Memorial Day Events in Greater Phoenix in 2018

Honoring Our Fallen Military and First Responders

Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend leading up to summer. It's a time when the nation pauses to honor our country's fallen military. If you'll be in Greater Phoenix on Memorial Day, you can pay tribute at the events listed below. Also, check out our list of some local businesses offering holiday discounts.

Even if you can't get to a formal memorial service, you can participate in The National Moment of Remembrance. At 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, Americans are encouraged to pause for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who died while serving the country.

Note: If you arrived on this page hoping to find Veterans Day activities and events in Phoenix in November, you won't find those here. The Memorial Day and Veterans Day national holidays are often confused. Specifically, Memorial Day, held on the last Monday in May, is set aside to honor those who have died while serving the country. Veterans Day, held every November 11, is a day to honor those still among us who have served or are currently serving. 

Memorial Day Travel

On Memorial Day, Arizona state offices are closed. Buses and light rail will operate on a holiday schedule. Leaving town during the extended Memorial Day weekend? If you'll be parking at the Phoenix airport, you can get a discount if you prepay.

All event details subject to change without notice.

  • 01 of 07
    Star Spangled Celebration
    Courtesy of Councilman Michael Nowakowski

    Honor our fallen police officers, firefighters, and veterans at Cesar Chavez Park. There will be a water play area, bounce houses, live music, police and fire demonstrations, fireworks, and more. Family-friendly; free admission.

    You can also visit Hero Lane where banners with photos of fallen police officers and firefighters will be on display from May 15 to July 6, 2018. There are two Hero Lane locations: Baseline Road between 35th and 51st avenues and Washington Street between 7th Street and 9th Avenue. 

    When: Friday, May 25, 5–9 p.m.
    Location: Cesar Chavez Park, 7858 S. 35th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85339

  • 02 of 07
    Memorial Day Bike Ride
    Courtesy of Riders U.S.A.

    At this Memorial Day event in Phoenix, more than 200 motorcyclists pay tribute with 500 U.S. flags along Cave Creek Road that salutes and greet those entering the National Cemetery for the official event at 8 a.m. For a $10 donation, you can sponsor a flag for a veteran (​register online).

    When: Monday, May 28, 6 a.m.–noon (national anthem at 7 a.m., ceremony at 8 a.m.)​
    Location: National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024

  • 03 of 07
    Pioneers' Cemetary Association's 34th Annual Memorial Day
    Courtesy of Pioneers' Cemetery Association

    The public is invited to attend the Pioneers' Cemetery Association's annual Memorial Day observance at the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park. Radio announcer Marty Manning will emcee the event honoring Arizona's fallen heroes. 

    Following the ceremony, you can tour the Smurthwaite House and any of the seven historic cemeteries. Local historical societies will be on hand to answer questions. 

    This is a free event. Parking is available at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza.

    When: Monday, May 28,  9 a.m.–noon
    Location: Pioneer & Military Memorial Park, 1317 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85007

  • 04 of 07
    Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts
    Courtresy of Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts

    The Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts hosts a Memorial Day Picnic at Apache Junction High School in Apache Junction. Performances featuring the Academy Youth Guard, Phenom SoundSport, and The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps will be held at 1 and 2:30 p.m. (buy tickets online). A picnic lunch featuring hot dogs, beans, salad, and dessert is available from noon to 2 p.m.

    When: Monday, May 28, noon 
    Location: Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive, Apache Junction, AZ 85120

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  • 05 of 07
    Avondale Sunset Memorial Day Service
    Courtesy of City of Avondale, AZ

    The evening commemorative program will include musical performances, speeches, tributes, and a candlelight vigil. Free admission. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

    When: Monday, May 28, 7 p.m. 
    Location: City Hall Amphitheater, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale, AZ 85323

  • 06 of 07

    Businesses Offering Deals on Memorial Day

    Wandering Horse Buffet at Talking Stick Resort
    Courtesy of Talking Stick Resort

    Twin Peaks

    • 2135 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016
    • 8787 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260

    Monday, May 28: Veterans and active military eat free from a special menu.

    Casino Arizona
    Loop 101 Freeway and McKellips Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

    Monday, May 28: Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a two-for-one lunch at Eagles Buffet. Guests must present their veteran's card or military identification along with their Player Rewards Club Card. The Eagles Buffet is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

    Talking Stick Resort
    Loop 101 on Talking Stick Way/Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

    Monday, May 28: Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a two-for-one lunch at Wandering Horse Buffet. Guests must present their veteran's card or military identification along with their Player Rewards Club Card. Wandering Horse Buffet serves lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    LUSTRE Rooftop Bar
    2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ, 85004

    Friday, May 25–Monday, May 28: Celebrate all weekend long. The pool opens at 11 a.m. and is open to the public. Enjoy guest DJs, drink specials, barbecue, beach balls, and giant pool toys. 

  • 07 of 07

    Leaving Town? Sky Harbor Travel Tips for Holiday Weekends

    Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
    Courtesy of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

    Three-day weekends are always a great opportunity to travel to other cities to visit friends and family or just to relax. They are also extra busy days at the Phoenix airport, so if you're heading out of Phoenix this Memorial Day, consider these tips when planning your trip to Sky Harbor International.