Celebrate Memorial Day in Greater Phoenix

Honoring our Fallen Military and First Responders

On Memorial Day there are several events in the Phoenix area where you can take some time to honor our country's fallen veterans. They appear in date order. 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.

On Memorial Day, state offices are closed. Expect buses and light rail to operate on a holiday schedule.

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...MORE 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.

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

    Honoring our fallen police officers, firefighters and veterans at Cesar Chavez Park, 7858 S. 35th Ave in Phoenix. There will be a water play area, bounce houses, live music, police and fire demonstrations, fireworks. Family-friendly, free admission. Banners with photos of fallen police officers and firefighters will be on display through July 6, 2017 at “Hero Lane” on Baseline Road between 35th and 51st Avenues and Washington Street between 7th Street and 9th Avenue. 
    In 2017: Friday, May 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

    American Flags and Motorcycles paying tribute. The flag display and salute along with the official Ceremony are free. Phoenix National Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix. For a $10 donation you can sponsor a flag. Register online.
    In 2017: Monday, May 29 from 5 a.m. to noon

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

    The public is invited to attend the Pioneers' Cemetary Association's 34th Annual Memorial Day observance at the Pioneer & Military Memorial Park in Phoenix. Emcee Marty Manning and keynote speaker Len Marcisz will honor Arizona's fallen heroes. Several fraternal organizations and local reenactor groups in historic dress will also participate in the ceremonies. Free. Pioneer & Military Memorial Park, 1317 W. Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ. Parking is available at Wesley Bolin Plaza.
    In 2017: Monday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to noon

  • 04 of 07

    Memorial Day Celebration in Gilbert

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

    The Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts hosts the Memorial Day Celebration at the Campo Verde High School in Gilbert, AZ. Next, PHENOM, The Academy Youth Guard, and each section of The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps will perform on stage (indoors) concluding with a full ensemble performance of the 2017 Academy field production. Tickets $5 per person includes lunch.
    In 2017: Monday, May 29 from noon to 3 p.m.

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

    A program to commemorate the of those who served. The evening will include musical performances, speeches, tributes, and a candlelight vigil. Avondale City Hall Amphitheater, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive (outdoors). Free admission. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.
    In 2017: Monday, May 29 at 7 p.m.

  • 06 of 07

    Local Businesses Offer Deals on Memorial Day

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

    Tavern Americana
    20469 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale
    480-502-6740

    Monday, May 29: Offering an American feast of beer can roasted chicken, corn on the cob and potato salad. Serves 4 people, $30.

    Twin Peaks
    2135 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix and 8787 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale

    Monday, May 29: Veterans and active military eat free at Twin Peaks from a menu of five items, including:

    • Beer Battered Tenders served with poblano honey mustard and fries. 
    • Philly Cheesesteak. Thin-sliced sirloin with provolone, peppers, onions, mushrooms. Served with fries. Also available with chicken.
    • Chicken Ranch Sandwich. Grilled chicken, bacon, pepper jack cheese and pico de gallo with ranch mayo. Served with fries.
    • Cheeseburger. A classic cheeseburger with caramelized onions, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles. Served with fries. 
    • Buffalo Chicken Salad. Crispy buffalo chicken tenders, mixed greens, kale, bacon, red onions, grape tomatoes, blue cheese dressing. 

    Offer is good for one item per qualified...MORE customer and is dine-in only. 

    Kelly's at Southbridge
    7117 E 6th Ave, Scottsdale
    480-393-3205

    Sunday, May 28: all day happy hour with appetizers ($4 off), bruschetta, bottles of wine and champagne. All drafts, house wines and wells are $4 and signature cocktails are $4 off. Sunday is also National Hamburger Day and Kelly's will serve all burgers for $12. 

    Monday, May 29: 25% off all food and drinks (excluding happy hour and alcohol) and half price bottles of wine. 

    Casino Arizona
    Loop 101 Freeway and McKellips Rd., Scottsdale
    480-850-7777

    Monday, May 29: veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a two-for-one lunch at Eagles Buffet. Guests must present their veteran's card or military ID along with their Player Reward's Club Card to the Player Rewards Club Desk. They will then receive a two for one voucher for use at the buffet. The Eagles Buffet is open for lunch from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Monday.

    Talking Stick Resort
    Loop 101 on Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
    480-850-7777

    Monday, May 29: 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 ID along with their Player Reward's Club Card to the Player Rewards Club Desk. They will then receive a two for one voucher for use at the buffet. Wandering Horse Buffet serves lunch from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Monday.

    LUSTRE Rooftop Bar
    The “Start To Summer Kick Off – All-American Weekend” is happening Friday, May 26 – Monday, May 29. The pool opens at 11am and is open to the public. Guest DJs will be spinning from Friday through Monday. Tito’s Handmade Vodka specials will be available all weekend. Party-goers can play with beach balls, giant pool toys and more. LUSTRE will be firing up the grill with an outdoor barbecue all weekend long.

    RELEASE Pool Party
    On Memorial Day Weekend, RELEASE Pool Parties feature with Steve Aoki and Afrojack. Electro dance musician, DJ and producer Aoki first appeared at the pool party in the summer of 2016.  He has collaborated with music greats like Kid Cudi, Linkin Park, Iggy Azalea and Diplo. Paper Magazine named Aoki "Best DJ," while BPM Magazine dubbed him "Best Party Rocker DJ." Afrojack has headlined some of the biggest dance floors in the world including Pacha Ibiza, Miami Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles. A Grammy Award winner, he has collaborated with some of music's biggest stars including Beyonce, Madonna, Pitbull and David Guetta. Tickets available for each show or a weekend pass.
    Schedule:
    Saturday, May 27, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Steve Aoki)
    Sunday, May 28, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Afrojack and Ravitez)

  • 07 of 07
    Sky Harbor
    ••• 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, family or just relax. They are also busy days at the airport, so here are some things to consider when planning your trip to the airport.