Memorial Day Events

Arlington National Cemetery (Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard)
Arlington National Cemetery (Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast Guard)

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 to reflect on those veterans and military personnel who are deceased.

May is also National Military Appreciation Month, and many businesses 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.

On this page you will find information on Memorial Day events around the country. Please check back frequently as this list will be updated until Memorial Day. Check our Base Guide to find your local installation and see what events are planned for Memorial Day.


National and State Cemeteries

To look for Memorial Day events at VA national and state cemeteries around the country, 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 29 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 21 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM, Arlington National Cemetery will have a Memorial Day History Tour. The tour will start at the Welcome Center. The tour is free, but registration is required.

National Memorial Day Concert

PBS sponsors a free concert on Sunday, May 28 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 2017 National Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 29 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 29, the Navy Memorial will hold a wreath-laying ceremony. This event is free and open to the public.

President Lincoln’s Cottage

On Monday, May 29, commemorate Memorial Day with guided tours of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery. The free The wreath laying ceremony is at 10 am. The free cemetery tours are 10:45 am and 12:30 pm. Click here to register.

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally 

Rolling Thunder will assemble at the North and South Pentagon parking lots on Sunday, May 28 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 ceremony at The Wall on Monday, May 29 at 1:00 p.m. The wreath-laying ceremony is open to the public.

World War II Memorial

On Saturday, May 27 at the World War II Memorial, there will be a free Ranger Talk from 2 to 2:45 PM and 4 to 4:45 PM. As the nation observes Memorial Day, place the legacy of World War II in context.

New York

Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade

The Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade will take place on May 29 at 11:00 AM. The parade route is from 78th St. and Third Ave., along Third Ave. to Marine Ave., up to Fourth Ave. and over to John Paul Jones Park on 101st St. and Fourth Ave. for the memorial service.

Fleet Week

Fleet Week New York is May 24-30, 2017. On May 29, there will be many Memorial Day events, including ship tours, demonstrations and parades. Visit the Fleet Week New York website 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.

Intrepid Museum

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

New York MTA

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

Visit our list of New York military discounts for more.

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