Memorial Day is an important time to honor those who have served and protected our country. This weekend, there are many events planned across Hampton Roads to celebrate with family and friends. Check out our list below for local memorial services, parades, festivals, and more. We wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!
Annual Tidewater Veteran’s Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Located at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, 1000 19th Street, across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
Highlights: Join Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr., LtCol Wade E. Wallace, Executive Officer, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Forces Command, Norfolk, Va. and the Mayor’s Veterans Committee as they host the annual Memorial Day Ceremony. This annual event is held to honor and pay tribute to the men and women of the armed forces “who gave their all.”
Pungo Strawberry Festival
Saturday, May 28, 2016 and Sunday, May 29, 2016 from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM each day.
Located at 1776 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.
Highlights: The Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival’s activities will include a parade, continuous entertainment on three stages, one of the largest carnivals on the east coast, a multi-million dollar military display to honor our veterans and service members, a pie eating contest, pig races, a youth arts and craft display, 4H exhibits and activities, arts and craft booths, and, last but not least some of the best food you have ever tasted! Vendors will offer fresh picked strawberries, strawberry shortcake and ice cream, chocolate dipped strawberries, strawberry pizzas, and much more.
Salute to Summer at the Beach
Friday, May 27, 2016 to Sunday, May 29, 2016 beginning at 8:00 PM each day.
Located at Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street Park, 24th Street Park and 31st Street Park at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Check out the link below for the entertainment schedules.
Highlights: Salute to Summer is an “Star-Spangled” salute to great music, fun in the sun, and the military men and women who have sacrificed their lives throughout our history. Enjoy live, free entertainment on three outdoor stages features music presented by local and regional bands. The “Heroes Walk” display stretches along the boardwalk from 17th to 31st Streets. Original essays written by local high school students are reproduced on four by eight foot banners easily read by passers-by. These essays describe the military conflicts in which the United States has been involved throughout history.
7th Annual Kam Cares Family & Friends Memorial Day Cookout
Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM.
Located at Town Point Park in Norfolk, VA 23510.
Highlights: Come relax in the park while enjoying the sounds of the Fuzz Band! Complimentary lunch provided for youth 18 and under eat free. Food served until 2:00 PM. Adults will have the opportunity to support the foundation by purchasing an $8 meal voucher (2 pieces of fresh fried chicken-cooked onsite, baked beans, roll, and beverage). Additional food vendors will be onsite until 4:30 PM. Lawn chairs and blankets are strongly encouraged.
May Ceremony Honors Fallen Heroes
Monday, May 30, 2016 beginning at 10:00 AM.
Located at the Hampton National Cemetery in Hampton, Virginia; adjacent to Hampton University, at the intersection of Cemetery Road and Marshall Avenue.
Highlights: The Hampton Roads community will gather for a Memorial Day ceremony to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives in this nations’ defense. The one hour observance is open to the public and will take place rain or shine. A joint military color guard will participate in the ceremony, along with the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Brass Quintet from Fort Eustis, Virginia. Military representatives from each branch of the armed service will place wreaths at the headstones of service members laid to rest at the cemetery.
Memorial Day Ceremony in Chesapeake
Monday, May 30, 2016 beginning at 11:00 AM.
Located at the Chesapeake Veterans’ Memorial at 306 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322.
Highlights: The Mayor’s Commission on Veterans Affairs proudly presents a Memorial Day Ceremony honoring all who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
Portsmouth Annual Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 30, 2016 from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM.
Located at High and Crawford Streets in Portsmouth, VA 23704.
Highlights: A Portsmouth tradition since 1884, the annual Memorial Day Parade salutes the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and celebrates Portsmouth’s proud military heritage. Enjoy floats, marching bands and lots of excitement. The parade begins at 10:00 AM. and travels on High Street from Peninsula Avenue (at I.C. Norcom High School) to Crawford Street.
Memorial Day Commemorative Program
Monday, May 30, 2016 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM.
Located at the Palace Green at Palace Green Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
Highlights: Gather for a modern service honoring military veterans who died while serving their country. A procession with Fife and Drum support will proceed from the Palace to Bruton Parish Church and the French gravesite. Wreaths will be laid, prayers given, and volleys fired at each stop to honor soldiers of the American Revolution and Civil War interred nearby.
NPS Memorial Day Weekend
Saturday, May 28, 2016 through Monday, May 30, 2016 from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM each day.
Located at Yorktown Battlefield at 1000 Colonial Parkway, Yorktown, VA 23690.
Highlights: The Yorktown National Cemetery, which is part of Colonial National Historical Park, annually commemorates Memorial Day with participation from volunteers stationed at Coast Guard Training Center, Yorktown to set flags in the 1,596 marked graves in the cemetery and the park conducts a formal commemoration program the Sunday prior each year.
Click here to learn more or call 757-898-2410.
Active Duty and Veterans’ Admission to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA
Located at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA in Williamsburg, VA.
Highlights: Experience Busch Gardens and Water Country USA at a special price in appreciation of Military Veterans and Active Duty.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. Please keep in mind, if you need us over the weekend and holiday, we are available 24-7. Simply call or text us at 757-622-5000, or click here to email us via our website form.