Memorial Day Events Guide 2018

Memorial Day Events 2018 Memorial Day is a special day across the nation. It’s a day when we stop to reflect on the many sacrifices that generations of brave men and women have made as members of the United States Military. Some have served bravely and returned to their families. Others gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend the many freedoms we enjoy today.

In Richmond, there are many ways to celebrate Memorial Day – from fun-filled festivals to moving ceremonies that honor veterans from every branch of the military. However you choose to celebrate your Memorial Day, you’re sure to find an event here in Richmond that will not only offer entertainment for the whole family but will allow you to reflect on the importance of this special day.

And as always, if there’s an event that we might have overlooked, be sure to let us know! Send us an email with event details to and we’ll do our best to get it on the list.

In the meantime, to all the military personnel, both active and retired, we here at Richmond Mom offer our eternal gratitude for your service!


Wednesday, May 24

Free Screening of “Saving Private Ryan” at The Byrd

In participation with the Virginia War Memorial, The Byrd Theatre will be kicking off the Memorial Day weekend early with a special free screening of “Saving Private Ryan.” While admission is free, all attendees are encouraged to “pay what you can” to support the Virginia War Memorial and its mission to honor those who serve and have served our country. Prior to the show, members and supporters of the War Memorial will meet at Social 52 for a Give-Back Night between 5 and 7pm.

Hours: 7:30pm – 10pm

Cost: Free, but donations are encouraged.

Contact: Kate Belleman at (804) 786-2176 or

The Byrd Theatre and Foundation
2908 W Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23221
(804) 358-3056


Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, May 26 – 28

Memorial Weekend Salute at Kings Dominion

Kings Dominion will be honoring all who serve – all weekend long – with even bigger and better fireworks shows, live entertainment, special offers, and much more. Enjoy all of your favorite thrill rides, cool off at Soak City, and enjoy live music by local military bands. You can even get your picture taken with Uncle Sam! Best of all, all active and retired military personnel receive FREE park admission.

Hours: 10:30am – 10pm

Cost: Click here for regular admission and season pass pricing. FREE for military personnel (active and retired) on Memorial Day.

Kings Dominion
16000 Theme Park Way
Doswell, VA 23047


Saturday, May 26

7th Annual “They Gave All” 5K

Memorial Day is the day we honor and remember those who have served and those who have died in service to our country. The Annual “They Gave All” (TGA) 5K race provides participants with a special opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of these brave men and women.  Join the Virginia War Memorial this Memorial Day weekend at their  7th Annual T.G.A. 5K., presented by Priority Automotive.

The T.G.A. 5K is one of the War Memorial’s most important annual fundraisers and your participation helps them carry on their mission to Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth, and Inspire Patriotism in All.  The 5K course runs through some of the most scenic parts of Richmond, including Hollywood Cemetery, and along the city skyline viewing the James River. The race will be chip-timed, although it is a family-friendly event and both walkers and runners are welcome, as well as strollers and well behaved pets on a leash.

Hours: 6am – Registration and check-in, 7:30am – Welcome Rally, 7:45am – VFW Kids FunRun, 8am – TGA 5k

Cost: 5K Run/Walk – $25;  Military (active and non-active) -$20; Kids Fun Run (ages 3-12) – Free; BedHead Runner – $35 (still get a shirt, but don’t have to run); Military (active and non-active) BedHead Runner – $30; Memorial Flag honoring a deceased veteran and displayed at the finish line) – $10.

Register online here.

Virginia War Memorial
621 South Belvidere Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 786-2060


Flags Across Shockoe Hill

Join Enrichmond as they place flags on the graves of veterans in preparation for Memorial Day.

Hours: 10am – 1pm

Cost: Free

Meeting Location:
Shockoe Hill Cemetery
301 Hospital St.
Richmond, VA 23219


Musket, Sword, and Pike at Henricus Historical Park

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a look back at military life in the 1600s. See firsthand how soldiers in Sir Thomas Dale’s militia lived and trained. Visit with the soldiers in the 1611 Citie of Henricus, participate in drills with the Henricus Militia, and see demonstrations of tactics, armor, and weaponry used by the 17th-century soldiers who built and protected Henricus. Additional highlights include interpreters demonstrating 18th and 19th century Virginia militia. Admission is free for active and retired military and their immediate families.

Hours: 10am – 5pm

Cost: $9/Adults, $7/children (3 – 12),  Active and Retired Military and their families; Henricus Patrons; and children under 3 are free.

Henricus Historical Park
251 Henricus Park Road
Chester, VA 23836
(804) 748-1611


Sunday, May 27

Commonwealth of Virginia’s 62nd Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

Join your friends, family, and loved ones at the 62nd Annual Virginia Memorial Day Ceremony. Held at the Virginia War Memorial, this event will honor and remember all veterans who gave their lives to preserve American freedoms, from the Revolutionary War through today. For more than six decades, this event has been one of the most loved and well-attended events of the year. Event highlights include music, guest speakers, and a wreath-laying ceremony in the Shrine of Memory.

Hours: 10am – 12pm

Cost: Free

Virginia War Memorial
621 South Belvidere Street
Richmond, VA 23220


Liberty or Death Reenactments

In honor of one of the nation’s greatest patriots, Patrick Henry, Historic St. John’s Church will be offering free public reenactments every Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Patrick Henry was a Delegate to the Second Virginia Convention from Hanover County, first Governor of a free Virginia, and orator of the lauded “Liberty or Death” speech inside Historic St. John’s Church (then called Henrico Parish Church).

Hours: 1pm – 2:30pm

Cost: Free and open to the public. However, if you would like to reserve a seat, you may do so with a $5 ticket.

Historic St. John’s Church
2401 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23223

Memorial Day Cemetery Walk

Join local author JoAnn Meaker for a Memorial Day Cemetery Walk at the Richmond National Cemetery. Meaker will lead the walk and share stories about the lives of the soldiers buried there taken from her book, “Stories Beneath the Stones: Richmond National Cemetery.” The tour is open to the public, family-friendly, and will be held rain or shine (except in the case of severe weather).

Hours: 10am – 11:30am

Cost: Free

Richmond National Cemetery
1701 Williamsburg Road
Richmond, VA 23231
(804) 795-2031


Memorial Day Murph 2018

Every Memorial Day, RVA Performance Training supports military-oriented charities by completing the “Murph” workout. This year they will be supporting Fisher House, an organization that builds comfort homes where military and veterans families can stay free of charge while a loved one is in the hospital.

The “Murph” honors LT. Michael P. Murphy who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic service in Afghanistan and was the first Navy recipient of the medal since Vietnam. This workout includes a one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, and another one-mile run. However, if you cannot complete the workout (and not many can!), modifications are available for ALL SKILL LEVELS. Beginners or non-members of unconfirmed experience level will be scaled or partnered accordingly by RVA Performance Training coaches.

This is a community event open to everyone and registration is free, but t-shirt purchases and donations are encouraged! All proceeds and donations will be given directly to Fisher House.

Hours: 8am – 1pm

Cost: Registration is FREE. Click here to register online.
All donations must be made by May 27, 2018. To donate, click here.
To purchase a T-shirt ($25), click here.

RVA Performance Training: Home of CrossFit RVA 
2522 Hermitage Road #D
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 313-9348


Memorial Day Saturday Celebration at Gallmeyer Farm

Gallmeyer Farms is back for another Memorial Day Celebration! Head to the farm to celebrate all things summer in a family-friendly environment – and of course, pick some strawberries. This, now annual, tradition features live music, free activities for kids, free parking, free admission, free hayrides, and arts and crafts from all over the state of Virginia. The event will be held at the Gallmeyer Farms Berry Patch.

Hours: 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free

Gallmeyer Farms – The Berry Patch
3622 Darbytown Court
Richmond, VA 23231


Memorial Weekend Crab Pickin’

Head out to Buddy’s Place for a good ol’ fashioned crab pickin’. Enjoy all-you-can-eat Blue Crab along with corn on the cob, coleslaw, watermelon, and hush puppies. Reservations are required, so make yours early!

Hours: 5pm – 8pm

Cost: $30/person

Buddy’s Place
600 N. Sheppard Street
Richmond, VA 23221
(804) 355-3701


Monday, May 28

Historic Cemeteries Bus Tour

Commemorate Memorial Day with a guided bus tour of some of Richmond’s most historic 18th and 19th-century cemeteries, hosted by The Valentine. Stops on the tour will include St. John’s Church, the African Burial Ground, and Shockoe, Hebrew, Oakwood and Woodland cemeteries. Veterans receive FREE inclusion. All admission tickets include parking and same-day admission to The Valentine. Reservations are required.

Hours: 1pm – 5pm

Cost: $25 per person; $20 for Valentine Members; FREE for Veterans

For Reservations: (804) 649-0711 ext. 301
*Veterans must call (804) 649-0711 ext. 301 to reserve a free spot for this tour.

The Valentine
1015 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219


Huguenot Springs Confederate Cemetery Memorial Day Service

The Huguenot Springs Confederate Cemetery serves as the final resting place for approximately 250 Confederate soldiers. The annual Memorial Day service is held in remembrance of these soldiers and others. The event includes bagpipes, cannons, and a speech.

Hours: 2pm – 3pm

Cost: Free

Huguenot Springs Confederate Cemetery
Old Confederate Cemetery Road (Rt. 640)
Midlothian, VA 23113


John Marshall Cadet Alumni Memorial Day Ceremony

The Annual John Marshall Memorial Day Observance and Ceremony honors the 76 John Marshall High School Cadets who proudly served our country and perished during WW1, WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. These brave young men and former cadets gave the ultimate sacrifice and this ceremony serves to prove that they will never be forgotten. The program includes music by the John Marshall Alumni Band, a wreath-laying ceremony, a rifle salute, and taps.  The event will be held at the Cadet War Memorial at Hollywood Cemetery and is open to the public. The ceremony begins at 12pm – please arrive early!

Hours: 12pm – 1pm

Cost: Free

Contact: John Marshall Alumni Association – (804) 358-4901

Hollywood Ceremony
412 South Cherry St.
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 648-8501

Free Admission For Military Personnel and First Responders at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 

On Memorial Day (only) the Garden will offer FREE admission for military personnel and first responders and/or their dependents, with a valid ID card. Anyone else in the party (non-dependents) can receive half-price admission. Also on this day military personnel and first responders can enjoy a 10% discount in the Garden Shop. Military members, first responders, and their dependents can enjoy a 15% discount (excluding alcohol) in the Garden Café.

Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cost: Regular Admission – $13/Adults, $11/Seniors (55+), $8/Children (3-12)
FREE for Military Personnel/First Responders and their dependents, Children under 3, and Garden Members

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Henrico, VA 23228
(804) 262-9887


Memorial Day Commemoration at Pamplin Historical Park 

Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier will offer a special Memorial Day program beginning at 12:30 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about specific soldiers and their personal experiences during the Civil War. These individual stories are part of the park’s “It is with Sorrow that I Write” series and will be presented with source material taken from actual letters, showing both the causes and consequences of the Civil War. Other program highlights include an artillery firing followed by the presentation of the colors and a playing of Taps; a Breakthrough Battlefield Tour that tells the events of April 2, 1865 followed by bugle calls and a Civil War camp life demonstration; and a viewing of “War So Terrible,” a film that follows two Civil War soldiers, Benjamin Franklin Meyers of the Union and Andrew Jackson Stewart of the Confederacy. See a complete schedule of events here.

Hours: 9am – 5pm

Cost: $13/Adults, $12/Seniors/Military, $/ Children (6-12), Children 5 and under FREE

Pamplin Historical Park
6125 Boydton Plank Road
Petersburg,V A 23803


Memorial Day Wine and Cheese at James River Cellars

Spend Memorial Day with friends and family…and gourmet wine and cheese! Celebrate Memorial Day at James River Cellars Winery and enjoy custom wine and cheese pairings that are perfect for every palate. The cost of a ticket includes all of the wine and cheese pairings, plus a wine glass to take home.

Hours: Tasting Room is open from 11am – 7pm; cheese is available from 12pm-5pm.

Cost: $15
Purchase tickets online.

James River Cellars Winery
11008 Washington Highway
Glen Allen, VA, 23059
(804) 550-7516


Sandston Memorial Day Parade 

Don’t miss one of Sandston’s favorite annual events! Join The American Legion Posts 242 and 144 as they come together to honor the United State Coast Guard. A special memorial service will be held at Seven Pines National Cemetery at noon, followed by a parade at 1pm, and a full afternoon of festivities from 2pm until 4pm. Afternoon festivities will include food and live entertainment for the whole family.

Hours: 12pm – 4pm

Cost: Free

Click here to see a schedule and list of event locations.


Special Monday Opening: Memorial Day at Maymont

Although Maymont’s indoor exhibits, including the Nature Center and the Maymont Mansion, are normally closed on Mondays, they will be open on Monday, May 28 in honor of Memorial Day. Bring your friends and family to Maymont on Memorial Day and enjoy a day at the park – and take advantage of these special openings!

Be sure to take part in the Over Here: The WWI Home Front exhibit at the Maymont Mansion. This new exhibit examines the effects of WWI through authentic poster art, historical images of Richmonders engaged in the war effort, period dress including an Army uniform worn by a University of Virginia student who gave his life to the war, popular patriotic songs of the day, and other displays. Guided tours available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm.

Hours: Nature & Visitor Center, 10am-5pm; Maymont Mansion, 11am-5pm; Grounds and Gardens, 10am-7pm

Cost: Nature & Visitor Center, $4/Adults (13-59), $3/Children (4-12) and seniors (60+), Free for Maymont members and children under 4; Maymont Mansion, $5 per person suggested admission; $2 children ages 2-11; Grounds and Gardens are free.

1700 Hampton Street
Richmond, VA 23330
(804) 358-7166


WWI Memorial Day Celebration and Commemoration

Head to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture for a free, family-friendly day of activities, including the chance to “meet” President Woodrow Wilson and General John J. Pershing who will offer a glimpse back to life during World War I. Visitors can see Wilson’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow Series 51 limousine currently on loan from the The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. A Commemoration Ceremony begins at 1pm and honors the 3,700 Virginians who made the ultimate sacrifice during WWI. The ceremony will feature musical performances by the 392nd Army Band’s Brass Quintet. Lastly, visitors can participate in hands-on activities showing how all Virginians did their part during the Great War.

On Memorial Day, activities are free and open to the public, no ticket required. All other days, thanks to the generosity of The Boeing Company, admission is FREE for active duty military and immediate family, and free for retired military, for the duration of the WW1 America special exhibition (through July 29, 2018).

Hours: 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free to the public (Memorial Day only); free to military personnel through July 29

Virginia Museum of History and Culture
428 N Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 340-1800


Tuesday, May 29

Tip of the Cap Tuesday: Military Cap Giveaway

Keep the Memorial Day festivities going with the Flying Squirrels’ Tip of the Cap Tuesday. The first 1,000 fans (ages 15+) at The Diamond will receive a free Armed Forces Cap presented by the Virginia Birth Father Registry, CBS, and K95. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Hours: Gates at 5:30pm

Cost: Click here for regular game pricing.

The Diamond
3001 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 359-FUNN (3866)