The 2016 Memorial Day Parade and Festival on May 30 brings more than 10,000 visitors to City Hall grounds to enjoy the Don Beyer Fun Run, Veterans Ceremony, children's activities, food, civic, and retail vendors, the parade, and more.
Don Beyer Fun Run at 9 a.m.
This no-registration 3K race is a hit with runners of all ages. The start line is on Great Falls St. at Little Falls. Strollers are permitted, but rollerblades and bicycles are not. Due to security risks, do not leave any belongings at the start line. Parking is restricted along the route; see map for details.
40 Thieves at 9:15 a.m.
Enjoy one of the best loved Irish bands in the Metro DC area, live on the Main Stage (Park Ave. and Little Falls St.)
Amusements for Children from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kids love the moonbounces, pony rides, train rides, and more, all in Cherry Hill Park!
Tours of Cherry Hill Farmhouse from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Docents will provide free tours of this historic Victorian-era home.
Veterans Ceremony at 11 a.m.
Please join us in remembering those who gave all for our country. This year's ceremony features Mark Q. Rhoads, former Illinois State Senator (R-Cook County) who served six years in the 86th U.S. Army Reserve Command in Chicago. Held in front of the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.).
City of Falls Church Concert Band at 12:15 p.m.
Enjoy an entertaining mixture of marches, classical pieces, Broadway show medleys, regional tunes and American classics, live on the Main Stage (Park Ave. and Little Falls St.).
Parade led by Grand Marshal Kathleen Halayko at 2 p.m.
The annual tradition returns! The trophy presentation will take place on the Main Stage after the parade.
5:30AM-7PM (except for limited vendor traffic): Park Ave. will be closed from N. Maple Ave. to N. Virginia Ave. and Little Falls St. will be closed from Park Ave. to Great Falls St. This closure blocks access to and from Governors Court during these hours.
8-10:30AM: Streets along the route of the Don Beyer Fun Run will be closed. The run begins at Little Falls and Great Falls Sts., then goes left (west) down Great Falls St., then left on Pennsylvania Ave., right on Fulton Ave., right on N. Oak St., left on Lincoln Ave., left on N. West St. and left on Park Ave. ending at Little Falls St. In addition to the roads listed above being close, please understand that all vehicles located within the perimeter of the Fun Run route will not be permitted to leave during this road closure.
11AM-5PM: Parade staging areas will be closed to vehicular traffic on sections of Lincoln, N. West, Highland, N. Oak, Greenwich and Park Ave.
Visitors are reminded to NOT park in private parking lots with posted "No Parking – Towing Enforced" signs over Memorial Day weekend or any time of the year. The private lots are for the customers of businesses only. Many businesses enforce parking restrictions on weekends and holidays and may tow without notice. Free parking is available on many side streets; please check signs for time limits.
Monday, May 30, Memorial Day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Parking for persons with state-issued disabled placards or license plates is available on Great Falls St. between Little Falls St. and Maple Ave. That parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.