Celebrate – Honor – Remember: Memorial Day 2023 Events

TysonsToday Staff Around Town

Celebrate Memorial Day and the long weekend with these local events centered on honoring our service men and women. 

23rd Annual Ride of the Patriots

Sunday, May 28
6:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Begins with a parade down Fairfax Boulevard and an Opening Ceremony that brings the community and the bikers together. City leaders, State and Federal Delegates, the Fairfax High School Band, Fairfax City, and County Fire and Police units, the Northern Virginia Firefighters Emerald Society Pipe Band, the American Legion, Honor Guards, etc., have active parts in the event Sunday morning. Spectators from the community line Fairfax Boulevard to recognize the riders and honor them this Memorial Day weekend.

9739 Fairfax Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031

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Blast Off!
“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band

Sunday, May 28
Gates open 6:30 PM

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will launch Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts‘ summer season with a program of concert band favorites. A fireworks display will follow the concert.

  • This FREE community event is open to the public with general availability seating on a first-come, first seated basis
  • Gates will open at 6:30 PM for the Lawn (90 minutes prior to curtain)
  • Fireworks viewing areas will open FOLLOWING the performance at approximately 9:30 PM
  • Fireworks to begin at approximately 9:45 PM

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Wolf Trap
1511 Trap Road
Vienna, VA


Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29
11 AM

About 5,000 visitors attend the annual remembrance ceremony in the Memorial Amphitheater on Memorial Day, sponsored by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. At 11am, a wreath-laying ceremony and concert will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of the holiday.

Also throughout Memorial Day Weekend visitors can also experience “Flags In” – when during an approximately three-hour period, the soldiers place flags in front of the approximately 220,000 headstones and at the bottom of about 7,000 niche rows in the cemetery’s columbarium courts and the niche wall.  

Arlington National Cemetery
214 McNair Road
Arlington VA 


Herndon Memorial Day Observances at Chestnut Grove Cemetery

Monday, May 30

  • Ceremony to commemorate Memorial Day, 10:00 AM
  • Avenue of Flags, Dawn to dusk (weather permitting)

Sponsored by The American Legion Post 184. For more information, call (703) 481-1200.

Chestnut Grove Cemetery
831 Dranesville Road
Herndon, VA

The Women’s Memorial 26th Annual Memorial Day program

Monday, May 29
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

his observance is one of the major Memorial Day events in the National Capital Region. Free and open to the public, the event includes formal military honors, remarks from current and former servicewomen from each of the military services, and a keynote address. As in previous years, members of the public are invited to join in the personal tribute segment of the program.

We are honored this year to have Ms. Brenda “Sue” Fulton, the VA’s Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, deliver the keynote. As May is the 43rd anniversary of women graduating from the nation’s service academies, it seems particularly fitting to have Ms. Fulton with us. Among her many accomplishments and trailblazing activities, she is a member of the first class of women to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point.


The Military Women’s Memorial 
Memorial Ave & Schley Dr
Arlington, VA


Falls Church Memorial Day Parade and Festival

Monday, May 29
9 AM – 5 PM

This is the 41st year of the community tradition that will include a Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by the Falls Church Veteran’s Council, a 3K Fun Run, civic, merchant, crafter and food vendors, live music, kids entertainment and a parade!

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City Hall Grounds
300 Park Avenue
Falls Church, VA

ViVa! Vienna! Memorial Day Festival

Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28
10 AM – 10 PM

Monday, May 30
10 AM – 6 PM

Memorial Day Tribute
Monday, May 29
1 PM

A family and community oriented celebration of Memorial Day and the greater Vienna Community spirit.

Amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors and entertainment – fun for all ages!

After the successful launch of BrewFest last year, the Rotary Club of Vienna is thrilled that it is moving across Maple to Mill Street so it will be adjacent to ViVa! Vienna!. BrewFest will feature an array of beer from Brewfest’s title sponsor Caboose Brewing Co, as well as wine and food for attendees to savor whilst enjoying a the fantastic live music – all weekend long.

Vendors include handcraft artisans, retail vendors, professionals, political parties and candidates, and community and non-profit organizations.

100% of proceeds go to charitable, community and humanitarian organizations.

131 Church Street NE W
Vienna, VA 22180


Leesburg’s Memorial Day Observance

Monday, May 29
10 AM

This annual observance will commemorate those who have lost their lives in battle serving the United States, as well as recognize the brave military men and women who serve our country. This ceremony is hosted my Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk and includes the reverent laying of the wreaths at several war memorials.  This year we are pleased to welcome U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Dr. Robert C. Holcomb as our guest speaker.

Loudoun County Courthouse
18 E. Market Street
Leesburg, VA  20176

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City of Fairfax Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

The American Legion Fairfax Post 177 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8469 invites the public to join them in the observation of Memorial Day with a program in Old Town Square.

The program will start with a presentation of colors, followed by comments on Memorial Day, and the reading of the names of those from Fairfax who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Old Town Square
10415 North Street
Fairfax, Virginia 22030


Great Falls Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29
11 AM

The annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial to honor the residents of Great Falls and all others who have given “the last full measure of devotion” to their country. The event will feature patriotic songs, a Boy Scout color guard, a bagpipe performance of “Amazing Grace” by Great Falls student MacPhearson Strassberg, a keynote speech by Historic Congressional Cemetery Director of Public Engagement A.J. Orlikoff, “Taps” bugled by Boy Scout Henry Lin, Memorial Day poppies, and a bell-ringing and name-reading for natives of Great Falls killed in battle.

Great Falls Freedom Memorial
9830 Georgetown Pike
Great Falls, VA 22066