Memorial Day Weekend Events In Arizona 2017

Across Arizona, Memorial Day events are being held to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while in active military service.

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5/29: A Day of Remembrance – Anthem
9 a.m. Monday, May 29
Anthem Community Park
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway

The Anthem Veterans Memorial will host a memorial observance, including a keynote address by Lt. Col. David Clukey, U.S. Army. Lt. Col. John Simmons, U.S. Air Force (Retired) will be the Master of Ceremonies, and the Jr. Air Force ROTC cadets from Sandra Day O’Connor High School will be offering assistance before and during the ceremony. Lawn chairs are welcome and encouraged. Special music will be provided by ProMusica.


5/29 Memorial Day Candlelight Service – Avondale
7-8 p.m. Monday, May 29
Avondale City Hall
11465 Civic Center Drive, Avondale

Avondale and various community groups once again will offer a service to honor those who have served our nation. There will be a candle-lighting ceremony, a Scottish-American military-remembrance table presentation and more.

Crown King

5/28 World’s Shortest Memorial Day Parade – Crown King
Noon Sunday, May 28
Followed at 12:10 p.m. by a carnival at the Fire Department

The annual event draped in red, white and blue to honors military veterans. All are invited to join. From Phoenix, take Interstate 17 north to Bloody Basin Road (Exit 259). Follow Forest Road 259 (Crown King Road) for 24 miles to Crown King. It’s a rough, narrow unpaved road with sharp switchbacks. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended. 928-632-7911


5/27-28  Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture – Flagstaff
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 27-28
Museum of Northern Arizona
3101 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff
$12, $8 for ages 10-17, free for age 9 and younger

The Zuni Festival returns to the Museum of Northern Arizona. Zuni artisans from throughout the Southwest will share expertise in carving, weaving, painting and more. Enjoy traditional dances while learning about all facets of Zuni life and culture. 928-774-5213

Fountain Hills

5/29 Memorial Day Ceremony – Fountain Hills
9-10 a.m. Monday, May 29
Fountain Hills Veterans Memorial
El Lago Boulevard and Kiwanis Drive, Fountain Hills

This Memorial Day commemorative ceremony honors service members who sacrificed their lives in war for their country. Keynote speakers are Barbara Hatch, executive director of Veterans Heritage Projects, and Mike Ferguson, Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart and past Commander, Arizona Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). 480-836-5520


5/29 Memorial Day Picnic – Gilbert
Noon-3 p.m. Monday, May 29
Campo Verde High School
3870 S. Quartz St., Gilbert

The Memorial Day Picnic is a chance for the Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts to celebrate the kick-off of the summer season. Parents, alumni, volunteers, friends and fans will enjoy a picnic lunch featuring hot dogs, beans, salad and dessert. The Academy Youth Guard and each section of the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps will perform, presenting the latest and greatest of the Academy offerings, and the celebration will conclude with a full ensemble performance of the 2017 Academy field production.


Gilbert Historical Museum Memorial Day 
9-10 a.m. Monday, May 29
Gilbert Historical Museum, 10 S. Gilbert Road
Call for prices – 480-926-1577

The Gilbert Historical Museum will host a morning of celebration and remembrance for Memorial Day. A collaboration between the Museum and American Legion Post 39, the event will include a flag and wreath ceremony, musical performances and several speakers.


5/26 Star Spangled Celebration – Laveen
5-9 p.m. Friday, May 26.
Cesar Chavez Park
7858 S. 35th Ave., Laveen
The Star Spangled Celebration is a free community event honoring veterans, police and firefighters who died in the line of duty. The event features informational booths, children’s activities, police and fire demonstrations, live music, a bike rodeo and a fireworks show. Proceeds from the event will benefit non-profits.


Memorial Day Commemoration – Mesa
9 a.m. Monday, May 29
Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery
7900 E Main St., Mesa

This event will include a flyover and dove release, as well as a Memorial Day service conducted by local fraternal organizations. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Covered seating will be provided but please arrive early to secure a spot. Bringing a hat, umbrella, sunscreen and water are recommended.


5/29 Memorial Day Program – Mesa
9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, May 29
6747 E. Broadway Road, Mesa

Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park presents a program that includes the Avenue of Flags, where more than 90 United States flags, donated by the families of deceased U.S. veterans, are flown each Memorial Day to pay tribute to their loved one’s service. A World War II aircraft will also do a flyover during the program. Refreshments will be served immediately after the service.


5/27 – 5/28 First Annual GCPRA Sonoita Memorial Day Rodeo
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm May 27 – May 28
Sonoita Fairgrounds
3142 State Highway 83, Sonoita, Arizona 85637
Adults: $10.00
Children: $7.00
Children under 6: Free
Military/Students with ID: $7.00

The greatest show on dirt!(520) 455-5553

Peoria – Lake Pleasant

5/26-29 Memorial Day weekend – Lake Pleasant
May 26-29, varying times and activities
Pleasant Harbor Marina
8708 W. Harbor Blvd., Peoria
$6 entry fee, prices for activities vary

Memorial Day weekend at Lake Pleasant is viewed by many as the kick-off to summer. Pleasant Harbor Marina and RV Resort will have camping and a club house with a pool, in addition to a full-service marina all weekend. Guests can rent boats, jet skis, kayaks and more to soak in the sun. Memorial Day weekend activities include a daily boat cruise, dive-in movie, a sunset music cruise, live entertainment, a farmers market, a bonfire, and a cornhole tournament. A Memorial Day breakfast will be served at Dillon’s Bayou Restaurant & Bar on Monday. 602-269-0077



5/29 Memorial Day from Pioneers’ Cemetery Association – Phoenix
9 a.m. Monday, May 29
Pioneer and Military Memorial Park
14th Avenue and Jefferson Street, Phoenix

The Pioneers’ Cemetery Association will hold its annual Memorial Day observance. Free public parking for visitors will be located at Wesley Bolin Plaza, and attendees will be able to tour the cemeteries and visit the historic Smurthwaite House after the program.


5/29 11th Annual Flags for Our Fallen – Phoenix
5-9 a.m. Monday, May 29
23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix
Free to participate; $10 each or three for $25 to sponsor flags

Riders United for a Sovereign America will line Cave Creek Road with more than 250 American flags and park their bikes in between them to salute families on their way to the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. This year, the organization will be at the location all weekend and is seeking volunteers for flag preparation, sponsorship ribbons and grounds maintenance. Riders arrive at 5 a.m. on Memorial Day. The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. Registration and flag-sponsorship details are online.


5/27-29 Prescott Off Street Festival – Prescott
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, May 27-29
Behind Prescott Chamber of Commerce
117 W. Goodwin St.

Not that anyone needs a specific excuse to head to Prescott for Memorial Day weekend, but the town hosts an arts-based festival with more than 100 vendors showing off and selling their arts and crafts. Motorists might appreciate the fact it’s set up on a lot behind the Chamber of Commerce, thus not impeding traffic around Courthouse Square. 928-445-2000


5/29 Memorial Day Service – Scottsdale
10-10:45 a.m. Monday, May 29
Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery
401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale

The annual service includes a warbird flyover, posting of colors, bagpiper, wreath and flag presentation, and special guest speakers.


5/27-29 Taylor Trapper Days – Snowflake
6:30 a.m. Saturday, May 27; home tour is 5 p.m. Monday, May 29
Venues and admission vary per event, check website or call for details

Forget how much that doggy is in the window. The real question is, how much can that doggy pull? Find out during Trapper Days, featuring a weight-pulling contest among large dogs. There also will be a pancake breakfast, barbecue, dance and more. Festivities also include a wagon-ride tour of historic homes. 928-536-7366

Snowflake/Taylor Chamber


5/27-29  Wyatt Earp Days – Tombstone
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday, May 27-29
Along Allen Street in downtown Tombstone

How do you celebrate the life and times of one of the Old West’s most infamous lawman? With shootouts, hangings and a chili cook-off. Those first two aren’t real, but the last certainly is. Be sure to catch the 1880s fashion show to see what was hot on the red carpet, if the 1880s had a red carpet outside brothels. 520-266-5266


5/29 Veteran’s Memorial Wall Dedication
9:30 am – 12:30 pm May 29, 2017
Fellowship Square
8111 E. Broadway, Tucson

Veteran’s Memorial Wall Dedication Ceremony at Fellowship Square. The ceremony will be held at the Memorial near the FST Garden. Resident Veterans will be invited and there will be a flag raising ceremony. =There will be an ROTC group and Honor Guard invited for this special event. Fellowship Square Tucson is home to a 100-year-old Vet, Mr. Mahood.

5/28 “Honoring the Fallen” Memorial event and Flag Retiring Ceremony
5 pm
Desert Christian High School
7525 E Speedway Blvd., Tucson

Pima County Republicans will conduct at “Honoring the Fallen” Memorial event and Flag Retiring Ceremony Contact: or call her at 520-867-5767


5/28 Music Under the Stars: Memorial Weekend – John Philip Sousa in the Park
7:00 pm
DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, Reid Park bandshell
Free – Bring a chair or blanket for sitting

The Tucson Pops Orchestra, led by Music Director Laszlo Veres, celebrates a patriotic evening in the park featuring the world premier of an original composition, Colonial Scenes by Mark Wolfram. This is the first time that the piece, which highlights melodies leading up to the American Revolution, will be performed by a full orchestra. Additional numbers performed by the orchestra include the Hymn to the Fallen by John Williams; the Armed Forces Salute; Presidential Polonaise and tunes of WW II including Big Band Cavalcade, and more. 520-722-5853.


5/29 Fifth Annual Memorial Day 3.5 Mile Run/Walk
Starting: 6:00 AM; registration begins at 5:15 AM
Reid Park – Ramada #22
Cost: 3.5 mile – 18 and over $25; 17 and under $20; all ages from 5/1 to race day $30

Taggrun hosts its annual benefit 3.5 mile road race starting on the jogging path along Camino Campestre at Reid Park, heading east towards Randolph Golf Course and will follow the path to 22nd Street, up to Alvernon to the turn around and back. Or take it easy with a 1 mile fun run. Free Cotton T-shirt guaranteed if registration received by 5/21/17. The race will benefit Fisher House Tucson. 520-820-6447


5/28 Veterans for Peace
4:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson
4831 E. 22nd St., Tucson

The public is invited to join in the reading of the names of soldiers who have died in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere who were from southern Arizona. There will be an open mic for veterans or family members who would like to talk about the impact of war on themselves or their families. Audience members will be invited to read a few letters written by veterans to their friends who’s names are listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Event is co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace Chapter 13 Tucson, World Beyond War, The World Can’t Wait and The Nuclear Resister of Tucson. Contact Davis at 608-239-5354 or

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