Memorial Day Festival & Parade

Memorial Day 2020 (CANCELED)

Nominate the 2020 Grand Marshal

The City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Advisory Board is searching for a Grand Marshal to lead the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25. Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to our community, big or small? Nominate them for Grand Marshal by emailing Scarlett Williams (! Let us know why the person is special and deserves to lead the way! Nominations are due by Monday, March 2. 

Read about the 2019 Grand Marshal, Rob Donovan, and why he was selected for last year’s honor.

Community Float Challenge

The City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department is issuing a Community Float Challenge for the 2020 Memorial Day Parade! Get together with family, friends, neighbors, and community groups to build a unique and patriotic float that represents your pride in The Little City! The winning float will win a party hosted by Recreation and Parks! 

Applications are due Friday, March 27. Send questions and completed applications to Scarlett Williams at

About the Community Float Challenge

Who can participate: Floats can be made with neighbors down the street or in your apartment/condo complex, your family, or just a group of friends. This year, we’re opening the challenge up to community groups, such as school clubs, church groups, book clubs, knitting circles, or your favorite Falls Church Meetup group!

What should the float be about: Memorial Day is about remembering our nation’s fallen heroes. Create a float that shows your patriotism. Floats don’t have to be elaborate: they can be simple, with materials you already have.

When is the parade: The 39th annual Memorial Day Parade is on Monday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m. Rain or shine. Line-up begins at 1:00 p.m.

Where is the parade route: Parade route travels down Park Ave. between West St. and Little Falls St. Parade line-up spot will be sent along with confirmation details.

Why should we participate: Because you love The Little City! And it’s a great way to bond with friends and meet your neighbors! Plus, the most patriotic float wins a party hosted by the Recreation and Parks Department!

View and download the Community Float Challenge flyer.

Join us in 2020 as an Event Sponsor 

Be a part of this special Falls Church tradition. Become a Sponsor of the 2020 Memorial Day Parade and Festival and help bring this annual event to approximately 15,000 visitors to The Little City. See Sponsorship levels and opportunities.

We also welcome food, civic, and retail vendors to participate in the Festival. Applications due by Friday, March 13, 2020. 

Memorial Day 2019

The 38th Annual Memorial Day Parade and Festival was held on Monday, May 27, 2019. See a recap of the day’s activities, including video of the Memorial Day Ceremony and Memorial Day Parade, a list of Parade Winners, and more on the 2019 Memorial Day page