, there will be many Memorial Day events, including ship tours, demonstrations and parades. Click here for a full list of events. If you're in New York for Fleet Week, you can use the following discounts while you're there.
The 9/11 Memorial Museum offers veterans discounted admission and 9/11 family members are free. Call the Reservations Department for other military discounts.
Military members receive a $5 discount on admission to the 9/11 Tribute Center.
The Bronx Zoo offers discounts to active duty and reserve members. The discount includes free Total Experience Ticket or General Admission ticket and 50% discount for up to three family members.
The Intrepid Museum offers active duty military and veterans free admission to the Intrepid and Space Shuttle Pavilion.
The New York Aquarium offers discounts to any active duty or reserve members, including free General Admission tickets and 50% off for up to three family members.
MTA offers fare at a 25% discount off the one-way station fare.
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