HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – If you are looking for a way to commemorate Memorial Day, there are parades and ceremonies planned across our region.

There are also festivals and other big local events happening over the holiday weekend in Hampton Roads, including the Patriotic Festival in Norfolk and the Umoja Festival in Portsmouth, which could bring larger crowds. Be aware of a possible impact on traffic.

Below is a list of city-released information about local Memorial Day public ceremonies. If you see any missing, please email us at this link.


What: The City of Chesapeake is holding its annual Memorial Day ceremony, presented by The Mayor’s Commission on Veterans Affairs. It is open to the public.
When: Monday, May 30, 2022 | 11 a.m.
Where: In front of City Council Chamber – City Hall – 306 Cedar Road

What: 22nd Founders Day in Hampton Roads Observance, hosted by the United States Colored Troops Descendants. It’s a celebration of the authorization issued by President Abraham Lincoln on May 22, 1865 that established the Formation of the Bureau of Colored Troops. Bring a folding chair; seating will be limited.
When: Monday, May 30, 2022 | 10:30 a.m. – noon
Where: Unknown and Known Afro-Union Civil War Soldiers Memorial, 1001 Bells Mill Road, Chesapeake


What: Hampton National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony.
When: Monday, May 30, 2022 | 10 a.m.
Where: Hampton National Cemetery Complex, Marshall Avenue and Cemetery Road


What: Braxton-Perkins Post 25 American Legion and the City of Newport News’ annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Ken Wiseman, former State Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Virginia will provide the keynote address.
When: Monday, May 30, 2022 | 11 a.m.
Where: Victory Arch, 25th Street and West Avenue in Newport News. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided at Post 25 at 7609 Marshall Avenue immediately following the event. Additional information can be found here.


What: Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony. Guest speaker is U.S. Congressman Robert “Bobby” C. Scott, 3rd Congressional District. Feature performances include the U.S. Army 29th Infantry Division Band. The event is co-sponsored by the Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission.
When: Monday, May 30, 2022 | 2 p.m.
Where: Lone Soldier Statue in Wisconsin Square, 235 Brooke Ave.


What: Portsmouth Memorial Day Parade
When: Monday, May 30, 2022 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Along High Street. There will be road closures due to the parade. HRT provided a list of detour routes, which you can find here.


What: The Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The public is invited. David Buchy, Commander, American Legion Post 88, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Scott A. Beeson. He will be introduced by Gerald L. Rhoads, Past Commander of the American Legion Department of Virginia.
When: Monday, May 30, 2022 | 10 a.m. Please plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m.
Where: 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk, Virginia 22334.


What: Virginia Beach annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Capt. Samson C. Stevens Sr. is scheduled to provide the keynote address following opening remarks by CDR Edward T. McCarthy, USCGR (Retired). 
When: Monday, May 30, 2022 | Begins at noon
Where: Tidewater Veterans Memorial, 1000 19th Street


What: Memorial Mile at Waller Mill Park. Remembrance signs will be displayed to honor the sacrifice of fallen Military, Fire, EMS, law enforcement members, and K9s killed in the line of duty. All are welcome to visit the park and
read the stories of bravery and sacrifice of those taken too soon.
When: Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30, 2022. Waller Mill Park will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the weekend.
Where: Waller Mill Park, 901 Airport Road


What: Yorktown Freedom Run, an 8K race on Memorial Day. All proceeds go to the Yorktown Rotary Foundation.
When: Monday, May 30, 2022
Where: Yorktown Battlefield. Click here to see the race map. Registration and awards will be at York High School.


What: Nags Head Memorial Day Ceremony

When: Monday, May 30, 2022 11 a.m.
Where: Nags Head Town Hall