Memorial Day

Memorial Day Events and Discounts

World War II Memorial

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.


National Cemeteries

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:

Air Force Memorial

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.

Arlington National Cemetery

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.

National Memorial Day Concert

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.

National Memorial Day Parade

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.

Navy Memorial

On Monday, May 30 at 1:00 PM, the Navy Memorial will hold a wreath-laying ceremony.

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally 

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.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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.

New York

The Triumph of Hope: The Military Wives in Concert

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

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.

9/11 Memorial Museum

The 9/11 Memorial Museum offers veterans discounted admission and 9/11 family members are free. Call the Reservations Department for other military discounts.

9/11 Tribute Center

Military members receive a $5 discount on admission to the 9/11 Tribute Center.

Bronx Zoo

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.

Intrepid Museum

The Intrepid Museum offers active duty military and veterans free admission to the Intrepid and Space Shuttle Pavilion.

New York Aquarium

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.

New York MTA

MTA offers fare at a 25% discount off the one-way station fare.

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