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A Memorial Day Weekend Your Family Can’t Miss

Memorial Day weekend will be here before you know it, marking the official start of summer!

And Williamsburg is ready to celebrate. Between historic festivities, outdoor activities and delicious food and drink events, there are plenty of exciting ways for you and your family to create memories together this month.

If there’s something the Historic Triangle takes seriously, it’s remembering what Memorial Day Weekend is all about. Besides being an excuse to celebrate being a proud American, it’s a time to honor the men and women who have died serving in our country’s armed forces. Since Williamsburg is the epicenter of the Revolutionary City, it’s the perfect place for a symbolic weekend full of history, remembrance, and of course, of fun with loved ones. 


Memorial Day Commemorative Program

When: Monday, May 27 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Where: The Palace Green

There is no better way to honor our country’s history of fighting for its freedom. Gather at the Palace Green in Colonial Williamsburg for a special ceremony honoring veterans of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The fantastic Fifes & Drums will lead the procession to historic burial sites from the Governor’s Palace to Bruton Parish Church and on to the south lawn of the Capitol. 

Grace Church Memorial Day Ceremony
When: Monday, May 27, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church
Join the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Grace Church, followed by the playing of “Taps” and replacement of flags “with Honors” of the 92 known veterans. Memorial Day activities continue at York Hall with a performance by the Fifes & Drums of Yorktown at 11:45 a.m. followed by the posting of colors, a guest speaker and the laying of wreaths. 


Sunset Paddle Yoga

When: Sunday, May 26 from 6:30-8:15 p.m.

Where: Chickahominy Riverfront Park

Take your practice outdoors and into nature with Sunset Paddle Yoga! After a brief intro to paddleboarding, you’ll paddle to the park’s outdoor studio where you’ll anchor your board and be guided through a gentle yoga sequence for all levels. Modifications are given for beginner to advanced. Melt into relaxation as the sun sets! Class will end with a peaceful savasana. Cost is $30.

Movies Under the Stars

When: Friday, May 24 starting at 8:30 p.m.

Where: Chickahominy Riverfront Park

Enjoy Mary Poppins Returns (PG) under the stars on a lawn chair or blanket with your family! This event is free!

Memorial Mile

When: May 25-27

Honor and remember the sacrifices of Williamsburg’s fallen fire, EMS, law enforcement and military members by learning their stories. They’ll be on display along a Waller Mill Park trail, and all are welcome to come walk and remember those who have passed in the line of duty.


Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens

Weekends, May 17 – June 30

If you appreciate a good food and wine tasting, you can’t skip the culinary adventure that awaits at Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival. You can’t get food like this at Busch Gardens just any old time – the park only features these dishes, desserts, beer, wine and cocktails from around the world on special occasions, like Memorial Day Weekend!

At King’s Creek, a wonderful and memorable Memorial Day Weekend awaits! Be safe and have fun, everyone!

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