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Memorial Day Weekend in Colonial Williamsburg

Join us at King’s Creek for Memorial Day Weekend in Colonial Williamsburg. Explore America’s founding ideals and honor the men and women who died defending them. This year, Colonial Williamsburg is celebrating with special programming from May 26-29 and is offering free admission to all active-duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, national guardsmen and their immediate dependents.

Memorial Day is a wonderful time to gather with friends and family and appreciate, celebrate and reflect on all the gifts that come with American freedom, especially when you celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in the Historic Triangle (Colonial Williamsburg and historic Yorktown and Jamestown, Virginia). In our humble opinion, the Historic Triangle is THE place to enjoy and honor Memorial Day weekend.

When spring turns to summer, bring your family to the world’s largest living-history museum and learn something new about your country’s past!

Memorial Day Commemoration
Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m.
Palace Green

Visit Colonial Williamsburg for a Memorial Day Commemoration! The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will honor the men and women of the United States military who sacrificed their lives to defend our nation with a traditional wreath-laying ceremony.

A Salute to the Fallen
Monday, May 29 from 4:40 – 5 p.m.
Palace Green

To conclude Colonial Williamsburg’s Memorial Day observance, a lone bagpiper plays iconic selections from the Governor’s Palace in a heartfelt tribute to those men and women who gave their lives to our nation while serving in America’s Armed Forces.


Other events to try:

Meet a Nation Builder
Palace Green, all year long

Find a Nation Builder, a significant figure of 18th-century Williamsburg, around the Palace Green for some informal conversation. This is such a fun way to learn something new and get all your questions about our country’s past answered by real historians and historic interpreters. It’s like…if Google were a person!

Fife & Drum March

Duke of Gloucester Street, May 27

Lose yourself in the Spirit of ’76! Hear the stirring sounds of Revolutionary War field music (you’ll be surprised by the feels you feel), courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums. Join the corps as they march down Duke of Gloucester Street from the Capitol to Palace Green.


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