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.


Washington DC and Surrounding Area:

Arlington National Cemetery

The annual 150th National Memorial Day Observance is Monday, May 28 at Arlington National Cemetery. The U.S. Army Military District of Washington is conducting a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11 a.m.

National Memorial Day Concert

PBS sponsors a free concert on Sunday, May 27 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 2018 National Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 28 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.

President Lincoln's Cottage

On Monday, May 28, commemorate Memorial Day with guided tours of the United States Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery. The free cemetery tours are 10:45 am and 12:30 pm. Click here to register.

Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run

Bikers will rally in the North and South Pentagon parking lots at 7:00 a.m. and depart at noon on Sunday, May 27. Then riders will be directed to West Potomac Park.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is holding its annual Memorial Day ceremony at The Wall on Monday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m.


New York

Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade

The Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade will take place on May 28, 2018. 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 New York

Fleet Week New York is May 22 to 29, 2018. On May 28, there will be Memorial Day events, including the Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument and the Memorial Day Commemoration at the Intrepid Museum. Visit the Fleet Week New York website for a full list of events.

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