Best time to go to Virginia

Memorial Day Weekend 2024

Thousands of flags, salutes, and tributes to the U.S. Armed Forces servicemen and women

Dates: May 24–27, 2024

Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend

Virginia attracts a lot of visitors during Memorial Day Weekend. They come to honor servicemen and women who gave up their life for America. Major events take place at the Arlington National Cemetery with the participation of U.S. top officials.

Grateful Americans attend a variety of events that honor the soldiers who defended freedom and democracy. Flags In at Arlington National Cemetery, Portsmouth Memorial Day Parade, Memorial Day Parade and Festival in Falls Church, Rolling to Remember motorcycle rally, McGaheysville, Memorial Day Weekend, Сelebrations in Richmond, and Memorial Weekend Salute at Kings Dominion, Doswell remain some of Virginia's most popular Memorial Day events over the years. During this period, you can also visit the ValleyFest Beer & Wine Festival at Massanutten Resort to enjoy a fun atmosphere with friends or family.

Flags In at Arlington National Cemetery (May 27, 2024)

Every year, over 200,000 flags are placed at the Arlington National Cemetery and Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery on Memorial Day. This tradition, known as "Flags In," has been underway since 1948, when the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment honored America's fallen heroes by putting flags at gravesites in Arlington for the first time. Every available soldier in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment takes part in this ceremony. There is also a Wreath Laying Ceremony and Memorial service at the National Cemetery on this day.

Portsmouth Memorial Day Parade (May 27, 2024)

Since 1884, the Portsmouth Annual Memorial Day Parade has been held in Portsmouth, VA to honor sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces men and women and the town's military history. The parade features floats, marching bands, and lots of entertainment. The procession starts from High Street and Peninsula Avenue at 10 am and proceeds to Crawford Street.

Memorial Day Parade and Festival in Falls Church (May 27, 2024)

Falls Church in Virginia hosts the Memorial Day Parade and Festival, one of the most massive in the state. Over 10,000 attendees line the streets to see the largest festival of the year, take part in 3K Fun Run, and visit the Memorial Ceremony. The 3K Fun Run starts at 9 am, Memorial Ceremony will be hosted by the Falls Church Veterans Council at 11 am. The parade, with bands, civic and military groups, antique vehicles, and floats, starts at 2 pm. After a solemn procession on Monday, crowds indulge in music, food, and shopping.

Rolling to Remember (May 24-26, 2024)

The annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally from Arlington to Washington, DC, used to be one of the most spectacular events of the Memorial Day Weekend in the United States. The final ride was in 2019. AMVETS decided to continue the tradition with a new similar event called Rolling to Remember. During Memorial Day Weekend, the Rolling to Remember rally will organize a large-scale motorcycle demonstration ride, kicking off from the Pentagon’s parking lot and traversing through Washington, D.C., to highlight the mental health crisis claiming the lives of thousands of veterans annually.

ValleyFest Beer & Wine Festival at Massanutten Resort, McGaheysville (May 25, 2024)

Those who prefer to party with a glass of beer, head to the ValleyFest Beer & Wine Festival on the slopes of Massanutten Resort in McGaheysville. Over 4,000 people gather at the festival to celebrate with live music, food, and unique handicrafts while sipping quality wines, microbrews, and ciders of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and other areas. Festival guests can buy Advance Tickets—$30 (from April 16 to May 24). Tickets at the gate cost $40, Military—$20, and kids ages 7 and under—free.

Memorial Day Weekend celebrations in Richmond (Memorial Day Weekend, annually)

There are also lots of events and activities over the Memorial Day Weekend in Richmond. Hundreds of flags are placed on the graves of the veterans across the Shockoe Hill Cemetery during the weeks leading to Memorial Day. Richmond National Cemetery holds Memorial Day cemetery walks, where visitors can learn the stories of the soldiers buried here. If you are not sure what cemetery to head to, join Richmond’s historic cemeteries bus tour. For the fireworks, go to Rocketts Landing, where you'll also enjoy music and food.

Memorial Day Weekend at Kings Dominion, Doswell (May 25-27, 2024)

Another great spot for fireworks is Kings Dominion Theme Park. Every night from Friday to Monday, the park honors all who serve with pyrotechnic displays, live entertainment, and concerts by local military bands. What a nice kick-off to the summer season!

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