The Recreation and Parks Department is pleased to announce the return of the annual City of Falls Church Memorial Day event. 2021 is the 39th year of this community tradition, and this year's event will include many of the familiar festivities and ceremonies from previous Memorial Day celebrations (in addition to a few new activities) while ensuring the safest environment for participants and guests.
Memorial Day 2021 Schedule
Scavenger Hunt (May 22 - June 1)
Use QR codes to find keywords or phrases located at specific locations (i.e. parks, historical markers, notable buildings) throughout the City. Submit the form with each keyword to the Recreation and Parks Department and earn a free Scavenger Hunt themed t-shirt! More details to come in May! Thank you to JD Callander from Weichart Realtors for sponsoring this event!
Beyer Auto 3K Fun Run (May 24 - May 31)
The Beyer 3K Memorial Day Fun Run returns for its fortieth year to The Little City. This year's Fun Run will be virtual. Register for the free Fun Run online, run your own 3K between May 24 and May 31, and pick up your free t-shirt outside the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.) on Monday, May 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Memorial Day Ceremony (May 31, 11:00 a.m.)
The cornerstone of every past, present, and future Falls Church Memorial Day event is the Memorial Day Ceremony, where the community comes together to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The Memorial Day Ceremony includes remarks or performances by the Falls Church Veterans Council, the Falls Church Concert Band, and more. Learn more about this year's Keynote Speaker, Ed Reinfurt.
Last year, our community came together remotely to pay tribute. This year, you're invited to watch the ceremony live and in-person at the Veterans' Memorial, located outside the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.) Pre-registration is required (www.fallschurchva.gov/memorialday2021) and all attendees will be asked to wear a mask. For those unable to join us in-person, Falls Church Community Television (FCCTV) will record the ceremony.
Thank you to Falls Church Harris Teeter's Floral Department for donating the wreath.
Quantico Marine Corps Band Concert (May 31, 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.)
The City of Falls Church is excited to host the Quantico Marine Corps Band in Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave.) as part of this year's Memorial Day event. The professional musical ensemble, comprised of 50 enlisted Marines and one officer, will perform a variety of classic and contemporary pieces. The Quantico Marine Corps Band is one of the oldest professional musical ensembles in the Marine Corps and plays over 300 community concerts along the Eastern Seaboard every year.
Advanced registration is required to attend the free concert. Registration opens to City of Falls Church residents on May 3 and to everyone on May 10. Register online at www.fallschurchva.gov/memorialday2021.
COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place and attendees will be asked to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Seating will not be provided - guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.
Memorial Day Parade (May 31, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Led by our 2020 Memorial Day Grand Marshal, Lindy Hockenberry, the 2021 Memorial Day Parade will feature vehicles from many City of Falls Church Departments and the VFW Council. This year's parade will not be held exclusively on Park Ave., and instead travel throughout several City streets and neighborhoods. See the parade route.
Memorial Day 2019
The 38th Annual Memorial Day Parade and Festival was held on Monday, May 27, 2019. See a recap of the day’s activities, including video of the Memorial Day Ceremony and Memorial Day Parade, a list of Parade Winners, and more on the 2019 Memorial Day page.