Phoenix Memorial Day Events – 2024

Memorial Day


As Memorial Day approaches, Phoenix gears up to honor and remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our country. This year, the city offers a variety of events, from solemn ceremonies to fun community gatherings, ensuring there’s something meaningful for everyone. Here’s a guide to some of the notable Memorial Day events happening in Phoenix.

VA National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona

23029 N. Cave Creek Road – The VA National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, in partnership with Honoring America’s Veterans, will hold a “Home of the Brave” Memorial Day ceremony at 8am. Highlights of the program include a keynote speech by U.S. Army (Ret.) Sergeant First Class and Gold Star mom Diana Pike, who lost her son Christian in Afghanistan; performances by the 108th Army National Guard Band and Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble; a flyover; and appearances including Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Jim Symonds.

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave. – From 10am to 4pm, the Heard will offer visitors a number of ways to observe the holiday. Guests can take a look at the American Indian Veterans National Memorial – the first in the nation – and watch the documentary “Navajo Code Talkers: A Journey of Remembrance” in the Harnett Theater. Inside the Steele Auditorium, there will be live musical performances, artist demonstrations and free art activities for all ages. All veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. armed forces will receive free admission throughout the day plus one guest.

Gilbert Town Hall

50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert – HD South, home of the Gilbert Historical Museum, along with the town of Gilbert, the Veteran’s Advisory Board and American Legion Post 39, will hold a morning of remembrance from 8:30 to 9:30am at Gilbert Town Hall. The event will include a flag and wreath ceremony, the battlefield cross, the POW/MIA table and remarks from special guests including Mayor Brigette Peterson. The event is free and guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair for seating.

Tips for Attending Memorial Day Events:

  • Arrive Early: Many events draw large crowds, so it’s a good idea to arrive early to find good parking and secure a good spot.
  • Stay Hydrated: Phoenix can be quite hot in late May. Bring water bottles and stay hydrated, especially if you’re attending outdoor events.
  • Respect the Occasion: While many events are celebratory, remember that Memorial Day is primarily a day of remembrance. Participate respectfully, especially at solemn ceremonies.

Memorial Day in Phoenix is a blend of remembrance and community spirit, with events that honor the sacrifices of the nation’s heroes. Whether you choose to attend a solemn ceremony or join in the festivities, take the time to reflect on the significance of the day and the freedoms we enjoy.

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