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Memorial Day Parade and Festival, City of Falls Church, VA


Monday, May 28, 2012
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
City Hall, 300 Park Avenue (Map)

Something for Everyone Throughout the Day: Amusement Rides, Pony Rides, Arts and Crafts Booths, Food Vendors, Civic and Business Booths, and Live Entertainment.

Click here to download the information flier!

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History of the Parade

2012 Schedule

Road Closures

Parking Information

The 2011 Memorial Day Parade and Festival was the City's second 30th Annual! The very first Parade was in 1951. However, the gas crisis caused the City Council to cancel the Parade in 1981 (but the Festival went on!). Happily, the Parade was back in 1982 (see photos here), and the organizers decided to name it the First Annual Parade and Festival. The City has consistently celebrated Memorial Day with a Parade since 1982!

Click here for a print version of the schedule.

9 a.m.Don Beyer Volvo 3K Fun Run

The Ken Smith Band
(on stage)
9 a.m. - NoonLions Club Eye Van (free testing)
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.Tours of 163-Year-Old Cherry Hill Farmhouse
11 a.m.Veterans Ceremony
Those who have served in the armed forces will be honored at a Veterans Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Community Center (223 Little Falls St.). The keynote address will be given by Amanda Williams, Chris Sheppard and Manaal Siddiqui from South Lakes High School in Reston, VA. The students formed the first Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Advocates club in the nation, assuring that the public never forgets America's commitment to bring home all our troops who fought in America's battles for freedom.
12:15 p.m.City of Falls Church Concert Band (on stage)
2 p.m.Parade
The Memorial Day Parade steps off at 2 p.m. under the direction of the Grand Marshal, retired City of Falls Church educator Harry Shovlin. This year's parade features civic groups, regional and City government officials, City departments including the Police and Volunteer Fire Departments, dance troupes, clowns, and much more.

The Parade will be filmed by Falls Church City Cable Television and aired on, Cox channel 11, Verizon channel 35, and RCN channel 2.

Several City of Falls Church streets will be closed to vehicular traffic, or only be open to local or parade traffic, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.
6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (except for limited local and 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.

8:30 - 10:30 a.m. (Map)
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.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Parade staging areas will be closed to vehicular traffic on Lincoln and West Sts. and Park Ave.

Visitors to the Memorial Day festivities are reminded to NOT park in private parking lots with posted "no parking - towing enforced" signs. The private lots are for the customers of businesses only. Many businesses enforce "no parking" areas on weekends and holidays and may tow without notice. Free parking is available on many side streets. Please check signs for time limits.
Sunday, April 20, 2014