The 2017 Memorial Day Parade and Festival on May 29 will bring 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.
The Veterans Ceremony was the centerpiece of the
2016 Memorial Day Parade and Festival. The keynote speaker was Mark Q. Rhoads, former Illinois State Senator (R-Cook County) who served six years in the 86th U.S. Army Reserve Command in Chicago.
The Recreation and Parks Department hosted the event with the help of numerous City staff and volunteers. "The City sends a special thank you to members of the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department who were on hand to provide first aid to anyone in need," said Chris Madison, event manager. "We also could not have had such a memorable event without Grand Marshal Kathleen Halayko, ceremony and parade participants, parade judges, vendors, sponsors, and everyone who attended."
2016 Parade Winners
Best Emergency Vehicle: Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department
Best Float: NOVA Parks and Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation
Best High School Marching Band: George C. Marshall Marching Band
Best Professional Marching Band: Washington Sottish Pipe Band
Best Vehicles: KENA 500
Best Walking Group: South Lakes High School Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (JROTC)
Best Youth Group: Tinkus Tiataco
Best Military Group: Greater Falls Church Veteran’s Council