Memorial Day observances and events

Memorial Day 2013 in Virginia Beach. (WAVY News)

Across the Hampton Roads area, events are planned to commemorate Memorial Day this May 26. Read on for a list of ceremonies, events and closings.

*Give the gift of life this Memorial Day with the FOX43 Memorial Day Blood Drive. The FOX43 Red Cross Memorial Day Blood Drive runs through Monday at Chesapeake Square Mall, Greenbrier Mall, Patrick Henry Mall and Pembroke Mall. Click here for more information. All donors will receive a free cooling towel, while supplies last.

  • Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 25, Noon to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Before you head out this Memorial Day, be sure to take a look at the latest conditions in your area by visiting the Weather section of and read the latest Weather Blog.


Memorial Day Ceremony: The City of Chesapeake is holding its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. in front of City Hall. According to the City website, this year’s ceremony includes a special tribute to Chesapeake’s Vietnam War dead.

Closings: All Chesapeake Public Libraries are closed Sunday for Memorial Day.


Memorial Day Ceremony: The Department of Veterans Affairs is holding a Memorial Day Ceremony Monday at 10 a.m. at the Hampton National Cemetery. The cemetery is located on the campus of Hampton University at Marshall Avenue. The event is free.

Closings: City offices, libraries, community centers and courts are closed Monday, May 26. Golf courses, parks, the Buckroe Fishing Pier, Bluebird Gap Farm, Sandy Bottom Nature Park, the Hampton History Museum and Air Power Park Museum are open May 26.

Garbage Collection: There will be no recycling, refuse, bulk trash or yard waste collection on Monday. The collection will be made on Wednesday, May 28.

Newport News

Memorial Day with the Air Force Band: Celebrate Memorial Day with the Face of FOX43 Andria Lea at City Center’s Fountain Plaza in Newport News. The Air Force Band takes the stage, with events beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Closings: City offices will be closed Monday, including City Hall, offices at City Center at Oyster Point, Newport News Waterworks’ customer service offices, the Public Works Operations Center, the Newport News Drop-Off Center and Compost facility, and both locations of the Treasurer’s Office and Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office.

  • All Newport News public libraries are closed Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 26.

Garbage Collection: All garbage, recycling and bulk waste collections for the week are delayed one day.


Memorial Day Ceremony: A Memorial Day Ceremony will be held in Norfolk onboard the USS Wisconsin starting at 10 a.m. Paul Galanti, Commissioner of Veteran Services for the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the featured speaker for the event.

Memorial Day Flag Service: A Memorial Day Flag Service will be held at Calvary Cemetery, located at 1600 St. Julian Avenue at 10:30 a.m.

Closings: Norfolk government offices, including City Hall and the offices of the Commissioner of the Revenue and the City Treasurer, are closed. Offices will reopen at normal hours on Tuesday.

  • Circuit Court, General District Court, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court are closed Monday.
  • Libraries are closed both Sunday and Monday.
  • Recreation centers are closed Monday, and RBI baseball games will not take place on Saturday.

Garbage Collection: No garbage collection is scheduled for Monday.


2013 Memorial Day Parade in Portsmouth. (WAVY News)
2013 Memorial Day Parade in Portsmouth. (WAVY News)

Memorial Day Parade: The 130th annual Memorial Day Parade will march through Portsmouth at 11 a.m. The parade route begins at I.C. Norcom High School, travels along High Street to Crawford Street, and ends at Columbia and Water streets. Stands can be found at the corner of High and Court streets.

Vietnam War Memorial Service: When the parade ends, a service will be held to honor Portsmouth’s Vietnam veterans who were killed in the line of duty. The ceremony is set to be held in the courtyard of the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center at the corner of High and Court streets.

Closings: Municipal offices are closed, as well as the Portsmouth Public Library and city recreation centers.

Garbage Collection: There will be no garbage or bulk collection on Memorial Day. Normal collection routes are rescheduled for collection on Wednesday.


There are no City-sponsored events scheduled for Memorial Day in Suffolk.

Virginia Beach

Memorial Day Ceremony: An annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at noon at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, located at 1000 19th Street, across form the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Captain Christopher Chope is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at Monday’s ceremony.

Following the ceremony, there will be another event in the Veterans Memorial Park to recognize veterans whose names were inscribed on brick pavers.

If you would like to place an American flag, which will be provided, you’re encouraged to arrive before the ceremony begins.

Memorial Day Weekend Summer Kickoff: Head to First Landing State Park for its Memorial Day Weekend Summer Kickoff starting May 23. It’s a weekend full of fun for your whole family, including programs for all ages.


Colonial Williamsburg is offering free admission for active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans and their dependents for the entire Memorial Day weekend. According to the Colonial Williamsburg website, the service member need not be present. Passes will be provided to dependents of deployed troops with appropriate identification. The passes are available at Colonial Williamsburg on-site ticket sales locations. For more information, call 888-965-7254.

  • A Memorial Day Commemorative Program starts at 10 a.m. Monday at various sites, including a Fife and Drum procession and wreath-laying ceremony.


York County Memorial Day Ceremony: The York County Memorial Day Ceremony begins at noon at York Hall, located at 301 Main Street. The event is free, and includes historical reenactments and a placing of flowers. Before the ceremony, a Fifes and Drums performance is scheduled at 11:45 a.m. at the same location.

Memorial Day Ceremony: A Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, starting at 10 a.m. After the ceremony, flags will be placed on the graves of veterans.


See more events on the Community Calendar

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