2019 Memorial Day Events in Richmond

Memorial Day EventsMemorial Day is a chance to reflect on the many sacrifices that generations of brave men and women have made as members of the United States Military. While some of these soldiers have returned to their families, both as ongoing active service members or as retired veterans, others still have never come home. It is these fallen soldiers that we like to honor in particular with special Memorial Day events, while also paying tribute to those who served and continue to serve so that we might enjoy our many freedoms.

While many families choose to gather with friends for cookouts and special celebrations on Memorial Day, others like to be part of Memorial Day events that actively honor our Armed Forces. Fortunately, the Greater Richmond area offers a wide variety of Memorial Day events – from fun-filled festivals to moving ceremonies that honor veterans from every branch of the military.

However you choose to celebrate the day, you’re sure to find Memorial Day events here in Richmond that will not only offer fun for the whole family, but will also 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 cs@richmondmom.com 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!


Saturday – Monday, May 25 – 27, 2019

Memorial Weekend Salute at Kings Dominion

Kings Dominion’s annual Memorial Day weekend celebration combines all the family-friendly fun of Kings Dominion with a salute to our late service members. Enjoy all of your favorite KD rides, shows, and events, including pictures with Uncle Sam and live military bands, then after the sun goes down, stay for a dazzling Memorial Day fireworks show set against a backdrop of patriotic music Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

To honor service members on Memorial Day (May 27), all active and retired military will receive FREE park admission, and their family members can purchase tickets online for $39.99. A valid ID is required.

Hours: 10:30am – 10pm

Cost: Daily tickets start at $39.99; click here for more pricing; FREE for military personnel (active and retired) on Memorial Day

Ages: All ages

Kings Dominion
16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA 23047


Saturday and Sunday, May 25 – 26, 2019

32nd Annual Upper Mattaponi Memorial Day Weekend Tribal Pow-Wow

Join the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe in King William County for a Memorial Day Weekend celebration! The weekend’s events include the tribe’s 32nd Annual Memorial Day Weekend Pow-wow featuring dance and drumming competitions, crafts, demonstrations, food, and jewelry. Buy your tickets ahead of time here.

Please note: No alcohol, coolers, firearms, or pets will be permitted on the tribal grounds.

Hours: 10am – 5pm

Cost: $8/Adults; $5/Children (6-12); Children 5 and under – Free

Ages: All ages

Upper Mattaponi Tribal Grounds
13476 King William Road, King William, VA 23086

Contact: (804) 769-0041


Sunday and Monday, May 26 – 27, 2019 

25th Anniversary and Memorial Day Celebration at Pamplin Historical Park

Join Pamplin Historical Park this Memorial Day weekend and enjoy special activities celebrating the 25th year of their dedication to historic preservation.

Activities include the opening of the new 25th Anniversary Exhibit featuring artifacts not previously seen by the public, children’s book readings, a period baseball game, a period dance school, scavenger hunt and crafts. A special time capsule dedication will take place to leave a lasting legacy of the Park to be opened in fifty years.

Memorial Day (Monday) will start with a 25th Anniversary Ceremony at The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and then transition into a Memorial Day Commemoration to include a wreath laying, honor guard presentation, artillery firing and the playing of Taps. Other demonstrations and special events will take place throughout the day.

See a full schedule of the weekend’s events here. 

Hours: 9am – 5pm

Cost: $15/adult; $12/Military and Seniors 62+; $8/Children (6-12); Children under 5 – Free

Ages: All ages

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

Contact: (804) 861-2408



Saturday, May 25, 2019

8th Annual “They Gave All” 5K and Kids’ Fun Run

The T.G.A. 5K is one of the Virginia 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.

This event also includes a FREE VFW Kids Fun Run for ages 3-12 at 7:45am. The Fun Run is a 1/2 mile run and all runners must register, have a signed waiver and pick up race bracelet day of event. Medals will be given to all participants.

6:00 am  Registration & check-in in Patriot Plaza
7:15 am – Registration, Packet Pickup, & Check-in CLOSES
7:30 am – Welcome & Rally
7:45 am – VFW Kids Fun Run
8:00 am – 5K Run/Walk

Cost: Pre-race registration (before May 20, 2019) 5K Run/Walk – $30;  Pre-race registration (before May 20, 2019) Military (active and non-active) – $25; Race day registration (military and non-military) – $30; Kids Fun Run (ages 3-12) – Free; BedHead Runner – $35 (still get a shirt, but don’t have to run); Memorial Flag honoring a deceased veteran and displayed at the finish line) – $10; Register online here

Ages: All ages (strollers welcome); Fun Run, ages 3-12

Virginia War Memorial
621 South Belvidere Street, Richmond, VA 23220

(804) 786-2060


Placing of Flags at Historic Evergreen Cemetery

Every Memorial Day and Veterans Day a group of volunteers goes out to Evergreen Cemetery to place flags by the graves of the Veterans that are buried there. Evergreen Cemetery is an abandoned African American Cemetery that has been neglected for years. Recently, thanks to efforts and weekly volunteer cleanup events hosted by Enrichmond and Commonwealth Researchers of the Paranormal, there has been a renewed interest in the grounds and giving those buried there the respect they deserve. Do your part to honor the soldiers that are buried out there.

Hours: 9am – 1pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Historic Evergreen Cemetery
50 Evergreen Rd, Richmond, VA 23223

Contact: Hosted by Commonwealth Researchers of the Paranormal


America’s First College 1619 at Henricus Historical Park

In May of 1619, the first school charter was granted in the colony of Virginia. The College of Henrico was designed to become a center for Powhatan Indian boys to become scholars in literacy, various technologies, and Christianity. At this special Memorial Day weekend event, you’ll discover the story of the first college in the New World and explore 17th-century children’s education. Colonial English interpreters will be demonstrating the mathematics of carpentry, the sciences of farming and animal care, song and dance instruction, the literacy of Pocahontas, medical/surgical instruction, military training on cannons and muskets, and more!

In honor of Memorial Day, the Henricus Militia will be conducting cannon salutes and musket firings throughout the day.

Free admission will be offered to active and retired military members and their immediate families!

Hours: 10am – 5pm

Cost: 9/adult; $7/children (ages 3-12); Henricus Patrons – free; Active and Retired Military and their families – free; Children under 3 – free

Ages: All ages

Henricus Historical Park
251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, VA 23836

Contact: (804) 748-1611


Memorial Saturday Celebration at Gallmeyer Farms

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 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

Ages: All ages

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

(804) 795-9979


Sunday, May 26, 2019

11th Annual Jonny Z Fest at Hardywood 

Now in it’s 11th year, the JONNY Z FEST celebrates the life of Jonny Zanin, a much-loved community activist who we lost far too early. In keeping with Jonny’s boundless energy for connection and mobilization of the creative spirit, the festival features local musicians, interactive art booths, play areas and kids’ projects, an amazing raffle, and the Bizarre Market. Jonny was a champion of the market and organized market events for several years. Free to attend!

Hours: 12pm – 5pm

Cost: FREE!

Ages: All ages

Hardywood Brewhouse and Taproom – Richmond
2408 – 2410 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220

Contact: (804) 420-2420


Memorial Day “Liberty or Death” Reenactments and Patrick Henry’s Birthday Celebration at Historic St. John’s Church

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). Come witness the extraordinary rhetoric of Patrick Henry as he convinces his fellow delegates to take up arms against the King. While you are there, wish Delegate Henry a Happy Birthday (May 29, 1736) and celebrate Memorial Day with the kick off of the Summer Reenactment Season.

Hours: 1pm – 2:30pm

Cost: $5 – tickets are required, purchase them online here.

Ages: Reenactments are not recommended for children under 6

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


Memorial Concert for the Armed Forces at St. James’ Church

Join St. James Church for a free concert in remembrance of those who have died in military service and in thanksgiving for those among us who have served or are serving in our nation’s armed forces. A rose will be presented to each veteran present. Flags will be presented as the audience sings “America the Beautiful.” Their will also be a group singing of “Eternal Father, strong to save” and “God of our Fathers” accompanied by trumpet, organ and timpani. An offering will be taken to benefit non-profits that serve veterans. A champagne gala reception will follow in the Church’s Valentine Hall. All veterans and military service men and women in the central Virginia area are invited and encouraged to attend!

Hours: 7pm – 8:30pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

St. James’ Church
2401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23223


Spirit of Norfolk – Memorial Day Weekend Moonlight Cruise

Celebrate Memorial Day with a special Moonlight Cruise. Enjoy roundtip motorcoach transportation from Richmond to Norfolk, then board the Spirit of Norfolk at 11pm for a late night, two-hour cruise on the Elizabeth River. There will be a Moonlight Buffet, as well as a fully stock cash bar, a live DJ, and dancing until 1am! Must be 21+

Hours: Sunday, May 26; Depart Richmond 8pm; cruise from 11pm – 1am; return to Richmond at approximately 3am.

Cost: $90/person; $30 non-refundable deposit due at time of booking

Ages: 21+

Depart Target -White Oak
4521 S Laburnum Ave, Richmond, Virginia 23231

Deborah Greene 804-625-0713 (Cell) or travelingwithdebllc@gmail.com


Monday, May 27, 2019

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 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: 9am – 5pm

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

Ages: All ages

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue, Henrico, VA 23228

Contact: (804) 262-9887


National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremonies: Greater Richmond

National Cemetery Administration will host Memorial Day ceremonies at VA national cemeteries across the country with the help of local communities. Each cemetery and community will add their own special touch of patriotism and “thanks” during the events.

The following cemeteries in the Greater Richmond area will be hosting ceremonies. Please see listings below for details:

City Point National Cemetery
10th Ave. and Davis St.
Hopewell, VA 23860
For information please contact: Hampton National Cemetery (757) 723-7104
Ceremony: May 27 at 10am

Cold Harbor National Cemetery
6038 Cold Harbor Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
For information please contact: Hampton National Cemetery (757) 723-7104
Ceremony: May 27 at 10am

Fort Harrison National Cemetery
8620 Varina Road
Richmond, VA 23231
For information please contact: Hampton National Cemetery (757) 723-7104
Ceremony: May 27 at 12pm

Glendale National Cemetery
8301 Willis Church Rd.
Richmond, VA 23231
For information please contact: Hampton National Cemetery (757) 723-7104
Ceremony: May 27 at 10am

Seven Pines National Cemetery
400 East Williamsburg Road
Sandston, VA 23150
For information please contact: Hampton National Cemetery (757) 723-7104
Ceremony: May 27 at 10am


Commonwealth of Virginia’s 63rd 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

Ages: All ages

Virginia War Memorial
621 South Belvidere Street, Richmond, VA 23220


Special Monday Opening at Maymont’s Nature Center

Maymont’s indoor exhibits, including Maymont Mansion and the Nature Center, will be open for a special Monday celebration of Memorial Day. (Indoor exhibits are normally open Tuesday-Sunday).

Hours: Nature & Visitor Center, 10am – 5pm; Maymont Mansion, 11am – 5pm

Cost: Grounds and Gardens – Free; Nature Center – $4 per person (ages 13-59) / $3 (ages 4-12 and seniors 60+) / Free for members and children under 4; Maymont Mansion Tours – $5/person suggested donation

Ages: All ages

Nature & Visitor Center – 2201 Shields Lake Drive, Richmond, VA, 23220
Maymont Mansion – 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, VA, 23220

Contact: (804) 358-7166


Memorial Day Wine and Cheese Pairing 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 a guided wine and cheese pairing red, white, and sweet wines. Learn the basics of complimenting James River Cellars’ wines by pairing them with a selection of specialty cheeses.

Hours: Tasting Room is open from 11am – 7pm; pairings are 45 minutes long and begin every hour on the hour from 12pm – 3pm

Cost: $15; Purchase tickets online

Ages: Must be 21+ to participate

James River Cellars Winery
11008 Washington Highway, Glen Allen, VA, 23059

Contact: (804) 550-7516


John Marshall Cadet Alumni Memorial Day Ceremony at Historic Hollywood Cemetery

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 free and open to the public. The ceremony begins at 12pm – please arrive early!

Hours: 12pm – 1pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

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

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


Sandston Memorial Day Parade and Festivities

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. Post-parade festivities, including live music, children’s activities, and exhibitor booths begin on JB Finley Road. Hosted by Henrico County Recreation & Parks, Sandston Recreation Association, and Sandston Youth Association.

Hours: 12pm – 5pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

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


Memorial Day Commemoration and Celebration at Virginia Museum of History and Culture

Honor the ultimate sacrifice made by Virginians in World War II with a moving ceremony at 1pm that will commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the assault on Fortress Europe. The 392nd Band will perform as part of the ceremony and additional family-friendly activities will be offered throughout the day.

Hours: 1pm – 2pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Virginia Museum of History and Culture
428 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220

Contact: (804) 340-1800


Historic Cemeteries Bus Tour

Commemorate Memorial Day with a tour of the many beautiful and historic cemeteries of Richmond. Join The Valentine Museum to learn about the City’s 18th and 19th century burial grounds including St. John’s Church, the African Burial Ground, Shockoe, Hebrew, Evergreen, Oakwood, and Woodland cemeteries. The informative and engaging tours include discussion of landscape designs, artwork, and biographies of notable “tenants.” Please note that this tour will include walking at several sites.

Hours: 1pm – 5pm

Cost: $25/person; $20/Valentine members; FREE for veterans*. Ticket includes same-day admission to the Valentine. Reservations required – book online;

*Veterans should call 804-649-0711, ext 301 to reserve their free ticket.

Ages: Adults, teens

Valentine Museum
1015 E Clay St., Richmond, VA 23219

Contact: (804) 649-0711


Memorial Day “Murph Challenge” 2019

Every Memorial Day, the “Murph Challenge” 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. Click here for complete event details.

This is a nationwide, open community event and registration is free, but t-shirt purchases and donations are encouraged!

Hours: Contact host site for details

Cost: Registration is FREE. Click here to register online.

Ages: Adults

Official Host Sites:
CrossFit Bezel
7999 Creighton Parkway, Unit B. Mechanicsville, VA 23111

RVA Performance Training
2522 Hermitage Road #D. Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 313-9348