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.
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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
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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
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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
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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 85120Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Businesses Offering Deals on Memorial Day
- 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.
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.
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Leaving Town? Sky Harbor Travel Tips for Holiday Weekends
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.