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Celebrate Memorial Day in Phoenix


On Memorial Day there are several events in the Phoenix area where you can take some time to honor our country's fallen veterans. At the end of this list, you'll also find some Memorial Day Weekend special events that you might want to attend.

The U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs, in its history of Memorial Day, reminds us that even is we can't get to a memorial service, we can participate in The National Moment of Remembrance.  All Americans are encouraged to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

If you arrived at this page but you were actually looking for Veterans Days activities and events in November, you can find those here. Many people confuse the two! Technically, Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who have died while serving. Veterans Day is a day to honor those among us who have served or are serving now. No matter -- as long as we take the time to be thankful to those who serve or have served for our freedoms.

Traveling on the long Memorial Day weekend? If you'll be parking at the airport, you can get a discount if you prepay.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice. Photo credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images News (unless otherwise stated). Image is generic, and not intended to depict any activity at any specific event listed here.

Arizona State University’s Symphonic Carillon

The Symphonic Carillon is a lasting tribute to those in the ASU community who gave their lives for their country. Located in the lower level of Old Main, next to the Emeritus College. Speakers located on the Language & Literature Building also allow the concert to be heard in the open area in front of Old Main, Tempe campus.
In 2014: Friday, May 23 from noon to 1 p.m.

Star Spangled Celebration

Honoring our fallen police officers, fire fighters and veterans at Cesar Chavez Park, 7858 S. 35th Ave in Phoenix. There will be a fireworks display, at 9 p.m.; face painting and water play area; live music, and more. Opportunities to sign-up for free car safety seats and drowning prevention classes. This event is sponsored by the city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, Phoenix City Council District 7, Phoenix Police Department, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Hensley, Earl, Curley and Lagarde and All City Towing. Family-friendly, free admission. For more information call 602-262-7492.
In 2014: Friday, May 23 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Annual Memorial Day Ride

Ride starts at Sanderson Ford (5111 W. Maryland Ave.) and ends at the WaterDance Plaza at Westgate Entertainment District. Registration opens at 8 a.m. The opening ceremony and motorcycle ride will begin at 10 a.m. and end at noon. There will be a stop at the National Memorial Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. The Westgate After Party will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Registration is $25 for one biker, $40 for two or more. First 300 bikers to register receive a free t-shirt. 100% of biker registration fees will benefit Veteran's First and Soldier's Best Friend.
In 2014: Saturday, May 24

The Arizona Winds Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day Tribute

The Arizona Winds concludes its 2013-2014 concert season with two concerts honoring America’s men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to guarantee America’s freedom for 239 years. The concert opens with a composition entitled "Festival Overture on the American National Air-The Star Spangled Banner", which develops the melodic themes of our National Anthem in an 19th Century-style orchestral setting that ends with an emotionally charged version of "The Star Spangled Banner". The program takes a step back in time to explore some musical themes which were popular during the American Civil War such as "Listen To The Mocking Bird", "Camptown Races", "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", "The Yellow Rose of Texas", and the ever inspiring "Battle Hymn of the Republic". With a nod to our Greatest Generation, the band will perform an audience favorite, Richard Rogers' "Victory At Sea". On the lighter side, the band will highlight themes from memorable musical moments. There will be plenty of marches and a Salute to our Armed Forces to prime your patriotism. Mountain Ridge High School Auditorium, 22800 North 67th Avenue, Glendale. Free admission.
In 2014: Sunday, May 25 at 3 p.m.

Flags for Our Fallen

American Flags and Motorcycles paying tribute. The flag display and salute along with the official Ceremony are free. Phoenix National Cemetary, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix. For $10 donation you can sponsor a flag. Register online.
In 2014: Monday, May 26 at 6 a.m.

Memorial Day in Litchfield Park

A ceremony will take place in front of the World War II Memorial on the west side of Litchfield Elementary School, 255 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340. The program will be led by Litchfield Park Mayor Thomas L. Schoaf and will include the placing of floral tributes at the memorial, followed by a prayer and moment of silence. Taps will be played in honor of the brave men and women who died while serving our country. A special Vietnam War Veterans program will be presented. The ceremony is expected to last approximately 30 minutes and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Parking will be available in the school parking lot on the south side of the school.
In 2014: Monday, May 26 at 7 a.m.

Fountain Hills' Memorial Day Ceremony

At the Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial at the south side of Fountain Park on El Lago Blvd. The keynote speaker is Carlos Hadaway, who designed two of the plaques at the Memorial. He is a Navy and Vietnam veteran who resides in Fountain Hills. VFW Post 7507's Color Guard will participate in the ceremony and Post the Colors. The Fountain Hills Saxophone Quartet will play the National Anthem and provide patriotic music before and after the ceremony. Chairs for attendees will be provided by the VFW. American Legion Post 58 is making their Post available for coffee and donuts for all who attend the ceremony.
In 2014: Monday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Memorial Day Observance in Phoenix

Come share a historic view of Memorial Day with guest speaker Vivia Hammontree Strang, National Register Coordinator, State Historic Preservation Office. Various groups participate in period dress with gun and cannon salutes. Pioneer & Military Memorial Park, 1317 W. Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ. Parking is available at Wesley Bolin Plaza.
In 2014: Monday, May 26 at 9 a.m.

Memorial Day Observance in Scottsdale

Residents are invited to commemorate Memorial Day at the Chaplain Statue at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. This annual event is hosted by several local veterans groups. Lunch and bingo later in the day. For more information, call 480-941-0130.
In 2014: Monday, May 26 at 10 a.m.
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