Memorial Day 2017


The Ellen Clark Team wants to commemorate, honor, and thank those that have served our nation. This extended weekend is full of local events and activities to partake in. Some of our readers may be headed out of town but for those who are staying in the Richmond area, here are all the fun and educational festivities that will be going on over the next few days.


  • Kings Dominion: May 27th-29th All active and retired military personnel will receive free admission. The water park opens May 27th and there will be extended firework shows all weekend. 
  • Friday Cheers: Hosted by Venture Richmond on Browns Island. This week will be an RVA Music Night with Ohbliv at 6 pm, Angelica Garcia at 7 pm, and Peoples Blues of Richmond at 8 pm.  The music styles range from indie blues to psychedelic rock. Entry for the event is $5 this week and children 12 and under are free. 
  • “James and the Giant Peach Jr”: An adventurous musical adapted from Robert Dahl’s book will be featured May 25th-28th at the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center. Music and lyrics come from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (LaLa Land). 
  • Music for Two at Trinity: Jessica King (bassoon) and Kari Boyer (flute) will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Clarke, Gabaye, Merrit, and Mignone from 7-8 pm May 26th at Trinity Luthern Church. Admission is free but donations are accepted. 
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden “Wild Art: A Journey Off Canvas”: An event series kicks off this Saturday. Studio 23 will have a mobile printmaking set up outside of the Conservatory West Wing from 10 am to 4 pm. “Tale of Chef Kale” theater performances run from 10 am to 1 pm at the Ian Robertson Pavillion. There will be a water play area and activity STEAM stations for the children from SCRAP RVA  from 10 am to 2 pm. The garden will also be hosting the Richmond Rose Society Show May 27th and 28th. All activities are included with admission. On Monday the Garden will offer free admission to military personnel, first responders, and their dependents. 
  • Gallmeyer Farms Memorial Day Saturday Celebration: Admission, music, hayrides, and activities for the children will be hosted from 10 am to 5 pm in Henrico. The farm has invited all branches of US Military and there will be equipment displays all day. There will be food vendors, arts and crafts, along with strawberry picking. 
  • Henricus Military Muster: Henricus Historical Park in Chester will be offering 17th-century military training from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday the 27th. This will include marching and fighting with the armor of the time. Admission is free for those with military ID. $8 for adults and $6 for children. 
  • Richmond Wine Festival: Local wine, cider, and mead will be featured at James River Wine Cellars. Food trucks will be on site. The event is dog and child-friendly. It runs from 12 to 5 pm. Tickets range in price from $25-$60. 
  • Foundry Market: An artisan craft fair will be hosted at the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar from 12 to 4 pm Sunday the 28th. The event will include handmade products from local vendors, food trucks, and craftsmen displays. 
  • The Movies: Both highly anticipated “Baywatch” (featuring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron) and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (featuring  Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Javier Bardam) are released this weekend. 


  • Memorial Day 5K or 12K: This run, walk, or roll will go from 8-11 am at the West Striker West Creek Field and registration for the event ends at 11:59 pm Sunday. It is hosted by The Race Team RVA Running Club and sponsored by YMCA of Greater Richmond. This year’s proceeds will benefit Team RWB whose mission is “To enrich the lives of American’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.”
  • Maymont Park: Both the nature center and mansion will be open for Memorial Day 10 am to 5 pm. Typically indoor exhibits are closed on Mondays. 
  • John Marshall Cadet Memorial Day Observance: Music from the John Marshall Alumni Band along with taps, a wreath laying ceremony and rifle salute will be hosted at Hollywood Cemetery. This will be to honor those cadets who served in the WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars. The ceremony starts at noon. 
  • Historic Cemeteries Bus Tour: The Valentine will be hosting bus tours of 18th and 19th-century cemeteries to commemorate the holiday. The tour will include the African Burial Ground and Shockoe, Hebrew, Oakwood, St. Johns, and Woodland cemeteries. Buses will run from 1 pm to 5 pm. Tickets are $20 for members $25 for non-members and reservations are required. If you are a veteran the tour is free but you will need to call (804) 649-0711 ext. 301 to secure your spot. 
  • Dogwood Dell: This Monday will begin the 61st Festival of the Arts series for the park. At 4 pm the “James River Bell Ringers” will play patriotic musical selections. 
  • Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Solider: The park will host a special program with an artillery firing, playing of taps, and presentation of the colors at 12:30 pm. The program will also offer stories of the soldiers and their personal experiences during the civil war. There will also be a Breakthrough Battlefield Tour and viewing of “War So Terrible”. The park will be open 9 am to 5 pm and the program is included with regular park admission. 
  • 61st Commonwealth Memorial Day Ceremony: This will be at the Virginia War Memorial from 10 am to 11 am and is co-hosted by the 11th District American Legion. The guest speaker will be Major General Timothy P. Williams of the National Guard. The Galanti Education Center will have extended hours for the holiday staying open until 7 pm. A “Never Forget Memorial Run” hosted by the VCU Police in honor of fallen US service members will wrap up at the memorial after 12 pm. At 2 pm the Thomas Jefferson School Alumni Cadet Corps and Friends Band will have a patriotic performance in the Memorial Shrine. 
  • Confederate Memorial Day Service: The Confederate Memorial Chapel (located on the grounds of the VMFA) will host a service with organ music and period tunes starting at 10 am. The event will feature speaker James I. Robertson who is the founding director of the VA Center For Civil War Studies. 
  • Fort Harrison National Park and Cemetary: The park is sponsoring a Memorial Day program with wreath-laying. The event begins at 12 pm.  The keynote speaker is Alexander Barnes who is a historian for the Virginia National Guard and has written several books. Music will be provided by the Varina Community Choir. The ceremonies are free and open to the public.
  • 9th Annual Sandston Memorial Day Parade: The festivities begin at Seven Pines National Cemetary at 12 pm with a Veterans recognition ceremony with Doug Middleton as the speaker. The parade will kick off at Seven Pines Elementary at 1 pm and run through Sandston to Confederate Avenue. After the parade, the Sandston Recreation Association will host entertainment, food, and festivities at JB Finley Road. 

The Ellen Clark Team hopes that you and your family have a safe and fun holiday weekend. Please remember that on Monday at 3 pm, wherever you may be, to pause for a minute of silence to remember those who died while serving our great nation.

Happy Memorial Day and Weekend!